Buckwheat Bircher Muesli

I LOOOVE bircher muesli, although I forgot quite how much until I had this! I used to eat it in the summer (although with oats - also delish), and when the cold set in for winter, out came the porridge! But boy will I be getting my bircher groove back on now. Yuuuuummy! This is also the first time I've used buckwheat groats. It was so super easy (they need soaking to release their phytic acid to help you digest them properly, but I've explained it all below and it really is SO easy) and so tasty. And there are so many flavour combinations you could try out. Why not replace the apple with chopped dates, pear or melon. Or add in some chopped almonds or hazelnuts. Ooh the possibilities are endless!

Buckwheat Bircher Muesli

Serves 4 for brunch, or 2 as a main breakfast


  • 120g buckwheat groats (soaked overnight - see the notes in preparation below)
  • 250ml water (filtered if poss)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • 2 apples
  • A handful of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 250g full fat natural yoghurt (Yeo Valley do a great organic one)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • A handful coconut flakes or desiccated coconut, toasted
  • Your fave berries if in season


  1. The night before, place your buckwheat groats (you can get these at any health food store) in 250ml water with 1 tbsp of lemon juice. This is what the Hemsley sisters call activating, but is mostly just referred to as soaking. This releases something called phytic acid (also known as phytates), which is an anti-nutrient found in grains, pulses, nuts and seeds. Phytic acid binds to important minerals and prevents you from properly absorbing them, although there are also benefits to having phytic acid in your diet so don't worry if you dot have the time or energy to do this all the time! The pros versus the cons seem to very much depend on the type of food, and therefore the amount of phytates you're consuming, as well as your own health. Too much information?! I found this site pretty useful if you want to do some more reading into it.
  2. In the morning, drain and thoroughly rinse the groats
  3. In a bowl mix the groats with the rest of the ingredients apart from the coconut
  4. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and berries if using

Yup, simple, quick and deeeelish. Just the way I like it :)

I topped mine with goji berry marmalade as well. Another Hemsley + Hemsley recipe which I'd highly recommend. Why not make it a day or two in advance as well to spread out the work load :)

Enjoy x