Bircher Muesli (or Overnight Oatmeal)

Contrary to those people who often skip breakfast, I’m completely worthless without one. I prefer waking up half an hour earlier, if that means I have enough time to make myself a decent breakfast. I usually wake up hungry and really need a cup of tea, a newspaper and not too much rush to start my day in the right mood.

In the winter I like a bowl of oatmeal or some fresh toast with almond butter in the mornings, but during the warmer months I crave cold foods. This recipe for bircher muesli (also called ‘overnight oatmeal) ‘s a perfect example of a satisfying breakfast to me: it’s just as comforting as oatmeal, the oats will keep you full for a few hours, the fruits give you a vitamin boost to kick-start the day and it can be eaten straight away.

bircher muesli


I love the combination of fresh, tangy yogurt with the sweet berries, slightly sour crunchy apple and almost nutty oats. You can vary with the fruits, use milk instead of yogurt or add a handful of nuts and dried fruits. It’s all up to you.

Even when you’re someone who usually doesn’t make time for breakfast; this is exactly what you need! The mixture can be kept in the fridge for a few days, so that means multiple mornings without any hassle.


bircher muesli

Bircher Muesli (or Overnight Oatmeal)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 130 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Bircher Muesli (or Overnight Oatmeal)


2 cups (480 ml) rolled oats
1 ¾ cup (420 ml) cold water
4 tablespoons lemon juice (substitute apple juice)
1 ¾ cup (420 ml) yogurt
2 small apples, grated
4 tablespoons fresh berries (I used blueberries and raspberries)
(optional) a handful of raisins or cranberries
(optional) 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
(optional) a handful of mixed nuts
(optional) 4 tablespoons honey


  1. Put the ground oats (and optional raisins/cranberries) in a bowl. Stir in water and lemon juice.
  2. Cover and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  3. Add the grated apples, yogurt (and optional coconut) to the mixture. Stir to combine.
  4. This mixture can be kept in the fridge for a few days. Serve with fresh berries, optional nuts and a drizzle of honey.

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