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Organic Soul Review

Living Now
July 2005
Vic Issue 75

Taste Test – Muesli (mostly organic)
Elizabeth Stephens
Well this is a very different story from the wine then. When I asked for volunteers to taste the wine one night after work, there were plenty of takers, but it's a different story when it comes to muesli, isn't it?

To be fair, a few people did take samples home during the week and have given me a note about them, but here it is 9.30pm on the winter solstice and I'm sitting at work in a cold kitchen with a dozen little bowls around – muesli in each one. I'm moving from chair to chair and bowl to bowl like Goldilocks.

Muesli on a cold and raining night – eaten for dinner – is not my idea of fun, but then someone had to do it. I have indeed tried eating different mueslis each morning for the last ten days, and served with organic fruit, as is my usual habit, I sometimes found it hard to distinguish which I really liked better. Some days I thought I liked one better but I think it was because my choice of fruit was more exciting. The day I splurged on a custard apple I could almost have been eating flaked cardboard and I wouldn’t have noticed! (Yes, I know my Queensland readers will be laughing at that when they have custard apples just about dripping from their trees, but an organic custard apple down here in cold Melbourne is an indulgence.)

So, back to my cold bowls of cold muesli and cold milk in the cold office kitchen – there's no way you can accuse me of fiddling the results now, as they’ve all been trialled under 'rigorous testing conditions'. For a little while, having poured samples into the bowls, and dousing them with bio-dynamic milk, I was afraid I'd have nothing to write about. However, I'm pleased to report that even those that look almost identical in the bowl have differences in flavour.

Organic Soul - Made in Melbourne
These people make lots of different varieties, all organic, wheat free, GMO free, and containing no added sugar, oil, fat or artificial ingredients – wow, well done! Their packaging is simple and yet most attractive, and their varieties have some quirky names. Because there is so much similarity between Organic Soul products, I'm not going to repeat all the things they don't have, but what each variety does have. They were amazingly different in taste, considering most looked so similar, and I think it is up to you as to whether you like macadamias or pumpkin seeds, coconut or apricots, etc. They were also surprisingly tasty, especially considering they are so natural – i.e., relatively unprocessed, and without oil. They had a good proportion of fruit to oats. These guys pack by hand rather than machine too – a plus if you're into the vibrations going into your food.

Organic Soul Ultimate Muesli
Ingredients: Rolled oats, honey, sultanas, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon.
Organic Soul Celestial Cereal
Ingredients: Rolled oats, honey, coconut, sultanas, linseed, sunflower kernels, puffed millet, macadamia, almonds, pear, apple, puffed spelt.
Organic Soul Fitzroy Natural Muesli
Ingredients: Rolled oats, sultanas, almonds, macadamia, pear, apple, pumpkin seeds.
Organic Soul Macadamia Granola
Ingredients: Rolled oats, honey, macadamia, almonds, sunflower kernels, linseed, coconut, sesame seeds.
Organic Soul Inspiring Fruition
Ingredients: Rolled oats, sultanas, honey, coconut, banana, pear, apple, puffed millet, apricots.
Organic Soul Gluten Free Puff Cereal
Ingredients: Sultanas, honey, almonds, puffed sorghum, sesame seeds, apple, coconut, puffed millet, puffed rice, pumpkin seeds.
This one was different from the other varieties above in that, not only is it wheat free, it is also gluten free. It's more processed than the others, containing a few puffed grains, but it's very yummy and sweet and was particularly appreciated by some of the team here.
Organic Soul
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