Call them Overnight Oats or Bircher Muesli this recipe for oats with yogurt, apple and chia is a deliciously filling breakfast.
By now, you know I was in London last week. You also know that I ate Pheasant and Trotters Pie. And now I know, I guess not surprisingly, that very few of you have requested that I recreate that dish here on the blog.
Pity. What a shame.
It's interesting, really, if you think about it. What could otherwise be called Pigeon and Pig's Feet Pie sounds much more refined (a quality the British have mastered) when called "Pheasant and Trotters Pie." But refined title or not, you guys aren't begging for trotters. I get it.
That got me thinking, though. It got me thinking about the first breakfast I ate when I arrived in London -- Bircher Oatmeal.
I was vaguely familiar with Bircher Muesli from my friend Gretchen's early blogging days, but have only seen it referred to as such -- "Bircher Muesli." For a moment, when I saw it on the menu listed as Bircher Oatmeal I thought maybe it would differ. But from what I could tell, Bircher Oatmeal is no different than Bircher Muesli. It's just a name thing. (And if we really want to get technical the whole world of Overnight Oats is just the Pinterested version of Bircher to begin with. Potayto. Potahto.)
Whatever you want to call it, it's delish even if it doesn't look so. When my oats arrived at our table, I'm pretty sure my dining companions thought we'd jumped into the musical Oliver and I'd ordered the "gruel."
But looks can be deceiving. It was a hearty mixture of oats and bananas, bound together by what I assume was a bit of milk and maybe even heavy cream. Slightly sweet and topped with almonds, it was my favorite breakfast the entire trip. (I love beans, but I swear I don't get the whole English baked bean thing at breakfast. #SorryNotSorry.)
In the coming weeks, I'll share with you some of the gut health research that was shared with me onsite at the event (In full transparency my attendance at the event was partially funded by sponsors, none of which are mentioned in this post). I came home with a overwhelming new passion for pre- and pro-biotic foods. My new twist on Bircher Oatmeal includes both.
I've opted to use two different types of fermented dairy drinks, rather than juice (which is often a part of Bircher Muesli) to get a more diverse live culture strain in the oats. By using one of them sweetened, I didn't need to add any sweetener to the recipe.
I did stick (somewhat) with the traditional Bircher inclusion of apples, although I'm using dried because they're frankly so darn easy, so why not? The chia gives the dish a little extra boost of pre-biotic fiber and helps firm up the oats to a thick consistency that I find most appealing.
I've eaten this dish three days in a row and simply can't get enough. Give 'em a try and let me know what you think. They're too easy not to!
Call them Overnight Oats or Bircher Muesli these oats w/ yogurt, apple & chia are delish and filling. @ReganJonesRD Tweet this
Probiotic Packed Bircher Oatmeal
- 1 packet plain unflavored dry oats
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dried apple chips
- 1 small vanilla probiotic dairy drink or drinkable yogurt (I used Danactive)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons plain kefir
- Garnish: fresh berries and additional kefir
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Garish and serve cold.