Difference Between Granola & Muesli
How muesli and granola are similar? First, they’re both healthy breakfast options made up with much of the same ingredients such as oats, nuts, seeds, fruit, and even spices. They’re both full of protein, good carbohydrates and fats, and tons of nutrients, which is a great way to start our day. They’re also extremely versatile, therefore we can always enjoy them in a variety of creative ways.
The main difference between the 2 is that:
Granola is baked. Muesli is not.
This means that granola often contains oils or natural sweeteners like honey or syrup to helps the oats stick together in clusters, while muesli is more of a loose mixture.
Who eat Muesli and Granola?
Most Americans had already been familiar with granola, as there are thousands of varieties that on their supermarket’s shelves. Granola dates back to the mid-1800s and was called “granula,” known as a health food containing graham flour. It was revived later in 1960, with the name changing to “granola.”
Muesli, on the other hand, is more commonly consumed in Europe and Australia. Muesli was first created in 1900 by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner, which is why the cereal is sometimes called Bircher muesli. It was first used for hospital patients because it was a healthy, easy to eat breakfast food. Then it has become extremely popular for everyone to eat due to it healthy properties.
Which is Heathier?
While both options are healthy, granola is often filled with added sweetener, dried fruits, and oil, which helps it bind together while it’s baked. Since muesli is uncooked, it often has less added sugars and oils, which can make it a healthier option over granola but doesn’t mean we should totally avoid it as muesli can be containing added sweetener too within the cereal and jack up the calories. Plus, there are many granolas out there that are not full of added sugars and contain healthy oils. We just have to read the labels before calling them healthy!
How to Eat Muesli and Granola
Both options are enjoyed as a breakfast dish, but can also be eaten as a snack or with any dessert. Muesli is often enjoyed soaked in milk or yogurt, which fills each oat and creates a creamier dish, just like overnight oats. It can also be eaten raw with yogurt, on top of toast or sweet potato, or milk.
Granola is often enjoyed in a yogurt parfait with yogurt and fruit, but you can enjoy it in so many different ways such as a crunchy topping on oatmeal.
Now that you all had known the differences and similarities of muesli and granola, feel free to go creative on your next breakfast!
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