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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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June 9, 2009 at 3:01 am
(1) Ruby says:

Dear About,
Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I have eaten it for the past three days running, so I thought I had better tell you how much I’m appreciating it.

January 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(2) Jan Tyler says:

I first had this muesli at a hotel on Sentosa island just off Singapore and found it very addictive. The chef there called it by a different name that rhymed with a well known performer but i just can’t remember what the name was. I have e mailed the hotel but think there is a different chef now who very kindly gave me his Birchler recipe. Does anyone out there have any idea what this other slang name could be. I think the chef was Australian.

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