Gestational Diabetes friendly Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli

Servings: 2 people
Carbohydrate Serves: 3 per person
(1 carbohydrate serve = 15 grams of total carbohydrate)

I don’t know about you, but breakfast was often an emotional time for me during my pregnancy with gestational diabetes. It was practically impossible to control my blood glucose levels over night and my first blood test in the morning reminded me of that everyday. But I saw breakfast as a way to start over and set my BGLs on a good trajectory for the day. Sharing this gestational diabetes friendly Bircher Muesli recipe with you makes me really happy. It’s nice to know there is more to breakfast than bad BGL levels, porridge and a million takes on the breakfast egg! See how you go with this recipe and adjust it to your taste and BGL readings. (Main carbohydrate containing ingredients are listed in bold.)


90g/ ¾ cup/ 3 ounces rolled oats
150ml/ 5 fluid ounces fat reduced milk
Fine rind of 1 small orange (handy tip – rind the orange before squeezing)
150ml/ ~1/2 cup/ 5 fluid ounces fresh orange juice
150ml/ 5 fluid ounces water
30g/ 1 ounce almond meal (please note, this contains 0 carbs but 13.8gm fat)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

Combine the oats, milk, orange rind, orange juice, water, almond meal, cinnamon and sesame seeds in bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for approximately 6 to 8 hours.

Remove from the fridge and stir well.

Serve topped with blueberries or alternatively you can gently fold them through the muesli.

Post-GDM serving suggestion: Serve with rounds of sliced orange on top.

  • Shauna says:

    Pardon this American, but should this be soupy? Mine came out very watery. Thanks for the advice.

    • Lisa says:

      Hey Shauna. Sorry for the late response. Your post seemed to slip through and I didn’t get back to you. I have made this twice and both times it wasn’t sloppy. In saying that, I’m going to make this again this week and see if the recipe needs a tweak. I’ll let you know. Thanks! Lisa x

  • Shauna de Launey says:

    Hi Lisa, If you make this for one, can you store the mixed dry ingredients for use the next day or should you make the whole recipe and just divide it in half, keeping the other half in the fridge for the next day? Not sure about the “keepability” of orange rind in dry ingredients….

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Shauna. It would be best to make the dry mix and store half of it in an airtight container in the fridge. This way it would probably keep for at least 4-5 days. Cheers, Lisa

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