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Overnight bircher muesli from The Joy of Better Cooking

Wonderful warmer weather fare, particularly if you want to pre-prep in jars and yoink from the fridge. Bircher was one of the OG muesli recipes, created by Mr Bircher-Benner in Switzerland and prescribed to patients. Thankfully it doesn’t taste ‘medicinal’ in the slightest.


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds optional
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of sea salt flakes
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1 cup milk, apple juice, kefir, yoghurt or water
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup plain or coconut yoghurt
  • fresh raspberries to serve
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup optional; no need if using apple juice


  • Combine the oats, chia seeds (if using), cinnamon, salt and half the grated apple with your liquid of choice and leave overnight in the fridge — either in a bowl, or in individual jars if you’re planning on rushing out the door the following morning.
  • In a separate container, stir the lemon juice through the remaining apple and pop in the fridge, too.
  • Next morning, top with the yoghurt, raspberries, remaining grated apple, and maple syrup if using.

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