The name Bircher is being flung around a lot in the health food world. You might have seen it on the menu at a massively hipster breakfast café.
So what’s the deal?
Muesli is an excellent breakfast (as long as it’s not drenched in GMO dairy and refined sugar). But what makes it Bircher is that it is soaked, ideally overnight, to make it super-digestible. (There’s also fresh fruit rather than dried, and a squeeze of lemon juice, but let’s concentrate on the soaking part.)
Bircher, a Swiss doctor and nutritionist, was so keen on his mix of soaked oats, fresh fruit and lemon juice, that he considered it the perfect breakfast, and even prefixed his lunch and dinner with a serving of it.
Aside from the nutritional power of muesli, I dig breakfasts you can make the night before. Any morning trick that leaves more space for meditation and skin brushing is pretty darn great.
But what’s even better than pretty darn great?
Magnifique Sprouted Bircher Muesli.
Now we’re just showing off!
This is my version of the perfect breakfast. It’s kind of like Bircher on speed.
Why does sprouted food rock? Because the process of sprouting turns inert seeds and grains into living food, full of enzymes and easily digestible minerals.
And don’t worry, sprouting’s a doddle! Check out our Sprouting 101 here.
For my muesli, I use sprouted oat groats. Oat groats are the whole food version of rolled oats. This is what they look like before sprouting:
And here they are three days later, with a little help from some water:
To this base, I add chia seeds for texture and Omega-3s, goji berries for everlasting youth, raisins for yumminess, and hazelnuts and banana to make my muesli even more filling.
For the milk, I use a sugar-free nut milk. We’ve just discovered this brand of nut milks, Ecomil, and I love that there’s no added sugar in them, unlike certain nut milks that give you more of a sugar rush than a bowl of ice cream…
So let’s make a Magnifique power breakfast!
This is truly a power brekkie, for your busiest, most adventurous days. Enjoy!
Are you a fan of power breakfasts like us? Share your recipe for morning awesomeness in the comments below!
Love and sprouts,