Black Forest Bircher

Black Forest Bircher

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins no cook


Serves 4

A clever twist on your standard Bircher that seems like pure indulgence but counts for one of your five-a-day and is rich in fibre too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal413
  • fat18g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre7g
  • protein14g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 2 small pears, grated



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 10 tbsp (60g) rolled oat
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 200g Greek yogurt, plus 4 tbsp
  • 5 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey, plus extra to serve (optional)
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 200g cherries, halved and pitted



    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 2 squares dark chocolate
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…


  1. Combine the pears, oats, cacao, yogurt, milk and maple syrup in a bowl. Divide between four bowls (or containers if you’re taking it to work).

  2. Top each serving with some cherries, 1 tbsp yogurt and a little extra maple syrup, if you like. Finely grate the chocolate over the Bircher, giving each serving a light dusting. Eat straight away or chill in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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yettimonster's picture
22nd Mar, 2017
OMG so simple but so delicious I used tinned pears in natural juice, Nutella instead of coco powder and fresh chopped strawberries on top. Highly recommend
27th Aug, 2016
I think this might be the world's best breakfast. My little boy (2) also loves it. I used tinned pears and frozen berries which makes it economical. Only thing is portion size - we do like a big breakfast but the two of us would eat what is supposed to serve 4!
6th Jun, 2016
rich and delicious. ate it with children and found it didn't need any extra sweetening or grated chocolate.
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