Recipe by Buffy Ellen: lover of holistic health, plant-based nutrition, organic living, improving the state of our planet and the woman behind Be Good Organics
When I’m at home in the mid week, this bircher muesli is without doubt my favourite breakfast. It only requires a little bit of preparation the night before, and the result the next morning is a beautiful bowl of soft creamy oats, juicy plump fruit, and wonderfully digestible seeds.
You can easily switch up the ingredients I’ve used below depending on what you have available and what’s in season.
I generally keep the base recipe the same, and just change the main dried fruit and nut options. Some of my favourite combos are white mulberries & brazil nuts, goji berries & hazelnut, incan berries & almond, apricot & almond, date & cashew, and fig & walnut.
The secret ingredient to this bircher is the addition of chia seeds. Chia seeds are super high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, great for the hair, skin, eyes, and general organ function. When added to liquid, chia seeds absorb more than double their volume to become a lovely gel which is great for cleansing the digestive system.
RAW CHIA BIRCHER MUESLI
Serves 1 for Breakfast (or afternoon tea if that’s how you roll). I’m also a big fan of making things even quicker in the morning by tripling or quadrupling the recipe for a few days’ worth of breakfasts in advance.
1/4 – 1/3c oats
1 tsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp coconut chips
1 Tbsp goji berries
1 Tbsp sultanas (switch to raisins or currants)
1 Tbsp brazil nuts, chopped (exchange for almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts or cashews)
1 tsp pumpkin seeds
1 tsp sunflower seeds (swap either or both for sesame seeds)
1/2c almond milk (swap with any other plant-based milk (hazelnut, cashew, rice, oat, soy, or you could use freshly squeezed apple juice or coconut water)
Add all ingredients except pear and toppings to a bowl, leave to soak in fridge overnight.
In the morning, add freshly grated pear and extra water if you want a thinner consistency.
Top with your favourite combo of fresh or dry fruit, coconut chips, bee pollen and chopped nuts, and devour!