Granola and muesli are similar but importantly different.
Both cereal foods are made with grains, fruits and nuts. However, granola is coated with oil and sweeteners then baked to assure a crunchy texture. Muesli is not baked and contains little or no fat and sweeteners.
Granola is not the health and diet food it is frequently touted to be. It can only be a diet food if you purchase the right kind and use it sparingly. Select for less sugar, then use sparingly with larger amounts of fresh fruit and yogurt.
If you must choose granola over muesli, select one which is lowest in sweetener and fat content. Granola nutritive pluses depend upon the the type grain, nuts and fruit in the mixture. Continue reading →
Lots of good, plain, healthful foods come to us from the hardy Europeans. One is muesli made with uncooked grains, dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Unlike granola, muesli contains no sugar or fat, and it is not baked or toasted. It is not uncommon for muesli to be a meal for any part of a European’s day. Not popular in the west until the 1960s, some moisten their muesli, others munch it dry at their desk or out on the trail.
Granola and muesli have more similarities than differences, including why and where they were created. Both cereals are made with grains, fruits and nuts. Granola is coated with oil and a sweetener and baked until it’s crispy and crunchy
There’s also a spelling problem with Muselix, musli, and muesli. The first spelling is the museli Kellogg makes, and if you Google Muselix, you will believe Kelloggs makes all the muesli in world. Not true! The protected word, “Musli,” originated in Germany, while “muesli” got it start in Switzerland around 1900.
The difference between muesli and granola is simple. While both are composed of pure grains, fruit, seeds and nuts, muesli is not cooked and is usually soaked in milk or other liquid. Granola is mixed with oil and sweetener and baked before packaging.
Believing people’s health reflects their diet, a Swiss doctor came up with the first muesli in 1894 and made it part of his patients’ healing regimen at his sanitarium. Continue reading →