Simplify your mornings with my creamy Bircher Muesli. It's an easy, low-effort and versatile breakfast that's packed with fibre, nutrients and protein to keep you feeling satisfied all morning long. And there's no cooking involved!
Bircher Muesli is my new favourite way to love oats! We're talking made in minutes, super nutritious, ultra-creamy, high in protein, delicious and no cooking. I repeat. No cooking is involved. This is a must-make summer breakfast.
Mix the simple, healthy ingredients up in a bowl, then leave it for 15 minutes (or more .. who's counting?) while you go off and make the beds, pack the kid's lunch or have a quick shower. Come back, and as if by magic, your breakfast is ready.
It's perfect for oatmeal lovers who don't want a hot breakfast, and perfect for anyone who always forgets to make overnight oats the night before ... I'm totally looking at myself here.
This is a no-fuss, super creamy, hearty bowl of lightly sweet, heavily topped, oat-y comfort that is super nutritious, tastes amazing and works around your crazy morning routine, while also keeping your love of all things oatmeal going throughout the year.
What is Bircher Muesli?
Bircher muesli is an uncooked mixture of oats, nuts, seeds, grains, fruit which is soaked in either milk, fruit juice or yogurt and eaten raw. It doesn't sound that appetizing but I promise my version is super creamy and delicious!
You might be wondering about Bircher muesli vs overnight oats. Are they the same? Are they different? Well, Bircher muesli is in fact the original overnight oat recipe. My recipe differs though because it doesn't involve any overnight soaking. All you need is 15 minutes, although if you want to leave it overnight you can.
Why is it called Bircher Muesli?
Bircher Muesli is named after its creator, Maximilian Bircher-Benner, an influential Swiss physician who was a proponent of raw food and claimed to have cured his own jaundice by eating raw apples.
In the early 20th century Bircher-Benner opened a sanatorium on The Zürichberg with the aim of healing the sick through healthy eating. He created his muesli recipe as an elixir that was eaten before breakfast, lunch and dinner.
His ideas influenced nutrition for decades and through his regime of "order therapy", he changed the dietary habits of millions.
What is the difference between Bircher muesli and regular muesli?
Bircher Muesli is soaked in liquid before eating, so the oats etc absorb the moisture and become soft and creamy. In this case, the soaking liquid is plant milk, but sometimes apple juice or orange juice are used and the original Swiss recipe called for condensed milk.
Regular muesli, however, is a dry mix of ingredients that are sometimes toasted. It is often served with milk or yogurt but they are combined at the time of eating so the muesli ingredients keep their texture.
What ingredients do I need?
To make this recipe you will need:
- Oats - Rolled (old-fashioned) oats are best for just the right balance of texture and softness.
- Dried fruit - Use your favourite dried fruits or just whatever you have available. I love mine with dried cherries, cranberries and raisins.
- Seeds or nuts - I've used sunflower seeds and chia seeds, but any chopped nuts or seeds are good.
- Dairy-free yogurt - To make a really creamy Bircher Muesli and for probiotic goodness. Plain or vanilla flavour is best. Use my thick and creamy vegan yogurt recipe or your favourite store-bought yogurt.
- Dairy-free milk - Any will do. I have recipes for cashew milk and oat milk but there are many different varieties available at the grocery store.
- Cinnamon - For flavour.
- Maple syrup - Optional and only if you want a touch of sweetness in your Bircher Muesli.
Traditionally grated apples are used but I haven't included them in this recipe because I want it to be super quick and easy to put together. Grating an apple is a bit faffy and something I'd rather not have to do in the morning rush. Feel free to add some if you want to though.
How to make Bircher Muesli
For detailed measurements and instructions, scroll to my printable recipe card at the bottom of the page or click the "jump to recipe" button at the top of the page.
Homemade Bircher Muesli is super simple to make. Here's how:
Step 1 - Add the oats, seeds, fruit, yogurt and any other mix-ins you like to a bowl.
Step 2 - Pour over some non-dairy milk.
Step 3 - Stir then leave to sit for around 15 minutes at room temperature, or longer in the fridge.
Step 4 - Top with toppings of choice and enjoy.
Feel free to use my creamy Bircher Muesli recipe as a base and add your own mix-ins. Some ideas include:
- mashed banana
- different dried fruits
- different spices, maybe nutmeg or ginger?
- grated apple
- grated pear
- orange zest and juice
- lemon zest and juice
- cacao nibs
- cocoa powder
- chopped dates
- nuts or seeds
Warm it up - Great if it's a chilly morning! Simply place in the microwave for a minute or two. A pan on the stovetop would likely be ok too although if you aren't careful it will thicken up a lot if the oats begin to cook. If it does get too thick just add a bit more milk when serving.
- Use rolled (old fashioned) oats. Don't use steel-cut oats.
- Use a nice thick vegan yogurt for ultimate creaminess
- Although your own mix-ins are encouraged don't change the oat/milk/yogurt ratio unless you want it to be thicker or thinner.
- Add lots of tasty toppings!
This creamy Bircher is at it's best when topped with lots of tasty toppings. I love a dollop of nut butter and some fresh berries or chopped banana. Some other ideas are:
- nut or seed butter
- chopped nuts or seeds
- a swirl of jam or chia jam
- grated chocolate
- date caramel
- a large dollop of vegan yogurt
- fresh fruit
- defrosted frozen fruit
- vegan lemon curd
- fruit compote
- roasted strawberries
- sliced banana
- chopped dates
- poached fruit
- granola (like my Almond Hemp Granola)
- chia seeds
- coconut cream
Meal prep tips
Make this Bircher recipe ahead of time and store in lidded jars or airtight containers in the fridge. It will keep for up to 5 days but will thicken over time, so add a drop of milk to thin it a little when serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
No I do not advise freezing Bircher Muesli.
Bircher muesli is natural, minimally processed, refined sugar-free and full of heart-healthy oats and healthy fats. It is a really healthy breakfast as long as you don't go over-the-top with sweetener or unhealthy toppings.
Made as per my recipe a bowl of Bircher Muesli would contain around 329 calories.
Bircher is pronounced ber -cher and muesli is pronounced muse-lee
It is gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free oats to make it.
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- ⅓ cup / 30 grams rolled/old fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup / 80 mls non-dairy milk of choice
- 2 heaping tablespoons vegan yogurt , plain or vanilla is best
- 2 tablespoons dried fruit of choice , chopped if it's big like dates
- 1 tablespoon hulled sunflower seeds , or pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds , or golden flax seeds
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon OPTIONAL maple syrup
- Mix everything together in a small bowl (or a jar if you need to transport it).
- Leave to soak at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Load with toppings then enjoy. If you need to leave it longer cover it and put it in the fridge. It will keep for up to 5 days. It will thicken over time so add a drop of milk to thin it out to your liking on serving.
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