This is our go-to bircher for busy mornings. The kids love it. The topping changes, depending on what is around too. You can reduce the oats and up the hemp seeds if you like, also almond meal or almond milk pulp could be added in to use it up. Pears work in place of apples. I like lots of toppings on top for added texture.

Hemp hearts are nutritious hulled heart of the hemp seed that look a bit like sesame seeds, they are nutty and are a high-quality protein containing omega 3 and 6 and are a great source of good fats. I like to sprinkle them on breakfast, on salads and add them to smoothies and hummus. Currently, you can find them at organic grocers, health shops and online direct from the grower. Keep them in the fridge or in a cool dark place so they don’t go rancid.

Serves 4 – depending on how hungry you are.



1 ½  cups rolled oats (porridge oats)
½ cup fine coconut
2 apples, grated – I quite like a tart apple here
2 T chia seeds
1 ½  cup yoghurt – any type
½ cup water
½  cup milk (any type, coconut would be nice)
2 T hemp hearts
1-2 T honey, apple syrup or maple syrup to taste

½ cup toasted coconut shavings
Half cup walnuts, toasted
Extra hemp seeds
Extra apple- finely sliced, milk and apple syrup to serve

Place the oats, coconut, chia seeds, yoghurt, water, milk, hemp hearts and honey in a bowl and mix to combine. Cover and put in the fridge overnight.

Toast the coconut shavings and walnuts and set aside

In the morning grate in the apples. Taste and see if the sweetness is to your liking – you can always add more on top.

To serve divide into 4 bowls, top with the coconut shavings, walnuts and hemp seeds. Top with extra apple( or another fruit ) and a little milk and apple syrup/honey