Boat Bircher

By Hayley Tia

A perfect breakfast or brunch dish that can be pre-prepared for a long passage. Then grab and go from the fridge whenever the captain and crew call for their rations. ⁠

Bircher muesli on a sailing boat


2/3 cup of oats

1/3 cup coconut flakes

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of hemp seeds

2 tablespoons of pepitas

2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of diced dried fruit (sultanas, goji berries, figs, whatever you have on hand)

1 ½ cups of water

Fresh fruit, honey, yoghurt and nut butter to serve


  1. Place oats, coconut, seeds and dried fruits into a large container. Sprinkle through the cinnamon and vanilla extract and pour over the water. Mix well and cover before popping it into the fridge overnight.

  2. The next morning when you’re ready for breakfast serve into bowls and top with your favorite fruits, a teaspoon of honey, yoghurt and a hearty teaspoon of nut butter.

Serves 2

Feel free to play around with the topping combos to find the one that hits the spot for you and your crew. Some of our favorites include;

  • Banana, Coconut yoghurt, peanut butter, extra hemp seeds and honey

  • Mango, toasted coconut, a drizzle of hazelnut butter and some lime zest

  • Or if fresh provisions are really low we will often toast extra nuts, seeds, and coconut flakes in some coconut oil, cinnamon and honey to add that sweet crunch.

Hayley Tia

A liveaboard sailor and professional copywriter, creating content from the cabin of her floating home. Prior to life on the water, Hayley owned and operated a seaside cafe for over 7 years whilst starting a degree in marine biology. She now enjoys the space and time the liveaboard life has given her and enjoys preparing nutritious meals in the galley as well as utilising her qualifications as a yoga instructor to lead morning yoga sessions on the beach at each new anchorage.

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