Last updated February 1, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Bircher Muesli

Bircher muesli

Developed around 1900, by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, Bircher Muesli is a popular breakfast dish based on raw ingredients. In this case we’re using lots of healthy ingredients from the foods to eat list, including coconut flakes, seeds, and nuts, mixed with coconut milk and a squeeze of lemon.

For many people, their only experience of Bircher Muesli is in the buffet breakfast at a hotel. I’m here to tell you that this is a really simple, nutritious breakfast that can be prepared in advance and served to the whole family. It can be stored for long periods too, so you can make a large batch in advance.

Bircher Muesli can be served right away or soaked overnight (this is my personal favorite). For some added goodness, and some healthful probiotic bacteria, you can eat it with a dollop of plain, probiotic yoghurt. This muesli contains no added sugars, is naturally low in carbohydrates, and will give you plenty of energy to last through the whole morning. Enjoy!

4.15 from 41 votes
Bircher muesli
Bircher Muesli
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 662 kcal
Author: Lisa Richards
  • cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup nuts such as macadamia, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans or walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup Bircher Muesli
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Dash of alcohol vanilla (optional)
  • 2 to 3 drops liquid stevia (optional)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Plain, probiotic yogurt (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl or a container with a tightly fitting lid, add coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a pinch of salt, mix well.
  2. Store muesli ingredients in a container with a tightly fitting lid for a day or two to let the flavors develop. This mixture will keep for up to two months.
  1. In a small bowl, combine coconut milk, alcohol free vanilla, stevia and lemon juice.
  2. Stir well, then add muesli and top with a dollop of plain yogurt.
  3. For a softer texture, prepare a bowl the night before. Put a serving of muesli in a bowl and cover with the coconut milk mixture. Place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, enjoy plain or with a dollop of yogurt.

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  1. Ariel says:

    If I do not preferably like coconut flakes is there a replacement ?

    1. Jordan says:

      Quinoa flakes work great 🙂

  2. Cali says:

    I can’t stand the taste of stevia. Can I use brown rice syrup? No fructose?

    1. Michelle nicolier says:

      Have you tried Just Like Sugar? It’s a product made only of chicory root. I really love it! I think it’s SO much better than stevia.

  3. Adam Winter says:

    5 stars
    Hi, thank you so much for the amazing recipes! I’m just starting on the diet and your suggestions have been a life saver 😊 One quick question though if I may? Is the calorie figure per serving or based on the whole recipe? Many thanks in advance

  4. Jenn says:

    5 stars
    Totally delicious. I added a few frozen raspberries. Tasted particularly good post-detox! This is my new go-to breakfast.

  5. says:

    Love this breakfast because of my bad digestion l grind
    My seeds and nuts ,

  6. Rachel says:

    5 stars
    What brand alcohol free vanilla do you use? I had to order online, trader joes, and now i see sugar cane is listed in the ingredients. Is it ok to use? I’m assuming not? 😟

  7. Alexis says:

    5 stars
    Is it ok to use rolled oats instead of the Bob Mills Muesli? It’s expensive and I don’t live near Whole Foods. The stores near me don’t carry it as well. I’ve seen many recipes online for homemade muesli but I’m worried that it isn’t Candida diet friendly. Thanks!

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      Hi Alexis, the recipe is to make your own muesli. You don’t need to buy any commercial muesli 🙂

  8. Lina says:

    4 stars
    Okay, okay…. so this recipe is just AMAZING!! Wow! Thank you so much. Started an evolved journey of “food as medicine” at the New Year and I so appreciate the hope this recipe gave me… I’m actually excited about food despite the current “restrictions”. Thank you again! Your website is such an amazing resource.

    ! Important health note: I’d love to see the note that eating too many dry chia seeds can actually dehydrate someone and cause blockages for those with GI issues.

    ** I did add more of each spice and also added crumbled/powdered nuts to add another dimension to the chopped nuts.

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