If you are like me, you can get taken hold of by a sugar craving “like nobody’s business,” as we say here in the South. In search of whole and healthy food replacements for the daily chocolate chip cookie habit that I had for probably a decade, my quest landed upon the phenomenon of the chia seed. Chia pudding is something that I can handle in small doses, let me be frank. Something about the gelatinous texture that gets to me after a few bites. However, as a Swiss citizen, I am a dedicated lover of a good Birchermüesli (or what we in the US sometimes refer to as “refrigerator oatmeal.”) Years of living in Switzerland taught me well, and I have honed a lovely recipe that is a riff off of my Swiss mother-in-law, Eliane’s, delectable version. Only problem with the original recipe is that it is often loaded with creme, milk, sweet dried fruits and sugar, which is not on par with my food choices du jour. So I decided to adapt and blend my two loves into one! A lot of people think you have to let chia or ‘refrigerator oatmeal’/birchermüesli sit overnight, but it actually tastes just as good only about an hour later. Actually, I sometimes can’t even wait ten minutes, and it still does the trick. Note: The longer you leave it, the thicker it becomes. And you are now familiar with my aversion of gelatinousness… I digress.
Eh voila, a quick fiber filled (chia has equal amounts of fiber and carbs- AMAZING!) filled, Omega-3 and antioxident rich creamy pudding for your next sugar craving.
photo cred: stylenest.co.uk
FlaxBerry Birchermüesli Chia Bowl
Recipe: (serves 1)
1-2 heaping Tablespoon Chia (depending of your tolerance of gelatinous texture)
3 Tablespoon rolled oats (GF if that’s your jam)
1 T ground flax seeds
1 cup milk alternative (cashew has been my drink of choice as of late, but try almond, coconut, hemp, flax… up to you!)
1/2 cup goat’s milk yogurt (this is what makes it “Birchermüesli-like”)
big pinch salt
handful of berries! (at your discretion, for me, the more the better)
(now for the fun part:) Toppings of your choice! Get creative… think hemp seeds, sliced banana, bee pollen, shredded apple (this is a Bircher staple)… these are a few that I will add.
Stir chia, flax, oats, milk, salt and vanilla together. Let sit in the fridge as long as you can manage (5 min-overnight!)
Add toppings of your choice. This is where you can get fancy and turn it into those lovely Instagram worthy “bowls” that you see everywhere. If you really want to make it photogenic, line up each of the ingredients in rows or quarters or even layer it in your mason jar (my prefered method.)
Delish, and you’re welcome.
With love from my kitchen to yours,
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