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Bircher Muesli with Fresh Fruit {My Breakfast Of Choice On The Ruby Princess}

The original overnight oats! I discovered Bircher Muesli on a Princess Cruise and I've been obsessed with it ever since!

I know what you are thinking, of all things for me to come home from my cruise obsessed with, it’s this Bircher Muesli, right? Not the mango margaritas, seafood dinners and chocolate journeys desserts I indulged in on the Ruby Princess, but a breakfast I found on the breakfast buffet – this is what I feel the need to share with you immediately. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even when you’re cruising. Humor me please.

Typically I’m an egg for breakfast girl, but when I stumbled onto the section of the breakfast bar that was holding bowls of Bircher muesli, dried fruits and plenty of nuts I was instantly intrigued. What in the world is Bircher Muesli anyway? That’s what I was wondering! It’s basically overnight oats (or what I sometimes call refrigerator oats, but a little different and invented by the Swiss physician, Maximilian Bircher-Benner (a bonus history lesson for you!). I go on an overnight oats kicks every now and then and needless to say, I’ve been on one since I got home from my Princess Cruise a few weeks ago.

The original overnight oats! I discovered Bircher Muesli on a Princess Cruise and I've been obsessed with it ever since!

I can not express enough how generally impressed I was with the food on our cruise. When I remember cruising with my husband and parents back in the day, I definitely remember food, but I remember the quantity of it more so than the quality. My friend (and plus one) Heidi and I both ate breakfast and a couple of lunches in the main buffet area and we commented more than once on the selection of food items that were being served. You know how I am with my salad so of course I was seeking out the salad bar on the very first day. Guys, I was loving my salads all week long, especially with whatever fish or sandwich they were serving nearby. I really tried to keep things light (when I could!) and the variety of food and dining really made it possible.

Food from Princess Cruise, including Bircher Muesli

Just a sampling of the many many food items I had while on the ship…

From top left to bottom right: Smoked Mahi Mahi (I loved this so much!!) over a salad I made from the salad bar, Bircher Muesli with sliced almonds, stewed apricots and prunes, Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwich, Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs, Grilled Tomatoes and Smoked Salmon Quiche.

I could eat that entire collage of food every single day.

Food from Princess Cruise, including Bircher Muesli

Do you have room for more food?

From top left to bottom right: Crab and Lobster Margarita with Avocado and Tequila, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry and an almond sandwich cookie, Grilled Vegetable and Assorted Salads, Roast Beef Tenderloin & Veal Shank with Vegetables, Seared Scallops with Vegetables.

I can only dream of eating like this again.

The original overnight oats! I discovered Bircher Muesli on a Princess Cruise and I've been obsessed with it ever since!

You now know why I opted for a healthy breakfast every morning. 🙂

Print Recipe

Bircher Muesli with Fresh Fruit

Yield: about 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups prepared muesli (I used Bob Red Mill's Muesli or you can make your own)
  • 1 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (found in dairy section near almond and soy milk)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • fresh seasonal fruit for serving (i.e. sliced ripe pears, raspberries, bananas)
  • cinnamon, for serving
  • chopped or sliced nuts, for serving

Directions:

  1. Combine muesli and coconut milk in a container (use one with a lid for storing in the refrigerator). Place into fridge and let sit for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. When coconut milk is mostly absorbed and muesli is ready to serve, combine 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt into muesli. Spoon into 3 servings and top with fresh fruit, nuts and cinnamon. Serve chilled.

You can store muesli in refrigerator and eat one serving each day with fresh fruit. Add additional coconut milk or yogurt if needed.

Recipe inspired by my breakfast on Princess Cruises. Recipe adapted from My Little Gourmet and Jamie Oliver

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11 Responses to “Bircher Muesli with Fresh Fruit {My Breakfast Of Choice On The Ruby Princess}”

  1. Erica posted October 21, 2015 at 7:40 am

    HUGE overnight oats fans in this house. I’m going to pick up some muesli and give it a go for a change!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      The biggest thing I did different this time is I made a big batch instead of individual. So I was able to eat it for days in a row. Was nice to have as an afternoon snack! I stored it in a big tupperware in the fridge then just added the fruit. The muesli is a nice change and has all the good stuff already mixed in!

  2. Sandy @ RE posted October 21, 2015 at 9:22 am

    This sounds amazing, Aggie. I love overnight oats! I’m really enjoying your cruise posts, too! 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks friend!

  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted October 21, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I love that we both ate this every morning!! I seriously wish all hotels served Bircher Muesli!! So good!!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Seriously! What a nice surprise!!

  4. Nancy posted November 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Is that the canned coconut milk?

    • Aggies Kitchen posted November 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      no it’s not the canned coconut, it’s actually found in the dairy section near the almond and soy milks.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted November 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      and thank you for asking! I’ve added a note in the recipe in case anyone else was wondering same thing 🙂

  5. Nancy posted November 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    So is there any reason you can’t use hemp milk with that instead of the coconut?

    • Aggies Kitchen posted November 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      I don’t see why not! I have never tried hemp milk! I would use almond or cashew milk as well. I would think it would just be based on personal preference.

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