The original recipe for this nutritious breakfast cereal was developed more than a century ago, by Dr Bircher-Benner at his clinic in Zurich. The technique of soaking the cereal, here using milk, makes it easier to eat and digest.
To make a mixed grain muesli, soak 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup malted wheat flakes, 30 g flaked rice and 1/2 cup raisins in 1 cup buttermilk. Just before eating, stir in 20 g roughly chopped almonds and 20 g sunflower kernels, then add 1 roughly mashed banana and 1 chopped mango. Serve with natural low-fat acidophilus yogurt.
Oats have a low glycaemic index (GI), which means they are digested and absorbed slowly and therefore produce a gentle, sustained rise in blood glucose levels.