“ Brand: Dorset Cereals / Type: Muesli „
I don't know if it's just because we live in Dorset but we absolutely love Dorset cereals in our house.
This review is for the Simply Nutty Muesli but there are many other equally good products in this range, all well worth trying. They also seem to come out with new products on a fairly regular basis (muesli, granola, porridge, bars etc...)
We do get through an awful lot of cereals in our house. My 18 year old son seems to nibble on them all day long and thanks to him my kitchen floor seems to be permanently strewn with bits of cereals where he has been eating them straight out of the packet. Always helpful he usually tries to kick them under the fridge before I notice!
We also try to go for somewhat "healthy" cereals and try to avoid the over sweet variety.
The Simply Nutty Muesli is a favourite of ours because (and I apologize for stating the obvious!) it is really quite rich in nuts. It contains both Brazil nuts and whole almonds and even when my son has eaten all the nuts, I can still find 1 or 2 popping up in my breakfast bowl. I wish Dorset Cereals added even more nuts though and I would welcome the addition of a few hazelnuts or even a cashew nut or two.
Another huge selling point for me is that it contains no raisins. I absolutely hate raisins and it is a relief not to have to pick them out of my breakfast, especially when I'm not very awake yet. Of course you might well disagree with me on this one but other more raisin-friendly members of my family assure me they do not miss the raisins thanks to the generous amount of dates ( 22%!).
Other ingredients are barley flakes, malted oats, wheat flakes, oat flakes and sunflower seeds. Of course there is no added sugar or preservatives so I would say this is a healthy breakfast cereal.
It tastes great on its own but I often have mine sprinkled on top of Weetabix and that's one of my favourite breakfasts. My husband has it with yoghurt and even sprinkles it over ice-cream (not for breakfast though!)
I do think it is a much nicer alternative than Alpen. It is far less "dusty" than Alpen and the different varieties are far more exciting.
A 750 gr is about £2.87 if you're lucky but sometimes they are over £3.00.
This is a really good quality product so I do believe it's worth it, shame we eat it so quickly!
I have been buying this Really Nutty Muesli for yonks now and i absolutely love it for breakfast and snacks as well. Its fresh and crunchy with an abundance of Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, raisins, apricots, and dates. It comes in a decent size as well (750g) and will last you for a few weeks ! Make sure you seal the packet adequately though after you've opened it (i use a foldback clip that works great) to keep the muesli nice & crunchy.
i have it almost every morning with Mark & Spencer Greek yoghurt and sliced fruit, either bananas or strawberries. I find these 2 fruits and the yoghurt really bring out the flavour of the raisins and you appreciate the savoury taste of the almonds and brazil nuts more.
It does have gluten in it so if you're allergic please avoid.
Finally, if you order online they sell if for 3.49 (free delivery with 10 pounds or over), but tesco sells it for 2.97. Other stores that cary it are Sainsbury's, Morrisons and most of the other chains. Avoid corner stores for this though as i've seen it sold as high as 4.99 !
Really nutty muesli
== How I came by it ==
I bobbed down my local spar shop for some pregnancy treats chocolate sweets shoe polish etc. and noticed this box of the above next to the till for the bargain price of 50p cause its out of date so thought why not its in a sealed plastic bag so the contents will just be as tasty and hey we've all seen muesli and if it's the most disgusting cereal in the world my mini zoo can have it I'm sure they wont won't turn there nose up at scurrying back to there dens with a bit of apricot between there teeth.
== What's in it? ==
Well according the box it's a crunchy mix of cashews, Brazils, hazelnuts and almonds with apricots. Dates. Chilean flame raisins and multi-grain flakes. I shook the box but no muesli or no lader hosen alp men fell out the box.
== First thoughts ==
No dust as promised in the box plenty of fruits and nuts and flakes in there plenty of colour chucked some semi skinned milk wow first surprise it didn't suck up the milk like a sponge so no need to drain a dairy herd over your bowl. Spoon in plenty of colour on the first mouthful the Brazil nuts are a little large so if you've got delicate teeth or young ones it could be a choking hazard. The textures different from normal muesli it don't stick to your mouth and isn't all dusty so an all round good healthy cereal for a good mornings start with plenty of interesting taste combinations.
== Pricey or cheap ==
Ocado has it in for £2.31 for a 750g box and apparently it has 11 good bowlfuls. Alpena original is £1.98 for a 750g box so for an extra 33p you can have a much tastier morning breakfast in my humble opinion.
== Ingredients ==
Chilean flame raisins (19%), toasted and malted wheat flakes (wheat, malt), barley flakes, oat flakes, wheat flakes, dried apricots (6%) (apricots, preservative: sulphur dioxide), cashew nuts (5%), dates (5%), toasted and malted oat flakes (oat flakes, malt), Brazil nuts (3%), roasted hazelnuts (1%), whole almonds (1%).
== Good to know ==
Vegetarian society approved
High in fibre
No added sugar
Contains naturally occurring sugars
No added salt
Low in sodium
I got a few free samples of Dorset cereals mueslis when the supermarket were running a promotion a while ago - this flavour, as well as the cranberry / cherry one. Though it is what I would consider to be a 'premium' brand in terms of price (£2.59 per box at the local Tesco, in May 09) it seems to be produced by a company with a pretty strong 'fair trade' / 'green' type ethos (that features recyclable packaging for the product, source-able ingredients, etc), so I would really liked to have liked this muesli more than I actually did.
More used to the dried-milk-powder sprinkled 'Alpen', or Jordan's sugar-glazed crunchy nut varieties I found this to be a difficult product to enjoy. Probably the lack of these additional coatings mean it's better for you and it certainly seemed more 'natural' - in the sense that you're getting 'naked' bits of rolled oat, grain, nut, dried fruit and so on - and by 'naked' I mean these all seem to be pretty much in their natural state. The combination of these various flavours is I suppose OK but wasn't interesting enough to make me want to eat a lot of it myself. Bottom line: and by 'interesting' I basically mean: it wasn't sweet tasting or dried-milk flavoured enough for me to like it as museli; blame my uncultured palate if you like. There certainly were a lot of the 'good' bits - it was packed with nuts and dried fruit, as opposed to cheaper brands, where you seem to have to hunt for the treats in amongst all the dusty rolled oat; I can't fault it for generosity of ingredients in that sense.
Trying this museli with milk (I had it straight-up dried in the shop) was an improvement but still not quite to my taste. I think I could bring myself to eat this regularly because it is high fibre and being unadultrated, probably quite good for you - and if I did that over time I might even come to like / crave it - but as I'm not willing to regularly pay this much for a product I don't especially like it's not going to get a chance with me, I'm afraid.
What prompted me to write this review is a recent compare-and-contrast I carried out at the supermarket - where I admit I had gone specifically to purchase a box of Kelloggs Cruncy Nut Clusters (oh! evil muli-national / non-local corporation! Producing refined-sugar-heavy goods, oh! For shame! But in mitigation please also refer to my review of the Kelloggs clusters on dooyoo - which was glowing.) Anyway, seeing that Dorset Cereals muesli and the Kelloggs cereal were both retailing about the same price, I felt that perhaps I should give Dorset Cereals another try - despite not having really liked the free samples I got - because of their company ethos, attractively packaged product and so on. Also they are currently running a send-in-the-code-from-the-box promotion in which you can win a VW Campervan, which really tempted me (I'd dearly love to own such a vehicle despite having no place to park it, and a overwhelmingly low likelihood of ever having any good campervan holidays in it, given the atrocious state of Britain's road traffic, and campsites, respectively).
To cut this long story short, I didn't go for the Dorset Cereals, partly because I didn't like that much when I tried them previously, partly because the Campervan competition can be entered for free online (it'll already have become apparent that I am an utter cheapskate) and also, surprisingly, because the packet of Dorset Cereals I looked at was as, or even slightly more calorific, weight for weight, than the blantanly sugar-saturated Kelloggs brand! (I expect it's something to do with all the essential oils contained in the generous portions of nuts you find in Dorset Cereals.)
It's a pity, because the Dorset Cereals company seems to be (and I wouldn't like to think it has just very, very cleverly marketed itself as) a genuinely laudable enterprise. They make a very good product which is probably pretty good for you, healthwise, and which many other people greatly like. (Unfortunately, though I wish I was one of them, I'm just not that keen, myself, but in writing this, have just about persuaded myself to try again!)
Incidentally they also have a gorgeous, feature-packed website, with many generous offers and competitions. I have given them a higher rating than I would have for their product alone on the strength of their ethos, and this.
Dorset Cereals are one of my favourite brands and this variety of Muesli is defnitely up there in my top three (along with Super High Fibre, and Simply Delicious).
I first tried these products when going through a healthy phase (and one in which I lost two stone I should add). After watching You Are What You Eat i decided to cut out all sugar, white carbs, processed food, caffeine and nicotine. Dorset Cereals were a great fidn because unlike many breakfast cereals they are not over processed. This one is a great mix of cashew nuts, apricots, dates, almonds, brazil nuts and various flakes. It provides a nice filling, fibre and protein rich breakfast to help you start the day right.
My favourite way to have this muesli is on low fat yoghurt - the best bit is the end of the pot when you can mix it all up.
The packaging for all Dorset Cereals is recycled cardboard in a varierty of bright colours depending on the variety - this one is in an orangey cardboard box. They are quite pricey at £2.49- £3.49 (or even a fiver in my local supermarket) but in my opinion well worth it. There is added ingredients in them - the flakes are now malted ( I think this is a recent change as they used ot taste very 'healthy') but there is no where near as much sugar as there is in say Alpen or Bran Flakes.
A lovely thing about Dorset is their brand seems to be genuine - have a look at their website and you can read about the suppliers and the company themselves and their ideals. They also concentrate on the small pleasures in life and have some lovely tips and photographs to remind you to slow down (maybe I should enter my end of the yoghurt pot tip as my small pleasure :-))
Overall a healthy nutritional breakfast.
Really Nutty Muesli is a crunchy mix of cashews, brazils, hazelnuts and almonds with apricots, dates, Chilean flame raisins and multi-grain flakes. Ingredients: Chilean Flame Raisins (19%), Toasted And Malted Wheat Flakes (Wheat, Malt), Barley Flakes, Oat Flakes, Wheat Flakes, Dried Apricots (6%) (Apricots, Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide), Cashew Nuts (5%), Dates (5%), Toasted and Malted Oat Flakes (Oat Flakes, Malt), Brazil Nuts (3%), Roasted Hazelnuts (1%), Whole Almonds (1%).