Overnight Oats “Bircher Müsli Style”
Overnight oats are one of my go-to breakfasts during the week. I love the many variations as you can switch the sort of milk, the spices and toppings so it never gets old. It is perfect to prepare in the evening so you just need to slice up some fresh fruits in the morning and you are good to go. You can even use frozen fruits as a topping that will thaw by the time you will eat it, which literally takes no time at all in the morning.
My favorite combination at the moment is this “Bircher Müsli Style”. In case you don’t know Bircher Müsli, it is named after the swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Brenner (1867-1939) who developed the recipe around 1900 for his patients. His focus was on a raw food diet and he got popular for his breakfast recipe consisting of oats, milk, yoghurt, apple, lemon juice and nuts/seeds. That is why overnight oats are no new food trend at all, they just got a “make over” with fancy toppings and were adapted to plantbased diets.
So what gives my standard overnight oats the “Bircher Müsli Style”? Instead of the original recipe I created a diary free version by switching milk and yogurt for almond milk and coconut yogurt. I added sunflower, pumpkin seeds and raisins for soaking, mixed in half a grated apple in the morning. Topped with fresh strawberries and some toasted almonds it makes the perfect summer breakfast!
Oats are incredibly nutritious. They are a good source of carbs and fiber and contain more protein than most grains. Rich in antioxidants they help lower blood pressure and they also keep your blood sugar stable. Oats are very filling as they contains a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan which takes your stomach longer to empty of food and it promotes the release of a satiety hormone.
My basic combination always consists of those 5 parts:
Oats + plantbased milk + chia or flaxseeds + spice(s) + toppings
Here are some ideas for varying your overnight oats:
Milk (I prefer plantbased milk but feel free to use cow milk):
- Almond milk
- Oat milk
- Coconut milk
- Hazelnut milk
- Soy milk
- Rice milk
- Pumpkin spice
- Gingerbread spice (during winter time)
Additional ingredients for soaking overnight:
- Coconut shavings
- Poppy seeds
- Raisins, dates, cranberries
- All kinds of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax, chia)
- All kinds of fresh fruits (my favorites are banana, berries, mango and nectarine)
- Frozen fruits (e.g. unsweetened mixed berries)
- Nut butter
So with this range of different ingredients you can experiment a lot and have a new combination every morning!
What is your favorite combination for overnight oats?
- 5 tbs rolled oats
- 1 tbs oat bran or 1 additional tbs oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk or other preferred milk
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbs sunflower seeds
- 1 tbs pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbs raisins
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 apple
- Crushed almonds
- 1 tbs coconut yogurt (optional, but recommended)*
- Simply combine all ingredients except for the apple in a bowl and whisk well.
- As the oats and chia will absorb liquid overnight, the mixture should be quite runny.**
- Store in an airtight container or glass jar in the fridge overnight.
- On the next morning, grate half an apple and stir into your oats (together with coconut yogurt, if using).
- Top with strawberries, almonds and vanilla or other preferred fruit. Enjoy!
- * If you can't find coconut yogurt you can also use unsweetened soy yogurt. However I find it tastes a lot better with coconut yogurt.
- ** Depending on the kind of milk you use you might need to a few tablespoons more. (E.g. I always need a bit more of almond milk than oat milk as it's creamier)