Bircher Blueberry Porridge

Yesterday I shared this quick Bircher blueberry porridge on instagram. I had some leftover Bircher but fancied a warm breakfast, so I thought why turn it into a porridge ? Simple. I just added some frozen blueberries and once warmed up, topped it with a few slices of banana, bee pollen, flax seed oil and  some nuts, and there it was an absolute delicious breakfast on the drop of a hat. Here is a  quick reminder on how to make a Bircher müsli .

First of all, what’s the secret ? In a nutshell Bircher muesli is a delicious raw porridge enriched with fruit and nuts. What I love about the Bircher muesli is that it only takes a few minutes to prepare. I usually make it in the evenings as it needs to be left to soak for easier digestion, just leave in the fridge over night . The next morning you have a richly flavoured  breakfast ready to eat. This way can stay in bed for that little bit longer – make a bigger batch and you have a few days of energy boosting morning bliss !

The original Bircher muesli recipe calls for oats, nuts, apples, oranges, bananas, raisins, lemon juice, condensed milk , water and sugar. However, using condensed milk, water and sugar didn’t sound appealing to me at all but probably was the best it could get in the early 1930s.

My version is made with cashew milk and vanilla but it works just as well with any other milk. I kept the oats, apples, nuts and raisins and threw some chia seeds and dates to the mix before soaking it over night.  By the way, apart from turning it into a warming porridge, Bircher also makes a very nice desert . Here is what you need:

Bircher Muesli Porridge– serves 2-3
2 cups of organic rolled jumbo oats
1-2 tbsp of soaked almonds ( roughly chopped)
1 medium sized organic apple ( British if possible)
300 ml of cashew milk ( or milk of choice e.g. rice, oat, almond, coconut etc)
1 tbsp of raisins & 1 tbsp roughly chopped dates
1-2 tbsp of walnuts ( roughly chopped)
1-2 tbsp of pecans ( roughly chopped)
1 tbsp of chia seeds
2 inch of vanilla pod or a dash of vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple sirup to sweeten if desired
1/2 – 1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries for the porridge

Method:  I usually prepare this in the evening: grate the apple including the skin and put together with all other dry ingredients into a mason jar, then add the milk, make sure it soaks through well and add some  milk in excess as the chia seeds will soak up some extra  liquid. Stir well, close tight and give it a good shake before putting it in the fridge.

That’s it-done- breakfast ready prepared for the next morning/day. You can already eat it after a 2-3 hours but its just nicer soaked over night. Shake/stir well again before serving, that  way you ensure a delicious flavour throughout.

For the porridge version, just heat up your Bircher in a pot, keep stirring until warmed all the way through. Add 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and warm it up with the Bircher or fresh fruit at the end. Top with some nuts and other delicious and healthy toppings ( e.g. bee pollen, dry frozen fruit, granola and/or flax seed oil) of your choice.