For a tropical take on bircher, how’s about adding some mango instead of the more traditional apple, to make this mango bircher with lime, Greek yoghurt & blueberries
Earlier this year I watched ex Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain make a simple vegan bircher out of tinned mango puree, oats and almond milk on the telly box. I made smaller portions of it as a ‘breakfast dessert’ for one of the first retreats I catered for this year, and became hooked. Not only was it an incredibly simple recipe, it was suitable for everyone (those with nut allergies aside), but everyone seemed to love it as much as I did, and It’s been on every retreat menu I’ve catered since.
I actually recall having a mango bircher style dish in one of London’s chain cafes many years back, and now I’m remembering that I also recreated something along those lines 5 years ago when I was working as a chef in a cafe. So, basically what I’m trying to say is I don’t know who to credit for putting this idea in my head in the first place, but can absolutely credit Nadiya for bringing it back into trend for 2019.
I usually offer an oat and an egg based dish for breakfasts on retreat and this mango bircher has become a new alternative to my usual rotation of granola and my vegan coconut apple bircher (which you can find on my app). Every time I make this I am asked for the recipe and always pass everyone in the direction of Nadiya. I wish I’d have come up with the dish myself.
Could I vary the dish, and make it a bit more my own, though? I got thinking. If this was to be served as the main part of breakfast and not a smaller portion as a ‘breakfast dessert’ what ingredients would I choose to put in, to make it a bit more filling, or to up the protein perhaps?
I decided to add in some Greek yoghurt, chia seeds, and made the puree myself. I’ve found the easiest way to do this is to use defrosted frozen mango rather than fresh for speed and ease. Just leave it defrost for a few hours then blitz it up in a powerful blender, I love my Froothie Optimum 9400 2nd Gen blender* for this (NB affiliate link and you can read my review here). Don’t skimp on the lime. The acid helps soften the oats, and it really adds to the taste.
We’re finally getting blueberries from Europe in the supermarkets now instead of from South America, so now is the time I am happy to go forth and enjoy them. Raspberries, pomegranate and pistachios would be pretty good with mango too.
This is an excellent recipe to scale up for a crowd. Either serve it sharing style from a huge dish, or portion up individually in bowls, tumblers, or wine glasses. It also works especially well in an old jam jar for a packed take-to-work breakfast. So pretty too, who could resist?
Mango Bircher with Lime, Greek Yoghurt & Blueberries
- 200g mango puree (see note)
- 150g Greek Yoghurt
- 80g oats
- 50mls milk of choice
- 1 lime, juice and zest
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Add whatever you like; an extra dollop of yoghurt, flaked or desiccated coconut, lime zest, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, pistachios are all lovely
- The night before mix together the oats, mango puree, lime juice and zest, Greek yoghurt, milk and chia seeds in a small bowl, and make sure all is well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, add milk if you prefer a looser Bircher. Transfer to a serving dish, or jar and top with your favourite toppings. Here I've used an extra swirl of mango puree, Greek Yoghurt, toasted coconut flakes, blueberries and lime zest.
What are your favourite flavours to add to your morning oats?
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