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How to Make Bircher Muesli

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A bowl of bircher muesli with spoon and napkin

How to Make Bircher Muesli ~ this classic healthy oat cereal is making a comeback lately, it’s gluten free, full of fiber, and crazy delicious!

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Have you ever eaten muesli?  It’s a breakfast cereal originally invented in Switzerland by a Doctor Bircher-Benner around the turn of the century as a nutritious food for patients in his Swiss clinic.  I know that sounds kind of sketchy, but don’t let it scare you away.  This is really a lovely breakfast based on oats, fruits and nuts. It made a comeback in the 60s and 70s when the health food movement emerged, and you can find packaged European muesli in the supermarkets.  It’s a summertime version of oatmeal, and even easier to make.  It’s delicious, healthy and filling.  I’ve been eating it on and off since high school.

Bircher Muesli oat cereal in a bowl with spoon

If you want to make one serving of muesli to see what’s it’s all about, take a half cup of old fashioned rolled oats and combine it with the same amount of milk.  Let the oats sit in the fridge for an hour or so, or overnight.  This step is traditional, but you actually don’t have to let the oats sit at all if you don’t want to.

Muesli is fun to make because you can add a little of this and a little of that.  Apples, lemon juice and hazelnuts are traditional, but it’s great with summer berries, too.  In the fall you can use dried fruit.

pouring almond milk into a bowl of bircher muesli

You could add bananas, oranges, peaches…the sky is the limit. Use your favorite nuts, and add in wheat germ, flax seed, sunflower seeds, coconut, or whatever appeals to you.  Some people like it with yogurt, or fruit juice.

Rolled oats ready to be made into bircher muesli cereal

Bircher Muesli is healthier than granola because it doesn’t have all that oil, and it’s not as heavy as oatmeal.  While you can buy ready made muesli cereal in boxes, it’s not going to be nearly as lovely as your own homemade, and since it’s practically an instant recipe, there’s no reason not to try it.  I think you’ll like it if you do :)

Making Bircher Muesli cereal with rolled oats

Muesli is one of those foods that just feels right, like we were meant to eat this way.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Category: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Healthy

A bowl of bircher muesli with spoon and napkin


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (don't use steel cut or quick cooking oats)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 peeled apple. grated or chopped (squeeze a little lemon juice on the apple to keep it from browning)
  • 1 tbsp of sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp dried strawberries (my newest obsession)
  • a drizzle of honey


  1. Combine the milk with the oats and let them soak in the refrigerator for an hour.
  2. Mix in your fruit and nuts, drizzle on some honey and enjoy.

Make it your own ~

  • Make it non dairy ~ traditionally made with dairy milk, muesli is just as wonderful made with coconut milk, or any type of nut milk.  I used my own Homemade Almond Milk.
  • Make it with other grains ~ you can actually make muesli with any rolled grain such as wheat, rye, or barley, check your local health food store.


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    August 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    the movenpick in the supermarket i worked at as a teen had this with loads of berries…it was my weekly treat…so creamy and decadent! :)

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    August 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Love your photos!

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    Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry.
    August 23, 2011 at 1:41 am

    this looks wonderful! and your pictures are gorgeous!!!

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    August 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

    What a fabulous breakfast! I love all the added fruits and nuts…mmmmm.

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    Maris (In Good Taste)
    August 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Interesting info about making your own! Great photos!

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    August 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Great photos! It looks amazing!

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    August 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for your kindly comment, I see you also like natural and fresh cuisine.

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    Brownieville Girl
    August 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Wonderful way to start the day – I’m also a fan of the more crunchy texture of granola!

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    Susan Lindquist
    August 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    We, too, fell for good Muesli when we lived in germany for a while … now, we buy Bob’s Red Mill because it is not so very sweetened like many American versions. We just take it from the bag and put it over fresh yogurt and some fresh fruit. Perfect!

    I like the idea of your preparation, though! Softening the oats and then turning in the additions is a neat idea!

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    August 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I first tasted museli in Germany many years ago and fell in love right away. You are right. It is much healthier than granola. We don’t soak ours first, but seeing your pretty photography, maybe I’ll try soaking next time.