You are in bed; it’s early morning.
Ok, five minutes more.
And five more.
Oh! But. . . Wait! There is . . . Yessss!!!!!!
Suddenly you jump out of bed, run to the fridge and make yourself THIS:
This overnight chia oatmeal is seriously one of the best breakfasts I have ever had.
Not only because it’s packed with fibers, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins.
It’s also insanely delicious and extremely easy and quick to make!
Take a bowl, mix all the ingredients, cover, place it in the fridge, and let it sit overnight.
In the morning top it with your favorite fruits, and you’ll be full of energy until lunch.
Here is Switzerland everybody eats and loves Birchermuesli: a recipe developed by doctor Bircher-Benner at the end of the 19th century for the patients of his clinic. He was deeply convinced that raw foods are incredibly beneficial and indeed in his oatmeal there was nothing cooked, and that’s what we love: thank you so much, Mr. Bircher!
The original version of Birchermuesli was made with rolled oat, condensed milk or cream, lemon juice, grated apple, and honey.
I use coconut or almond milk instead of cow milk and also add chia seeds for extra omega-3 and that lovely creamy consistency they get when they expand in liquids.
The lemon juice I add in the morning together with the fresh fruit and nuts, while I love to flavor the oatmeal with lemon zest and natural vanilla extract, which I add already in the evening to let them develop overnight.
It’s truly fantastic, fresh, nutritious, delicious.
BIRCHER MUESLI -INSPIRED OVERNIGHT LEMON CHIA OATMEAL
For the oatmeal
- 100 g (1 cup) of rolled oat
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- a pinch of salt
- 350 ml (1 and 1/2 cups) of milk (I like almond or coconut)
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey
- the zest of one lemon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
For the topping
- fresh fruit of your choice (grated apple or berries, kiwi, mango, banana . . .)
- nuts and seeds of your choice*
- lemon juice, to taste
- coconut flakes, flower petals and anything else you love!!!
*I always soak the nuts that I add to my oatmeal. Apart from neutralizing , the soaking time makes the nuts taste so fresh! I put them in water in a separate bowl, then rinse them before adding them to my oatmeal. This step is totally optional and I also skip it when I don’t have time.
1. The night before, mix oat, chia seeds and salt directly in a mason jar or an air-tight container. Then pour in the milk, maple syrup, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Stir well with a spoon, cover, and place in the fridge.
2. The next morning take out the jar/container from the fridge, top it with fresh fruits, nuts and seeds and enjoy!
In winter, I usually transfer the oatmeal into a bowl at room temperature while I prepare the topping. In this way, it’ll not be too cold. In summer directly from the fridge, it’s just heaven!
It can be conserved perfectly for two to three days in the fridge so you can make it ahead and you’ll have a super-delicious and healthy breakfast ready to go!