Chia bircher muesli

Chia bircher muesli

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Cut the Carbs!
Makes
2-4

My previous experience with chia was via an allergy-safe pet, shorn with child-friendly scissors. These days it’s a new ‘wonderfood’. It’s supposedly got more omega-3 than salmon and it’s packed full of protein. I’ve found when dry that it can get stuck in your molars in a way that you thought only a strawberry seed could. But saturate the seeds in a little liquid and they swell up like cheerful orbs of freckled tapioca.

There are very few things that make me happier in the morning than knowing that breakfast is ready-cued in the fridge – which is how this muesli substitute was born. To these friendly seeds I add ground flaxseed/linseed, yoghurt, milk and a few stray berries for a little fruitiness and flavour. They all hang out together in the fridge overnight and meld into a silky, bircher-esque mass. What you then have is a quick but slow (carb) breakfast option that doesn’t involve lentils, bacon or eggs.

I’ll sometimes top a portion with a few extra toasted nuts, berries or seeds – and for the full, more traditional bircher experience, I’ll add in a grated apple, skin and all. But most often it’s just eaten as is, swiftly out of a bowl, while I wait for the kettle to boil and a good day to roll.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
85g chia seeds
50g rolled oats
375g plain yoghurt, (sheep, goat, soy or whatever takes your fancy)
45g ground flaxseed/linseed
2 handfuls berries, smooshed with a fork
315ml milk

Optional extras

Quantity Ingredient
grated apple
or bran
or ground almonds
a handful diced dried pear
chopped brazil nuts or almonds
fresh berries
or 1/2 passionfruit

Equipment

Quantity Ingredient
large tupperware of at least 1-litre capacity

Method

  1. Mix the chia seeds, oats and yoghurt together well to incorporate.
  2. Add the flaxseed/linseed, smooshed berries and milk. Stir very well to prevent globby masses of chia forming in the corners.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to soak and incorporate, or overnight.
  4. Stir well once more before serving. Eat on its own, or with some additional fruit, yoghurt and seeds for extra flavour and crunch.
Tags:
healthy
low carb
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