Dorset Cereals

Funk has been turning to big bowls of cereal lately for his midnight snack, and we blow through boxes of it like we’re feeding a small army of men. So we were both excited when the nice people at Dorset cereals offered to send us some samples of granola and muesli to try. We had sampled Dorset granola before, and love how wholesome the list of ingredients is in every package. This is an example of their marmalade granola ingredient list from their website:

Oats (41%), orange marmalade (18%) (sugar, oranges, lemon juice concentrate), sunflower seeds (11%), rye flakes (9%), grape seed oil, nibbed hazelnuts (6%), whole hazelnuts (4%), natural flavouring.

I love how they even include percents! And notice the spelling of “flavouring?” Dorset is a British company, but they sell some of their crunchy granolas and hearty muesli cereals in stores over here, like Whole Foods and Stop & Shop. They also sell products like cereal bars, but not on this side of the pond yet.

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Dorset sent me a few flavors to try and I realized I had never tried muesli before. Muesli is a cereal of uncooked oats, dried fruit and nuts and after sampling some of the Dorset muesli, I realized I like it even more than granola! I also love the fact that the serving size of muesli is ¼ cup bigger than that of granola. Even Funk was shocked when I showed him the appropriate ¼ cup scoop size for granola and said he could eat that in two bites!

And what’s not to love about creative flavor combos like these:

  • Simply Fruity Muesli with papaya and pineapple, sultans, raisins and multi-grain flakes
  • Simply Fruit & Seeds Muesli with raisins, dates, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Honey Granola with pumpkin seeds, honey, grape seed oil and vanilla
  • Marmalade Granola with roasted hazelnuts and tangy English orange marmalade

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I’ve been keeping the box of Simply Fruity Muesli all to myself – I love the fact that it’s bursting with so many bits of dried pineapple and papaya in every bite. I’ve been adding a scoop to my soy yogurt in the morning and it’s breaking up my recent breakfast boredom. All of the varieties we’ve tried have so much flavor from the different nuts they use, dried fruits, and unique ingredients like marmalade. I’ve never seen another granola like it. And it’s not so sticky-sweet from too much added sugar, either. Another nutrition bonus is that all of the cereals get the whole grain stamp of approval. 

 Have you tried Dorset cereals? I was not paid to promote Dorset, but it is goooood stuff. If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

While we’re here, I’d like to announce the random winner of the year subscription to ChopChop magazine: congrats Robbie! Robbie commented that she has a son who wants to be a chef someday, so I hope he enjoys this magazine!

4 Comments

  1. Posted January 20, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I love adding healthy cereals and granolas as a topping to cottage cheese or Greek yogurt. It is a great way to start the day!

  2. Posted January 20, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Honey Granola with pumpkin seeds, honey, grape seed oil and vanilla?! Sign me up! That sounds delicious. Loving the percentages too! Funk has good taste for midnight snacks.

  3. Amy
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I received a little box of Dorset granola when I ran the Tufts 10K for Women this past fall. It was super yummy!

  4. Nee
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Bring some this weekend, PLEASE!!!

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