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Bircher Muesli

The original bircher muesli recipe is one hundred and twenty years old. It’s true! It was created by a Swiss doctor named Maximilian Bircher-Benner as part of his patients’ therapy. Today, bircher muesli is a creamy oat based breakfast mixed with shredded apples, Greek yogurt, milk and lemon juice. The remaining ingredients are up to you! It’s common to add nuts, seeds, coconut, dried fruit and spices like cinnamon.

Plant-based choices like vanilla coconut yogurt and oat milk are great options if you follow a dairy-free or vegan lifestyle. I’d suggest using less plant-based milk as dairy-free yogurt is thinner than Greek yogurt. Now let’s talk about texture! If you prefer a thinner texture like me, eat it straight away. I won’t judge. If you have patience and prefer a thicker texture, let it sit for thirty minutes. Tough decision right?

Bircher Muesli

Author: Jen - A Naturally Nu Foodie Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Refrigerator Time: 0 to 30 minutes (optional)

Total Time: 10 to 40 minutes

Number of Servings: 2


½ cup (125 mL) gluten-free oats or quinoa flakes

1 cup (250 mL) Greek yogurt or vanilla coconut yogurt

⅓ cup (90 mL) to ½ cup (125 mL) lactose-free milk or gluten-free oat milk

2 medium-sized apples or 1 large apple, coarsely grated

1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice

⅓ cup (90 mL) almonds, coarsely chopped

⅓ cup (90 mL) walnuts, coarsely chopped

¼ cup (60 mL) pumpkin seeds

¼ cup (60 mL) flaxseed

¼ cup (60 mL) dried cherries (optional)

¼ to ½ tsp (1 to 2 mL) cinnamon

¼ tsp (1 mL) nutmeg

Toppings : fresh or dried fruit, coconut, nuts, seeds (to taste)


  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, yogurt and milk. Mix well.

  2. Grate apple(s) coarsely. Add to oat mixture and stir.

  3. Stir in lemon juice, nuts, seeds and dried cherries (if using) into oat mixture.

  4. Add spices into oat mixture. Mix again.

  5. Portion into bowls and top with your favourite fruits, coconut, nuts and/or seeds.

  6. Serve immediately or let sit for thirty minutes for a thicker consistency.

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