The most important meal of the day is breakfast from the point of view of kicking your day in the right direction. Starting the day right will give you the energy to get through to lunch without ruining your healthy lifestyle with snacks.


This recipe is so simple and was invented by the Swiss doctor  Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner in the early twentieth century. Contrary to commonly held beliefs at the time; Dr Bircher pioneered the idea that a balanced diet of raw vegetables and Fruit should be used as a means to a healthy life and to heal the sick

Through his work Bircher-Benner changed the eating habits of the late 19th century. Replacing way too much meat and white bread with fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts. Now I know that this is starting to look like the Kellog story, but there are key differences, the primary one being that a multinational corporation doesn’t own the recipe and part with it purely for profit.



Fresh Bircher Muesli

Use whatever fruit is in season, or in winter top with poached fruit compote.

Serves 4


2 cups rolled oats

½ cup raisins

1 cup apple juice or orange juice

1 cup coarsely grated apple

½ cup natural yoghurt

Juice of 1 lemon

½ cup sliced peaches and nectarines

¼ cup mixed berries

2 tablespoons honey



Place oats, raisins and apple juice in a bowl and soak for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.  Add grated apple, yoghurt and lemon juice to mixture and mix well.  Spoon into serving bowls and top with fresh or poached fruit.  Drizzle with honey.




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