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Bircher Muesli

A classic overnight muesli topped with loads of fruit, nuts, and yogurt. Perfect for a healthy and filling breakfast!


Bircher Muesli

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I have to say that I really like it when you guys email me recipes to try. There’s two reasons for this.

First, most of you are pretty good cooks (or on your way to becoming good cooks) and you have at least a few awesome recipes hidden away that are usually very unique and different from what I would normally do.

Second, you may not know this, but I’m actually fairly lazy and the idea of new, awesome recipes from readers just appearing in my Inbox always makes me happy.

So when reader Rachel (Hi Rachel!) emailed me this lovely Bircher Muesli recipe, I just had to try it out.

Bircher Muesli

Serves 2.
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A classic overnight muesli topped with loads of fruit, nuts, and yogurt. Perfect for a healthy and filling breakfast!


100 g. (about 1 1/4 cups) rolled oats, not the instant kind
250ml (1 Cup) milk
50ml (1/4 Cup) cream
50g (1/2 Cup) raisins (I subbed dried figs for these guys)
1 apple, peeled and grated
1 banana, diced
1 orange, cut into segments
1/2 lemon, juice only
Sliced almonds (or other nut)
Honey, brown sugar, or agave syrup (some sort of sweetener)

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1) Mix oats, raisins (or figs), milk, and cream in a bowl, cover, and store in the fridge overnight.

2) The next morning, prep the fruit.  Dice the banana, peel the orange and dice the segments, peel the apple and grate it.

3) Mix the fruit with lemon juice.

4) Serve muesli with fruit topping, yogurt, chopped nuts, and some sort of sweetener.

Planning is Important

This recipe is far from hard. Actually, it’s very easy. Maybe easier than making actual oatmeal because there’s nothing to cook!

But it does require a bit of planning. For the muesli to really work well, you need to prep it the night before.

It takes all of 2 minutes. I think you can handle it.

Just the basics.

Rachel’s original recipe called for raisins, but I used some dried figs because my loving wife isn’t a huge raisin fan.

Just pour everything into a bowl, stir it together, cover it and stick it in the fridge!

If you’re using figs, chop them up a bit.

oats mixed

The Next Day

The next day, when you wake up, you’ll see that the oats have completely absorbed all the liquid.

It’s like a magic trick.

All soaked up!

Now you can prep the fruit part of the dish.

You’ll need these things.

A fruit assortment

For the banana, just peel it, cut it in half long-wise, then dice it up.

For the orange, peel it and cut the segments into chunks. Nothing fancy.

For the apple, peel it and then grate it. The grated apple adds an awesome texture to the final dish. It’s a great touch.

Mix all these things together and squeeze in some lemon juice to stop the fruit from browning.

NOT Cheese.

Other Add ins

Besides all that fruit, you can add in almost any nut in the world and any sweetener you can think of. I went with some sliced almonds and agave syrup.

Very tasty.

Any nut and any sweetener will do.

You can either mix the fruit into the muesli or just serve it on top. I liked it on top with the almonds and agave and a good dollop of yogurt.

up close
A great breakfast.

This is a really great summer breakfast if you like oatmeal. It’s cold obviously which is nice and refreshing on a hot summer morning. And you don’t need to ever turn the stove on!

If you’re eating this by yourself, this will feed you for a few days and it keeps just fine in the fridge for that long.

Give this a shot if you’re in a breakfast rut!

7 Responses to “Bircher Muesli” Leave a comment

  1. Yum! And, if you start it the -morning- before, and don't put the stuff in the fridge, you'll ferment the oats a bit. Which gives it a nice sour taste, and gives your body some good bacteria. :)

    (I've only done this w/ water in place of milk)
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  2. I've always had an issue with the texture of hot oatmeal porridge… What sort of texture does the oatmeal have in this dish?

    Since this is not cooked..I'm thinking that might solve my mushy/slimy issue. Very interesting!
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  3. This post brought back wonderful memories of languid Summer days when my boys were growing up. Being of Swiss heritage, we made this together each Summer morning.They would help gather different berries from the garden, depending on which was ripe and even learned to slice bananas as they helped to make this.
    It's a great teaching tool as well as delicious!

  4. I loved this! I’m a big oatmeal fan and have always wondered if there was a better way to eat it during the summer. This breakfast was the perfect start to my day this morning and helped give me the fuel I needed to bike the Denver Century (100 miles)!

  5. I love raisins! maybe if you soaked them she might like them?

    I’ve just made bircher muesli too, and I really love it. I used to think of it as a treat from hotel breakfasts, but it’s just so easy to do especially when you use a food processor with the fruit.

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