One of the perks of working here was the free food – breakfast and lunch were both provided for all staff in a small dining room – however the meals were typically English and often quite heavy (and quite meat-y), so I usually would bring in my own food in just in case. for breakfast in particular, I always like to start the day with something healthy – I find food affects my blood sugar levels and moods too much and if I started the day with chocolate cake or grilled cheese sandwiches I end up grumpy and ready for a nap by 11am (except on Christmas day of course, when chocolate is perfectly acceptable for breakfast and for some unknown reason has no ill effect whatsoever on my mood or energy levels).
One of the girls I worked with started bringing in to work bircher muesli – rolled oats soaked in yoghurt (which she pronounced “yog-hurt”, not “yo-ghurt”. I assume this is standard British pronunciation, but it always makes me smile thinking about it), grated apple and orange juice, topped with chopped nuts. I decided to make my own and was impressed – despite being initially somewhat skeptical of the odd combination of ingredients, it actually tasted pretty good. Bircher museli has been on rotation in my go-to breakfast dishes ever since. At some point along the line I came up with the ingenious idea of combining the bircher muesli and chia pudding…. well, maybe not that ingenious, but for an oat and chia seed lover I was pretty happy with this discovery.
So, here you have it, my overnight oat and chia breakfast pudding. Its incredibly adaptable, but I’ve listed out below my favorite way to make it – feel free to use other milk or sweetners, and play around with the toppings depending on what you like.
- ¼ cup of rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- ⅔ cup milk of your choice (I use coconut)
- 1 Tbsp desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp raw honey
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ banana, mashed (optional)
- Toppings - fresh berries or diced fruit, dried berries or fruit, chopped nuts, seeds, nut butter, yoghurt, granola, shredded coconut, bee pollen, cacao nibs
- Add all of the ingredients except the banana to a small container and mix well to combine. Leave in the refrigerator overnight to thicken.
- In the morning, stir through the mashed banana, and top with your choice of toppings.
For more overnight oaty and chia-y goodness, be sure to check out my Chocolate Overnight Oat and Chia Pudding recipe
And for a complete guide on how to make creamy, wholesome wholegrain porridge check out the Perfect Porridge step-by-step guide and printable chart