Simple Bircher Muesli Recipe

Looking for a simple, fresh, healthy breakfast recipe? This bircher muesli is a must try. Our classic recipe of soaking the oats, milk and a little fresh orange or apple juice overnight, creates a yummy creamy texture. In the morning, simply portion out a single serve and add your favourite toppings, to create your prefect healthy breakfast! (Actually any time of day snack, great for taking to work and a healthy afternoon pick me up too)

Let us show you how to recreate this yummy pot of goodness!

Overnight oats served in glass bowls with different toppings

Is bircher muesli healthy?

Bircher muesli originates from Switzerland created in the 1900 by Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Brenner. He created it for its many health benefits for his patients.

High in fiber and whole grains, it’s good for gut health and your heart. Oats are a great slow burning energy, that will keep you feeling fuller for longer. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2001-2010, found that “oatmeal consumption is associated with better diet quality and lower body mass index in adults

Adding a mix of delicious fruit, nuts, seeds and yoghurt toppings, will also increase vitamin C, protein and omega 3 fatty acid. Making this recipe not only a great way to start your day but a delicious one too!


Creating your own healthy breakfast, is so simple with our recipe:

  • Mix the oats, milk and orange/ apple juice together and place in an airtight container.
  • Leave the oats to soak overnight.
  • In the morning, serve a single portion of the oats and add your toppings. Its that simple, enjoy!

If you love homemade breakfasts try our crunchy granola recipe or for another great oat recipe try our delicious date and oat cereal bars. Learn to create something new from scratch with our homemade pasta or sushi recipe guides!


As with most foods shared across cultures, todays bircher is some what different to the original. The original version was much more fruit based with less grains. All bircher muesli starts with the same core ingredients of oats, dairy and fruit, from there you can add a whole range of toppings. Dried fruit, grated apple or any fresh fruit, yoghurt, nuts and seeds, chia seeds, peanut butter or other nut butter are all delicious on top. Perfect for a breakfast platter and letting everyone create their own.

We prefer squeezing a fresh orange over the oats, for the added goodness but you can substitute with 4/5 tablespoons of apple or orange juice.

Our favourite toppings: (as pictured, yum!)

  • Orange and passionfruit
  • Poached rhubarb
  • Berries and almonds with natural yoghurt
  • Golden kiwi fruit, sunflower seeds and mint
healthy breakfast recipe served different fruit toppings

What oats do you use for bircher muesli?

You can use any type of oats for this recipe, but be aware of how they may affect the end result. Quick oats will leave you with a much ‘mushier’ consistency, while traditional oats will give you a chewier finish. We like to use rolled oats, but try experimenting to find your perfect match!

Frequently asked questions.

Are overnight oats the same as bircher muesli?

Short answer, yes! Bircher muesli is the traditional name after the doctor who created it.

What is bircher musli?

A breakfast which requires soaking oats overnight with milk and/or yoghurt and fruit.

What is the difference between bircher mesli and regular muesli.

Regular muesli is baked making it dry contains dried fruits and nuts. Bircher muesli has more liquid, soaked in a dairy product with fruit, creating a creamy texture.

If you are looking for a tasty, homemade healthy breakfast this is a great recipe try and you might just find yourself craving it for breakfast, lunch and dessert too. (Yes we dress it up with a load of delicious ingredients and call it dessert, the kids love it!) Enjoy!

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overnight oats showing different topping options
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Bircher Muesli

Simple bircher muesli is a great go to healthy recipe for breakfast or any time of day! Just add your own toppings and enjoy.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: bircher muesli, breakfast, Family favourites, Healthy, healthy snacks, Lunch box ideas, Milk, oats, overnight oats, yoghurt
Servings: 4 – 5
Author: Sara-Jane Bowness


Base Bircher Ingredients:

  • 200 g Oats
  • 500 ml Milk Use non dairy milk for vegan option
  • 1 medium Orange (juice only) See notes 1

Add before serving:

  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt per serving (can switch for non diary product)
  • 1 tbsp Grated apple per serving
  • Plus your favourite topping ingredients. See notes 2


  • Mix oats, milk, squeezed orange store in an air tight container and allow to soak overnight.
  • In the morning, portion out the oat mix and add fresh yoghurt, grated apple per serving.
  • Serve as is or add your favourite toppings, see our suggestions in the note 2 below. Enjoy!


Note 1 – Squeezed orange can be replaced with 4/5 tablespoons of store brought apple or orange juice.
Note 2 – Suggested toppings:
  • Orange and passionfruit
  • Poached rhubarb
  • Berries and almonds with natural yoghurt
  • Golden kiwi fruit, sunflower seeds and mint

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