This Bircher muesli is a delicious make-ahead breakfast that takes just five minutes to prepare. It has fiber and protein to keep you full all morning!

Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli: The Original Overnight Oatmeal

Is it just me, or is overnight oatmeal the best thing since sliced bread? It tastes amazing, is filled with nourishing ingredients, and literally takes five minutes to prepare. If you’re a busy person (aka everyone these days) overnight oatmeal is the perfect grab-and-go healthy breakfast option.

Bircher Muesli is the OG Overnight Oatmeal recipe. It was developed by a Swiss physician, Maxamilian Bircher-Brenner, for his patients. The original recipe calls for grated apple, lemon juice, and raw hazelnuts, and oats soaked overnight in water.

How to Make Bircher Muesli

I put a bit of a modern twist on my version of this recipe. It includes chia seeds, yogurt, and cinnamon, while still highlighting the refreshing green apple and lemon flavors.

  • In a glass jar or Tupperware, combine oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, and shredded green apple.
Bircher Muesli Ingredients
  • Add yogurt, almond milk, maple syrup, and lemon juice, and stir everything together until combined.
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  • Cover the container, set it in the fridge overnight, and you’ve got the creamiest, dreamiest breakfast waiting for you in the morning!

Why You’ll Love this Bircher Muesli Recipe

  • It’s so easy. No cooking required! Just mix together all your ingredients and let the fridge work its magic.
  • Simple, whole food ingredients.  All you need are eight ingredients for this recipe, and you probably have most of them in your kitchen right now. This bircher muesli is sweetened with just 2 tbsp of maple syrup, so there is no refined sugar! Eating whole food ingredients make us feel good and give us lasting energy for the day.
  • Easily customizable. While the original Bircher muesli recipe calls for shredded green apples, feel free to mix up the fruit you use in your version. Fresh berries or peaches would taste amazing in the summertime!
  • Grab-and-go meal. If you have a busy morning schedule, you can still have time for a healthy breakfast by preparing this recipe the night before!
Bircher Muesli

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Healthy Five-Minute Bircher Muesli Recipe (Gluten Free)

This Bircher muesli is a delicious make-ahead breakfast that takes just five minutes to prepare. It has fiber and protein to keep you full all morning!

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast


  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple, grated or chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large glass jar or container and stir very well to combine.
  2. Cover container and place in fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning, portion into 3 bowls and enjoy! Top with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, or seeds if desired.


  • Swap out apple for another seasonal fruit for a tasty twist on this recipe

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