Muesli was first created by Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867-1939), a Swiss physician who was a pioneer in natural nutrition.
What is now being commercialized as muesli is not exactly what he had in mind. His formula is much lighter than the sugar-added grain and dried fruit mix you eat with milk, but it still gives you a satisfying feeling of fullness. Personally, I find that it makes me feel clean. You should try it – I promise you won’t regret it.
Overnight Bircher-Benner Muesli (serves 1)
- 2-3 tbsp large flake rolled oats or other whole grains (I like to use a combination of rolled oats and whole grain cereal mix for added texture – see picture above)
- Water, to soak the grains
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2-3 tbsp plain yogurt
- 1 apple, shredded
- 2 tbsp mixed nuts, chopped
To do the night before: In a breakfast bowl, add just enough water to cover the grains. Cover and soak overnight.
The next morning, add the lemon juice and the yogurt to the grain mix and combine.
Add the chopped nuts and eat up!