I’m not a morning person. At all. Despite the fact that I have given birth to three early-rising children I’m still not used to getting up early. I’m not very functional first thing in the morning and I generally don’t do anything meaningful until I’ve had a cup of coffee.
Until recently I’ve been offering my kids Weetbix for breakfast. Religiously. Everyday. For seven years. After all it doesn’t take much brain power to slosh milk over two wheat biscuits while half asleep. And until now that has been my main criteria for a breakfast.
However, Weetbix doesn’t really suit my littlest one’s tummy so I’ve had to find an alternative that can be served while I am still in my half-comatose, pre-coffee state. It has been quite a job to wean Miss 7 and Little Miss 3 off weetbix (some days they do still choose it). But this is the recipe that has got them eating oats. It suits their taste buds, my morning stupor and everyone’s nutritional needs. It really is as though a fairy comes in the night and makes breakfast for you!!
Fairy Bircher: A Quick Breakfast Recipe
Serves 2 or 3
In the evening, add the following to a mixing bowl:
- 1 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1 Heaped TBS Desiccated Coconut
- Pinch Linseeds
- Pinch Chia Seeds
- Small Handful Frozen Raspberries
- Small Handful Sultanas
- 1/2 Cup Cloudy Apple Juice (the kind that is just crushed apples)
- Milk to cover mixture
- 1 TBS natural yoghurt (optional)
Cover and put in fridge overnight. In the morning, before serving stir the raspberries through the mixture. It turns pink, hence the name!!
NB: I appreciate that the Apple Juice and Raspberries are both quite expensive ingredients. However, only a very small amount is required each time and supplies last a while. Grated apple will work too, and adds a nice texture, but is a bit browny the next day. It’s also an extra step the night before that puts me off a bit. I’ve tried soaking the oats in freshly squeezed orange juice, but didn’t like it as much. However, I will try it again when the local oranges are in season and we need a bigger boost of vitamin C.