Cereal, Muesli and Granola:

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

We all pretend to know the difference, but do we?

Cereals are grasses grown specifically for the edible components of their grain. They are marketed in their raw grain form, or as ingredients in various foods. So – turns out cereals aren’t just limited to the brekky aisle. I know -- mind blown right?

Examples of raw cereals include rice, quinoa, wheat, barley and oats. Granola and muesli are both characterised by the use of cereals as core ingredients in addition to various other combinations of fruits, nuts and seeds. However, the ways in which they are made and consumed are quite different, resulting in some dietary disparities as well.

Think of muesli as the ‘healthier’ (albeit, less yum) sibling of granola. It is generally loose or fine in texture, and combined with a liquid such as milk, milk alternative, juice or water when served. The liquid makes the muesli moist (say that slowly and feel the shiver up your spine – yep, gross) and also allows the cereals to absorb flavour.

Granola is the exotic, more decadent (and much yummier) sibling.

It is baked using natural agents including oil and natural sweeteners -- such as honey or rice bran syrup. Granola has a chunkier, crunchier texture and generally a higher calorie, fat and sugar content than muesli, making it a popular snack for hikers, back packers, athletes and every-day battlers. (Like us!).

So now you know the difference between cereal, muesli and granola. 'Granowledge' is power (Shop now).

You may now leave the table - Nola May

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