Introducing our Wellington representative Annabelle and her Bircher Muesli
The number one question I am asked during tastings is how I consume my CHIA. Do I drink it all at once? Diluted? In something? On something? In all honesty, I do tend to guzzle a bottle of CHIA in one sitting. Whether it be as a mid-afternoon snack, during a long drive or pre, during or post a workout, knocking back a bottle remains my favourite way to get a CHIA hit. In saying that, Chia seeds can do wonders for your diet in other ways and as a chronic foodie and lover of eating, it wasn’t long before CHIA became key to many of my favourite recipes. And I am not alone. All of us here at CHIA are, quite naturally, CHIA mad. So for all our fans out there, keep an eye out over the next few weeks for new posts containing some of our favourite recipes and handy tips to help you get the most out of your bottle!
CHIA’s Bircher Muesli
I live for breakfast. I simply refuse to put a foot out the door unless something substantial (and delicious) has made its way into my belly. Even as a kid, my primary concern with sleepovers was that I would miss out on my 6am Weetbix and milk ritual with Dad. Years later and breakfast remains a priority over sleep, a café with an all-day breakfast menu will always win and the endless possibilities of what each morning’s meal could entail still gets me excited. Even if it means a touch of preparation the night before, a busy morning in my house still revolves around a decent breakfast. And that’s where Bircher Muesli is my best friend.
It is the brainchild of Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner who, in stark contrast to other medical specialists of his day, was convinced that a diet rich in raw fruit and vegetables provided both short and long term health benefits. During the turn of the 20th century, Bircher Muesli was fed to Benner’s patients religiously throughout their stay at his Zurich Sanatorium and was believed to have aided in the healing of their various ailments. While the addition of condensed milk to Bircher Muesli has (quite understandably) become relatively uncommon, the apple component which Benner took a particular shining to, still holds fast in the modern Bircher recipes of today.
What I find most exciting about this muesli is that there really are no rules! While oats, grated apple and milk are base components in my recipe, everything else is really dependent on what’s left in the pantry. You can imagine the excitement when it dawned on me how amazing a splash of CHIA would be in my morning bowl. Not only does it boost the nutritional value of this breakfast but with its natural fruit sugars, you can often omit other sweeteners such as honey and enjoy each flavour as is. Give it a go!
- ½ C oats
- 2T toasted coconut
- 1t honey
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- Preferred quantities of nuts, seeds and dried fruit
- ¼ C CHIA
- ½ an apple (grated)
- Milk of choice (I use almond or coconut)
- Handful of berries or fruit of choice
- Aside from the milk and fruit toppings, mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- Pour over your choice of milk until oat mixture is just visible.
- Cover, refrigerate and soak overnight.
- Top with your choice of fruit and a drizzle of CHIA.