Wartime Muesli

This is a traditional recipe for wartime muesli but today we are more likely to recognise it as a recipe for overnight oats. Regardless of what you call it, this recipe creates a simple breakfast which is nutritious and filling, giving you a great start to your day. The recipe creates one serving, but if you have time to make more, it lasts well in the fridge for a few days, and you can also freeze it, saving you time in the long term. This recipe is a base which can be easily adapted to the seasonal produce, your tastes, and what you have in your cupboards.

2 tbsp rolled oats
4 tbsp cold water
1 large apple (or 2 small ones)
1 tsp honey or molasses
1 dsp fresh fruit juice
1 dsp chopped dried fruit
I dsp chopped nuts
1 tbsp. milk



  1. Place the oats and water into a bowl
  2. Grate the apple (including the skin, pips and core) and stir it into the oats
  3. Add the honey, dried fruit and fruit juice, and mix until well combined
  4. Cover the mixture and leave in a fridge overnight
  5. In the morning, remove the mixture from the fridge and top with the milk and nuts


You can read the original recipe here as well as recipes for other wartime dishes