This delicious easy overnight muesli with cranberries and greek yogurt is the perfect on the go and nutritious breakfast. Prepare in under 5 minutes, let refrigerate overnight, and enjoy the next morning!
This easy breakfast recipe is packed with healthy fat, protein, and fiber which is a great way to start your day. Serve with cranberries, fresh fruit, and more of your favorite toppings!
I love cooking with muesli and old-fashioned oats because they’re healthy, affordable, and taste great! My chocolate orange cake recipe and oat flour pancake recipe are two more delicious breakfast recipes made with raw oats.
Another great thing about this recipe is that you can store your overnight muesli in mason jars for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. That way, you can make a large batch of this overnight muesli and have it ready for a busy morning.
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Are muesli and oats the same thing?
Oatmeal is a gluten-free grain that’s ground into flakes while muesli contains seeds, dried fruit, nuts, AND oatmeal! Some muesli contains flax seeds, chia seeds, and even sunflower seeds. Muesli and oatmeal are different but they both make for a delicious and healthy breakfast!
These overnight muesli with cranberries and chestnuts cups seriously could not be easier. Just mix all the ingredients together, pop them in mason jars and put them in the fridge overnight. Then simply stir and enjoy the next morning.
I didn’t know much about the nourishing benefits of muesli before living in Ukraine. There, they eat it all the time and it’s filled with nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
My host mama used to make muesli and would buy muesli granola for me all the time. I loved it so much! Overnight muesli is similar to overnight oats but has more nourishing ingredients.
Ingredients for overnight muesli
This recipe is very similar to the classic overnight oats recipe. It’s very customizable and forgiving so feel free to add your favorite toppings, sweeteners, and other ingredients!
My favorite Muesli mixture is the Bakery on Main Organic Happy Muesli. It’s organic and gluten-free which is safer for those who live a gluten-free life. Classic quick-cooking are not always guaranteed to be gluten-free.
I like using vanilla greek yogurt in this recipe but you can use your favorite yogurt. Dairy free yogurt works great as well as different flavors of yogurt.
Any type of milk will work for this recipe. I like to use whole milk but feel free to use oat milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or your milk of choice.
Cranberries are a great touch to this overnight muesli recipe but feel free to swap out with any fruit or additional topping. Fresh berries, a whole apple, peanut butter, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, or even a drizzle of honey are great ways to top off your overnights oats.
I like my original bircher muesli on the sweeter side but you can omit the added sugar if you’d like yours less sweet. Also feel free to swap the brown sugar for a drizzle of maple syrup or simple syrup.
How to make overnight muesli
This easy recipe is made in a few simple steps and then stored overnight in the fridge. Could not be easier!
Step 1: Combine all ingredients and split evenly among two mason jars.
Step 2: Refrigerate overnight.
Step 3: Top with more fresh cranberries and enjoy.
Pro Tip: Wait to add toppings like granola, peanut butter, or maple syrup until before serving. This way, they don’t get soggy.
Expert tips and FAQs
Letting your muesli sit overnight yields the best results but your oat mixture only needs a few hours to become soft. If you’re in a time crunch, you can let them soak for 1-3 hours.
Yes! Dry muesli basically uncooked oats with nuts and seeds so it’s totally fine to eat dry. Serving muesli with your favorite yogurt or favorite milk is a popular breakfast recipe!
Although you can eat muesli any time of the day, it does make a delicious breakfast. The whole grains combined with a drizzle of maple syrup and other healthy toppings make for an uber-nutritious breakfast.
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Easy Overnight Muesli
- 1/2 cup Muesli
- 1 cup vanilla greek yogurt or dairy-free alternative
- 2 tablespoon milk or dairy-free alternative
- 1/4 cup whole fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup roasted chestnuts chopped
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Combine all ingredients and split evenly among two glass jars
- Refrigerate overnight
- Top with more fresh cranberries and enjoy
*This post was originally published January 2018 but was updated April 2022