Bircher muesli

I may be on a budget, but I refuse to make up for a lack of pennies spent with time spent. Ease is a major motivating factor in much of a my ‘cooking’, and it’s why I love making bircher muesli (or overnight oats, to you and me) as an occasional treat.

I’ve seen some really complicated recipes for this, but I prefer to keep it simple (and cheap). It’s not so much a recipe as a construction job, putting together various things I’ve bought. It’s the work for minutes, and goes into the fridge the night before – so especially makes sense for at-desk breakfasts.


Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2


  • 6tbsp Porridge oats
  • 6tbsp Low-fat natural yoghurt (89p/500g)
  • 1 apple, grated (<20p)
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • Dried fruit/mixed peel/nuts/seeds as available

Stir the lot together, seal in a jar and place into the fridge. I used sultanas, some candied peel and a few of the leftover toasted hazelnuts from making my wild garlic pesto, then topped with a few extra just before serving.

You can switch it up as you like, with flavoured yoghurt or extra fresh fruit. Bish, bash, bosh.


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