If you want to jump-start your day you need to try the original Bircher muesli recipe. Bircher muesli contains everything that our body needs, especially in the morning. Fruits like apples contain a lot of vitamins and fibre, a banana gives us energy and oats are great sources of antioxidants. And although the famous muesli at the beginning was served for a dinner, it makes a very nutritious breakfast as well!

It’s incredible to know that already at the beginning of the 20th-century people enjoyed eating oats as muesli! The first muesli recipe was created by a Swiss doctor called Bircher Brenner. He believed that the right diet can not only keep people healthy but also heal them. That was the begin of the first oatmeal recipe – Bircher Muesli Original Recipe. 

Original Bircher Muesli
Original Bircher Muesli

Dr Bircher-Benner opened six years after getting his medical degree a clinic in Zürich. There he conducted research about healing patients with a balanced diet that consisted of raw vegetables, fruits and nuts. According to the Swiss doctor, raw food contained direct energy from the sun and therefore was more beneficial for one’s health. He advised healthy people to eat daily 50% raw foods, and sick people 100% raw foods.

His patients had to follow not only a strict daily diet but also schedule. The therapy included walking, physical training like gymnastic and Terrain training, hydrotherapy, heliotherapy, rest cure and gardening work as well as focus on art and music.

Original Bircher Muesli Recipe – History

Dr Bircher-Brenner got the inspiration for his muesli recipe during one of his hikes in the Alps. He has tried a very similar dish at one of the alpine pastures where he took a break. The meal that he had consisted of crushed grains and nuts, milk and fruits. That was the beginning of “Apfeldiätspeise “(Appledietmeal) – today’s Bircher muesli. In the original recipe, Dr Bicher-Brenner didn’t want to use fresh (unpasteurized) milk, because its consumption could cause tuberculosis. Therefore he replaced it with condensed milk. At first Bircher muesli was a dinner dish.

Original Bircher Muesli Recipe – Popularity

In 1920 many Swiss vegetarian restaurants had Bircher muesli on their menu. But only in 1940 and 1950 Bircher-Benner’s research was recognized by other doctors. That was the time when scientists discovered that fruits and vegetables contain vitamins. From that time on the meal gained even more popularity and people could enjoy it also in the kitchens of hospitals, prisons, monasteries and military. Over time people started changing the original recipe by using yoghurt, milk and sour cream instead of condensed milk. 

Original Bircher Muesli
Original Bircher Muesli

Unlike the past, nowadays many people in the world enjoy muesli for breakfast. In comparison to the original recipe we tend to use more oats, becasue we need a lot of energy for the whole day ahead. As mentioned above Bircher muesli was meant to be eaten in the evening, therefore the recipe had to adapt. Dr Bircher used the oats to improve patients digestion and to achieve this he didn’t need a lot of oats. I like serving this recipe with a little more oats than in the original recipe. I would like to encourage you to try the original first and than adapt it accoring to your needs. I am sure that you will find a way to work it for you!

Original Bircher Muesli Recipe

Original Bircher Muesli

Original Swiss Bircher Muesli

Prep Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Swiss


  • 1 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 apple organic
  • 0,5 banana
  • 3 walnuts
  • orange zest


  • Grate the apple (with the skin!) and cut the banana into slices.
  • Mixed together water, condensed milk and oats as well as lemon juice, grated apple, sliced banana, nuts and orange zest.
  • Serve immediately!
Keyword original brcher muesli, traditional swiss bircher muesli

Why I love it so much?
– it’s incredibly healthy and quick to make

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original Swiss Bircher Muesli
Original Swiss Bircher Muesli


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