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Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli

In 2012, I went to Australia and no matter what luxury hotel we stayed at, there was always Bircher Muesli on the menu.

Bircher Muesli (aka Swiss oatmeal) is an easy breakfast meal made from uncooked rolled oats, fruit, juice, and yogurt. As the oats soak in apple juice, they soften and become slightly sweet.  Yogurt and coarsely grated pears add creaminess and texture. The nuts add crunch and the fresh fruit adds a little tartness. It’s an easy oatmeal breakfast recipe that can be made the night before.

The basic ingredients for Bircher Muesli are delicious and their flavours go with practically everything. That means you can really have fun with the recipe by adding your favourite fruit and extras. There are tons of different ways to customize this tasty breakfast.

You could:

  • Make it seasonal with fresh fruit, like strawberries in the spring, peaches or stewed rhubarb in the summer, or pomegranate in the fall
  • Add dried fruit, like dried cranberries, dried apricots, or even dates. They’ll add texture and also be a natural sweetener
  • Add spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Add a touch of sweetness with honey or agave nectar


Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli


2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 ½ cups apple cider
2 pears, grated
½ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Nutmeg (optional)
¼ sliced almonds
1 cup raspberries


  1. Place oats and apple cider in a bowl, cover and place in the fridge overnight (or at least 3 hours).
  2. Stir in grated pears, yogurt, honey, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Top with almonds and raspberries.

Bircher Muesli Tips:

  • Use old-fashioned roll oats. They hold their shape better than quick or instant oats.
  • Pear or apple juice can be substituted for apple cider.
  • Grated apple can be substituted for grated pear.
  • Bircher Muesli will last in the fridge, if covered, for up to 4 days.
  • Have fun with this quick and easy breakfast recipe!  Top it with any kind of nuts or seeds and what ever fruit is in season.



  1. Or you can use Coach’s Oats. I just tried that the other night and it worked out great. No cooking necessary! Does not get mushy like the rolled oats…

  2. Thank you so much for posting this recipe and sharing it with the world! I make this as often as possible for my family – were it not for them I would live off this stuff night and day! I love the fact that it can be so versatile. I can make it with whatever is in my pantry/fridge/fruit basket. I can even make it organic and gmo free if I wanted to.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  3. Hi Michelle, I haven’t tried this yet,but I will. I would par cook the steel cut oats or quinoa, then continue with the recipe. Allowing the par-cooked oats or quinoa to sit in apple cider over night. I would also cut the apple cider back to 1 cup. Hope this helps :) k.

  4. Hi Kary
    How can you incorporate steel cut oats into this recipe or quinoa since these must be cooked for at least 25 mins?