Bircher Muesli (Swiss Oatmeal)

An easy and delicious make-ahead breakfast recipe, Bircher Muesli is made with oats, dried fruit, and nuts soaked in yogurt.

Bircher Muesli - Swiss Oatmeal

I have been meaning to share this recipe for almost a year now when I fell in love with Bircher Muesli on a cruise! One of my best tips for while traveling is to start your day with a healthy breakfast.

Bircher Muesli - swiss oatmeal

Frequently asked questions:

What are the ingredients in bircher muesli:

dried fruit

Where did bircher muesli originate?

It originated in the swiss alps

How long can I store this in the fridge?

This will keep up to 3-4 days

Can this be made ahead of time?

Ideal for prepping ahead of time, Bircher Muesli is the original overnight refrigerator oats! You can either store it in individual glass jars or just keep it all in one container and scoop it out in the morning.

For added crunch and tartness I like to add in shredded apples and a splash of fresh lemon juice.

We always have our favorite Bob’s Red Mill Muesli on hand which I love using because it is unsweetened. The dried fruit gives it just the right amount of natural sweetness and the nuts and seeds add tons of protein and nutrients.

Bircher Muesli - an easy make-ahead breakfast recipe

My boys love topping it with fresh berries before eating but it’s delicious with sliced bananas or as is.

Your spoon is waiting.

Bircher Muesli - swiss oatmeal

Bircher Muesli (Swiss Oatmeal)

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An easy and delicious make-ahead breakfast recipe, Bircher Muesli is made with oats, dried fruit and nuts soaked in yogurt.
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Recipe Video


  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Muesli
  • 2 cups plain low fat yogurt
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 1 apple (shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • fresh berries (optional garnish)


  • Place the first five ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or up to overnight to let muesli soften.
  • In the morning or when you’re ready to eat, serve with fresh berries.


Calories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 57.4gProtein: 14.1gFat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 1.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.8gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 91mgFiber: 9.1gSugar: 23.5g

22 thoughts on “Bircher Muesli (Swiss Oatmeal)”

  1. Nancy Studebaker

    Absolutely delicious! I have loved Mueseli since I first ate as a little girl it sitting at a motel overlooking Lake Loise, Canada. I have made it over the years, but assembling the ingredients meant I didn’t make it as often as I’d like. This packages all those fabulous things together, and more, and it is so delicious. I prefer it over the now popular “over night oats,” like it was some new “trend.” Well, this is the original!

    I used OJ instead of lemon juice (easier) and like mine a little looser,Mao added some additional almond milk.

  2. My spoon AND my stomach are waiting! :) This looks amazing Liz, and I love your tips for the apples and lemon juice. Bob’s Red Mill makes such amazing muesli, and I bet it makes these fun jars taste so irresistible! Can we put these on the menu at the next #FreshCoastRetreat??

  3. I’ve tried the muesli on cruise ships before, and at least on Holland America Line it is waaaayy too sweet for my tastes. I’d be much happier with a less sweet version like this one.

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