Cycling Breakfast Ideas - 'Not Quite Bircher' Muesli

If you're looking for cycling breakfast ideas, then the Pedal Bites 'Not Quite Bircher' is a simple, healthy and tasty breakfast option, packed with slow-burning energy sources and natural sugars to help you hurtle through the morning melee and keep you fuelled until lunch. If you fancy a change from the norm, say hello to 'Not Quite Bircher' Muesli!

Ready to eat pre-ride deliciousness!

Bircher muesli (invented around 1900 by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner) is a great alternative to standard muesli and can be made easily at home with as many or as few ingredients as you’d like. Because it can be prepared the night before, there’s no excuse not to have a nutritious (and super-tasty) breakfast every morning. ‘Not quite Bircher’ muesli mixes things up a bit by using buckwheat flakes rather than oats.


90g Buckwheat flakes
30g sultanas
3tsp cinnamon
1 pear (or fruit of your choice)
30g cranberries
50ml water
100ml milk


Summer berries
Coconut desiccated or flaked

These ingredients will be a lot cheerier once whipped into shape

How to make it happen:

1. Mix together the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl
2. Chop the pear into small diced pieces
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine well
4. Pop into a bowl and either clingwrap or cover and place into the fridge overnight
5. The next day, stir the muesli really well: at this point if it’s a bit too thick you can add some milk to help loosen the mix off.
6. Top with either yogurt, fresh fruit or eat as is
7. Enjoy!

Why bother?

A tasty, healthy, nutrient-packed breakfast will kick start your morning and better prepare you for both ride and work (or maybe just a whole morning of riding - even better). With this simple recipe you can carry out your breakfast-prepping wizardry the night before and have a tasty bowl of nosh ready for those sleepy-eyed mornings when even doing the most simple tasks can feel like being a participant on Takeshi’s castle. Full of carbs, natural sweetness and fresh fruit all mixed together, it’s a winning combo!

Let us know how you get on with this recipe, and don’t forget you can show us your variations on Instagram using the hashtag #pedalbites.

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About the Rider: Riley
An Aussie abroad and a trained Chef, he's best know for wearing outrageous kit/sock combos while exploring the roads less ridden. When not cooking up and storm for tour company Le Domestique Tours, he can be found out on the bike dreaming up new ideas for his brand Pedal Bites, or tinkering with a latest recipe. Food for cycling and nutrition based questions - send them his way!
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