Nadiya's Family Favourites: Mango Lime Lassi Bircher

These fresh, fruity overnight oats are delicious addition to hectic mornings.

These fresh, fruity overnight oats are delicious addition to hectic mornings

(Credit: Hungry Gap Productions Ltd.)

"I only discovered bircher muesli very recently, but now I’ve started seeing it pop up everywhere, in all my regular coffee hangouts. Meanwhile, something I’m no stranger to is lassi, a common drink at Indian weddings and in Indian restaurants. Lassi isn’t my favourite drink in the world, as I find thick drinks a bit confusing — I’m never sure whether to swallow, chew or neither! So I thought why not combine it with bircher, to help my mouth make sense of it. With the loveliness of mango, mint and lime, all soaked into gorgeous oats, there is no longer any confusion: all you need is a spoon and an appetite." - Nadiya Hussain

Mango Lime Lassi Bircher

By Nadiya Hussain


For the bircher:

  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 450g tinned mango pulp (you can find this in the world food aisles of most supermarkets and in Asian shops — or you
  • 6 large mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 200ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 150g rolled porridge oats (not the jumbo ones)

For the topping:

  • 1 fresh mango (or a 420g tin of mango in syrup, drained), chopped into small pieces
  • A small handful of fresh mint, finely chopped


Toast the flaked almonds in a small non-stick frying pan on a medium to high heat. Toss them around till they are golden all over, then set aside in a bowl and leave to cool. 

Put the mango pulp, mint, lime juice and zest into a large bowl (word of warning: make sure it’s a bowl that fits into the fridge — I’m saving you some washing-up here). Pour in the almond milk and add half the toasted almonds. Stir well until everything is combined. 

Add the oats and mix it all well, making sure the oats are covered. Cover with clingfilm and pop into the fridge overnight, ready for breakfast in the morning. 

Next morning, take the bowl out of the fridge — the oats will have doubled in volume, as they will have soaked up all the excess moisture of the mango goodness. 

Make the topping by mixing the chopped mango and mint together. Serve in small bowls or jam jars, top with the mango, and sprinkle with the rest of the toasted flaked almonds. Surely a breakfast worth waiting all night for!

Yield: Makes 4 servings

This recipe originally appeared on Nadiya's Family Favourites - Series 1. Stream it now on CBC Gem


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.