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Bircher Muesli: A Breakfast Favorite


Breakfast is always the best time for something juicy, sweet and fresh – it just feels like the right way to open the day. There’s no right way, though, when it comes to choosing the fruit.     

Yotam Ottolenghi

Well a lot is said about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, and while I’m not a huge breakfast sort of person, some fruits (especially berries), perhaps some oats and a strong cup of coffee is good to get me started for the day. My favorite way of making oats are soaking some in yogurt,overnight or what is popularly called a Bircher Muesli. The  recipe being created by the Swiss physician Macmillan Bircher.

So what really are Overnight Oats:

This is essentially a method of making oats without cooking them. The oats ( traditional old fashioned oats) are usually soaked in a liquid such as milk, fruit juice or yogurt and refrigerated overnight. The soaking brings about a wonderful creamy texture to the oats, which then can be eaten with various fresh fruits, nuts, sweetened with honey or maple syrup. Chia seeds would add a definitive texture and creaminess to the overnight oats. I have used some Coconut Milk Vegan Yogurt ( Maison Riviera) which I picked up locally here in Toronto. The coconut flavours added an amazing twist of flavours.

The original Bircher recipe consists of the following ingredients:

  • Whole Apples (including the skin)
  • Nuts (usually Walnuts, almonds)
  • Rolled oats (usually soaked in some water overnight)
  • Lemon juice from half a lemon.
  • Either cream and honey or sweetened condensed milk

The dish was prepared by mixing the cream and honey or condensed milk with the soaked oats and lemon juice and, while stirring, grating the whole apple into the mixture. This method prevented the apples from browning. The idea was to serve the dish fresh, immediately before any other dishes in the meal.

I have recreated a simpler version here by using some quick oats that have been soaked in some yogurt overnight. I have skipped the use of apples and have used some fresh berries and a splash of apple juice. The outcome was simply delicious and wholesome.This is best served chilled.


Recipe for 1 serving:


  • 3 tablespoons Quick Oats
  • 2 tablespoons Yogurt (Coconut Milk Vegan Yogurt)
  • Dash of  Oat  Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3-4 strawberries (washed,hulled and chopped)
  • Walnut halves ( a handful)


  • Layer a glass or a bowl with the chopped strawberries or fruit of your choice.
  • Soak the oats in the almond milk along with the apple juice and vegan yogurt for at least and hour. Best results if soaked overnight.
  • Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the oats.
  • Drizzle the honey over the nuts.
  • Best served chilled.


Breakfast needn’t be complicated anymore and what’s more that this recipe could work all year- round  with substitution of any seasonal fruits! This Bircher Muesli is rather comforting and so delicious with a burst of flavourful fruits and nuts. I’m totally hooked onto this every morning!

Have a wonderful week ahead!


  1. Wow these oats look super thick and filling Shailaja, just what I need for breakfast! Tons of good stuff in there!

  2. sugarlovespices says

    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and this is so fresh and delicious! Just to mention, the right spelling of the name is muesli.

    • Oops typo and didn’t run through a spell check in a hurry! Thanks a bunch for bringing that out..will make the correction…Yup a light and easy brekkie is what I enjoy most too:))

  3. Sharon says

    Yum! I am looking for cold breakfast recipes to enjoy during the summer. Looking forward to trying this. 🙂

  4. diversivoreshop says

    Lovely recipe, and always nice to have a simple, healthy, and delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning! Are those saskatoon berries in the pictures on the page? I can imagine they’d be very nice with muesli – especially with their almond-like flavours.

    • Thanks Sean..yes the overnight are a great and easy breakfast option. Yes the images are of Saskatoon Berries that we picked on our Berry picking outing here in Toronto..yes they worked well with the strawberries for this Muesli.

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