I love porridge & Bircher porridge is a great way of keeping it interesting. Bircher porridge is incredibly simple; it is just rolled oats soaked overnight in milk &/ or fruit juice, so takes about 3 mins to prepare. The overnight soaking means that the oats soak up all the flavour.
The fun bit is adding your toppings! I like adding a mixture of both dried & fresh fruit, especially dried cranberries & goldenberries, fresh raspberries, blueberries & grated apple. I also love adding seeds, ground flaxseed & nuts which adds nutrients & gives great texture & crunch.
To boost the nutrient profile, I love eating this with yoghurt mixed with protein powder (soya bean, pea & whey work well). If you like it sweeter, you can add a drizzle of honey or a vegan alternative, like date syrup, agave or a few chopped dates.
By using plant-based milk or fruit -juice & vegan yoghurt, this recipe is suitable for vegans & if you use gluten-free oats, this recipe is suitable for coeliacs.
This makes a super healthy breakfast & brilliant snack. It lasts about 2 days in the fridge & so you can make a batch in advance easily. (Note the grated apple will oxidise & go brown, but it still tastes great!).
Preparation: 3-5 mins
150g rolled oats (gluten-free if required)
300ml milk of choice (I use almond, soy or rice milk) or apple juice
Pinch of salt
Handful of fresh blueberries & raspberries
Handful of dried goldenberries & cranberries
Ground flaxseed (2tbsp)
Handful of sunflower seeds & pumpkin seeds
Sweetener: honey, or vegan alternative like date syrup or agave or 2-3 chopped dates if you like things sweeter
Soak the rolled oats & salt in milk or apple juice & leave overnight in the fridge.
Grate the apple & mix with the soaked oats. Spoon into 2 bowls.
Top with fresh & dried fruit & pumpkin & sunflower seeds.
Dust with ground flaxseed.
Stir the protein powder into the yoghurt & spoon a generous helping into each bowl. Add extra sweetener if required. Enjoy!
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