Mary's Bircher Muesli

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Sep 12, 12:31 AM in and . No comments.

Bircher muesli seems to be all the rage at the moment. Called by a variety of names including “overnight oats”, bircher muesli is the original muesli invented in around 1990. I love it when historical recipes come back in fashion.
In the good old “ hospital dietary therapy” tradition, Swiss Doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a pioneer of whole foods therapy, invented muesli for patients in hospital.
The original recipe consisted of rolled oats, (soaked in water overnight), lemon juice, sweetened condensed milk, grated apple and grounds nuts.

There have been a few modern twists added to the old recipe and Bircher Muesli is a really popular breakfast even today. Its great if you are in a rush in the mornings, as its prepared the night before.

Here is my sister Mary’s recipe. We had this at a recent Father’s day breakfast and I can tell you it’s pretty good!

Mary’s Bircher Muesli Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cup of oats
  • 250 ml light milk – You can also use Soy or Almond Milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 125 ml apple juice
  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 2 tablespoons of dried pineapple – chopped
  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt – Mary used Vaalia’s fat free one
  • 1 apple peeled and grated
  • Extra yoghurt for serving
  • Fresh or frozen berries of your choice
  • 1/2 cup or so of your favourite nuts


  • Combine oats, milk, honey and apple juice and sultanas in a bowl. Leave in fridge overnight.
  • Stir in apple, yoghurt and grated pineapple
  • Divide Muesli into separate bowls or little serving cups as Mary did for us
  • Make a berry Coulis with teaspoon sugar, water and frozen berries
  • Sprinkle on dried roast almond slivers or any other nuts of choice
  • Eat yum yum

You can personalise your Bircher Muesli by tryring different fruits or nuts or even by adding your favourite seeds and grains. Let me know how you do your Bircher Mueli/Overnight Oats.

Tags: Bircher Muesli, Breakfast, Fruit, Muesli, Overnight Oats

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.


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