You only have to Google Gluten Free Muesli to know that there is a vast range available, and generally I’ve found that you get what you pay for. At the lower end of the price range you might find that your muesli is a mixture of assorted processed cereals with a lesser volume of dried fruits sweetened with sugar or rice bran oil, which I’m not knocking. These more economical cereals have their place, and in a market where gluten free can be expensive to say the least, they make an affordable and convenient breakfast option for every day with the addition of some fresh fruit and low fat yoghurt, however be aware that some contain a lot of sugar due to there being sugar in all the processed components as well as added sweeteners included in the ingredients. I’ve found that the mueslis in this category are often the ‘supermarket own’ brands, so there’s no ‘middle man’ in the wholesale to retail trail.
At the top end of the price scale you will probably find ingredients like whole grains and seeds, cashews, dried native, exotic and tropical fruits, macadamia nuts and sweeteners such as prune juice or coconut sugar. These premium mueslis usually have very small recommended standard serves, and because they taste so good, you can be easily tempted to consume more than one standard serve at a sitting.
In the mid-range, you find a variety of blends that incorporate some processed cereal flakes, some seeds, more ‘standard’ dried fruits such as sultanas, currents or dried apple, and sweetened with cane sugar.
Add to these the variety of granolas, clusters and bircher mueslis on the market and deciding which is right for you can be daunting.
My advice? Always read the nutritional panel. Compare the calories, recommended serving sizes, sugars, fats and protein in each so you can make an informed nutritional decision. Is the recommended serving size a realistic size to satisfy your hunger for three or four hours? Are the sugars from natural sources, or in the form of refined sugar?
One solution I’ve used in the past is to make my own muesli or granola using a selection of whole grains and seeds, some dried fruit and nuts and sweetened with a little bit of coconut sugar. For a granola I add a little coconut oil and coconut nectar and toast in the oven.
If you check out the products available in our online store, you’ll see that we have selected to stock mueslis in a price range to suit you, from the very affordable Orgran Cranberry Brekki Muesli, through the ever-popular Carman’s deluxe gluten free muesli and Freedom Foods Crafted Blends muesli, to Byron Bay Macadamia Paleo muesli mix. We also stock the grains, seeds, coconut sugar and coconut nectar to make your own blend.
No matter which breakfast option you prefer, remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should represent enough calories to get you through your busy morning.