Bircher Overnight Oats

Bircher is an overnight oats breakfast dish that is served cold. I made mine with strained yoghurt and added in the citrus purée and nuts for texture.

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Ron suggested there might be more to our flight story, and so I thought I better finish it off. Dave and I usually pay extra for seats. We have a select few we like, depending on the plane, but we always take a duo seat if available. This means Dave gets a window seat, and I have the aisle for take-off and landing. After dinner we swap as I go to sleep on the plane. I use the window as extra room. However, when we flew to France we were in the middle row. With 4 seats to the row, and Dave on the aisle, it meant I had people both side of me. This does not make sleeping easy. Even though the seat reclines I was confined to the seat space. And despite taking a sleeping tablet, the quality of my sleep was not good.

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But, as I said, we were on the flight, and everything on board was perfect. We had a good supper and a decent breakfast, albeit very early. And we landed in Paris before sunrise, which was the silver lining. The hotel had arranged a limo pick-up which was actually a minivan. We were met in the arrivals hall by the driver, and dropped off outside the hotel. After leaving our luggage there we went for croissants and coffee and then Bev and I went shopping. The men were left to their own devices and we met back at the hotel at 14h00. Due to it being Easter weekend we could only check-in at this time, which was our original expected time. So we gained 8 hours in Paris which meant we were not in a rush the entire day. Quite a relief from the experiences of the previous day.

Strained Yoghurt Bircher With Citrus Purée

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Recipe Category: Breakfast
Makes enough for: 1 person
All Rights Reserved: Adapted From The 6 Week Programme page 137


  • 50 g rolled oats
  • 150 g strained yoghurt
  • 60 mls milk
  • 2.5 mls vanilla essence
  • 2.5 mls fructose
  • 100 g citrus purée
  • 15 g blanched hazelnuts, lightly toasted
  • Ground cinnamon for sprinkling


  • Place the oats, yoghurt, milk, vanilla and fructose into a bowl
  • Stir to combine, cover with clingfilm and place into the fridge overnight
  • Stir in the citrus purée, and roughly chop the hazelnuts
  • Sprinkle on top, together with the cinnamon and eat straight away
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12 thoughts on “Bircher Overnight Oats

  1. I had no idea this was served cold! I think I’d prefer it at room temperature, but it’s a great recipe. Flying is tough, or it certainly can be. Fortunately my husband finally decided we’d only fly business on those long flights, and I almost look forward to them. Before that I’d never slept one minute while on a plane!

  2. I am glad your arrival in Paris was so gentle and welcoming. ‘limo’ = minivan, not for the first time but you were expected and that was the point. What a wonderful idea, I have never had Bircher muesli, this is worth eating, thanks for sharing.

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