Blackberry Bircher Muesli Crumble

August 26, 2015

Blackberry Bircher Muesli Crumble | Faring Well #vegan #recipes

Today I get to share a very special story with you about a guy and a gal whom I’ve grown very fond of (and think you will too). They are Hannah and Brady. Back in December of 2009, after getting married, Hannah and Brady took a month long honeymoon to the south island of New Zealand. They trekked around, exploring and soaking up all of the island’s refreshing beauty. They would start their mornings slow. Away from distractions and the business of life back home, they discovered the importance of these early morning moments. It was time to reflect on yesterday, and discuss hopes for today. Sipping on a good cup of coffee, and eating a hearty, fueling, new-to-them breakfast. Muesli. It was here they fell in love with this classic New Zealand breakfast – full of chewy mixed grains, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. When they returned to the states, they decided to try out a few recipes themselves. After moving back home to Minnesota, they began selling their muesli at the local farmers markets. True adventurers at heart, with a desire to start every morning as slow and intentional as they do on Sundays, and a passion to share this love of theirs with others – Hannah and Brady created Seven Sundays. (Watch this super cute video on how awesome they are here.)

Unlike most muesli products you’ll find on the shelves today, their’s is filled with good-for-you whole grains that are combined with other whole food ingredients. No preservatives, processed sugar, or wheat. They even have two gluten free options. No GMOs, and only lightly sweetened with organic honey (except for the bircher variety that is unsweetened). Each recipe combines different nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and spices that make for some of THE most delicious cereal I have ever had. Muesli is just that, a healthy cereal. It’s best enjoyed with a little nut milk and a spoon in its purest form. You can also soak it for a few hours, or overnight, to soften the oats and unlock a number of digestive benefits. Top a bowlful of muesli with coconut yogurt, layer it in a jar with fresh fruit and nut butter, make into muesli bars or baked cereal (both little recipes I posted on the Instagram takeover I’m doing on their account this week). Throw it in your pancake batter, replace some of the flour in your muffins next time with one of their muesli mixes, and so on. (Full disclosure: I’ve been munching on it by the handful when I first wake up and am waiting for my coffee to brew in the morning – ITS. SO. GOOD.) Needless to say, I’m a big fan. Here I bring you one of my favorite dessert recipes using their unsweetened bircher muesli. A crumble. With lot of fresh blackberries and only two added ingredients to the muesli to make this stellar bake. (Learn more about the amazingness of muesli in this little video here.)

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A traditional crumble is fruit on the bottom, crumble on the top. But how much better is it with crumble on the bottom AND the top? Its better. Trust me. More crumble = better. Especially when it’s made using this bang-er-ang muesli mix. I have a variation below where I swap a little of the muesli in the crumble for some oat flour in order to make it hold together solid – yes – muesli crumble bars! OR you can use all muesli like I have pictured here and make this spectacularly messy crumble with the last blackberries of summer. But don’t stop at summer, swap in other great in-season fruits year round. Here I pair their bircher muesli with blackberries, but how stellar would their ginger pear macadamia muesli be with fresh pears and/or apples this fall? Or their blueberry chia buckwheat with peaches? PRETTY STELLAR. Mix it up, have fun, get your muesli on – feel good.

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Tid-bits: As I mentioned above, feel free to swap in any of your favorite Seven Sundays muesli for this crumble, as well as get creative with whichever fruits are in-season and bursting around you at the moment. And don’t forget to read my little side-note below about how to turn these in crumble bars!

Makes 4 servings.

crumble bottom
1/2 cup bircher muesli*
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
optional: good pinch of salt

blackberry layer
3 cups fresh blackberries

crumble top
1/2 cup bircher muesli*
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
optional: good pinch of salt

*To make as crumble bars, replace half of the muesli with oat flour for both the bottom and top crumble layers. Proceed with the directions as normal.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a baking dish with refined coconut oil (or line with parchment). Mix the crumble bottom ingredients together in a bowl. Press into the base of your dish, and bake for 10 minutes.

While the base is pre-cooking, rinse and dry the berries. Then lightly mash them with your fingers in a bowl to help them break down and release some of their juices. Remove the crumble base after the 10 minutes. Spoon the smashed berries on top of the base, mix the crumble top together in a small bowl, and sprinkle it on top of the berries.

Place the dish back in the oven and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes (or until the crumble top is nicely browned). Let the crumble cool slightly before scooping and serving (or slicing into bars if you made the variation). Eat as is with a glass of nut milk, or dress it up with a scoop of coconut whipped cream or yogurt.

Thank you to Seven Sundays for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I truly love this company. Thank you for supporting Faring Well by supporting it’s sponsors!


Blackberry Bircher Muesli Crumble | Faring Well #vegan #recipes


  • Reply Jade @ Surrendered Stomach August 26, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Ahhh yes! Muesli is truly one of my favorite breakfast. I’ll have to check out Seven Sundays as I’ve never seen their brand before and this muesli crumble looks so good. :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 27, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Isn’t it so great?! And yes! Seven Sundays is my absolute fave, I hope you get to order some soon to add to your morning routine :) Thanks for the compliments on my crumble! <3

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full August 26, 2015 at 6:22 am

    What a sweet story! I love how Hannah and Brady fell in love with breakfast all over again. Some of my most favorite mornings in my life have been ones involving slow breakfasts, hazy sunrises, and cool morning air. I think their muesli fits in perfectly with that image. :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 27, 2015 at 7:21 am

      You just painted the perfect picture, Sarah! Love it! <3

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist August 26, 2015 at 6:41 am

    How great! I didn’t know their story, I just loved their products. And you are ABSOLUTELY right, crumble on bottom and top = better! NICCEEEE! Thanks for sharing their lovely story and re-inspiring me to get back into Muesli. I have a box of theirs in my cupboard right now…I’m thinking I’ll have to make that granola looking thing you posted a couple of days ago on Instagram. The only problem with pre-making my breakfast is that I can’t sleep over excitement to eat it! Good problems to have :-)

    • Reply Faring Well August 27, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Yay for more crumble fans! Haha thanks Kathryn! Glad you enjoyed the post and the recipe :). As well as the baked cereal post on Insta! Haha #breakfastproblems – love your love for mornings too!

  • Reply Kathryn August 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I think muesli is totally underrated both as a delicious snack in its own right but also as a super good ingredient to use in other things (love your idea of using it in cereal bars!). Also, why have I never thought of double-crumble before?! You are so smart + there is nothing I want more than a bowlful of this right now.

    • Reply Faring Well August 27, 2015 at 7:23 am

      I totally agree! I can’t wait for more people to get on board and discover this gem of a cereal mix. Its so great. And sheesh thank you for your sweet compliments on my bars + crumble! <3

  • Reply betty August 26, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Omg I love it. We also honeymooned in south island of New Zealand and THIS is what that yummy breakfast was? I honestly had no idea, just munched away. I love that story and this looks amazing. I need to go try this muesli!

    • Reply Faring Well August 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Eee thank you Betty! Your crisp this week is a stunner. That is just the coolest that you honeymooned there too and experienced NZ’s muesli firsthand! You totally need to get your hands on some of this goodness ;)

  • Reply Linn August 26, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I love the story. Food with stories are always the best!

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

      So glad to have gotten to share this one with you – and I agree, they are the best!

  • Reply Caitlin August 26, 2015 at 7:40 am

    what a beautiful crumble! i love that there is a bottom layer to sop all of the fruit juice. SO YUM.

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Thank you Caitlin! And I know right, its the perfect sponge! #leavenojuicebehind ;)

  • Reply Cady | Wild Heart of Life August 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

    If there’s two things I can get down with, they’re slow mornings and oats for breakfast. (Loads of coffee is a given) I will definitely be doing this in the bar version. V cool, Jessie! Sunglasses smiling emoji.

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Aw thanks Cady! I am right there with you. All the good things. Hope you enjoy the bars! xo

  • Reply Emily August 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I’ve bought Seven Sundays before but never realized the sweet story of how they founded their company. So fun to learn about! This recipe is so simple and yet beautiful. And your new table has got so much character! So perfect for your food photos!

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 7:02 am

      So neat you know of them/have bought them! They are the best. Thank you for your sweet compliments on my recipe and table (!!!) making this girl blush over here Emily! <3

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow August 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    What an adorable story and way of sharing a (new to me) product! This sounds so delightful and I’m 100% in agreement with you–more crumble = better!! ;)

    Also, I just have to say, your photography is STUNNING and just so Jessie. I feel like I could spot a Jessie photo from a mile away and I love when that happens with food creatives!

    Cheers to making every day a Sunday!

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 7:04 am

      Aw yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks Brooke :). And goodness gracious – you just made my morning, thank you for your over-and-above kind words on my photos girl! Just no way. Thats too cool to hear!

      Big time cheers!! xo

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout August 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Jessie! I love this post. It is so filled with love and friendship and delicious looking muesli! I am so going to track this down and see if I can find it in canada :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Thank you so so much Maya! I hope you get ahold of some, even just by ordering it online if it isn’t in Canada yet, cause its so wonderful! Hope you have a great weekend <3

  • Reply Abby August 26, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I’m so glad you shared this story and created this recipe! It made my day. I live in Minnesota and I’ve ran several races this Summer. Seven Sundays has been a sponsor at the races and I’ve absolutely loved the parfaits they gave out. They introduced me to Muesli! After reading this, I like Seven Sundays even more!

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 7:05 am

      No way! That is just the coolest thing to hear. Thanks for writing and sharing Abby. Glad to spread the word on such an incredible company and family! xo

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen August 26, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Crumble on top and bottom is the best idea, I love it! So good to hear that your friends had an amazing time in NZ and loved muesli so much that they turned it into a successful business – we make a big batch of our own every couple of weeks at home and it is definitely a pretty common NZ breakfast, along with porridge and Weet-bix! Gorgeous photos too, as always :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 7:07 am

      You are way too sweet thank you so much Claudia! So neat to hear from someone from these parts, hope to come visit your beautiful country one day and enjoy even more muesli! Hope you have a wonderful weekend full of yummy breakfasts! <3

  • Reply Danielle + Rooting The Sun August 26, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    what a super awesome stoked out post! how beautiful is the story of this museli! within the past few months i’ve happened upon seven sundays – the ingredients are right and the flavor combinations are just divine. they make for perfect morning moments or exquisite substitutions when i need to fly out of the door. seven sundays = charmed life. i really love the recipe you’ve included, it just seems like the perfect nod. happy mornings jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Danielle I just loved this comment! Thank you! They are so rad and I’m super pumped you already know and love their muesli. It really leads to a charmed life, doesn’t it!? Happy morning to you girl! <3

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life August 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Aw, they’re such a lovely family! I’d never heard of them before, but I love their story and the fact that they’re using real, wholesome ingredients. I hope I’ll be able to find their products here in Toronto.
    This crumble sounds soooo delicious and those photos are gorgeous Jessie! Oh and the new table looks AMAZING. :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 28, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Ah Sophie! You always me smile. Thank you! If you can’t find them in Canada I’d def recommend ordering some so you can taste this muesli magic. And goodness gracious thank you on my table compliments – it was a labor of love but I’m glad I stuck with it and refinished it! Hugs friend! <3

  • Reply Alana August 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Oh em geeee. What a cute story. Seriously, so cute. And you just taught me a new word: bang-er-ang!! He he! Love it. Also, ginger pear macadamia muesli be with fresh pears for fall? SIGN ME UP. Ps – You did it. You managed to make a crumble somewhat healthy. HERO.

    • Reply Faring Well August 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Haha YAY for new silly words ;) thanks Alana! And I know right, that ginger-pear-macadamia has me totally sold too! And a hero?! Them big words! But thank you!! xoxo

  • Reply Tante Mali August 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Oh, sounds wonderful and your pictures are realy fantastic!!! Love both the shots and the musli.
    All my best and happy days

    • Reply Faring Well August 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

      You’re so so sweet, thank you Tante! <3

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore August 27, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Im not much of a morning person, but I do enjoy when my husband and I manage to get up early, enjoy coffee, then head out for adventure. :) I wish I could take a load off for a month like Hannah and Brady – that sounds amazing! As does your delicious recipe! Breakfast and dessert in one :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

      I know right – a month off, especially in a place like NZ, would be incredible! And thanks so much for the recipe love, it could totally either be breakfast or dessert ;) my favorite kind!

  • Reply Jenn @ A Toast to the Good Life August 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

    YUM! OH this recipe looks so incredibly good. I definitely will have to give it a try!

    • Reply Faring Well August 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Aw thanks Jenn, I appreciate it! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens August 28, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Double crumble sounds like MAGIC. I love crumble, crisp, cobblers, clafoutis… anything involving fruit and a delicious topping and in this case, bottom, too. This is like magic dessert oatmeal <3

    • Reply Faring Well August 31, 2015 at 11:47 am

      YAY for double crumble fans! Thanks Genevieve <3.

  • Reply Sasha | Eatmeblog August 30, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Love the photography and the recipe even more! Thank you for sharing the story and the must-do recipe! It’s just perfect for a Sunday brunch! Have a wonderful day!

    • Reply Faring Well August 31, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thank you so much Sasha! I’m so so glad you enjoyed it all :) hope you get to make and enjoy some of this yumminess soon!

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas August 30, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Muesli is the BEST. I can’t let a day go by without eating it…even for dinner/midnight snack! Definitely going to check out the Seven Sundays brand, since you give it such high praise. Also, that is the cutest scalloped tart pan! I’ve been in the market for a good one. Where’d you find it? xo

    • Reply Faring Well August 31, 2015 at 11:49 am

      AH YES. Another mega muesli fan, its just the best. So glad you enjoyed the story and recipe. Hope you get ahold of some Seven Sundays soon to try! And as for the pan, I found it on amazon – as with the majority of everything I buy haha ;)

  • Reply Ingrid September 2, 2015 at 3:50 am

    What a wonderful story! I love it when small companies start like this, when there’s a good story to it! And crumble on the bottom & on top: YES! Btw adore these cute plates you use to eat the crumble from! <3

    • Reply Faring Well September 4, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Thanks so much Ingrid! You are the sweetest, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and post! xo

  • Reply Ju (JuYogi) September 26, 2015 at 1:37 am

    That looks wonderful!
    I’m such a granola lover and breakfast lover in general!

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