How To Make Perfect Bircher Muesli

I use the phrase “this is the best breakfast ever” way too many times. I think using it here would make it the third time I have used it on this site alone, but I care not as this is the best breakfast ever!

Muesli is an OK breakfast.

Muesli and fresh fruit is a good breakfast.

Muesli, fresh fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice is a great breakfast.

Muesli, fresh fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice and coconut yogurt is a perfect breakfast.

So let’s get into it. The recipe below is an example of a recipe only, it happens to be my favourite recipe but it is not the point of this post, the point is learning the muesli ratio. The real beauty of muesli is it is completely customisable to what YOU like. The dried fruit and nut combination are not set in stone. You choose what you like most, or what is going cheap in the supermarket that week! The important thing to get right is the ratio, once you have that sorted, you got yourself a perfect muesli…

A bit of effort on a Sunday and you have breakfast all week.

Muesli 2

The Perfect muesli ratio:

4 parts rolled oats

2 parts dried fruit

2 parts nuts

1 part mixed seeds

When you have your muesli, and this makes enough for 5 servings – 1 a day for the working week, you can then get about taking it to the next level. Adding grated apple and fresh orange juice gives the muesli a citrus slap in the face that will really wake you up. So much of a slap in the face, that you will want to mellow it out slightly and that is where coconut yogurt comes in. This balances the flavour and also adds a glue to keep all the ingredients manageable on a spoon. I have a serving of this pretty much everyday, some days (most days if I am honest) I just use almond milk and eat it at work but I HIGHLY recommend going the extra mile. HUGE in calories, so make sure you only eat this on a really active day. The fat is from the nuts and coconut yogurt.

Serves 5

A recipe example. My favourite muesli…..

Nutritional Information (for the whole thing including fresh fruit, all the nuts and coconut yogurt):

  • Calories = 833
  • Protein = 19.9g
  • Fat = 35.3g
  • Saturated Fat = 11.5g
  • Carbohydrate = 104.8g
  • Cholesterol = 0g


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup dried raisins/sultanas
  • ½ cup flaked almonds
  • ½ cup brazil nuts, chopped
  • ½ cup mixed seeds
  • optional: 1 cup bran flakes
  • 5 apples, grated
  • 5 oranges, juiced
  • 500g carton plain coconut yogurt
  • non-dairy milk if you can’t be bothered with the above 3 things

 Muesli 3

Muesli 4

Cook it:

  1. Mix the oats, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and flakes if using, in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly
  2. Divide into 5 bowls (or containers)
  3. For each serve, grate an apple, mix through and add the juice of a whole orange. Mix and leave to soak for 10 – 20 minutes
  4. Serve with a massive dollop of coconut yogurt
  5. Get it into ya!!!

Muesli 5


5 thoughts on “How To Make Perfect Bircher Muesli

  1. Reblogged this on pearsnotparsnipsdotcom and commented:
    I’ve been too busy/lazy to post a Bircher muesli recipe, so I’m stealing @longplayerkitchen ‘s post to rectify matters! I spent years adopting the then government health policy of adding bran to everything, so my breakfast once upon a time was generally AllBran and raisins. I was so glad when I first came across Bircher muesli with its combination of oats, nuts, seeds and grated apple. I too preferred yogurt with it. Bircher muesli is easier to digest, especially if you presoak the oats, nuts and seeds in juice or nut/seed milk. It has an abundance of vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and healthy fats. Dairy-free and no refined sugar either, unlike the commercial varieties. The recipe comes with free Marvin Gaye soul accompaniment, too!


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