Original Muesli after Bircher-Brenner

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Two weeks ago I was in a secondhand shop when I found a book called Health due to better diet. It’s the fourth edition, published in 1969. The first edition is even from 1928. It contains a thousand recipes and mostly all of them are vegan and quite a few raw! It was great to read about how much they already knew some fifty years but then it’s also pretty disappoiting to see how few people it has reached since. The information is provided for so long and still so many people have never heard of it and believe in the need for animal protein. Anyway, there are some good recipes I’d like to share with you!

First of all, I had to try the original Bircher muesli that Dr. med. Bircher-Brenner created around 1900. He believed in the holiness and healing power of raw foods after he got healed from his jaundice by eating an apple a day. What a funny way of finding to the raw diet! Here are the instructions:

1 big apple or 2 small ones

2 tbsp ground hazelnuts or almonds

1/2 the juice of a lemon

1 tbsp milk

2 tbsp oat flakes

Mix the ground nuts with the juice of the lemon and put it aside. Now mix the oats with the milk and a bit of lemon juice. Clean the apple with a cloth and grate it over the oats, with skin, core and even the seeds!  Every now and then mix it so that the apple stays white. Serve right away together with the nuts.

I also like raisins in there. Supposedly not what Bircher-Brenner would have suggested but hey, I guess that makes up for the cow milk he used 😉

Another thing I’ve learnt from the book so far: Because it already contains so much water, you should never drink to raw food!


Some demonic will of destruction operates in our diet. We spend millions and millions to denaturate and worsen food that nature created.
– Dr. med. Bircher-Brenner


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