This nourishing breakfast dish was pioneered in 1900 by Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Brenner for patients in his Swiss sanatorium, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy.
In contrast with most conventional packaged breakfast cereals, the bulk of this dish comes from fresh fruit, with grains, nuts and yogurt playing tasty supporting roles. Another advantage over dry, boxed cereal lies in the fact that the oats and seeds are soaked in water and lemon juice overnight, making them easier to digest. Its wealth of healthy fats, fiber, protein, minerals, vitamins and healthy bacteria makes this a very satisfying and nutritious start to the day.
For 2 Person(s)
- 4 tablespoon(s) whole oats or mixed cereal flakes (barkley, spelt, rye, wheat)
- 2 teaspoon(s) of pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
- 8 tablespoon(s) water
- 4 tablespoon(s) plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoon(s) acacia honey
- 1 large or 2 small organice apples, grated
- 1 pinch(es) cinnamon, finely grated lemon zest (untrested) or freshly grated ginger
- 2 tablespoon(s) chopped nuts (e.g) hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts)
- 1 cup(s) chopped seasonal fruit (raspberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, pears, bananas, etc.) OR
- 1 cup(s) dried fruit (apricots, figs, raisins, goji berries, etc.)
Bircher Muesli Directions
- Combine oats, seeds, lemon juice and water in a container and soak overnight in the refrigerator, tightly covered. If using dried fruits, soak these with the oats to soften them.
- Just before eating, add yogurt, honey, grated apple and spices and stir well to combine. If it seems too dry, add some more water or a little milk.
- Scatter with freshly cut seasonal fruit and chopped nuts.