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Brilliant Bircher Recipe – Power Carrot Cake for Breakfast

This is a go-to breakfast in many of my meal plans that I use for both sports nutrition and weight loss programs. It is winner for nutrient density and you can adjust the energy density by varying the amount of oats, nuts and dried fruit.

Oats for valuable energy and soluble fiber

Yoghurt is a great source of protein and probiotics

Dried cranberries and lemon juice provide added energy, vitamins (C), flavanoids (quercetin)  and a little sweetness

Nuts for monounsaturated fats and vitamin E

Flax or Chia seeds for omega 3 polyunsaturated fats

Carrots for provitamin A carotenoids (beta carotene) and polyphenols (polyactylenes)

Cinnamon for deliciousness and maybe some benefit to blood sugar control…

The best thing about it all is that it is super easy to make. Mix the ingredients together and let soak overnight. The oats will soften and the dried fruit plump up overnight. You can add the nuts in the morning if you prefer them a little more crunchy. Adjust the ingredients according to your dietary goals and your taste. Add a little honey if necessary.

Bircher's Carrot Cake

In a glass jar add:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked rolled oats (certified wheat or gluten free if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt with live cultures
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 30 g chopped almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cover or seal and pop in the fridge. Wake up to carrot cake and a cup of coffee to fuel your morning’s exercise.

Bircher Muesli is named after the Swiss physician Maximillian Bircher-Benner who devised this delicious dish early in the 1900’s as treatment for patients of the time who, as a majority, ate only meat and white bread.
The original recipe used whole oats (soaked overnight to soften), cream or condensed milk, lemon juice, apples and nuts.

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