Apple Pie Bircher (Quick Recipe!)

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This quick and easy Apple Pie Bircher features a creamy oat and coconut yoghurt base with tangy green apple, juicy raisins, cinnamon and toasted pecans. It uses simple ingredients and is naturally sweetened giving you a healthy, nutritious and filling breakfast that’s ready in 5 minutes – no cooking or overnight soaking required.

I love a bircher for breakfast, especially in summer – not only are they delicious but they kick start your day on the right note, providing a healthy breakfast that you can feel good about and that will keep you full until lunchtime.

Traditionally bircher muesli and overnight oats are made with rolled oats that are soaked for several hours or overnight, however I’m never that organised! I’ve created this ‘quick bircher’ that can be enjoyed fresh as soon as it has been made.

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Two glass jars filled with creamy vegan bircher topped with crisp green apple, cinnamon, toasted pecans and maple syrup

Why you’ll love this Apple Pie Bircher

Easy to make and minimal prep. Once you’ve grated your apple, it’s as simple as adding everything to a bowl, mixing it together and sprinkling over some delicious toppings.

Ready to eat in 5 minutes. Unlike traditional bircher and overnight oat recipes, this ‘quick bircher’ was created to be eaten straight away. It uses porridge or quick oats so you get a softer, creamier texture without the need for soaking or cooking.

Wholesome and nutritious. This Apple Pie Bircher recipe uses simple, all natural ingredients including oats, fruits, nuts and creamy natural coconut yoghurt. Oats are incredibly healthy and a great source of many important vitamins and minerals as well as fibre which, along with the healthy fats in the yoghurt, helps to make this a filling and nutritious breakfast (source).

How to make this Apple Pie Bircher

Gather together your ingredients – don’t forget you want to use a fine variety of oats such as porridge or quick-cook rather than rolled oats.

The ingredients needed to make vegan apple Pie Bircher

Add all of your bircher ingredients to a bowl and stir together – that’s it! Add your toppings and enjoy.

The ingredients needed to make apple Pie Bircher in a bowl ready to be stirred together The yoghurt, apple and oat base for apple pie bircher

Top tips

  1. Recommended ingredients: It’s important to use a fine variety of oats rather than rolled or steel-cut due to the fact you won’t be leaving them to soak (otherwise the oats will be too chewy).

  2. Substituting ingredients: Other than the oats you can vary the other ingredients to your liking such as using unsweetened soya yoghurt or a different variety of apple or nut (walnuts are also great in this recipe). You can add more maple syrup if you prefer your bircher to be sweeter or use a different liquid sweetener such as agave.

  3. Doubling the recipe: If you’d like a larger portion or intend to make this bircher for 2 people you can easily double the recipe.

  4. Serving: This recipe is designed to be be eaten straight away and will be at its best when it has been freshly made. If you do decide to leave it for an hour or two you will likely need to add more yoghurt as the mixture will have thickened.

Two glass jars filled with creamy vegan bircher topped with crisp green apple, cinnamon, toasted pecans and maple syrup

FAQs

  1. Can I double this recipe? Absolutely! If you would like a larger portion or want to serve two people, just double the recipe.

  2. How thick will this bircher be? We like our bircher to be thick so this one is designed that way. If you prefer a mixture that is more liquid, you can add more yoghurt or a dash of dairy free milk as desired.

  3. Is this recipe gluten free? If you are sensitive to gluten but can eat gluten free oats then it would be absolutely fine to substitute the oats for gluten free oats (as long as they’re not rolled or steel-cut).

  4. Can I make this recipe nut free? The toasted pecans are a delicious addition but if you are unable to eat nuts or don’t like them you can omit them from the topping – try some toasted seeds instead.

  5. Can I substitute the pecans for a different nut? Yes of course! Walnuts also go very well in this recipe.

  6. Do I have to use granny smith apples? No but we recommend using a tangy/tart variety of apple so that the apple flavour comes through in the bircher.

  7. Can I store this recipe in the fridge rather than eating it straight away? This recipe is designed to be be eaten straight away and will be at its best when it has been freshly made. If you do decide to leave it for an hour or two you will likely need to add more yoghurt as the mixture will have thickened.

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Two glass jars filled with creamy vegan bircher topped with crisp green apple, cinnamon, toasted pecans and maple syrup

Loved this Apple Pie Bircher? Here are some more delicious birchers to try

  • This Carrot Cake Bircher has all of the flavours of a classic carrot cake with finely grated carrot, cinnamon, maple, walnuts and toasted coconut. Healthy, nutritious and ready in 5 mins!

  • Blueberry Muffin Bircher? Yes please! This quick bircher features a layer of blueberry puree, fresh blueberries, toasted flaked almonds and maple syrup.

  • This Chocolate Peanut Butter Bircher features a chocolate oat base, fresh banana, a generous drizzle of peanut butter and a sprinkling of dark chocolate chips. A quick, healthy and wholesome breakfast that tastes just a little bit naughty!

  • This tropical and fruity Mango Colada Bircher has a beautifully fresh flavour with a layer of mango puree and diced fresh mango to top along with toasted coconut flakes and maple syrup. Ready to eat in just 5 minutes!

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The Apple Pie Bircher Recipe:

Two glass jars filled with creamy vegan bircher topped with crisp green apple, cinnamon, toasted pecans and maple syrup

Apple Pie Bircher (Quick Recipe!)

This quick and easy Apple Pie Bircher features a creamy oat and coconut yoghurt base with tangy green apple, juicy raisins, cinnamon and toasted pecans. It uses simple ingredients and is naturally sweetened giving you a healthy, nutritious and filling breakfast that’s ready in 5 minutes - no cooking or overnight soaking required.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Swiss
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Serves: 1
Calories: 614kcal
Author: Tara

Ingredients
 
 

For the bircher:

  • 120 g coconut yoghurt
  • 40 g oats*
  • 20 g raisins
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ Granny Smith apple (cored and coarsely grated (approx 60g))

For the topping:

  • 20 g toasted pecans (roughly chopped**)
  • ¼ granny smith apple (finely diced (approx 20g))
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • a pinch cinnamon (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Add the yoghurt, oats, raisins and cinnamon to a bowl.
    120 g coconut yoghurt, 40 g oats*, 20 g raisins, 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Squeeze the grated granny smith apple to remove any excess liquid before adding it to the bowl.
    3/4 Granny Smith apple
  • Stir everything together and then top with toasted pecans, diced apple, maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon
    20 g toasted pecans, 1/4 granny smith apple, 1 tsp maple syrup, a pinch cinnamon
  • Enjoy straight away.

Notes

Vegan / Dairy Free / Egg Free / Refined Sugar Free / Soy Free / Oil Free
Recipe inspired by: Switzerland
* Use a finer variety of oats for this recipe (such as quick-cook, instant or porridge oats) rather than old fashioned rolled oats. Traditionally bircher and overnight oat recipes use rolled oats which are soaked overnight but as this is a ‘quick bircher’ so you want an oat with less ‘bite’ as they won’t have time to soften.
** If you don’t have toasted pecans you can toast them by putting them in a dry frying pan and lightly frying them until they start to smell aromatic, around 5-10 minutes.
Please check the allergens on the ingredients you purchase before use. The allergen information provided in this recipe is intended as a guide only and is based on the specific ingredients and brands used at the time of creating the recipe, therefore we cannot guarantee that the same will apply to the ingredients you use.
Prep time excludes any inactive time.
We highly recommend you use the metric and 1x options on this recipe card for the best results. Please note that this recipe has not been tested using US measurements or increasing ingredient quantities to 2x or 3x, therefore results may vary.

Nutrition

Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 11mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 26g | Net Carbohydrates: 72g
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