Recipe: Overnight chia-bircher Beauties
Calling a chia pudding Beautiful? Oh yes! I love breakfast, much moreso than the average person. I am generally a morning person by nature but can bounce out of bed in a heartbeat if I have delicious plans for the first (and most important!) meal of the day.
This is perhaps my favourite at-home breakfast and knowing that I’m going to bed with a little pot waiting for me in the fridge for the next morning sees me off to sleep with a smile on my face.
These really could not be any easier. The most labour-intensive task involved is grating an apple and the rest is just mixing and then waiting for the chia and linseeds to work their magic overnight! I tend to make these at the same time as I’m making dinner and I definitely relish waking up in the morning knowing that I won’t have to wash a saucepan after making porridge.
These puddings are high in fibre and healthy fats thanks to the chia and linseeds and when you top them with extra nuts they become a great source of protein too. Together, the fats, fibre and protein will keep you going all morning. Give these a go, I promise you won’t regret it!
Recipe (2 generous serves)
2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs linseeds
6 tbs water
2 tsp cinnamon
½ cup oats
1 apple, grated
¼ cup sultanas
¼ cup sunflower seeds
Rind and juice of half an orange
½ cup natural yoghurt
In a large bowl, mix the chia seeds, linseeds and cinnamon. Top with the water and leave for a few minutes to start getting gloopy.
While you’re waiting, you might like to grate your apple and prepare your orange juice and rind.
Once the mixture has started to thicken, stir it up well to incorporate all the water and cinnamon. Don’t worry if its still runny, it’ll continue to thicken as you work and certainly thicken up beautifully overnight in the fridge!
Now pop all of the remaining ingredients into the bowl and stir well. Split the mixture into two bowls/glasses/jars and pop into the fridge overnight.
If you have time, take the Beauties out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you want to eat them (if not that's OK - devouring them straight from the fridge will not dampen the experience!)
I like to serve mine topped with a handful of almonds and some fresh passionfruit or pomegranate gems or, as pictured, with fresh orange.
If you prefer – you can sub the oats for some extra chia or linseeds to keep it gluten-free.