Fresh muesli with apples, currants & toasted almonds A healthy, homemade muesli that blows the boxed stuff out of the water!

Fresh muesli with apples, currants and toasted almonds

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

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?

What is muesli?

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!

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Fresh muesli with apples, currants and toasted almonds

serves 4
active time: 20 min

  1. 2 cups rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup currants (or raisins)
  3. 1 1/2 cups milk
  4. 1 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
  5. 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  6. 4 medium Gala, Braeburn, Fuji or other firm-flesh apples – unpeeled and cored
  7. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  8. 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  9. 2 cups berries (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries…)

  1. Step 1: Place the oats and currants in a large bowl. Add the milk, stir and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes until the grains have absorbed all the liquid.
  2. Step 2: 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.
  3. Step 3: 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.
  4. Step 4: To serve – Spoon the muesli into breakfast bowls. Top with the berries, sprinkle with the toasted almonds and serve.

Fresh muesli with apples, currants and toasted almonds

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  • Reply Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen April 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Hello, Viviane! I’m your newest follower and taster for your muesli recipe on Food 52. I gave glowing remarks! I love this recipe. I took so many photos while trying it I now wonder if I couldn’t post this on my blog as well, of course with a direct reference back to you here at your website? Just let me know.. Barb | Just a Smidgen

    • Reply Viviane April 14, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Hello dear Barb, Thank you so much for your note and for the follow on Food52. I am delighted that you enjoyed the muesli recipe and you’re welcome to post it on your blog. I’ll look forward to seeing your photos! Thank you again…

  • Reply lisaiscooking October 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Adding lemon and grated apple is such a good idea! This is just in time since I was looking for something new for breakfast.

    • Reply Viviane October 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Lisa! I can never think of making a fresh muesli without apples and lemon juice – they both make the dish… Have a great Sunday!

  • Reply Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily October 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve never tried muesli but I’m with you that home made is always better.
    I love currants and berries and will look forward to this as an alternative to our usual breakfast.

    • Reply Viviane October 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much Gwen… Let me know how it turns out!

  • Reply foodwanderings October 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Love muesli and your version with the currants and berries looks so wonderful Viviane! I never buy commercially made muesli anymore but am guilty of not making as often as I wish to. I think with the Fall season I am yearning for that comfort that comes with it!

    • Reply Viviane October 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Shulie! It’s funny that you say this… the minute it gets cold, I start craving this muesli… Hence my publishing this recipe at this time of the year! XOXO

  • Reply Deb October 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    What an intriguing recipe! I never thought to try homemade muesli and the store bought is always a disappointment. Adore the addition of currants! My mother couldn’t stand raisins and always used currants instead. A stellar breakfast idea!

    • Reply Viviane October 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Deb! I do love the currants in this recipe. Although I love raisins too, I think currants are just more refined and use them infinitely more often. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Evelyne@cheapethniceatz October 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This totally sounds better than the dry box stuff. May make an appearance soon on my breakfast table.

  • Reply sara October 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    This looks fantastic – I tend to find plain muesli fairly boring, so I love all the fun toppings!

  • Reply Nancy/SpicieFoodie October 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I’m guilty of buying too much commercial muesli. You are so right, the homemade doesn’t resemble store bought. Homemade tastes and looks better. I love the fruits and almonds in yours. Thanks for sharing Viviane!

    • Reply Viviane October 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Nancy!

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