Grated Apple Yogurt Bowl

Grated Apple Yogurt Bowl

This grated apple yogurt bowl is my five minute oat-less version of Bircher muesli, made with an apple, yogurt, almond butter and lots of cinnamon. It’s a crave-worthy on the go breakfast or snack and full of good-for-you ingredients.

Have you ever tried Bircher muesli? This apple and yogurt bowl was inspired by many months of grating apples to determine the best ratios for homemade Bircher muesli.  I remember that light bulb moment back in 2015 when I was desperately trying to reinvent Pret a Manger’s Bircher muesli, realizing how much flavor, sweetness and texture grated apple brings to the table.  

Don’t let me lead you to believe I don’t like muesli. But, this grated apple bowl is a nice departure from the usual oatmeal-based bowl; plus, it doesn’t require any soaking time like overnight oats, although you can make it the night before and pop it in the fridge overnight.

Since it’s apple season, it’s a great time to stock up on your favorite apple and try this recipe. When apples are in season, they’re so juicy and flavorful, the perfect compliment to the tartness of plain yogurt. Did you know apples can be stored in the fridge for up to 8 weeks?  So, if you find them on sale, stock up!

What are the Health Benefits of Yogurt?

Yogurt, and in particular greek yogurt, is an excellent source of protein and makes a wonderful morning meal because it keeps you feeling satisfied for hours. Besides being creamy and delicious, yogurt is also rich in calcium and contains probiotics that help support a healthy gut and give your immune system a boost. I’m telling you, you’ll feel great eating this apple yogurt bowl for breakfast, or any other time of the day.

grated apple yogurt bowl

Grated Apple Bowl Ingredients

Yogurt – Use what you love here, but definitely go for plain yogurt. You won’t believe how much sweetness comes from the apple. I like whole-milk versions best since they’re so creamy. Greek works really well in this recipe, as mentioned, and ups the protein count big time.

Ground cinnamon – This will seem like too much to add, but this bowl can stand up to a hearty shake of cinnamon.

Apple – Grate the whole apple (skin on) with a box grater, as close to the core as you can without slicing your knuckle off!  I like the sweet-tart varieties like pink lady or honeycrisp, but use whichever is your favorite. 

Almond butter – The combo of apple, cinnamon and almond butter really sings.  It’s best to use an unsweetened variety for this as well, because you really won’t miss the sugar!

grated apple yogurt bowl

How to Make Grated Apple Yogurt Bowl

It’s seriously so easy and comes together in just a few minutes! No measuring required. Just eyeball and add things to taste. Here is the rundown:

  1. Add grated apple, yogurt and almond butter to a bowl, and mix, swirling a little.
  2. Top with a generous shake of cinnamon (about 1/2 teaspoon).
  3. Sprinkle on additional toppings, if desired. Hemp hearts, chopped nuts…you name it!
  4. Eat right away, or store in the refrigerator for up to one day.

Can I Make This Ahead?

Absolutely. This makes a wonderful make-ahead breakfast or snack as you meal prep for the next day. Just assemble and layer in a lidded jar (I like these “working glasses” from Crate & Barrel) and place in the refrigerator overnight to stay cold. In the morning, grab and go! Don’t forget a spoon.

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5 from 2 votes

Grated Apple Yogurt Bowl

Delcious, quick & easy breakfast full of good-for-you ingredients.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond butter, almond butter bowl, apple bowl, apple breakfast, healthy breakfast, healthy snack, yogurt bowl
Servings: 1


  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp almond butter unsweetened
  • 1 medium whole apple (skin on) grated
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or to taste
  • hemp hearts, toasted chopped almonds or pecans, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, etc. optional


  • Grate the whole apple (skin on) with a box grater over a bowl, as close to the core as you can.
  • Add plain yogurt, almond butter, and mix until desired. Top with generous shake of cinnamon (about 1/2 teaspoon). Sprinkle on additional toppings, if desired.


Optional toppings:
1 T toasted walnuts or pecan, toasted

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2 thoughts on “Grated Apple Yogurt Bowl”

  • 5 stars
    My favorite feel-good lunch. The juicy sweetness of the apple goes so well with the tart yogurt and almond butter. I’ve been adding hemp hearts for a little extra feel-good too.

  • 5 stars
    A nice afternoon pick-me-up, even if you’ve only vanilla yogurt and peanut butter to use. Still a feel-good, even if it is sweeter.
    I plan to make it the real way for some coming cabin mornings, with our ‘healthy friends.’ They’re gonna be impressed!

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