Muesli is a great option for those that are short on time but still want a nutritious breakfast that will fill them up and power them through the morning. It can even offer health benefits like lowering cholesterol and aiding in weight loss. Unlike granola which is often very sweet, muesli usually has a base of oats and flakes, to which fruit, nuts and other tasty ingredients are added.
With so many different combinations, we've looked at Muesli from Tesco, Asda and more to see which brands can cater to everyone's needs. Moreover, we have partnered with Nutritionist Tara Corbett for reviewing and fact-checking the article so that we can deliver the best information to our users.
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Luckily, cereals are becoming more and more accessible for those with a whole range of requirements. If you have to avoid gluten for health reasons or you just feel better when you do, there are plenty of choices, and importantly, still plenty of exciting flavours! Plus, there are a wide range of vegan options out there too.
In mueslis without gluten, the oats are specifically gluten-free and no wheat is used in any flakes or extra cereal components that are used to add texture. Similarly, you'll be able to find plenty of nut- or seed-free options these days, too. Allergens should be pointed out on the packaging, either by being in bold or in a specific list.
The popularity of following a vegan diet has grown hugely over the last few years, so there are probably lots of you out there hoping your favourite cereal is okay to eat. Well, good news! The vast majority of mueslis are vegan so you can pour over your plant-based milk of choice and dig in. It is worth noting, however, that some mueslis do include ingredients like milk powder.
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The main key nutrient in muesli is normally carbohydrates thanks to the main ingredients of oats, grains and dried fruit. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; healthy carbohydrates play a vital role in giving us energy. For the best absorption in the body, carbohydrates are best combined with protein.
Higher protein content in your muesli, which can be found in seeds and nuts, will keep you fuller for longer and stop your stomach rumbling before lunch. Look for muesli which has over 10 grams of protein per 100 grams.
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A bit of naturally-occurring sugar in your muesli is fine, but be warned, too much is not good for your health or your energy levels. Whilst you might feel a sugar high for a bit, it will wear off quickly and leave you longing for coffee.
Most mueslis have quite a lot of natural occurring sugars as a result of high quantities of dried fruit. However, you can still find healthier options. Lower sugar mueslis will have less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams, whereas high sugar choices might have more than 20 grams.
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This cereal does a fantastic job at ticking a lot of boxes. It is suitable for many different diets, including those who can't eat gluten and who are vegan. Despite containing dried fruit, it is still low in sugar.
In addition to this, it is an option that is high in protein, thanks in a large part to the delicious selection of nuts and seeds that lace this cereal. It has a nice balance of more traditional and more exciting ingredients too, making it the perfect way to start your day.
The range of nuts added to this muesli is huge, with pistachios and pecans added to the more common almond and hazelnut. All of these nuts make for a muesli that is extremely high in protein, three times that of most other products on this list.
It is also low in sugar, which makes it the perfect cereal for sustaining your energy levels throughout the morning. Nuts can often make things more expensive, particularly those which are less common, but buying in bulk makes this muesli great value for money.
This nutty muesli is vegan, low in sugar and has top quality ingredients – what's not to love? If you're not a fan of dried fruit, perhaps because of its sugar content or the fact it gets stuck in your teeth, this cereal provides the perfect alternative.
It makes up for its lack of fruit by introducing the nutty flavours of cashews and brazil nuts, delicious when combined with wheat flakes and oats, all of which help to make this cereal high in fibre and natural protein.
First and foremost, this muesli is incredibly good value for money. The 1 kg bag is cheaper than some other products which are half its size, plus it's available as a bulk buy if you want to stock up. And this doesn't mean that flavours or tastes are compromised – in fact, this cereal has an excellent selection of dried fruit and nuts.
The sugar content in this cereal might not be the lowest, but it is also definitely not the highest, and its protein content is not too bad either.
Not only is this muesli good for you, it is also good for the planet. All of its ingredients come from sustainable sources, allowing you to enjoy your breakfast guilt-free. It also manages to find a way of feeling rich and indulgent but still be dairy-free and vegan.
Because of its health and environmental credentials, it is a bit expensive compared to some mueslis on this list. It also sticks to fairly simple flavours, so if you're looking for exciting new combinations for your morning muesli, this isn't where to find them.
This muesli tries its hardest to be as accessible as possible, and for the most part, it succeeds. It is free from all the usual troublemakers such as nuts and gluten, making it a rare option that works for those who have nut allergies and can't eat wheat or gluten.
It is also a great choice if you just don't like nuts as most mueslis are full of them. It is very high in sugar, but these are naturally occurring due to the high amount of dried fruit which is included to make up for the lack of nuts.
Buckwheat has been proven to have all kinds of health benefits, and, as an added bonus, it's gluten-free too! The inclusion of buckwheat gives this muesli a unique texture and flavour and, as the brand name suggests, all the ingredients are completely natural.
This cereal doesn't contain many allergens, but it does come with a warning that it is prepared alongside products that may contain certain products, so – depending on the levels of your allergies – it is worth double-checking this. It is also surprisingly high in sugar.
Alpen is a very popular breakfast brand, and with good reason, as this Swiss-style muesli is incredibly tasty. Thanks to the inclusion of milk powder, it is amazingly creamy when covered with milk, making a simple breakfast feel luxurious.
Unfortunately, whilst the milk powder might make the cereal creamy, it means that it is not suitable for vegans, a box that most mueslis are able to tick. Some might also want a bit more of a range in the ingredients as only basic fruit and nuts used in this recipe.
Muesli might be deemed quite a grown-up cereal and is not usually marketed for kids, but this cereal changes that. It is a great introduction to real food and is a quick and easy option for you to serve to your little one. Compared to other cereals for kids, which tend to be full of chocolate and sugar, this cereal is a wholesome alternative.
Of course, this is only really suitable for children, so it isn't a muesli that the whole family can tuck into and enjoy. And, although it is quite healthy compared to other cereal for children, it still has quite a high sugar content.
This four-pack of fruit and nut muesli is ideal if you want something that's packed with flavour and will last over multiple weeks. The Quaker brand is instantly recognisable and well-trusted.
The only drawback is that it's one of the more expensive options. It certainly makes sense considering the quantity you'll get, but if you're not sure you'll enjoy the flavours or you're trying muesli for the first time, you should choose a smaller pack to start with.
Want to try your hand at making your own muesli? With this recipe from Jamie Oliver, you can control exactly what goes into the mix. There's an option to make your base into a delicious Swiss-style Bircher muesli, too.
Written and researched by Emma Cramp
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