Bob’s Red Mill’s sponsored this post about its gluten-free muesli cups. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
The kids have been back-to-school for a few weeks now and we’re finally getting into the groove of things. There’s nothing like a firm school start-time to get you back on schedule after a summer of leisure.
However, my family’s morning routine is different this year than it has been in year’s past. Quite different.
My kids are older now (they’re 13 and 10 years old), so they are becoming more independent and helpful in the kitchen.
Just the other day, I witnessed my daughter preparing her own breakfast. I watched her pour herself a glass of milk, toast a freezer waffle in the toaster, and wash and destem strawberries. When did my little girl become so independent?
On top of that, my son has now become an active part of making his own school lunch. He washes and bags grapes, fills his own water bottle, and packs everything into his lunchbox in an orderly manner.
Because of this indepence, our morning routine is not as hectic as it once was. And I’m glad to have help in the kitchen.
So this morning, when my son filled the kettle with water so he could help me prepare the new gluten-free muesli cups Bob’s Red Mill sent to me, I was a proud mama. Not only is he helping me get breakfast ready, but also he’s helping me with my blog!
What is Muesli?
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve never tried muesli before.
For those of you muesli-challenged like me, muesli is a blend of whole grain cereals, seeds, nuts and/or dried fruits. It’s basically oatmeal with a bunch of granola goodies stashed inside it.
You can enjoy muesli soaked in warm milk, water or juice, or serve it cold mixed with yogurt or milk.
I learned that muesli uses raw, rolled oats vs. quick cook oats, setting it apart from instant oatmeal. The raw, rolled oats gives muesli a chewier texture than oatmeal.
Another difference between oatmeal and muesli is that oatmeal is usually mixed with water, while muesli is traditionally mixed with yogurt, milk or fruit juice (water is okay too). Muesli thereby offers the opportunity for a creamier breakfast.
I also noticed that muesli has a natural sweetness to it. In fact, Bob’s Red Mill’s GF muesli has only 3 grams of added sugar and the company’s paleo muesli has only 1 gram of added sugar. Most prepackaged oatmeals and granolas are loaded with added sugar.
What I love about muesli is that it contains a bunch of fun ingredients that offer your breakfast a bunch of different flavors, textures and visual appeal. You’ll find things such as dried (and freeze-dried) fruits, coconut flakes, nuts, and/or seeds, depending on the variety you choose.
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Muesli Cups
Bob’s Red Mill GF Tropical Muesli Cup contains a variety of healthy ingredients that any health conscious mother (including me) would be proud of. It contains a combination of whole grain oats, dried mango, coconut flakes, sorghum, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, freeze-dried strawberry pieces, and quinoa flour crisps.
Personally I don’t like creamy things. Truth be told, I hate yogurt and milk.
So I made my muesli cup with hot water along with 1 tsp. of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon (I wanted it to be a touch sweeter). It was so filling, tasty and made for an easy breakfast that my son could help me make instantly.
I think Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Muesli (also GF) is gorgeous… it contains coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, cashews, sliced almonds, currants, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts, cranberries, blueberries and freeze-dried strawberry pieces.
You can enjoy the paleo cup as a snack (right out of the cup, no water or milk added) or as a cold treat mixed with yogurt or milk. Personally I found myself simply snacking on it after I opened it. It also makes a great cereal, oatmeal or yogurt topping.
On top of it all, not only did Bob’s Red Mill make an easy back-to-school breakfast for my family, but also the company made a wonderful, portable breakfast that the celiac and gluten-free communities can enjoy when on the road.
For example, next month I’m taking a trip to New York with my family and my parents. Our hotel provides a complimentary breakfast, which I know will not include any safe, gluten-free options for me. I plan to bring a couple GF muesli cups with me so I have a readily available breakfast that is not only gluten-free safe, but also one that is filling and nutritious, too.
I hope you enjoyed meeting my newest travel companions. Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill, a healthy, safe and totally gluten-free breakfast is served!
The paleo and gluten-free muesli cups are available for sale on the Bob’s Red Mill online store.