Dr. Bircher-Benner was a marvelous healer, and one of his strongest beliefs was in the value of raw food in these days when so much that we eat is processed and refined and treated to such an extent that it loses much that is essential to us. He cured a great deal of disease by the practical application of his beliefs.
One of his most popular dishes is Muesli. Anyone who has never tried this may think that they could not possibly eat anything containing raw oatmeal and the whole apple,
including the core. They should, however, try it before condemning it, as Múesli is a delicious dish, even when modified to suit wartime shortages. The pips, skin and
cores of apples contain valuable health salts, otherwise lost. If grated properly, the skin, etc., of the apple is not at all apparent. The raw oatmeal helps to produce a
creamy consistency of a palatable nature.
To Prepare Múesli (enough for one person)
1 tablespoon best quality rolled oats soaked overnight in
3 tablespoons cold water
1 large apple (or 2 small ones)
1 teaspoon honey, or black treacle, .or sweetened condensed milk
1 dessertspoon sieved blackcurrant purée, or raw blackberry juice, or other raw juice, or bottled lemon juice
1 dessertspoon chopped nuts, if available
I dessertspoon chopped figs, prunes or raisins
1 tablespoon top milk, if available, or just plain milk
Just before serving, grate the apple into the soaked oats, skin, pips and core. (The apple should be first wiped, and any damaged parts or marks cut out, particularly noting if the core is damaged). Stir in the honey and raisins, put in a fruit saucer, pour top milk over, put
blackcurrant purée on top, and sprinkle nuts over it.
It is generally preferred, with flavourings so scarce, not to use both black treacle and sieved blackcurrants on the same day, e.g., if black treacle is used, then flavour with
bottled lemon juice; while, if blackcurrant purée is available, sweeten with condensed milk.