Recipe Review: I am on a mission to find the perfect mix between chia pudding and bircher muesli. Why? Well I personally find chia pudding heavy going on the palate (it feels thick and claggy), and I think bircher muesli has so much room to grow! I tried each of the above recipes independently and then thought “You know what? I think they each had good attributes” and set about combining them into my new favourite breakfast dish! I hope you like it too.
Cooking time: 5 – 10 minutes plus overnight soaking Serves: 2 -3
Preheat oven: Fridge only
- ½ cup whole rolled oats (buy gluten-free if needed)*
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup frozen raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or a mix of your favourite (optional)
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk, plus 1 – 2 Tbsp**
- ¾ cup almond milk, plus 1 – 2 Tbsp**
- 1 Tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
- 1 Tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup, honey or rice-malt syrup (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
1. In a large mason jar/container add all ingredients, adding chia seeds last. Mix well to combine. Then add additional liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until you have reached just over your desired texture. Keep in mind that chia seeds absorb copious amounts of liquid.
2. Store in the fridge overnight
3. Serve as is or with extra berries, sliced apple, banana or additional nuts and seeds.
Note: With berries this mix will last 1 – 2 days. Without berries it could last up to 3 days.
If you want to, create a base mix to work with, leaving out the berries. You could now add grated apple or banana, or leave it plain and serve with fresh fruit.
I have been making double but noticing that the berries don't really last more than 1 – 2 days so just make it as is first and then play around with measurements moving forward (is it for 1, 2 or more people etc.)
* I have been using quick cooking oats because I accidentally took home 1kg. Another language barrier mistake oops! My point being they worked fine so if that's all you have in the house then use them up in this recipe. Regular rolled oats would be best for health and digestion however.
**Due to the addition of seeds in this base recipe I have included 1 – 2 additional Tbsp's of coconut milk and almond milk. I don't like my chia pudding/bircher to be really thick so I try to make sure that the mix is wet enough that the chia seeds have enough liquid to absorb without soaking it all up and making it claggy. You may need to play around with this each time you make it until you find a measurement that creates the right consistency for your tastes.