Fibre-Rich Bircher Muesli


(Updated 09/17/21)

Bircher muesli is a type of muesli soaked overnight, to be enjoyed fresh the next day. With its easy-to-digest texture, it has all the comfort of traditional oats, while simultaneously being nice and light - perfect for warmer weather!

Bowl of bircher muesli made with oats, chia seeds and yoghurt.

Bircher muesli aka the original overnight oats. Overnight oats before they became groovy and hip with it.

Kidding, I adore overnight oats, as I do a good bircher. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also super speedy to prep in the morning, with most of the work done the night before. This makes them perfect on mornings that you don’t have much time to dedicate to breakfast, and need to get out the door pronto!

Bircher Muesli – a Venture Back in a Time

Historically, bircher was introduced by Swiss Physcican Maximailian Bircher-Benner in the 1900’s for his hospital patients and, get this, was the first documented ‘muesli’ ever.

In its infancy, it was originally a concoction of soaked oats, grated apple, nuts, a little lemon juice and splash of cream; with the ratio being in favour of more ‘fruit’ than ‘grain’ – the original recipe had just one tablespoon of oats to a whole grated apple!

An Adapted Bircher Recipe

The version below differs from the original recipe, but has much the same context – it’s still soaked overnight and still contains oats and fresh fruit.

I’ve made a few subs and changes – more oats, probiotic-rich yoghurt instead of cream, and the introduction of nourishing fat sources, like chia seeds, linseeds and coconut, to help keep you feeling full for longer.

Close up of bircher muesli toppings.

Why Soak? To Soak or Not to Soak

In general, soaking muesli isn’t a prerequisite for eating it – however some grains and seeds may have increased nutrient availability and digestibility when softened by soaking, which has nutritional advantage. In the case of bircher muesli, it’s always soaked for this purpose.

Spotlight on Fibre

I ran the numbers, and each serving has a little over 17g dietary fibre per serving – phwoooor that’s decent! Your gut will be stoked.

Current dietary fibre daily recommendations sit at 25-30g for adults (25g for females/30g for males in NZ) – so a bowl of this will help you leap bounds towards that.

Fibre is an indigestible part of carbohydrate-rich foods, and is typically synonymous with keeping us ‘regular’. Like an internal broomstick, it passes through our digestive system helping to speed the passage of waste – but it also has a whole lot of other benefits, like assisting blood sugar level regulation (slowing the absorption of sugars), feeding our gut bugs who in turn will do handy internal biological work for us, helping to keep us feeling full for longer and softening our stools making them easier to pass (gross, but great!).

Fibre-Rich Bircher Muesli

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 1
Healthy bircher muesli topped with apple, raspberries and yoghurt.


Night before

  • cup wholegain oats
  • cup milk (e.g. almond, rice, dairy)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp linseeds
  • 1 Tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 handful fresh or frozen berries (e.g. strawberrues, raspberries, blueberries, mixed berries)

Morning of

  • 3 Tbsp plain greek yoghurt (or sub for coconut yoghurt if dairy-free or vegan)
  • 1 grated apple or pear
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Optional to top: extra fruit, seeds, yoghurt…


The night before breakfast

  • Add to a bowl the oats, milk, chia seeds, linseeds, coconut and berries. Mix well, cover, and pop in the fridge overnight. If you're going to be eating on-the-run, pop it all into a travel container ready to go the next morning.

Morning of breakfast

  • The oat mixture will have soaked up the liquid overnight and be stiff. To loosen again dollop over the oats plain greek yoghurt and grated apple, and mix well until smooth! Add any extras on top if desired, then dive in with a spoon. Or if eating on-the-run, pop on the container and take with you out the door.


Dairy-free or vegan? Use coconut yoghurt and dairy-fee milk.
Batch-cook: Whip up a large batch of the dry mixture to save time when preparing single servings; simply scoop and add your wet ingredients!
Substitutions: This recipe is forgiving. Feel free to mix and match berries – I tend to use frozen for this, especially as they help keep the muesli at a cooler temperature when taking it on the run. Go for whatever nuts or seeds you have on hand!

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  1. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe lots, thank you for posting this!! The ratios really worked, it was delicious and ticked all the nutritional boxes for me. Had one for supper and immediately made one for breakfast the next morning <3

  2. 5 stars
    This is fantastic and the quantities are perfect. I’ve added sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds as well. I love this for breakfast!