Pear & Cinnamon Bircher Muesli – My Family Ties

Breakfast Inspiration to Shake Up Your Wake Up

Shake up your wake up for Breakfast Week 25 th - 31 st January

Breakfast Week (25th – 31st January 2015)


It’s not often that hospital food becomes gourmet, but Bircher Muesli was originally invented by Swiss physician Maximillian Bircher-Benner for his hospital patients over a century ago. Today, the recipe, which is traditionally soaked in milk or fruit juice overnight, is enjoyed for its delicious flavour and soft, but firm, texture. The cinnamon and pear in this recipe make this ideal for winter mornings.

Shake up Your wake up recipes for Breakfast Week - Pear & Cinnamon Bircher Muesli

Prep: 10 minutes + soaking time
Cook: 15 minutes
Serves 4

  • 100g jumbo oats
  • 100g mixed dried fruit (e.g. 50g dried cranberries, 50g sultanas)
  • 25g almonds, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 200ml semi skimmed milk
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and grated


Preheat the oven to 160oC, gas mark 3.

Mix together the oats, dried fruit, almonds and cinnamon and spread out on a large baking tray.  Drizzle over the honey and mix to evenly coat.  Bake for 15 minutes until golden.  Allow to cool.

Stir in the milk and allow to soak in the fridge ideally overnight.

Stir in the grated pears and serve with yogurt or a little extra milk.

Top tip
Great for on the go breakfast, simply place in a sealed pot or plastic container with a little natural yogurt.


  • Source of fibre
  • Low in salt

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  1. January 31, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Now I could just go a bowl of that now.. Might give it a go but will how to improvise with the ingredients I have.. I have the oats, dried fruit and honey and lots of berry fruits so will see if I can adapt it.

  2. February 6, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    I am trying to eat more healthily and this is certainly an appetising start to the day.

  3. February 6, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    I am trying to eat more healthily and this is certainly an appetising start to the day.

  4. April 29, 2015 / 9:54 am

    Love the sound of that, pear and cinnamon seems like a great combination

  5. August 5, 2015 / 10:28 am

    My OH loves bircher muesli – will have to try this out!

  6. Tracy
    October 17, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    This looks and sounds so yummy!