Monday, 3 June 2013

Bircher Muesli

I'm one of those super irritating morning people. You know the ones. I'm one of those who think six am is half way through the day rather than half way through the night. You feel people like me must be consuming some sort of illicit substance- how is it possible to be so chirpy and cheery at such a time?

(Of course, it does mean that by mid afternoon I'm need of an pick-me-up-slice-of-cake and by nine pm I'm desperate for a shut eye ). 

But it does mean that I'm convinced breakfast is the best meal of the day. Sets you up, gets you going. Clearly, cereal adverts as a child were far too influential (yes, Frosties 'Brings Out The Tiger In You!' and Weetabix 'Someone has had their Weetabix' I'm talking about you).

I've been making Bircher muesli for myself these last few weeks. Perfect make-ahead, super nutritious, Duracell-bunny-keeping-going properties. Although a quick google reveals many versions of the recipe, my version is based on Skye Gyngell's recipe, originally published in the Independent. 

The essential ingredients, the oats, apple juice, grated apple and yogurt are a lovely blank canvas to add fruit, nuts, seeds or compote of your choosing. Really, whatever you may be able to raid from your fruit bowl and store cupboard. 

Bircher Muesli 

(Makes four portions)

250g rolled oats
175ml apple juice
2 grated Granny Smith Apples
5 tbsps Greek Yogurt
3 tbsps honey
2 tbsps sunflowers seeds
5 tbsps sultanas
4 tbsps whole almonds

1. Combine the oats, apple juice and grated apps in a bowl. Stir together, cover and place in the fridge overnight
2. Divide into a serving bowl and add the yogurt and honey. Sprinkle over the seeds, dried fruit and nuts plus a starwberry to make it look all pretty
3. Eat! Simple!

Baker's Notes...
  • Yotam adds agarve nectar to his, Jamie uses bran and the lovely Little Loaf bakes bircher muesli bread!
  • The base will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days
  • How do you make yours?


  1. Bircher muesli is one of my most favorite breakfasts :)

  2. Thanks for the mention Kate! I love bircher muesli - one of my favourite breakfasts in classic or bread form!

  3. I have very fond memories of this dish from when I worked in Switzerland for 18 months. I think the hotel's was a little less healthy than yours and had a good slug of cream in it...I saved it as a treat for days when I really "needed" it!

  4. I have never made bircher muesli! I always have it if I am away on holiday as I love those big hotel breakfast that go till 11.00am (sorry I am not an early bird). Keep meaning to make it - and you have pointed out it is so simple so I had better make amends. Will check out that bread too.

  5. I'm one of those "annoying" morning people, too. I feel like I'm most productive during the morning and I almost always wake up before my alarm has had a chance to go off. This looks absolutely delicious and would be the perfect start to my morning! :-)

  6. I mix oats with a splash of milk and some low fat yoghurt, then add a good spoon of lemon curd, some raisins and some fresh blueberries. If you add the raisins in with the soaking time, they plump up too and become nice and juicy!


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