Bircher muesli was developed by famous Swiss physician Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner in the early Twentieth Century. Considered one of the earliest proponents of healthy living through the consumption of natural, whole and raw foods, Dr. Bircher-Benner revolutionized nutrition in Northern Europe during his lifetime.
Bircher muesli is a combination of raw, whole grain flakes such as rolled oats or wheat, soaked overnight in either water or apple juice. The next day the oats are mixed with grated apple or a combination of dried fruits and nuts. The original recipe used sweetened condensed milk as a sweetener however today itís more common to use honey.
In this apple and passionfruit bircher muesli recipe, I soak rolled oats in a mixture of apple juice and low-fat milk, which I find results in a creamier consistency. Bircher muesli is an excellent breakfast option as it can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for up to three days. You can use a variety of fruits including fresh berries, mango or dried fruits such as apricots or sultanas.
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