Granola Vs. Muesli Vs. Oatmeal: What’s The Difference?

If you’re wondering about granola vs. muesli vs. oatmeal and how these healthy foods differ, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, the experts at The Soulfull Project tell you everything you need to know about each of these delicious and nutritious oat-based treats.

We’ll also introduce you to oatmeal on a mission and let you in on how you can be a part of our unique community effort to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.

Granola Vs. Muesli Vs. Oatmeal

bowl of granola

What They Are

Granola, at its most basic, is a mix of dried oats, a sweetener that also serves as a binding agent (like honey), and an oil or butter.

Muesli is a mix of whole grains (including dried oats and cornflakes), nuts, seeds, and fresh or dried fruit.

Oatmeal is dried, chopped, and rolled oat groats (the kernels of the oat plant). Oatmeal typically comes in steel-cut, rolled, instant, and quick-cook varieties.

Where They Came From

Granola is a product of the health and wellness movement of the late 19th century. Two doctors — James Caleb and John Harvey Kellog — developed granola

separately around the same time as a nutritious meal supplement for their patients.

Dr. Caleb named his invention “granula,” while Mr. Kellog named his “granola.” The latter stuck with the American public — even though it was relatively unknown outside medical circles until the hippie movement of the 1960s — thanks to Kellog’s other popular cereal options such as Corn Flakes, All-Bran, and Raisin Bran.

Muesli was developed in Switzerland during the early 1900s by physician and nutritionist Bircher-Benner.

Like Caleb and Kellog, Bircher-Benner sought to use Muesli as a nutritional supplement for his patients during hospital rehabilitation.

As with granola, it wasn’t until the 1960s and the “back-to-nature” revolution that Muesli became popular in the United States.

Oatmeal, on the other hand, has been around for thousands of years and has been popular as a healthy staple food item for much of that time.

At the most basic level, oatmeal is rolled oats boiled in water or milk. The resulting porridge is a delicious and nutritious meal you can eat anytime — morning, noon, and night.

The key takeaway of granola vs. muesli vs. oatmeal is the nutritional benefits (which we’ll talk about later on in this article) you can enjoy by including one, the other, or all three in a balanced diet.

It’s those nutritional benefits that moved us to create The Soulfull Project’s serving-for-serving program. Here’s how it works.

For every serving of our hot cereal or oatmeal you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide a serving of hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area. With your help, everyone can have access to healthy, nutritious food.

Delicious Extras

bowl of muesli grains with fruit toppings

Sometimes, it’s difficult to distinguish granola vs. muesli vs. oatmeal because they all include oats and you can customize them with delicious extras and toppings, including:

You can even add vegetables, chocolate chips, and nut butter to your bowl for a unique meal unlike any other.

For more ideas to customize your oatmeal, check out our article How To Make Oatmeal Taste Good: 10 Easy Tips.

How They’re Made And Consumed

Granola is made by first mixing dried oats, a binding agent such as honey or maple syrup, and any other extras that tickle your taste buds. After you’ve mixed the ingredients thoroughly, spread it on a cookie sheet, and bake it in the oven.

The end result is tiny nuggets of crunchy goodness that you can eat raw, like trail mix, or in a bowl with milk, like cereal. You can also stir granola into your favorite yogurt for a crunchy twist.

Muesli is just a mixture of dry oats, other grains, dry fruit, seeds, and nuts.

Because it’s raw, most people eat muesli cold with milk, like cereal, or mix it in their yogurt to get more vitamins and minerals.

Oatmeal is made by removing the groats from the oat plant, drying them, and then chopping, rolling, and steaming them depending on which type of oatmeal you’re going for.

Most people eat oatmeal hot after boiling it in milk, water, or broth, but you can also eat it cold as overnight oatmeal or whip up an on-the-go snack as oatmeal bars.

Granola Vs. Muesli Vs. Oatmeal Nutrition

In the nutrition category, granola vs. muesli vs. oatmeal are pretty similar.

Granola contains:

  • 6 grams of fat
  • 0 grams of cholesterol
  • 0 milligrams of sodium
  • 25 grams of carbohydrate
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 7 grams of protein

Muesli contains:

  • 5 grams of fat
  • 1 milligram of cholesterol
  • 19 milligrams of sodium
  • 31 grams of carbohydrate
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 4 grams of protein

Oatmeal contains:

  • 3.2 grams of fat
  • 0 grams of cholesterol
  • 115 milligrams of sodium
  • 27 grams of carbohydrate
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 6 grams of protein

The exact nutrition numbers may vary depending on how each food is made (i.e., which fruits are used in muesli, what kind of sweetener is used to make granola, etc.).

And when you eat these three treats with milk, you’ll benefit from vitamins and minerals, too, such as:

  • Vitamin A
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B6
  • Magnesium

That brings us to the health benefits we mentioned at the beginning of this article.

Health Benefits Of Granola Vs. Muesli Vs. Oatmeal

healthy bowl of oatmeal with protein packed toppings

All Your Macros In One Bowl

As we outlined above, because granola, muesli, and oatmeal are all oat-based cereals, they are packed with nutrition to get you through your daily grind.

For example, our Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain Hot Cereal contains 40g of carbohydrates (including 6g of fiber), 87 of protein, and 12g of healthy fat.

That means you can get all three essential macronutrients in one delicious bowl!

Amp Up Your Antioxidants

Antioxidants are natural chemicals found in food that help your body eliminate the free radicals that cause aging and illness.

Oats, oatmeal, granola, and muesli have antioxidants in spades!

In fact, the antioxidant avenanthramide is almost exclusively found in oats. That makes oatmeal a powerful ally in keeping your body healthy.

Feel Good With More Fiber

Oats and oatmeal contain beta-glucan, a powerful water-soluble fiber that provides many health benefits you can’t get anywhere else. Chief amongst those benefits is its ability to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut.

The bacteria in granola, muesli, and oatmeal assist with digesting and absorbing the food you eat, making the whole process more efficient and beneficial for your body and brain.

Boost Your Nutrition And Help Your Neighbors

The Soulfull Project 4 Grain Blend Oatmeal Packet

Hot cereal is an easy-to-make breakfast for those who don’t have time to dawdle in the morning.

How can hot cereal boost your nutrition and help your neighbors at the same time? Through The Soulfull Project’s serving-for-serving program.

Our hot cereal is a combination of oats, quinoa, flax, rye, barley, and chia as well as fruits, spices, and nuts such as cherries, blueberries, apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, pecans, and almonds.

It doesn’t matter which variety of our hot cereal you choose, you’ll boost your nutrition over regular oatmeal thanks to the addition of those extra grains and fruits. Plus, you can add your own delicious extras for an even bigger boost to your day.

That’s how our hot cereal can help your nutrition. But what about your neighbors’?

As we mentioned earlier, for every serving your purchase, The Soulful Project will donate the same number of servings of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.

It’s our hope that this program will make it easier for all of us to improve our own health and happiness, as well as the health and happiness of our neighbors.

For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out our delicious hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.