Bircher Chia

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I love my chia for breakfast. It is one of the blandest foods on the planet so it takes flavours really well. I love adding nuts, coconut, fruit, vanilla and cinnamon to it to add flavour, nutrition and texture.

Traditional bircher muesli was developed around the 1900’s in Switzerland by a physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital. It was designed to maximise the nutrients and absorbability of foods to help patients to heal and recover. It is still popular today and is recommended by many naturopaths as a great breakfast. Using traditional methods of soaking your grains combined with nuts, grated apple, seeds, yoghurt and milk/juice all help the digestive system. Plus it is delicious! 

Chia seeds need to be soaked also to release their great healing properties (see here for all about Chia). I prefer them to oats as they have more nutrients and I prefer the lightness of them (Oats make me very hungry soon after, chia has always satisfied me till lunch!). Best of all making up a big batch of this once a week makes it really easy in the morning to just take out a couple of teaspoons and eat straight away. The kids love it too- win win!

Here is my recipe;

Bircher Chia
Serves 4
Soaking chia with nuts, seeds, coconut, grated apple, coconut yoghurt and almond milk makes a delicious and nutritious gluten and dairy free cereal that the whole family can enjoy
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  1. Ratio to soak is 1tbs chia to 2-3 tbs liquid (depending on how much you want to make. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings in a 500ml Jar
  2. 4 tbs chia seeds
  3. 2 tbs hemp seeds
  4. 2 tbs black sesame seeds
  5. 3-4 tbs ground nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts )
  6. 1/2 apple peeled and grated
  7. 1-2 tbs desiccated coconut
  8. 2 tbs coconut yoghurt
  9. 12 tbs almond milk
  10. Vanilla Essence
  11. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  12. pinch of pink himalayan salt
  13. Liquid to use; Juice, coconut water, almond milk (here is my recipe) oat milk, water, coconut milk (combination of all of them if you like)
  14. The add nuts (black sesame, walnuts, almond, hempseeds, sunflower seeds pumkin etc)
  1. Add all the ingredients together in a jar and stir well.
  2. Leave overnight or at least 10 minutes!
  3. Store in the fridge.
  1. When eating add fresh fruit and more coconut yoghurt if desired.
Adapted from Bircher Muesli
Adapted from Bircher Muesli
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