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The Best Ever Bircher Muesli

April 26, 2021

Made with nuts, dried and fresh fruit, almond milk and rolled oats, you will quickly discover why this is the best ever bircher muesli! Just whip up the night before, place in the refrigerator and you have breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

As soon as the weather turns, my breakfast cravings change! I first discovered bircher muesli at a cafe in New York. I immediately decided that I needed to eat this daily so I created my own recipe and have been hooked since! It’s so easy, delicious and healthy… you’ll crave it all spring and summer long. 

What is Bircher Muesli?

Bircher muesli was created by a Swiss doctor, Bircher-Brenner. Apparently he and his wife were served a similar dish on a hike and then he was inspired to serve it to his hospital patients. It was originally served as more of an appetizer but now it is widely considered a breakfast food. I like to describe it as a mix between overnight oats and cereal! 

Bircher Muesli Ingredients

  • rolled oats – just regular rolled oats, not quick oats! Grab gluten-free if needed.
  • chia seeds – these little seeds are packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats. 
  • dried apricots – look for unsulfured apricots. You can also swap for any dried fruit of your choice. 
  • hazelnuts – I recommend toasting them before adding to the dish for optimal flavor! You can use any nut or seed of your choice here. 
  • fresh blueberries – you guessed it… you can use any fresh fruit that you like! This would be delicious with raspberries, strawberries, etc.
  • dairy-free milk – I used almond milk but any milk will work.
  • raw honey – I’m obsessed with manuka honey but raw honey or maple syrup works for a hint of sweetness.

How To Make Bircher Muesli:

STEP 1: If you haven’t already, roast and chop your nuts and chop your dried fruit.

STEP 2: Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or sealable container. Stir to combine and then shake to make sure everything is well-mixed. 

STEP 3: Place container in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours. 


STEP 4: In the morning, add additional milk if you want to give it more of a cereal consistency or enjoy as is! 

Still not sure? Here’s a step-by-step video showing you how to make bircher muesli…

How to Store Bircher Muesli

The best part about this breakfast (other than it being delicious!) is that it stores so well! I like to make a couple of batches at a time so I can have multiple mornings of breakfast that is ready to eat! Prep the entire recipe as directed and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The longer you store, the more liquid the oats and chia seeds will absorb so you may need to add more liquid before eating.

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The Best Ever Bircher Muesli

Made with nuts, dried and fresh fruit, almond milk and rolled oats, you will quickly discover why this is the best ever bircher muesli! Just whip up the night before, place in the refrigerator and you have breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours + 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 45 dried, unsulfured apricots, chopped (or about 2 tablespoons of your favorite dried fruit)
  • 2 tbsp toasted hazelnuts, chopped (or your favorite nut or seed)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or fruit of choice)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1/4 cup for the next morning, if desired
  • 1 tsp raw honey (or maple syrup)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or sealable container.
  2. Shake it up and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  3. In the morning add additional almond milk to give it more of a cereal consistency or eat as is.
  4. For more details on how to make this recipe check out THIS VIDEO.

*I like to make a couple jars at once so I have breakfast for a few days!

Keywords: bircher muesli, mueseli, how to make bircher muesli

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  • Reply
    Hanna
    January 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I’m so glad you shared this. I was looking for a Bircher Muesli recipe similar to what my mom used to make. I also love what you wrote about confidence. I’m also struggling with it all the time but your advice was the best, thank you. I am a blogger who rarely blogs because I don’t think anyone would want to read what I have to say. You totally encouraged me. I probably don’t have the decades left that you have but I can still give it my best shot. I just signed up for your emails. That’s another thing I would like to have, an email list. Thanks so much for this post.

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    Jen
    November 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Trying to be healthy. Had a ton of ice cream tonight. Starting tomorrow fresh with your muesli recipe. I admire your commitment to health. Not sure how people find balance.
    Thanks

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    Jassica
    March 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hi there! Just want to say i Am so appreciative of you going with it anyway and posting this recipe up! Well done! And also your YouTube video! Keep it up!! Xx

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Jassica! I really appreciate the support 🙂

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    Kristina
    August 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Hey, I have been a fan of Bircher muesli for quite a while and even though I really like it, it can get a bit boring sometimes. Your twist on it is definitely going to make it into my morning routine! I made it yesterday and added a litle cinnamon in it as well and it was amazing.

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      August 11, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      So happy to hear you enjoyed it! Cinnamon is the perfect addition!

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