Bircher's Swiss Muesli Recipe
Bircher's Swiss Muesli
Flavors of Switzerland

Cooking time: None
Waiting time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

The original muesli was developed by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner at the turn of the 20th century. A pioneer in nutrition, the good doctor developed the cereal to heal patients in his Zurich sanitarium. Contrary to common belief of the time, he espoused a diet rich in whole, raw foods and started every meal with a bowl of raw oats and apples. Doctors of the time, who believed in a well-cooked diet, often walked out during his conferences in outrage upon hearing such revolutionary ideas.

Few tips

  • This recipe calls for pourable yogurt or kefir. If using thicker style yogurt, increase the milk or other liquid used in the recipe
  • If lactose intolerant, try soy or almond yogurt and milk
  • Add hazelnuts, brazil nuts or sunflower seeds instead of almonds
  • Sprinkle with seasonal berries, if available or choose ground flax seeds or chia seeds for extra fiber and nutrients.

Why Raw Oats ?
Oats are a medicine by themselves. They contain more soluble fiber than most other grains. They are more digestible. They can help lower harmful cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, thus reducing risk of heart disease. Oats contain inositol, which can act as a natural anti-depressant and numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are a good source of protein.

For 2 servings

- 250 ml / 1 cup eaw oatmeal
- 250 ml / 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- 125 ml / 1/2 cup milk
- 15 ml / 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1 mango
- 15 ml / 1 Tbsp. raisins or chopped dried fruit
- 15 ml / 1 Tbsp. walnuts, almonds or pecans, chopped
  1. Core apple and pear. Pit and peel mango. Chop or dice fresh fruits.
  2. Combine oatmeal, yogurt, milk and honey. Start with 1/2 cup of milk and set aside for about 15 minutes, until oatmeal absorbs the liquid. Add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired.
  3. Combine oatmeal mixture with the fresh fruits, nuts and raisins, stirring gently with a spatula so as not to bruise the fruit.
More recipe ideas

Photo courtesy of Dairy Australia
The Dietician Association of Australia suggests a tropical version based only on fresh fruits and nuts. It add the pulp of one passionfruit instead of raisins or dried fruits

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