Best bircher muesli

Best bircher muesli

The Sugar Hit!
Chris Middleton

Have you heard of ‘Columbusing’? It’s a term used to describe the phenomenon of one person or a group of people ‘discovering’ something, which another group of people have known about for a really long time. Like, for example, when Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ America, even though Native Americans had been living there for thousands of years, and a Viking expedition had settled there years before. Whatever the thing is, the ‘discoverers’ usually re-brand it with a new name and then start walking around acting like they invented it. I feel this is what happened recently with the trend for ‘overnight oats’. That’s the Columbus name for bircher muesli. Bircher. Muesli. Invented by Dr Bircher-Benner of Switzerland around 1900. It’s so good that I’m not surprised people would try and claim it as their own. But I’m such an Alp-o-phile that I love the idea of eating a Swiss mountain breakfast, and I fully embrace the cool history of this dish. This is my favourite version, heavy on the apples, just like the original. Great with a breath of fresh Alpine air.


Quantity Ingredient
100g whole rolled oats, (porridge)
310ml apple juice
45g dates, sliced
45g dried apricots, sliced
45g dried cranberries, (craisins)
2 small granny smith apples, grated
375g greek-style yoghurt
2 tablespoons honey
flaked almonds and/or chopped hazelnuts, to serve


  1. Put the oats, juice, dried fruits and apple in a large bowl. Stir to combine then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. To serve, place the yoghurt in a small bowl and ripple through the honey.
  3. Divide the muesli and honeyed yoghurt between four small bowls, scatter over the nuts and serve.
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