Do you skip breakfast before a morning shift, or grab a slice of plain toast as it flies out of the toaster to munch on the drive in?

Me, too.

This often results in the mid-morning DONK when your energy falls to zero and you get the fine-motor colly-wobbles.

Well, you know how to fix that don’t you.

Here is my own favourite recipe for Bircher Muesli. A filling and nutritious Nurse Fuel that you can have hot in winter and cold in summer and only takes a few extra minutes to transfer to your tank.

Bircher Muesli was first introduced in hospitals in the 1900’s by a Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner.
It was based on a meal that the had been served whilst hiking in the Swiss Alps, and he thought it might provide a good source of fresh fruit for his patients.

My own version of Bircher Muesli is stupidly simple to make.
I have listed the ingredients below, but the amount if each is totally up to you.


  • Dry Rolled Oats.
    I use Uncle Toby’s quick oats.
  • Low Fat Natural Yogurt.
    You can use one of the popular flavoured yogurts if you prefer but that packs in the calories.
  • Milk.
    Full cream or low fat, your call.
  • Sultanas.
  • Finely chopped apple.
    Green apples are best. Some recipes suggest grating the apple, but I like chunks of food in my muesli (for the extra mouth textures).
  • Blueberries.
    An essential ingredient. Unless you have an anaphalactoid reaction to blueberries.
  • Banana.
    Don’t use overly ripe or really green ones. You want them to add just a hint of sweetness.
  • Dried apricots.
    Just a few. Sliced. Once again, its about adding a little mouth texture. Get the sense juices flowing.
  • Almonds. Add other nuts and seeds if you dare.
  • Pistachio nuts (small). I love these things. They do get a little soft in the mix. But that’s OK. If you want to keep the crunch add them as a topping.
  • Cinnamon.
    Another essential ingredient. Don’t be stingy.


  1. Combine dry ingredients & fruit in a large seal-able bowl.
  2. Add yogurt and stir with wooden spoon until desired consistency is achieved. The oats will soak up some of the yogurt as it stands so aim for a little more soggier than you want.
  3. Let sit in refrigerator overnight.
  4. Serve.
    Top with sliced strawberries, a spoonful of Passion-fruit pulp, and a sprinkle of blueberries for show.
    You will only need a small serving of this as it is really filling.
    Add a little milk and sweeten with a little honey if desired.
  5. Follow with some quality toast ( topped with Vegemite of course), a glass of orange juice (or how about trying a glass of tomato juice?) and a steaming hot coffee.
  6. 15 minutes.
    You are now well fueled. Go and nurse.

4 Responses to “Nurse Fuel.”

  1. For some extra Omega 3′s I’ve seen flax seed or chia seeds added to the mix, not traditional but very good for you

  2. Mate, I am seeing a whole cooking segment here.
    I’ve got a good Chai tea blend for those that like their Chai Latte on the spicy side. And a hand full of quick others.
    This could go off.
    Could call it “Disimpacted- recipes from the Pit”

  3. Just a little aside – apparently “quick” oats have a higher GI than coarser oats – so for your muesli to fuel you longer go the coarser. :)

  4. Thank you! I had never heard of Bircher Muesli until we visited Australia a few years ago. I’ve been looking for a great recipe for it since. It’ll be perfect before my 12 hour shifts.

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