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Bircher muesli/overnight oats

Sarah's love of food led her down what she calls "the culinary rabbit hole," leaving her management job to first apprentice on an organic vegetable farm and then to write about and photograph food professionally. Her agricultural backgro...

The breakfast that makes itself

This filling, whole-foods breakfast "cooks" up in the fridge overnight.

The breakfast that makes itself

Bircher muesli, also called "overnight oats," is the make-ahead morning rush solution. Rather than cooking oats on the stove top, combine them with chia seeds and milk the night before. They soften as they absorb the liquid overnight and are the perfect consistency to eat cold in the morning. The chia seeds add nutrition and a pudding-like texture. Take advantage of the extra time to sit down to breakfast together as a family, or make overnight oats for an on-the-go breakfast.

We like to top ours with fresh fruit and chopped nuts, but feel free to play around with add-ins like shredded coconut, granola (for crunch!) and nut butters.

Overnight oats

The breakfast that makes itself

Serves 1, multiply as needed


  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons raisins (optional)
  • Fresh fruit and chopped nuts, to serve


  1. To a medium-sized jar or other lidded container, add the oats, chia seeds, milk, cinnamon and raisins, if using. Stir, or add the lid and shake, until evenly distributed.
  2. Move the oat mixture to the refrigerator to chill overnight. In the morning, top with fruit and nuts and serve cold.

The breakfast that makes itself

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