Fresh Muesli with Apples, Currants, and Toasted Almonds

Fresh Muesli with Apples, Currants, and Toasted Almonds
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Fresh Muesli with Apples, Currants, and Toasted Almonds

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Fresh Muesli with Apples, Currants, and Toasted Almonds

Did you know that the dry muesli that comes in a box bears no resemblance whatsoever to the fresh muesli you can make from scratch?

If you've never tasted fresh, homemade muesli, you owe it to yourself to try this recipe.

The heart of fresh muesli is rolled oats soaked in milk. (I love to add currants to the oats for the delicate sweetness they release.) Once they've absorbed the milk, you'll coarsely grate loads of snappy apples and add them to the mix, along with yogurt, honey, and a generous splash of lemon juice.

The lemon juice is a critical ingredient here. It brightens the flavors and brings a needed counterpoint to the sweetness of the fruits and honey. So don’t be tempted to skimp.

Serve it with seasonal berries and toasted almonds, and you have a muesli that's not only nutritious, it's also light and absolutely delicious.

What a perfect way to start your day!

Ingredients

  • 2  Cups  rolled oats
  • 1/2  Cup  currants or raisins
  • 1 1/2  Cup  milk
  • 1 1/4  Cup  nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4  Cup  honey or maple syrup
  • medium-sized Gala, Braeburn, Fuji or other firm-fleshed apples, cored
  • 1/4  Cup  lemon juice
  • 1/3  Cup  slivered almonds
  • 2  Cups  berries

Directions

Place the oats and currants in a large bowl. Add the milk, stir, and let stand at room temperature until the grains have absorbed all of the liquid, about 30 minutes.

Add the yogurt and honey to the oat mixture. Coarsely grate the apples with a box grater. Add to the oat mixture with the lemon juice and stir until well blended. Set aside.

Heat a small heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and constantly stir or shake the pan until they become golden, about 2 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl to cool. Spoon the muesli into breakfast bowls. Top with the berries, sprinkle with the toasted almonds, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
33g
47%
Sugar
80g
89%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
191g
100%
Protein
32g
70%
Vitamin A, RAE
488µg
70%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
517mg
52%
Choline, total
51mg
12%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
17g
68%
Folate, total
223µg
56%
Iron, Fe
13mg
72%
Magnesium, Mg
162mg
51%
Manganese, Mn
3mg
100%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
567mg
81%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
16µg
29%
Sodium, Na
769mg
51%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
140g
5%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

Muesli Shopping Tip

What’s the difference between brown and white eggs? Besides color, nothing – different breeds of chicken account for the differences in color – quality and freshness are what really count.

Muesli Cooking Tip

In addition to keeping foods like granola, yogurt, and fruit on hand, plan ahead for hectic weekdays by whipping up extra batches of waffles or pancakes and individually freezing them for easy morning meals.