Bircher Muesli

Named after a Swiss physician, Bircher muesli features fresh apple, lemon juice and nuts. We added to this refreshing combo by including chia seeds for a boost of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and we finish our version with a mix of fresh berries for color and flavor.

a recipe photo of the Bircher Muesli served in bowls with berries
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
15 mins
Chill Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats (see Tip)

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 ¼ cups whole-milk plain yogurt

  • 1 medium Fuji apple, unpeeled, cored and grated (1 cup)

  • ¼ cup chia seeds

  • 4 dried figs, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ cups mixed fresh berries (such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries)

  • ¼ cup slivered almonds

  • Honey for serving (optional)


  1. Stir oats, almond milk, yogurt, apple, chia seeds, figs, lemon juice and cinnamon together in a large bowl until well blended. Portion 1 cup of the mixture into each of 4 (16-ounce) containers, and cover each with a tight-fitting lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate until the oats soften, at least 8 hours or up to 5 days.

  2. To serve, top with berries and almonds. Drizzle with honey, if desired.

To make ahead

Prepare through Step 1 and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Top with berries and almonds just before serving.


People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
15g Fat
54g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 15g 54%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Vitamin A 790IU 16%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Vitamin D 38IU 10%
Vitamin E 6mg 40%
Vitamin K 10mcg 8%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Calcium 418mg 32%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 66mg 16%
Potassium 379mg 8%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%
Omega 3 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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