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Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli is an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you’ll never get bored of.

(This recipe for Bircher Muesli was originally posted in February 2012, but the post has been updated with new photos and content)

Bircher Muesli -- an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of | wearenotmartha.com

In so many ways, I really am a creature of habit. But that also means I can be the Queen of overdoing it. Meaning, I find a food I like and I eat it and eat it and eat it. Until I do not like it anymore. Usually, I just need a good, healthy break before I can go back with all my previous enthusiasm. But this often puts a damper on life. Especially in terms of breakfast, which, I don’t like to think about too much since I’m never that hungry first thing in the morning, but know I need a nice filling start to my day. The following is just a sampling of foods I have overdone in my life:

  • Lasagna (4th grade. 5 times in one week. Ruined it for years. I finally enjoy ricotta again, but we lost so many precious years together)
  • Cupcakes (seriously, I need to take cupcake breaks every now and then or they just don’t sound appealing to me. Balance is key here)
  • Pumpkin (again, I KNOW. That’s why I pledge to only eat pumpkin from September-December. I never want to be sick of it again)
  • Power Bars (in high school, I ate a Power Bar with Gatorade and coffee for breakfast every day. No, I wasn’t really an athlete and this was totally not necessary. And I think one day I just realized that Power Bars are actually gross. Never got sick of Gatorade or coffeeโ€ฆ)
  • Candy Corn (it happens every Halloween)
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs (it happens every Easter)
  • English muffins with peanut butter (I made one for breakfast at the office for years, with little breaks in between)

Since I’m not usually super hungry in the mornings, I like for breakfasts to be quick and easy. Now that I work from home, I’ll sometimes make eggs, but most often, I just want something quick to eat so I can get some energy for the day and get going. I’ve never been the kind of person to get excited about oatmeal, but bircher muesli is a whole different story. I had it for the first time at Au Bon Pain probably back in 2006 and would buy it every time I found myself in a random Au Bon. I decided I needed to make my own version and not only is it making all my breakfast dreams come true, but it’s so easy to make and a much less expensive than buying it.

This recipe is so fun because you can do pretty much whatever you want to it. I made it the first time years ago and come back to it every few months. Honestly, I’d eat this every single morning, but I’m so terrified that I’m going to overdo it and I don’t want to ruin bircher muesli for myself! But each time I’ve made it, I’ve done it a little differently, depending on what ingredients I had on hand and what mood I’m in. If you feel like more bran or flax, add more bran or flax. If you have a completely different grain you’d like to add, add it. Get wild! If adding oats and dried fruits to bircher muesli is your idea of wild. It pretty much is for me these days.

All you need to do is put all your grains, fruits, and nuts in a big bowl, add your dairy or dairy alternative, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. My favorite combination includes oats, bran, flaxseed, dried dates, dried cranberries, walnuts, and almonds. Plus, cinnamon!

Collage showing oat, bran, and flax, in bowl and also showing additions of dried fruit, nuts, and cinnamon

I like to use coconut milk (the kind from the carton) as my dairy, but you can use anything you prefer, including milk, soy milk, almond milk, etc. You have to let the mixture sit so they grains get nice and soft and the flavors meld together. If you can’t let the bowl sit overnight, at least give it four hours.

In the morning, add in the remaining ingredients so you can dig in. A little bit of Greek yogurt adds some creaminess, and apple juice sweetness. You can also add honey if you want a little more sweet. Sometimes I grate some apple over the top, too.

I like my bircher muesli to be a little on the liquidy side, but not too soupy. Think of it as a kind of cross between oatmeal and regular cereal and milk

Bircher Muesli -- an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of | wearenotmartha.com

I love this because I can make it once and have breakfast throughout the week. I just keep the leftovers in the fridge in a covered bowl and they last for several days. I actually think the leftovers keep tasting better and better each day! It’s also easy to throw in a Tupperware and bring to work for an easy eat-at-your-desk breakfast.

Bircher Muesli -- an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of | wearenotmartha.com

And it’s filling; oh so filling! I mean, all that bran, flax, and oats? And dried fruit? Yes, that’s a lot of fiber. Which means you won’t be starving 30 minutes after you eat. Which again, has always been a big problem for me. When I worked in an office, I’d be that girl whose stomach was constantly growling at the 10:00 a.m. meeting. So embarrassing.

Bircher Muesli -- an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of | wearenotmartha.com

While this isn’t a hot breakfast, I feel like it’s ones of those meals that can be enjoyed year-round. Yes, bircher muesli is cold, but it’s also super creamy and comforting. And it’s should definitely go into your regular breakfast rotation. Just make sure you don’t love it SO much that you make a big bowl of it every single week and eat so much of it that you suddenly hate it. That would be a travesty. But since it’s so versatile and easy to switch out, I’m not even sure it’s possible to get sick of!

When I was doing my research on bircher muesli, I was intrigued to learn that it was originally soaked overnight with water and lemon juice instead of dairy. There’s still often lemon involved, depending on what recipe you follow.

Bircher Muesli -- an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of | wearenotmartha.com

Being able to wake up and know that you have a delicious and satisfying breakfast all ready to go in your fridge?ย  That’s enough to give you some very sweet dreams. Despite the fact that I’m never starving in the morning, I do get really excited when I go to bed and know I have something delicious waiting for me in the morning!

Bircher Muesli -- an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of | wearenotmartha.com

I also get really excited thinking about my morning coffee when I’m trying to fall asleep. Hey, it really is the little things in life, right? And that is a really good thing!

What foods have you overdone it with?

5 from 3 votes
Bircher Muesli -- an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of | wearenotmartha.com
Bircher Muesli
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
 

Bircher Muesli is an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of.

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 4 servings
Author: We are not Martha
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup bran
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used dates and cranberries)
  • 1/3 cup nuts (I used walnuts and almonds)
  • 2 cups dairy or dairy alternative (I used Silk Coconut Milk)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/3-1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice (add less for thicker consistency and more for soupier consistency)
  • 1 tsp honey (optional for added sweetness)
  • 3 Tbsp grated apple (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together oats, bran, and flaxseed.
  2. Add dried fruit, nuts, and cinnamon to mixture.
  3. Pour milk into the mixture and stir. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least four hours, but ideally overnight.

  4. Before serving, Greek yogurt, and apple juice until mixture is a consistency you like. Stir in honey (if using),

  5. Serve in individual bowls and grate apple over the top.
Recipe Notes

Feel free to use any grains, fruits, and nuts of your choice. One of the beautiful things about bircher muesli is that you can give it different flavors and consistencies depending on your mood.

 

Bircher Muesli -- an incredibly satisfying and versatile breakfast that will get you out of bed in the morning! Mix up the grains, dried fruits, and nuts you use; choose a dairy or dairy alternative; and add a dollop of Greek yogurt and splash of apple juice for a breakfast you'll never get bored of | wearenotmartha.com

24 Responses to "Bircher Muesli"

  1. Erica says:

    Going to vote!! I totally over do it on foods too. Greek yogurt, cantaloupe, dried fruit, granola, etc. Josh’s Mom makes a similar cereal. His dad is obsessed with it, so they all call it Dads cereal ๐Ÿ™‚ It is super yummy

  2. Love this, Sues! Definitely putting the muesli on my list of breakfasts to make.

    Off to vote!

  3. Barbara says:

    Your list made me smile!
    I’m not a muesli eater or lover, but my daughter sure is.

  4. Ben says:

    I’ve never heard of this combination before, but it sounds delicious and healthy. I can obsess over some foods too until I get sick of them. 12 step program for foodies? ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Shannon says:

    mmm, love all the goodness you have packed in here ๐Ÿ™‚ i like this in the summer, but in the cooler months i can do oatmeal… as long as the boyfriend makes it for me!

  6. Gia Grossman says:

    I don’t even like breakfast and this sounds like heaven. Voted!!! Yours are the best!!!!!!!!

  7. emily @ the happy home says:

    yum. i’ve been jumping on the weekend Irish Oatmeal thing lately; stirring in a bit of almond or peanut butter and a banana. it looks frightful, but it’s the only way i’ve found to make oatmeal actually satisfying. i love dried dates in meusli, too!

  8. Ashley says:

    Overdone: Granny Smith apples and special K bars. It took years to even think of trying either again.
    And I totally understand your repeat breakfast dilemma. I have to constantly change what it is every day, so I cycle through cereal, eggs, yogurt, and oatmeal. My current favorite is oatmeal cooked with milk and some cooked strawberries + OJ…it’s like strawberries and cream! I don’t even notice the oatmeal! I can’t wait to try your museli!

  9. overdone–pb&j. sandwiches of any kind. chewy granola bars. pb on bagels (that’s thanks to college cross country/track). remarkably, i still love PB..just not on sandwiches or bagels. ๐Ÿ™‚

    this muesli looks fantastic!

  10. I love that muesli from Au Bon Pain too. I make overnight oats a lot, but actually mix in the yogurt with the milk – it makes it thicker and yes, more mushy. But I will try this next time (and by that I mean, make it tonight for tomorrow’s breakfast) ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Megan says:

    I like to have a few go-to breakfasts so I never get sick of one. This is a great idea!

    I definitely overdid it with V8 in college. I would get huge packs of it at Costco.

  12. Vanessa says:

    Bananas. I ate them everyday for a year and now I still don’t want them. I just saw you girls on Chronicle! It was so cool! And I voted!

  13. Jeannie says:

    Hmmm….time to get healthy after all the festive binging:P This would be a great delicious way to start! Hopping over to vote!

  14. Lisa says:

    How long does this keep?

  15. Sues says:

    @Lisa- Not long in my fridge! ๐Ÿ™‚ But really, I would say about 3 days? Of course, you can feel free to cut the recipe in half if you don’t think you can eat it all in that time.

  16. Sophie says:

    Waw! What a truly appetizing & great breakfast! I love my breakfast’s like this! Yum!!

  17. Jessica says:

    This sounds really good, but is it supposed to be cold? I was waiting for the part where you said to stick it in the microwave but it never came haha.

  18. Sues says:

    @Jessica- Yes, it’s supposed to be cold ๐Ÿ™‚ Bircher Muesli traditional is. Even in the winter, I find it delicious!

  19. I love muesli! I’ve aways purchased it made but making it at home seems so easy!

  20. Matthew says:

    My Swiss German friends added flat beer in place of the apple juice.
    Budweiser in fact. (Don’t ask why).
    Left the can open over night in the fridge.

  21. I think all of us have overdone foods throughout the years. But we all learn from our mistakes. It’s a good thing I like breakfast. This looks like a great way to start and the energy to keep going.

  22. Dana DeVolk says:

    I love how simple and easy this recipe is, thanks so much!

  23. Eileen Kelly says:

    I definitely know what mean about overdoing it..I have totally done that too! I had a love of peanut peanut butter during school. I have finally been able to eat it again. I am a huge fan of easy breakfast. In the past, I missed breakfast because I didn’t want to make it. I love how simple this breakfast is to prep and its ready to GO in the am. I also love that its flexible with ingredients. Delish!

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