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Bircher muesli with kefir recipe

Bircher muesli with kefir recipe

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  • Breakfast
  • Overnight oats

Oats are soaked in kefir overnight until creamy, then topped with fresh fruits and honey for an easy make-ahead breakfast of bircher muesli. Experiment with the ratio of oats to kefir until you find what works for you.

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IngredientsServes: 1

  • 40g oats
  • 6 tablespoons plain kefir
  • 1/2 apple, grated
  • 4 strawberries, diced
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or to taste

MethodPrep:15min ›Extra time:8hr › Ready in:8hr15min

  1. Combine oats and kefir in a small bowl. Cover with cling film and refrigerate until oats soak up the kefir and thicken, 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Stir apple and strawberries into the oats. Add honey to reach desired level of sweetness.

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How to Make Bircher Muesli

Streamline your morning routine by learning how to make Bircher muesli any way you like it. Bircher muesli is the perfect make ahead breakfast – this tutorial will teach you how to make perfect Bircher muesli every time and never get bored of it.

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Kefir is the real standout here — it's used as a sub for buttermilk, which gives the recipe a protein boost. Plain kefir has about 40 percent more protein compared to buttermilk, according to the USDA.

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Healthy Bircher Muesli

Whether you call them Overnight Oats or Bircher Muesli, this recipe for oats with yogurt, apple and chia is a deliciously filling breakfast.

  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Yield: 1 serving 1 x
  • Category: Breakfast


  • 1 packet plain unflavored dry oats (about 1/3 cup )
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried apple chips
  • 1 (3.1-ounce) vanilla probiotic dairy drink or drinkable yogurt (I used Danactive)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons plain kefir
  • Garnish: fresh berries and additional kefir


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Garnish and serve cold.


  • Calories: 272
  • Sugar: 22g
  • Sodium: 135mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 10g

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Dairy Free Bircher Muesli

After my last post on coconut milk kefir, I know some of you were asking “what the heck do I use kefir for besides as a beverage?”. I’m going to answer that with this post on Bircher Muesli a.k.a. Swiss oatmeal. Bircher Muesli is a make ahead breakfast that you prepare the night before, and it sits refrigerated overnight to make a perfect hearty porridge for the next morning. Bircher muesli can be made with any variety of seeds, nuts, grains and fruits but the core of it always contains oats, some dried and fresh fruits and some sort of sweetened liquid usually a cream or yogurt. In this case, I’m using coconut milk kefir for a dairy free option. You can certainly use the more traditional cream, dairy kefir or a yogurt that has been thinned with milk.

Start by placing your dry ingredients in a jar or bowl. Then, add the grated apple and cover with the lemon, honey and kefir. Stir it up and store in the fridge overnight. I use steel cut oats since they result in a more al dente consistency which I prefer. If you don’t mind it a little more mushy, feel free to use rolled oats or just make it up in the morning and let it sit for an hour instead of overnight.

If you wish to make a large batch, increase the recipe to however many batches you want to make and mix up just the dry ingredients. The dry mix can be kept it in the cupboard and will keep really well since it’s all dry ingredients kind of like a trail mix. If you want to mix the whole recipe up together, you certainly can and it’ll keep refrigerated for up to a week. The oats may get a bit mushier but the flavor is still lovely.



  • For the bircher muesli
  • 250ml kefir milk
  • 2 apples (medium sized, any dessert apple)
  • 1 cups medium porridge oats (not instant cook)
  • For the honey roast apples & pecan nuts
  • 4 apples (medium sized, any dessert apple)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp honey (plus more to serve)
  • 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice or ground allspice
  • ¼ cup pecans


Prepare the bircher muesli up to 1 day in advance.

Pour kefir on top of the oats. Grate the apples on the coarse face of a cheese grater (keep the skin on for extra colour & fibre) and tip into the oat mix. Stir thoroughly to combine.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

For the honey roast apples

Toast the pecans in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until toasted, checking frequently for burning.

Meanwhile, quarter the apples, remove the cores, leave the skins on for extra fibre.

Arrange in a roasting dish, drizzle w the olive oil, honey & sprinkle over your choice of spice. Stir to coat.

Roast for 20 minutes, check now and then for burning. Cover with foil if burning. The apples are done when tender to a knife tip.

Serve the kefir bircher muesli in individual bowls.

Top with the roasted apples, the honeyed apple juices and finally, sprinkle over the toasted pecans.

Bircher Müesli

Bircher Müesli is a classic breakfast food in Switzerland, always present at hotel breakfast buffets. But it is also often served in Swiss homes as a simple dinner.

Make this recipe your own by selecting your favorite mix of fruit and nuts. I suggest not adding nuts or fresh fruit until right before serving as they become mushy during the long soak.

Bircher muesli with apple & banana

A classic bircher pot with grated apple, sultanas, seeds, oats and nuts together providing a nutritious boost to your breakfast. Topped with extra chopped nuts and sliced banana, it takes just 5 minutes to prep and offers a filling mix of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Bircher muesli with kefir recipe - Recipes

The original muesli was developed by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner at the turn of the 20th century. A pioneer in nutrition, the good doctor developed the cereal to heal patients in his Zurich sanitarium. Contrary to common belief of the time, he espoused a diet rich in whole, raw foods and started every meal with a bowl of raw oats and apples. Doctors of the time, who believed in a well-cooked diet, often walked out during his conferences in outrage upon hearing such revolutionary ideas.

  • This recipe calls for pourable yogurt or kefir. If using thicker style yogurt, increase the milk or other liquid used in the recipe
  • If lactose intolerant, try soy or almond yogurt and milk
  • Add hazelnuts, brazil nuts or sunflower seeds instead of almonds
  • Sprinkle with seasonal berries, if available or choose ground flax seeds or chia seeds for extra fiber and nutrients.

Why Raw Oats ?
Oats are a medicine by themselves. They contain more soluble fiber than most other grains. They are more digestible. They can help lower harmful cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, thus reducing risk of heart disease. Oats contain inositol, which can act as a natural anti-depressant and numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are a good source of protein.