Breakfast Staples: The Perfect Bircher Muesli Recipe

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. There are so many breakfast foods that are absolutely delicious and guarantee a good start in the day, one of them being Bircher muesli.

Bircher muesli has become a classic breakfast recipe and a staple in every reputable cafe. It was invented by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner at the start of the 20th century; he wanted to create a healthy breakfast that included fruits for his patients in Zurich.

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Throughout the past 100 years, the recipe has been copied, altered, and honed worldwide, but the basic ingredients stay the same: Oats, nuts, apples, and milk or yoghurt. There is no cooking involved and it’s incredibly quick to prepare.

There are many ways to make Bircher muesli and different tastes require different ingredients, but I think the following is a winner:


2 cups rolled oats

25 grams of almonds, chopped

1 1/2 cups Greek yoghurt

1/2 cup apple juice

1 big apple, grated


  1. Mix the rolled oats and almonds with 1 1/2 cups of natural Greek yoghurt and apple juice and let soak overnight. Depending on how mushy you like your muesli to be you can adjust the amount of yoghurt and apple juice you use.
  2. Add grated apple to mixture and sprinkle with honey for sweetness.
  3. Add any (dried) fruit or nuts you like. A bit of cinnamon works well, too.

This recipe is so easy to make and the best thing is that you can prepare everything the night before, then in the morning all you have to do is mix it, put it in a jar and it will easily last a few days in the fridge. Your healthy breakfast for this week is sorted! Enjoy hitting the snooze button on your alarm one more time.

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July 10, 2015

Overnight Coconut Muesli Recipe

Indulge in a deliciously healthy breakfast of bircher muesli, which is perfect for a busy working morning. Simply prepare overnight, store in the fridge (or for at least two hours if you can’t wait that long) and enjoy for breakfast with fresh fruit, chia seeds and a cup of coffee.

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2 cups rolled oats

2 cups coconut water

1/2 cup flaked almonds

1 tbsp Greek yoghurt


  1. Combine the oats, coconut water, chia seeds, flaked almonds and shredded coconut. Stir, then place in the fridge overnight to set.
  2. Scoop the mixture out of the large bowl, then serve with Greek yoghurt or additional milk to make it creamy.
  3. Top with walnuts, fresh fruit, mint, seeds and honey.

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April 22, 2015

Simon Ward’s Healthy Quinoa Bircher Muesli Recipe

If you’re looking for a healthy quinoa bircher muesli that tastes great and fits with your post-holiday meal plan, Simon Ward, Executive Chef at Hammer and Tong, has created a recipe that’s packed with superfood goodness. With a mix of quinoa, oats, goji berries and coconut, this wholesome meal is the perfect way to kick-start your Monday and keep those energy levels high.

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Serves 4


2 cups Rolled oats

1⁄2 cup Red quinoa

1⁄2 cup Black quinoa

1⁄4 cup golden raisins

1⁄4 cup goji berries

1⁄4 cup dried cranberries

1⁄4 cup currants

1⁄4 cup shredded coconut

1⁄4 cup slivered almonds

3 1⁄2 tblsp coconut sugar

Pinch ground cinnamon

Pinch ground nutmeg

1 3⁄4 cup Apple juice

1 1⁄2 cup coconut milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients except for the coconut sugar.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients and coconut sugar. Use a whisk to ensure there are no lumps of sugar, and that it is fully dissolved in the liquid.
  3. Combine all together, mixing to ensure that there are no areas of dry ingredients separate from wet ingredients. This should resemble a textured wet cake mix.
  4. Cover with a cartouche and leave to absorb in the fridge overnight – this will stop a crust forming on the top from air drying it out. A cartouche can be made from either using baking paper or glad wrap touching the top of the mixture. The difference in the mixture once it is ready will be visual. You should be able to tell that all of the fruits and oats have absorbed the liquid of which there will not be a huge excess.
  5. Serve bircher muesli with fresh natural yogurt and some berry compote (a nice reduced sauce of mixed berries and a small amount of sugar).
February 10, 2015

DIY Bircher Muesli Recipe

Why are so many of us venturing out to  score a serving of bircher muesli, when it’s so easy to make at home? Follow SHESAID’s no-fuss recipe and you can have this cafe-style meal in your own kitchen.

Bircher was created by a Swiss physician in the 1900s. It’s an oats-based breakfast option, but can also be a great healthy snack. Oats help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Add some yogurt and fruit, and you’ve got a perfect balanced meal!

The great thing about making your own bircher, is that you can add whatever you like. We’ve made our suggestions, but feel free to play around with your favorite fruits and nuts.


1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup apple juice or water

1 green apple

1/4 cup natural yogurt

To serve (optional):

Fresh seasonal fruit




  1. Combine your oats and apple juice or water in a large bowl and soak overnight. [Note: Apple juice will make your oats nice and sweet, but water works just as well, and is the healthy alternative to high-sugar juices]
  2. The next morning, add grated apple (as much or little as you like) and yogurt. Sprinkle with your choice of fruits and nuts. I suggest strawberries and raspberries, with flaked almonds, pistachios or hazelnuts. Drizzle honey for extra sweetness.


Make your bircher in a jar to manage your portions and ensure an easy clean-up. Just half fill with oats, cover with water or juice, and follow the rest of the instructions above.

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August 1, 2014

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Best-Ever Bircher Muesli

Celebrity chef David Bitton shares his recipe for Bircher muesli with grated pears, toasted hazelnuts and honey – an indulgent yet super healthy way to start the day!

250g rolled oats

250ml fresh orange juice

750g European style natural yoghurt

2 Packham’s Triumph pears, grated

50g brown sugar

75g ground raw almonds

75g ground hazelnuts

75g ground walnuts

4 tbsp good quality honey


1. Place the oats into a large mixing bowl, add the orange juice, stir, cover and leave to soak for at least 2 hours or overnight.

2. Place the nuts, Packham’s Triumph pears, sugar and yoghurt into the oat mixture and stir to combine. Adjust the yoghurt and sugar to your liking.

3. To serve, place in large shallot bowls and drizzle over some good quality honey.

What’s your favourite breakfast?

May 1, 2013