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Cereal smackdown – muesli vs granola

muesli vs granola

Are you a diehard devotee of granola or do you prefer your healthy breakfast with a little less crunch? Do you think muesli got a raw deal whilst granola evolved into muesli plus?

It’s a cereal smackdown but who will win the battle of muesli vs granola?

The difference between granola and muesli

If you stood the main ingredients of muesli and granola side by side they would be fairly similar. A healthy breakfast of wholegrains, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, the major difference between granola and muesli is that muesli is raw whilst granola is baked. To facilitate this baking, and turn raw wholesome muesli into crunchy granola, oil and sugar are added. But there is more to granola than just oil and sugar, and in fact it never evolved from muesli at all.

Which came first – muesli or granola?

Most of us are by now familiar with the story of Bircher muesli and how it came about. But did you know that Bircher muesli was actually the first muesli invented? Never intended as a breakfast food, Swiss muesli was the poster child of healthy living. Other parts of Europe soon caught on, enticed by the clean image of fresh mountain air and pastures green. By 1960, commercial muesli was widely available.

Granola began life in the United States yet it was not the lovechild of muesli and flapjack at all. Muesli and granola both came into being around the end of the nineteenth century but the original granola was made from wheat, not oats.  It was not until the 1960s that fruit and nuts were added by health conscious hippies, and commercial granola was not available until the 1970s. As it turns out, the two cereals may share many similarities but are in fact completely different things.

Muesli vs granola

So, other than grains, nuts, seeds and fruit, what’s in the bag? Many commercial brands of muesli may have sugar and milk powder added. If your muesli makes the milk taste rich and sweet, chances are it has plenty of both. Gourmet muesli has far less, if any, of these additions. Granola will have some form of fat, and some form of sweetener, added. What these actually are will vary. Commercial varieties of granola are unlikely to be made with butter as it would turn rancid quickly, but they can contain high amounts of unhealthy hydrogenated or trans fats. Sugar content will vary from refined white sugars and corn syrup to the more acceptable face of honey or maple syrup. Even then, quantity counts.

Muesli is served cold, with milk or juice added. It can be soaked, as in Bircher muesli or overnight oats, or even cooked and served hot like porridge. Muesli is pretty versatile but you probably wouldn’t want to snack on a dry handful straight from the box. Granola, on the other hand, was seemingly made for to be eaten naked and unadorned as a snack. Usually served cold, with or without milk, it is not unheard of to serve granola with hot milk. Granola is also an important feature of a granola bowl, smoothie bowl, or acai bowl.

Yet muesli got stuck with the health-food-as-penance reputation whilst granola got to be the good time girl. The acceptable face of oat eating. Both may have began life as health foods, but by the time the food industry got its wicked way neither muesli or granola could claim to be health foods.

Thankfully things have changed and most gourmet granola and muesli are full of the healthy grains, fruits, nuts and seeds that make cereal and milk the ideal healthy breakfast. But is muesli better than granola? Muesli may be less moreish, largely because it has no fat or sugar, but gourmet granola is not all about butter and syrup. Most of our healthy granola has no added sugar and is made with healthy fats.

Toasted muesli vs untoasted muesli

What even is toasted muesli? Is there a difference between granola and toasted muesli? Well, toasted muesli sits somewhere between granola and muesli. It can be made with no sugar or oil, but a little of each helps it along. Toasted muesli won’t clump together into crunchy clusters like granola can, but the toasting adds an extra dimension of texture and flavour. Gourmet granola sometimes has more in common with toasted muesli than it does with granola. Which is no bad thing.

Can you make granola from muesli?

Well, yes you can. But why would you want to when there are so many delicious healthy alternatives available? Here’s some of our favourite healthy granola, all baked by hand here in Australia.

Apple Supreme Paleo, gluten-free granola

This one is grain-free as well as gluten-free. A blend of fruit, nuts and seeds for the perfect Paleo granola.

 

Cranberry Crunch Granola

A classic double baked muesli. Made with Australian pesticide-free almonds, cranberries, pecans and cinnamon alongside organic rolled oats.

 

Maple Nut Crunch, gluten-free vegan granola

The gluten-free version of our award winning granola. A gourmet granola with quinoa and puffed buckwheat instead of oats. Because contrary to popular belief, oats are not gluten-free.

 

Maple Nut Crunch Granola

An award winning granola made with agave and maple syrup.

 

Spelt and Agave Nut Crunch Granola

A healthy breakfast idea made with ancient grain spelt as well as organic rolled oats. Uniquely favoured with cinnamon and a touch of cardamom.

Here is a great Bircher Muesli: Fig & Apricot Bircher.

 

Explore our range of healthy cereals here, or head over to our online store where our healthy breakfast cereals are available to buy in bulk.

 

So who wins the cereal smackdown? We think both muesli and granola are absolute winners. Aaah.


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What is Bircher muesli and how easy is it to make?

What is bircher muesli title

The forerunner to overnight oats, Bircher muesli is a healthy breakfast favourite.

The soaked oats take on a softly different texture to porridge, in a dish that is easy to eat and easy to digest. Which is ideal for the first meal of the day.

Closely related to both muesli and granola, it can be oddly decadent in spite of its wholesome credentials.

What is Bircher muesli?

Bircher muesli was created in the early 1900s by Maximilian Bircher-Brenner. A Swiss doctor, he created the recipe as a way of getting more fruit into his patients. More specifically, apples, which he considered particularly nutritious. A simple recipe of oats, milk, nuts and apples soaked together overnight, it was a soft and easily digestible breakfast for his sanitorium patients. So of course Bircher Muesli is another one of the low sugar cereal products.

Is Bircher muesli healthy?

Like most foods, it can only be as healthy as the ingredients that you make it with. Made with cream and lots of nuts it will be more heavy on calories than if you soak it in water. Made with the four basic ingredients, this healthy breakfast comes with a range of benefits.

Oats are full of fibre, some of which is soluble, that gives an extended feeling of fullness and prevents blood sugar spikes. Magnesium present in oats helps to regulate insulin secretion and they also contain a natural sedative. With plenty of vitamins and minerals, oats are a great source of all round goodness. But have you ever wondered if oats are gluten free?

Maximilian was right about apples; an often overlooked fruit. They also help to regulate blood sugar levels and are a source of soluble fibre. Many of the compounds found in apples improve metabolic balance. Always eat the skin as it contains fibre and may help prevent osteoporosis. Apples are waxed for shelf life, so wash them thoroughly in warm soapy water and rinse well before eating. Allowing the apple to brown a little after grated can help it become more easily digestible. Apples are also a source of vitamin C and iron.

Adding nuts increases the protein content as well as the fibre. Always eat nuts with the skin on to keep the nutrient profile intact. Nuts also provide many essential fatty acids. Almonds are rich in zinc, magnesium, and potassium as well as antioxidant vitamin E. Hazelnuts are rich in antioxidants and contain biotin, a substance that is really good for strong healthy skin and hair.

Using dairy milk, from cows, sheep, or goats, adds the benefit of calcium and vitamin D. Dairy foods also provide vitamin B12 which is essential for a healthy brain and nervous system. Vitamin B3 in dairy milk can also help to burn more calories. Choose full fat milk as it retains the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Can you eat Bircher muesli without soaking?

Bircher muesli by default is soaked. Not soaked, it becomes, well, muesli. The soaking process not only makes the oats more digestible by softening them, but helps to break down a substance called phytic acid. Present in all grains (which is why grains are not part of a Paleo diet), phytic acid binds to certain minerals and reduces the uptake of minerals present in the food. You can also include the nuts in the soaking process for the same reason, but they do take on a softer less crunchy texture.

Is Bircher muesli gluten free?

Oats themselves are not gluten free yet low in gluten and are often processed alongside wheat and other cereals so tend to be avoided by those with serious issues around gluten, such as coeliacs. Oats that are not 100% gluten free although some are  labelled as such, and some commercial muesli blends will contain other gluten-containing cereals.

How to make Bircher muesli

Jar of bircher muesli

Jar of bircher muesli

Bircher muesli is made by soaking oats in a liquid overnight, and then adding grated apple and nuts. It will keep in the fridge for about 3 days and can be frozen if required.

Vegan Bircher muesli

Making this soft creamy breakfast vegan is easy. Simply use juice, water or non-dairy milk. Nutty almond milk works particularly well, as does creamy oat milk.

Paleo Bircher muesli

Strictly speaking, the Paleo diet is open to personal interpretation depending on the foods you feel your body can tolerate. But in general, whether they contain gluten or not, grains are eliminated from the Paleo diet. You could experiment with some combination of coconut flakes, almond meal, and chia seeds but the results will be a vague approximation rather than a substitute. We think you are far better off with Paleo muesli or granola of nuts, seeds and fruits instead.

Basic Bircher muesli recipe

Soaked overnight, it becomes a soft and simple moreish thing. For the liquid you could use water, apple juice, milk, or for a touch of luxury, mix of half milk/half cream. The classic nuts would be hazelnuts, but you could use almonds, pecans, or walnuts.

You could make bircher muesli with our multigrain porridge oats, or try a bircher muesli mix instead of just oats.

Serves 1

25g oats

90ml liquid

1 apple, coarsely grated

1/4 cup nuts, chopped

  1. Mix the liquid with the oats and soak in the fridge overnight.
  2. Stir in the grated apple.
  3. Top with the nuts and enjoy.

 

Have you tried Bircher porridge? Make it just like you would regular porridge, but use a Bircher muesli like our Hinterland Bircher Muesli. It’s ideal for winter and packed full of yummy things that will make your morning porridge a bit more interesting.

Bircher muesli not your thing? Here’s some of our other low sugar cereals.  Or head on over to our online gourmet grocery stores where you can buy healthy cereal in bulk.

 

 

Fig Apricot Bircher Muesli your Favorite Gourmet Food.

The Fig Apricot Organic Bircher Muesli from the Plum foods is made up of high-quality ingredients. Plum foods use the best quality of natural and organic ingredients. They combine different type of dried fruit and nuts, tasty almonds, healthy cereal, and superb organic oats. It tastes best when soaked in almond milk but you can also try that with the normal milk. You can also have it by cooking it up and then add fresh yogurt or mix them with Acai berry power and add blueberries as toppings.

It is foil lined pack with zipped reseal bag, no artificial preservatives or sweeteners are added to retain its freshness.

Our Fig Apricot Organic Bircher Muesli 500gm is a favorite product among all the gourmet foods found in Plum foods.

If you want to place an order in bulk you can order from our wholesale food Suppliers Sydney, Opera Foods.

What Makes Our Products Stand Out from the Rest?

Plum Foods specializes in majority organic and/or insecticide-free cereals without compromising on the desired features of taste and ease-of-making. Thoughtfully, they is low on the GI (Glycemic Index).

You could add different fruit combinations to produce a wide range of tastes and nutritional content.

One such combination, the Fig and Apricot Bircher Mix are composed of organic oats, rice flakes, figs, pesticide-free almonds and gorgeous spices, sunflower kernels, sultanas, etc., to make the food temptingly tasty.

The energy will thus give will see you through an active and hectic day. It too has been very popular and in good demand for several decades and still going strong. Porridge oats are soaked in milk gets the texture and taste.

Gourmet grocers stock these ranges in a 500g pack and 1Kg packs are also available for large families and Cafes. Please visit Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane specialist wholesale suppliers Opera Foods for all your needs.

 

Plum Foods Sydney Delivery

Plum Foods offers gourmet lunches, brunches or an easy healthy breakfast, from the finest Sydney restaurants and cafes.
You will love your lunch, brunch or breckie when its delicious, healthy, affordable and exciting!

Plum Foods’ customers brings you gourmet lunches from Sydney’s finest restaurants and cafes at great affordable prices.

A gourmet muesli or granola served well, is not just an easy and quick healthy lunch or brunch,  its also not expensive and is available from the quality Plum Foods products range in restaurants and cafes all over Sydney.  Let us help you find Sydney Lunches that beat the budget and look after your health with a sustained wholefoods meal.

If you would like to discover great Sydney lunch venues where you can enjoy a quick Plum Foods  healthy lunch or brunch or breaky see the list of stockists that are cafes in Sydney on our stockists directory on the Opera online gourmet Store.

Cafes and restaurants in Sydney, we deliver to your premises overnight. and invite you to stock Plum Foods gourmet breakfast, brunch or lunch meals that are nutritious, fast and affordable.