Why You Should Try This Recipe?
You won’t believe how much there is to love about this healthy overnight muesli. Nutritious, fruity, and delicious to boot, this simple breakfast is a great way to use uncooked oats. It is definitely worth adding to your collection of breakfast bowl recipes.
- Only 10 minutes of prep and 3 simple steps are necessary to make this simple vegan breakfast.
- Endlessly customizable, this easy recipe can be made a thousand different ways. Whether you want to make dairy free overnight oats or use a variety of fresh fruit, there’s a version for you!
- This healthy breakfast recipe will keep you full and satisfied all morning, helping you feel full without sacrificing an ounce of flavor—just like my recipes for Apple Cinnamon Oats and Chia Seed Oatmeal!
- Packed with fiber and antioxidants, oats are healthy whole grains that have even been proven to lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar.
What Is Bircher Muesli?
Bircher muesli is what many consider to be the first overnight oats recipe. Developed by 20th-century Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner, this dish was created to support the health of patients with an uber-nutritious mix of filling and natural ingredients.
The original Bircher muesli recipe calls for raw oats and grated apple, mixed with condensed milk, nuts, lemon juice, and honey. Since then, however, people have found hundreds of delicious ways to customize this popular breakfast, from making overnight muesli vegan to incorporating seasonal fruit, aromatic spices, and even homemade sweeteners!
The traditional Swiss bircher muesli recipe consists of rolled oats, grated apple, condensed milk, nuts, lemon, and honey. However, use my simple muesli formula below for endlessly customizable (and always scrumptious!) flavor combinations:
- Oats: You’ll need old-fashioned rolled oats for this recipe. I would not recommend using other types of oats, like quick-cooking oats as it would deliver a mushy end product.
- Seed and nuts: I used chia seeds and sliced almonds in my version. However, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and even leftover almond pulp are other delicious options.
- Milk: You can choose your favorite milk to use in your muesli mixture. I made my Bircher oats with almond milk, though oat milk and cashew milk also work for dairy-free overnight oatmeal. And if you want you can have cow’s milk as well.
- Yogurt (optional): Vegan yogurt—such as almond yogurt—or Greek yogurt both work to give this dish its irresistible tanginess. Plus, you can play around with which flavors you use, like vanilla, peach, and raspberry.
- Fruit: Any fruit will work for your Bircher muesli ingredients, whether it’s mixed in or added on top! I used shredded apple, but you can also use anything from fresh berries to a ripe banana, or even a few tablespoons of my homemade Unsweetened Applesauce.
- Sweetener: Maple syrup, brown sugar, and a drizzle of honey are all options to give your overnight muesli recipe a sweet flavor.
- Optional spices: I used ground cinnamon in my muesli. However, cardamom, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice can also give your oats a robust flavor.
- Other optional toppings: Nut butter—such as peanut butter and almond butter—pack this dish with rich, creamy protein. You can also include fresh herbs, like mint, for color and taste.
How To Make
Effortless and budget-friendly, this soaked muesli recipe is just what you need on busy weekday mornings. In 10 minutes and 3 steps, your hearty breakfast will be ready to eat the next day!
- Combine the ingredients: In a large bowl, mix oats, shredded apples, chia seeds, sliced almonds, almond milk, almond yogurt, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
- Give it a stir: Stir to make sure all ingredients are fully incorporated.
- Refrigerate: Once the ingredients are fully combined, cover the bowl and refrigerate it overnight.
- Serve: The next morning, equally divide the soaked muesli among four bowls. If desired, top each off with berries, fresh mint leaves, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
How to Store?
- Storage: To store your muesli yogurt breakfast, place the dish in a large airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also store your muesli in mason jars for an easy grab-and-go option.
- Freeze: You can freeze this muesli recipe in an airtight container for upto a month.
- Multiply the recipe: If you are serving this to a crowd feel free to multiply it as many times as you want. Or you can do what I do and make a few bacthes on Sunday night and enjoy it throughout the week.
- Mason Jars to the rescue: For a quick grab&go breakfast divide your muesli in mason jars and be sure to tighten it with the lid.
- Additional protein: For some extra protein, feel free to top it off with a dollap of your favorite nut butter.
- Have nut alergies? Omit almonds and use sunflower seeds instead.
Other Healthy Breakfast Bowl Recipes You Might Like
- Slow-Cooker Steel Cut Oats
- Warm Farro Breakfast Bowl with Cinnamon Apples
- Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
- Overnight Coconut Buckwheat Porridge
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Slow Cooker Unsweetened Applesauce
- Steel Cut Oats Recipe Overnight
- Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal
Overnight Muesli Recipe
- 1 cup Shredded apples from 1 large or 2 small apples
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats gluten-free certified
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2-3 tablespoons sliced almonds or more if you want
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or any other milk of your choice
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond yogurt or any other yogurt of your choice, like soy, coconut, milk, etc.
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ cup mixed berries or any other seasonal fruit
- a few fresh mint leaves as garnish optional
- Place the shredded apples, oats, chia seeds, sliced almonds, almond milk, almond yogurt, cinnamon, and maple syrup in a bowl. Mix to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to eat, divide the muesli in between 4 bowls, top them off with berries and garnish with a few fresh mint leaves.
- This recipe would serve 4 people in 1/2 to 2/3 cup portions. If you are serving a crowd, feel free to double the recipe.
- The beauty of this recipe is that it is endlessly customizable. In place of milk and yogurt, you can use any plant-based milk or yogurt you like (or even cows milk and yogurt). Similarly, you can use any nuts and fruits.
- How long does muesli last? As long as it is kept in an airtight container, this healthy overnight muesli will keep fresh for up to 4 days.
- Do you eat overnight oats cold? Many prefer eating this dish straight from the fridge for a cold muesli breakfast. However, you can also make your morning extra cozy by heating this dish before you serve it.