Bircher Muesli – The Original Overnight Oats!

Bircher Muesli

I cannot even tell you how sick I am of hot oatmeal. In fact, it doesn’t matter how many spices I add or what nuts, raisins and fruit I add on top! Honestly, I’m over it. It reminds me of Winter. Now that it’s springtime, it’s time to shake up breakfast! With that in mind, let me introduce you to my new favorite: Bircher Muesli!

Bircher Muesli

I was first introduced to this creamy overnight oat concoction when my family was living in Hong Kong. And let me tell you, I have ordered it at any restaurant serving it ever since. But for some odd reason, I never tried making it myself…until last week.

In conclusion, I’m in love.

Bircher Muesli

The wonderful thing about this simple, healthy breakfast is that you can easily tailor it to your taste or mood. In essence you can even tailor it to what you have on hand! In other words any combination of nuts, dried and/or fresh fruit would be marvelous!

Bircher Muesli

The only mix-in that I feel is mandatory is the grated Granny Smith Apple. Significantly, it’s been in every variation that I have ever ordered. I’ve written my personal favorite combination below. The coconut, toasted pecans and raisins have the perfect hint of sweetness and crunch to counterbalance the tart, creamy oatmeal mixture!

Bircher Muesli

If you want to cut calories (Hello, bathing suit!) then feel free to use skim milk and fat free yogurt, but I think there is a HUGE taste difference, and for me, personally, I prefer the flavor and satiety given by low fat milk and yogurt.

Bircher Muesli

This Bircher Müesli sticks to the ribs and keeps me full for hours without the superfluous warmth of hot, cooked oats! Summer here we come!

And not to toot my own horn, but this is waaaay better than any bircher muesli I’ve ever had in a restaurant!  Just sayin’…

Bircher Muesli

If you’re a nerd, like me, and you want to know about the invention of this fabulous Swiss breakfast, then I suggest you hang out with my friend, Wikipedia. 🙂

Bircher Muesli
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Bircher Müesli – The Original Overnight Oats!

  • Author: Lindsey
  • Total Time: 11 minute
  • Yield: Serves 4


Breakfast doesn’t get much easier than Bircher Müesli! The original overnight oats are fast, healthy, filling and shockingly tasty!


  • 2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 2 cups 2 % Organic Milk
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon
  • Zest from ½ lemon (to taste*)
  • 1 large granny smith apple, pealed and grated
  • 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt (I only ever use Fage)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Golden Raisins
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut (I used lightly sweetened because it’s what I had on hand)
  • ¼ cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • Raspberries/ strawberries /blueberries / blackberries (okay, any berries)


  1. The night before, mix oats, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and apple in a large, sealable container. Let sit over night, covered in the refrigerator.
  2. Right before serving mix yogurt, honey, raisins, and cinnamon into the oat mixture. Top with pecans and fresh fruit!
  3. Wasn’t that obscenely easy?


*Lemon Zest: I use the zest from a whole lemon but I think most people would find it overpowering. Be sure to only use the dark yellow portion of the zest especially in this recipe where it will be raw.

Mango would also be super yummy for a tropical twist.

CALORIES: The calorie count is based on the oats, milk, lemon, apple, and yogurt. All other add-ins would be additional. The way I make it, it is approximately 425 calories.

I actually make up a full batch (4 servings) through step 1 and then use it over several days. I also may or may not use more raisins and coconut. Bad, Lindsey! Tastes so good!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: Overnight


  • Calories: 290
The original overnight oats!


  • Linz @ Itz Linz
    May 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    i love muesli! must try!!

    • Lindsey
      May 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      It’s so easy! It will make your new-mommy self super happy! With a little talent, I think you could actually assemble it with baby William in your arms! 😉

  • Liz
    May 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I SO need to shake up my breakfasts…and your muesli will certainly do 🙂

    • Lindsey
      May 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Breakfast ruts are the worst! I hope you try it! I just ate some…and it was phemom.

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    May 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

    OMG I’m so making this for breakfast. Maybe for tomorrow! I can’t stand hot oatmeal – I’ve only made one variation I can actually eat but I’m tired of it. Cold sounds so good and all the flavors in this – perfect. Pinned!

    • Lindsey
      May 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Thanks, Dorothy! It’s so good, I have to try and stop myself from eating it for lunch too! I hope you do try it! ohmgeee so easy – more time for you to come up with yummy, sinful treats!

  • Monet
    May 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I don’t normally like oatmeal but I adore muesli. This looks so good!

    • Lindsey
      May 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Thanks, Monet!

  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    May 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I’m so with you – I ate hot oatmeal almost every day all winter and I am so done with it for a long while now. I’ve been enjoying homemade granola most mornings, but this muesli looks fantastic and I will have to try it soon! The apple-coconut-pecan combo sounds super yummy, and fresh berries make just about anything even better!

    • Lindsey
      May 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

      I’ve never made homemade granola but I should definitely try that for a good summer change up! I try to avoid the pre-made stuff because it can pack a lot of calories!

  • Amallia @DesireToEat
    May 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

    This is German favorite breakfast. I always made this for breakfast. I eat it with sliced banana. 🙂 yummy.

    • Lindsey
      May 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Sliced banana would be delicious! I had nectarines on top this morning!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    May 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Muesli before. You’re making me want to try it right now!

    • Lindsey
      May 26, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      You should! It’s a great breakfast!

  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure
    May 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I will definitely try this for breakfast. Thanks for this great idea.

    • Lindsey
      May 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks, Ella! I hope you do!

  • Tea
    May 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    hey, so you don’t cook the oats? omg, this looks amazing

    • Lindsey
      May 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Nope! No cooking involved!! It’s so easy and delicious!

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  • Bekah
    December 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m wondering, is there any reason not to mix the yogurt in at night along with the milk? What about the other ingredients?

    • Lindsey
      December 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      You know what…I have no idea! You could certainly try it out! I would be curious to hear the result.

  • Lisa
    January 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I tried Bircher muesli for the first time this morning, and it was wonderful. The flavor is reminiscent of a beloved crumb cake from my childhood, the texture is perfect (I absolutely DESPISE the texture and mouth-feel of cooked oatmeal). It was creamy, crunchy, chewy, flavorful, satisfying perfection in a bowl, and I’m so excited that I have leftovers for tomorrow! Thanks for an awesome recipe, and for helping me break out of the breakfast rut.

    • Lindsey
      January 24, 2018 at 10:50 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Lisa! I agree about the texture 100%! The best part is that you can make in larger batches for a few days!

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  • Lelia
    July 13, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    I am so happy every summer when I finally remember to start have this cool, delicious, nutritious breakfast! I have been making this for 7 summers now! My new batch is in the fridge!

    • Lindsey
      July 22, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks mom!! xoxox


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