The GFCF Review Experience: Breakfast Cereal Extravaganza!
Posted Apr 07 2010 2:46pm
We had the chance to try some new GFCF breakfast cereals (well, new to us) recently, and I thought I would offer up some reviews of not just them, but the GFCF cereals we have routinely eaten the past several years. But before I get to that...
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These have been the staple GF cereals of choice in our household for many years, and it helps that one of our local grocery stores puts them on sale for $1.79 a box every 6 months so we can stock up (they just love me when I pull up to the checkout with 150 boxes of cereal).
Nature's Path Organic , makers of Envirokidz cereals, has reduced the line to 5 varieties, all gluten free
Gorilla Munch - a version of Kix that's got everything Kix has got - minus the gluten (NOTE: Apparently General Mills has reformulated Kix to remove gluten-containing oats, but will not label Kix as gluten free due to potential cross-contamination).
Koala Crisp - Chocolate crispy rice cereal, perfect with milk, or for a chocolate rice krispie treat!
Panda Puffs - Think peanut butter Kix - again, minus the gluten.
Leapin' Lemurs - The newest variety, it's like Reese Kix! Chocolate and peanut butter flavored puffed corn in one great gluten free package!
Amazon Frosted Flakes - If Tony the Tiger knew how good these were, he'd switch brands...
All Envirokidz cereals are made from organic ingredients, contain no trans fats, and are vegetarian. And, as always, 1% of EnviroKidz sales are donated to endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids. It's a win win situation.
It was big news last year when General Mills announced that varieties of Chex cereals will be going gluten free. There are currently five varieties of Chex that are gluten free; however, only three are also casein free - Rice Chex, Corn Chex, and Honey Nut Chex. And of those, Corn Chex is the hands down winner in our household. Perfect in a bowl with milk, or in a home made Chex mix with Glutino Pretzels and some peanuts.
A side note here: General Mills also has a website, Live Gluten Freely , that promotes gluten free living and the 250 or so General Mills products that are gluten free. Of course, not all are casein free (like Yoplait yogurt) so watch your labels carefully.
Erewhon has been around since 1966 and is one of the founders of the natural foods movement. Today Erewhon is a brand operated by U.S. Mills which consists of a variety of hot and cold cereals. This was one of our recent finds, as we tried three different GFCF varieties - Gluten Free Crispy Brown Rice, Crispy Brown Rice with Mixed Berries, and Rice Twice (Erewhon offers 8 different GFCF varieties). The 4 main critics in the house (ranging in age now from 4 to 10) quite honestly did not care much for these, save the Crispy Brown Rice with Berries, which was favored only by the son. We have one box left of the Crispy Brown Rice and I think we will try it rice krispie treat style to see if that wins them over.
Glutino is a well known brand name for gluten free products with over 60 different products available, many of which are casein free as well. In terms of cereal, they offer two varieties of Cheerio-type cereals - Honey Nut and Apple Cinnamon. The honey nut variety was the other new (to us) cereal we recently tried, and much like the Erewhon cereals it was favored by only one of the children, 8-year old Olivia. I personally found these to have a bit of an aftertaste as well.
We did take advantage of store sales and try four new cereals - three by Erewhon and one by Glutino. But in the end, at least in our household, our tried and true GFCF staples, Envirokidz and Chex, still win out. The brands are much more universally acceptable to the children, and also much better priced (especially when the Envirokidz is on sale for $1.79 a box).
There are certainly other GFCF cereals on the market - have you tried any? What do you think? Please leave me a comment and let me know!