Modern Bircher Muesli

April 10, 2019
Serves: 3 Cooks In: 15 minutes

Soaking oats overnight in lemon juice activates the enzymes contained within them, this helps to break down the oat, making it easier for our body to digest and absorb, as well as releasing important nutrients.

The “invention” of muesli is credited to Swiss physician and nutritional pioneer, Maximilian Bircher-Benner.  The original recipe consisted of oat flakes, raw apples, condensed milk, nuts and lemon juice and it led Dr. Bircher-Benner to overwhelming improvements in the health of many of his patients.

I have modified the recipe in the light of current research to maximise its health benefits.



  1. Combine oats, milk, apple juice and lemon juice and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. In the morning add the grated apple, honey (to taste), kefir, and cinnamon, if desired, and mix well.
  3. Top with your favourite fruits and nuts.


  • 2 cups/150g rolled or quick oats
  • 1½ cups/350ml milk
  • ¼ cup/60ml apple juice
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 apple, cored and grated with the peel
  • 1½ cups/375g kefir
  • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • Honey (optional)
  • Toppings : Your choice of fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and/or toasted coconut.
  • My favourite: blueberries and flaxseeds