I love a meal that I can prepare in advance. Taking a pocket of quiet time to assemble a meal in a nonchalant and leisurely manner is such a luxury, and it’s not something that’s easy to do on busy days.

This recipe is one that I like to make after Arty’s gone to bed. I pootle about the kitchen, grating, pouring, and stirring, then retire for the night with the ever-so-slightly smug glow of someone who knows they are going to have a really delicious, healthy breakfast ready to go in the morning.

chai spiced bircher



Chai spiced bircher


  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 medium apples
  • 2 tbsp sultanas
  • 2/3 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup milk (soy if you’re vegan)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  • a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg


  1. Place all dry ingredients, including spices, in a bowl.
  2. Grate apples into bowl, without peeling.
  3. Pour coconut water and milk into the bowl, and stir to combine.
  4. Cover with clingfilm, and refrigerate overnight.
  5. In the morning, give it a good stir, then serve.


chai spiced bircher


What sets this recipe apart, is the really yummy combination of chai spices. They’re warming, even though the dish is served cold. While it has the natural sweetness of the apple and sultanas, and doesn’t strictly┬árequire sweetening, a drizzle of honey complements the spices very pleasingly.