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We sell a dizzying range of packaged muesli products and ingredients at Naturally Good Food – you could have a different one every week for a year if you bought the lot! We’ve got muesli ingredients for those who like to keep it plain and simple (barley flakes, for instance, or porridge oats); ingredients for those who need a particularly wholesome combination (bran sticks perhaps, or coarse oatmeal); muesli for those who like more unusual combinations (raspberry and strawberry spelt granola, anyone?); and top-notch muesli for those who need to breakfast like a king (try Mr Bumble’s Muesli, Six Seed Muesli or our wonderful Deluxe muesli packs). You can see them all here.
Muesli is a fantastic breakfast choice – crunchy, filling, energising, cheering and (usually) very good for you. There aren’t any hard or fast rules as to what you can put in your muesli bowl. You need wholesome ingredients, of course, but any combination, ratios or additions are fair play. Some mueslis are heavy on nuts and seeds; others focus on dried fruit. Some contain no added sugar –others add a sprinkling, to temper the tartness of any berries.
We’re especially proud of our gluten-free muesli at Naturally Good Food. It’s great to have an option for those on ‘free from’ diets – and we think the ones we have to offer are the best for taste and nutrition, made from high-quality, fibre-rich ingredients. Check out Alara’s Muesli Delight, for instance, made from a blend of soya, millet and rice flakes, with raisins, sultanas, apricots, Brazils, chopped dates and flaked roasted hazelnuts. There’s over 5g of soya protein in each 70g serving, with no added sugar, salt or fat. We also have small and bulk bags (up to 25kg) of gluten-free muesli from other suppliers – take a look here.
For a breakfast treat, we don’t feel you can beat Rude Health’s muesli range. In colourful, attractive boxes, they’ve got Strawberry and Raspberry Granola; Super Fruity muesli (with apples, raisins, dates and apricots); Super Seed muesli (a blend of six seeds and six grains); Ultimate Granola; and Ultimate Muesli (with 23 – yes, 23! – ingredients). If you’re feeling in need of a breakfast boost, these might just supply it.
Muesli – or granola?
What’s the difference between muesli and granola? Apparently, it’s all to do with heat. Muesli is an unbaked mix, while granola (containing the same sort of ingredients) has been baked, with the addition (usually) of some kind of sweetener and fat to bind it all together.
Slosh on some milk
It’s usual to add milk to make muesli slip down easily, but it doesn’t have to be dairy milk. Naturally Good Food sells a wonderful selection of non-dairy milks to match your muesli. We’ve got soya milk, of course, as well as almond milk. There’s also oat milk, which goes particularly well with oat-based muesli, as well as other nut-based milks (hazelnut and cashew), quinoa milk, rice milk, hemp milk and coconut milk. Check them all out here!
While we’re on the subject of milk, we’d highly recommend trying out Biona’s Wild Berry Crisp for breakfast. With a mixture of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, it’s not only delicious, but turns the milk an appealing shade of pink!
Make your own muesli
If you want to make sure that your muesli is just right for you, with no more unsatisfying mouthfuls, then you might prefer to make your own, rather than buying a packaged version. Here’s a simple ‘how to’ guide.
First of all, you need a base for your muesli. The traditional base would be a loose mix of oats and flakes. We sell basic ‘muesli bases’, or you can make your own from scratch, choosing from:
- Oats: porridge, jumbo or gluten-free
- Oatmeal and oatbran
- Barley flakes
- Bran flakes (and sticks)
- Millet flakes (or puffed millet)
- Quinoa flakes
- Rice flakes (or puffed rice)
- Rye flakes
- Wheat flakes
- Spelt flakes
- Brazil nuts
- Cashew nuts
- Raisins, sultanas, currants (or a mix of all three)
- More unusual fruit: we’ve got papaya, mango, pineapple, banana, pear, cranberries and peach
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seed
Muesli doesn’t have to be eaten in the same way every day. Try it baked into a flapjack (just mix with butter and syrup, using this recipe here). Or stir in some yoghurt for a more substantial breakfast. You might also like to mix it with fruit juice and leave overnight, to create a sticky compote. Or, of course, do what the teenagers do, and eat it for supper instead of a morning meal!
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This post was written by Yzanne