Bircher Muesli (Swiss Oatmeal)

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5 from 3 reviews

Bircher Muesli is a healthy make-ahead breakfast to nourish your morning! Can also be enjoyed as a light evening meal or snack. This Swiss oatmeal recipe is for 1 serving but can easily be doubled or tripled for making ahead.


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  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats (not steel-cut or quick oats)
  • 2 tablespoons raw buckwheat groats (or oats)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • dash of cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1/2 large organic apple (green or red), grated or diced
  • 12 teaspoons pure maple syrup, optional
  • 1 tablespoon raisins or currants
  • 1 teaspoon EACH almond, walnuts, pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 figs, chopped (optional)


In a small bowl, combine oats, buckwheat groats, chia seeds, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, and half of the apple and raisins. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate overnight, or eat in one to two hours after it has set.

Serve cold, or at room temp, topped with diced figs, remaining apple, raisins, and nuts/seeds, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and top with a little more milk if desired. 

Serves 1

Store: Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Add sweetener if needed. I find the apple and raisins mixed in infuses the soaking muesli, adding just the right touch of sweetness. But if you prefer, add 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup.

Make it ultra-creamy by adding a dollop of plain or vanilla, unsweetened non-dairy yogurt to the muesli before soaking for added creaminess.

Along with fresh apples, unsweetened applesauce can also be stirred into the oat mix.

You may also like to try 100% fruit juice in place of the milk. Orange or apple juice will work well.

You can also make it to go in the morning. Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar or other to-go containers, give it a good stir and take it with you. The non-dairy milk is perfectly fine without refrigeration until ready to eat. At least if it’s eaten within the day, it should be fine, unlike dairy products that need refrigeration (another reason non-dairy milk is so great).