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The BEST Homemade Birchermuesli Recipe

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Birchermuesli is a perfect breakfast choice to help keep you feeling full all morning. A delicious combination of quick oats, grated apple and pear, yogurt, chopped nuts, lemon juice, and fruit is great for a healthy start to the day.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I love everything this meal offers, like vegetable quiche, French toast, and tasty strawberry rhubarb muffins

birchermuesli with blueberries

This Swiss muesli recipe is a great, delicious version of overnight oats you just have to make!!

A few years ago we were in Chicago and stayed at the Drake Hotel. This cold oatmeal was set out in beautiful glasses on a breakfast buffet that also included meats and cheese along with typical continental fare.

It was so delicious that I looked forward to having it each and every morning. When we returned home, I emailed the chef to see if he would share the recipe, and he did!

My daughter LOVES this healthy muesli recipe and I have to agree it is quite tasty especially during the warm summer months. 

woman holding bowl of bircher muesli

What is Bircher muesli made of?

Bircher muesli is swiss style muesli that is full of hearty oats that are soaked in milk or yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and include grated apple and pear, chopped nuts, and fresh berries. It is traditionally served for breakfast, but we have enjoyed this as lunch and dinner too! 

Ingredients needed for Birchermuesli recipe

  • Oatmeal- Quick Oats are perfect for this quick bircher muesli. If you only have traditional oats, that is ok- just let your oatmeal soak overnight or for a few hours to become soft. 
  • Milk- Any style milk will work. I have used skim milk in the past, but whole, 1 percent or 2 percent is perfectly fine. 
  • Nuts- Sliced almonds and chopped hazelnuts taste amazing in this muesli recipe, but I have used only sliced almonds and it tastes just as good! 
  • Sugar- granulated sugar is best for this breakfast meal. 
  • Apples- This is also a taste preference- I really like to use Macintosh or gala apples because they tend to be a bit sweeter. 
  • Pears– Bartlett pears are delicious for this muesli oatmeal! 
  • Lemon juice- Bottled lemon juice is actually preferred over freshly squeezed lemons. I've tried both and bottled is better. 
  • Honey- You don't need much, so use whatever honey you have available. If this is not available, you can leave it out.
  • Yogurt- I like to use vanilla flavored yogurt rather than plain. 
  • Seasonal fruits- Add blueberries, blackberries, peaches, or cherries. 
  • Grapes– My family likes red seedless grapes, but green grapes are good too! 

How to Make Bircher Muesli

This recipe comes together very quickly and you only need a few items like a box grater and a big bowl

I will provide what was sent to me and below, I will share my version. So very good!

  1. Soak the oatmeal in the milk for about 15 minutes so the oats get soft. 
  2. Chop nuts – using a chopper or your chef knife, chop nuts super fine. 
  3. Add chopped nuts and sugar to the softened oats.
  4. Grate apples and pears on a box grater, including the skins. 
  5. Mix apples, pears, lemon juice, and yogurt and pour into the oatmeal mixture.
  6. Gently fold honey and some seasonal fresh fruit into the muesli.
  7. Put bircher muesli in an airtight container and let sit 1 hour or up to overnight.
  8. To serve, scoop into a bowl or glass and garnish with whipped cream rosette, raspberry, and mint leaf.

How long does bircher muesli last?

This make your own muesli will last for about 3 days. Be sure to keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container with a lid. The recipe creates a lot, but because this is the best muesli recipe, ours always disappears before the 3 days are up! 

Bircher muesli with berries and woman holding bowl of oats

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Yield: 10

Homemade Birchermuesli

birchermuesli with blueberries

Birchermuesli is a perfect breakfast choice to help keep you feeling full all morning. A delicious combination of quick oats, grated apple and pear, yogurt, chopped nuts, lemon juice, and fruit is great for a healthy start to the day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 lbs. apples-grated with the skin on
  • 2 lbs. pears- grated with the skin on
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (I used vanilla)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey to taste
  • 1 cup seasonal fresh fruit: berries, peaches and cherries
  • 1 cup red grapes sliced in half

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, soak oats in the milk for about 15 minutes.
  2. Chop nuts.
  3. Add chopped nuts and sugar to soaked oats.
  4. Grate apples and pears on a box grater, and add grated apples, pears, lemon juice, and yogurt to the oatmeal milk mixture.
  5. Add a little honey and some seasonal fresh fruit
  6. Add grapes and gently fold all together until combined. 
  7. Place bircher muesli in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour up to overnight. 
  8. Serve oats in a bowl or glass. 
  9. Garnish with whipped cream rosette, raspberry and mint leaf (optional)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 9gSugar: 37gProtein: 7g

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Original Post: 2/23/10

Updated post: 5/27/20

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