Granola & Muesli

What's the difference between Muesli and Granola?

The names Muesli and Granola are often used interchangeably but are actually quite different, Granola is made by mixing the dry ingredients; nuts, seeds, oats spices with oil and sweetener and baking in the oven whereas Muesli is raw and without any liquids added. In the manufacture of Granola sometimes rapeseed oil, olive oil or coconut oil are used whereas bigger manufacturers use vegetable oil which is cheaper. All Maria Lucia Bakes products are made with high quality rapeseed or coconut oil. The oils are mixed with sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, agave syrup instead of sugar like some bigger brands use. We have toasted Mueslis in our range where we toast very lightly some ingredients to add a little crunch and enhance the flavours.

Is Granola fattening?

On average a portion of our Granola is around 180 calories plus either milk or yoghurt and that is for 40g. On its own in a bowl it doesn’t look very much, but once fruit and yoghurt, containing protein, is added then it is quite filling. Most of us probably are used to pouring much larger portions than that into a bowl as if it was cornflakes. Granola is filling and will keep you full for longer down to the oats, nuts and seeds. Calorie wise it does add up, so we’d recommend adding yoghurt and fruit and measuring out those portions !

What's the best way to eat Granola?

Sprinkled on Greek yoghurt with summer berries is Granola at it’s best or a heaped spoonful on a bowl of creamy porridge in wintertime for added crunch and flavour livens up your healthy breakfast routine.

What's best with Granola - milk or yoghurt?

Granola tastes wonderful with dairy or nut milk or yoghurt, especially Greek yoghurt. It tends to be more filling with yoghurt because of the protein. How about trying a combination of both?

Can you make Granola Bars from Granola cereal?

You can add nut butter and coconut oil to Granola, press very firmly into a tray and chill or freeze, slice up into bars. Using our No Added Sugar Granola is an option so that you can add your own sweetener such as honey or for a vegan treat add maple syrup.

Can I use Granola in baking?

Granola is so versatile and is perfect in scones, cookies, muffins, breads, added to crumble toppings, cheesecake bases. It has endless uses and can enhance many bakes or pancakes.

Can diabetics eat Granola?

Most Granola contains sweeteners and dried fruit which spikes your blood sugar, for this reason diabetics usually avoid this type of cereal. Maria Lucia Bakes Macadamia & Coconut Keto Granola doesn’t contain any sweeteners or starchy carbohydrates which usually spike blood sugar. The flavour comes from naturally sweet cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil. It is delicious with plain yoghurt for a low-carb breakfast or snack.

Is Granola suitable for vegans?

Lots of Granolas are sweetened with honey which means they are not suitable for vegans. There are variants on the market that are unsweetened and therefore suitable. Maria Lucia Bakes No Added Sugar Granola and Macadamia & Coconut Keto Granola are both unsweetened and so are vegan friendly. Delicious served with coconut yoghurt and fresh berries.

Is Granola high in fat?

There are two sources of fat in Granola, from the nuts and seeds and also from the oil that the cereal is mixed with before baking to give the toasted finish and crunch. In our cereals we use the best quality nuts such as cashews, almonds, walnuts and macadamia and coconut or rapeseed oil. The cereals can’t therefore be low fat but the source of fats is good.

I have a nut allergy.  Can I eat Granola?

No, it is not advisable to eat Granola or Muesli when you have a nut allergy as although some recipes do not contain nuts the cereals are made in a small bakery facility where nuts are used.There is therefore always the risk of cross contamination even though the work practices are to the highest European standards.

How much fiber is in Granola?

The fiber content varies amongst the various cereals however it is high in all of them. The fiber comes from the oats, quinoa, chia seeds etc.

Does Granola contain wheat?

Some Granolas on the market contain wheat. None of Maria Lucia Bakes cereals contain wheat as they are made in a dedicated gluten free bakery.

Is Granola or Muesli suitable for low-carb or Keto diets?

Ideally on a low-carb or keto diet it is best to avoid grains and the majority of granolas are made with oats as well as sweeteners. Maria Lucia Bakes Macadamia & Coconut Keto granola is low-carb as it is made from coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil. It has just 3g net carbs per 30g portion making it the ideal low-carb or keto breakfast.

How much sugar is in Granola?

The quantity of sugar in Granola varies, in the Maria Lucia Bakes range we use only natural sugars including honey and dried fruits in our cereal range. We responded to customer feedback and created a no added sugar, completely sugar free granola, which is now one of our most popular products. People can add their own sweetener or fruit and many tell us that it has enough flavour and doesn’t need sweetener. We have a Macadamia & Coconut Keto Granola, grain free and unsweetened, flavoured with cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil which are all naturally sweet.

Is Granola tasty?

Yes we think it is very tasty and it has a lovely crunch. It makes for a different breakfast or snack and is very tasty with yoghurt and fruit and livens up a bowl of plain porridge no end.

Which is the most popular Granola or Muesli?

That very much comes down to personal preference. Generally muesli is eaten with milk and it’s quite a soft and maybe plainer breakfast, delicious nonetheless. Granola is baked and tends to be a little crunchier and has more flavour due to the honey or maple syrup it’s baked in. The most popular way to eat granola is with yoghurt and fruit. They can be quite different breakfasts from each other.

Which cereal do kids prefer?

The most popular cereals in Maria Lucia Bakes range with kids are Cashew Almond and Cinnamon Granola and Date and Banana Muesli. I am surprised at kid’s reaction to our No Added Sugar Granola as it is unsweetened. Parents are very often delighted that their kids prefer it to sweetened variants.

Can I make Gluten-Free kids snacks with Granola?

Take a look at our recipe page where you will see recipes for kids.

How do I make Bircher Muesli?

Bircher muesli is also known as overnight oats and is a sublime summer breakfast cereal and is kind to the digestive system from soaking the oats, nuts and seeds overnight. The simplest recipe is to use our No Added Sugar Granola. Add a 40g portion to a bowl and pour in a good quality apple juice to the top of the cereal. Put two tablespoons of Greek yoghurt on top. Place in fridge overnight. Next morning the oats will have soaked up the apple juice so add a little more in and then stir the yoghurt through. You will have a cool, creamy bowl, lightly sweetened cereal that will keep you going for hours.

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