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Spiced no added sugar bircher muesli

I’ve been eating all sorts of things for breakfast lately, including many a dinner leftovers as well as hot milk oats. To switch things up a little bit, and clear out the pantry of quarter-filled packets of stuff, I had decided to make myself a batch of spiced bircher muesli.

Since I’m not a big fan of sugar, I only used seeds and nuts in my mix, but if you like the idea of dried fruit in your muesli, feel free to add raisins, sultanas, apricots or other dried fruit to the mix.

I also figured if I’m going for a bircher muesli because of it’s dietary benefits, I might as well make sure the ingredients I use are least processed. I opted for milk instead of the traditional fruit juice, as this way you get to avoid excess sugar abnd other additives often present in fruit juices. My yoghurt was pot set and natural – once again, the choice of flavour is up to you but I do prefer the idea of a pot set yoghurt – there’s no added gelatin or thickeners.

In terms of flavour – a  good sprinkling of cinnamon and shredded coconut definitely makes up for the lack of sugar in the mix. If you like your muesli sweeter, add a tablespoon of Manuka or the Australian myrtle tree honey, which has been found to have the most antibacterial properties of any honey in the world, according to reasearch from University of Qeensland.

Serves 2

Spiced no added sugar bircher muesli

The general idea of the recipe is simple, mix and match whatever ingredients you have on hand: dried fruit, nuts seeds and let it sit in the fridge overnight to plump up. Enjoy with a serving of fresh berries, poached fruit or grated apple in the morning.

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pot set natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp pepita (pumpkin) seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • a handful of berries or poached fruit to serve – I used frozen raspberries

To make bircher muesli: mix all ingredients in a measuring jug or a bowl. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.

Divide between two glasses or bowls, top with your choice of fresh fruit and enjoy.


Natalie July 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

Bircher Muesli is my favourite breakfast, and I’m not a fan of sugar either. When I do feel like a sweet hit, I add about 1/2 a tsp of pure maple syrup. Yummy.

Wholesome Cook July 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Oh yes! Good tip Natalie, thanks – Maple Syrup is so yummy and a perfect match for the nutty goodness of this bircher.

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide July 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

No added sugar is a good thing. My wife can’t believe how much is in store-bought cereals. This looks wonderful.

Maureen July 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

This looks delightful for breakfast. When I moved from the US to Australia I immediately noticed a reduction in sugar in most everything but cereal still gets the full whack.

Wholesome Cook July 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Yes, that’s true. I actually recall having Frosty Flakes as a child, remember, cornflakes covered in a sugar layer! Ha! No more!

Sherilyn @ Wholepromise July 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

This is a sure winner. Oats are such a great way to start the day but I do love that you eat leftovers for breakfast too. Our lives are similar.

Wholesome Cook July 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Wow! They are indeed – I love leftover dinner for breakfast, I often don’t even heat it up… My favourite must be leftover chilli of beans and corn. Yum!

Blithely Unaware July 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

OK I can eat this!!!! Yayayayayaaaaa

Yasmeen @ wandering spice July 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Yum, yum. We’re big fans of bircher muesli in this house — the Mr makes it quite often. I agree that I don’t like it too sweet… we use dried fruit and a bit of honey but the sweetness really comes from cinnamon and nutmeg. I love your idea of adding coconut. That is something worth adding for sure!

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed July 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

This looks so delicious! What a perfect, healthy breakfast. So refreshing!
Heidi xo

Laura (starloz) July 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

i’ve made muesli a few times & i adore it, this has enticed me to make some. thanks girl.

betty July 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

i do love adding coconut to sweeten my bircher muesli :)

Jane July 20, 2012 at 12:11 am

I have been searching for a sugar free Bircher Muesli recipe for ages. This one sounds good so will try it out tonite. I am reducing or trying to cut out fructose. So I don’t include dried fruit. I use organic greek natural yoghurt. And also add organic shredded coconut. I use organic berries for the antioxidant benefits.

I am limiting my use of milk and looking into alternatives ie rice/almond milk. I don’t particularly like the thought of drinking cows hormones.

I am used to the taste of porridge made with just water and adding the cinnamon etc for sweetness. We still need to be selective of our use of honey and maple syrups.

Thanx for the recipe

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