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June 7, 2012

Seven Sundays Muesli

by Anne Paddock
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Muesli is a popular breakfast cereal that is predominately made up of rolled oats, fruits, nuts, seeds, and flakes (wheat, barley, and rye). More popular in Europe than in the US, muesli is often confused with granola, another healthy breakfast cereal. Whereas muesli and granola share many qualities, muesli is different in primarily three ways: muesli is usually a raw cereal meaning the ingredients are rarely baked or toasted before combined; muesli doesn’t have an oil to tie the ingredients together, and typically little or no sweetener is added to muesli because of the heavy concentration of dried fruits.There are, however many variations of muesli to appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Muesli was originally concocted by a Swiss doctor named Maximilian Bircher-Benner around 1900.  At the time, Dr. Bircher-Benner believed that a diet rich in healthy foods was essential to health. More than 100 years later and the popularity of muesli has grown to become a staple in European diets and is slowly becoming more popular in the American diet.

Several years ago while traveling in New Zealand an American couple discovered the joy of starting the day with a bowl of homemade fresh muesli. Hannah and Brady Barnstable started their company, Seven Sundays with the belief that “food in its natural state is healthier and tastier so we make sure our ingredients are as unprocessed as possible while maintaining taste,” which explains why the cereal’s dried fruit is unsweetened and sulfite free. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Seven Sundays set out to create their own special versions of muesli in the US and make four types of muesli:

574842_364729110229297_1185911906_nOriginal: The original muesli contains: organic whole grain oats, whole grain barley, whole grain rye, honey, raisins, coconut, currants, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, banana chips (bananas, coconut oil), cinnamon, and cardamon.

Ginger Pear Macadamia: The Ginger Pear Macadamia muesli contains organic whole grain oats, whole grain barley, whole grain rye, honey, raisins, coconut, macadamia nuts, pears, pumpkin seeds, golden flax seeds, and ginger.

Vanilla Cherry Pecan: The Vanilla Cherry Pecan Muesli contains organic whole grain oats, honey, bing cherries, coconut, pecans, and organic pure vanilla powder.

Bircher: The Bircher muesli contains organic whole grain oats, whole grain barley, whole grain rye, sunflower seeds, dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds, apples, coconut, raisins, golden flax seeds, cinnamon, and cardamon. Steeped in hot water for 2-3 minutes, the Bircher is delicious and perfect with a cup of coffee.

550272_364728123562729_1537354324_nSeven Sundays Muesli comes in 16-ounce boxes and sell for approximately $8 per box and can be purchased through the company website listed below.  The muesli is widely available in the Minneapolis area and the website provides a complete listing of the retailers that stock the company’s muesli.

Seven Sundays
PO Box 19294
Minneapolis, MN 55419
www.sevensundays.com

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