I believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day- yes, I’m one of those people 🙂 It curbs my hunger and gives me the energy to take on whatever the day brings. A change of year heralds a change of breakfast in my kitchen. The 2017 outlook calls for more energetic & time-efficient breakfast and because there has been always something very comforting about porridge for me, I decided to play around with bircher porridge.
Bircher overnight porridge was invented by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for his patients in the 1900s. His recipe required the oats to be soaked in milk for a period of time to soften them and make easier to digest.
There are many variations possible with bircher porridge, from the soaking milk (milk, condensed milk, juice, coconut milk), to the oats (add nothing or add any mix of nuts or seeds) and the topping (fresh or dried fruit).
For my version of bircher porridge, I use almond milk to soak the oats – I like the subtle sweetness it provides. Then I add chia seeds, because they give a rich creaminess, honey, vanilla and pumpkin seeds. Finally I mix all the ingredients and pop into the fridge overnight, or at least for 2h.
The traditional topping is grated apple and nuts, but I add pears chopped into chunks, dried cranberries, I drizzle everything with a little bit of honey and sprinkle over the cinnamon. Sometimes in the morning my bircher can be a little too stiff so I simply give it an extra splash of milk to loosen. Also, hence I like warm food during winter, I warm it up before eating.
Here’s a list of ingredients for 2 portions;
- 100 g oats
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 350 ml milk of your choice (I use almond milk, you can also use apple juice)
- 1 tbsp honey
- a dash of vanilla essence
- 2 pears, in chunks
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- a small handful of dried sour cherries, or cranberries
So this January, a delightful bircher is my idea for a healthy breakfast: high in fibre, low in fat, something to start my day out right and keep me going until lunchtime!
And what’s your favourite breakfast?