Keeping Our Morning Bowl Full: Chex Adds Sixth Gluten-Free Cereal

By Bridget

While I’ve been living a gluten-free lifestyle for three years now, there are still certain struggles I can’t seem to get past. One of these daily difficulties includes what to have for breakfast. There have definitely been mornings that I wake up and finish off the gluten-free pasta from dinner or even eat sushi to get my day started with a “balanced” morning meal. Cereal, pancakes, muffins, and toast are definitely relics of the past, and even oatmeal can be a no-no for sufferers of Celiac’s disease.

Now most people who read this blog are probably well aware that Chex has sympathetically taken on the gluten-free cereal world, manufacturing corn- and rice-based cereals that are Celiac-friendly. Where a couple of years ago plain corn and rice Chex were the only options, the cereal brand has expanded their line of gluten-free squares with chocolate, cinnamon, honey nut and, most recently, Apple Cinnamon Chex!

Announced in a press release yesterday, the company has added this new flavor of Chex as the sixth in their line of gluten-free cereals. The new flavor is made with real apples and cinnamon, providing whole, gluten-free grains with no artificial flavoring. I am particularly appreciative of how commercially available the cereal is (you can find Chex cereal in just about any grocery store) and how affordable it is! So many gluten-free cereals can cost $5-$7 per box, which can keep my “breakfast-for-dinner” habit very alive. What’s more, Chex cereals in general have a great flavor that’s even gluten-eater approved!

Chex cereal is very forthcoming with information regarding their gluten-free products. Check out their website at chex.com/glutenfree for more information!

Custom Made Gluten-free Cereal Now Available!

bnr-logoWhen my new custom made cereal arrived from Custom Choice Cereal, I had to open it right away to taste it. The company contacted me to offer me a discount bag of cereal to create my own custom blend and review it.

Cinnamon Granola
Cinnamon Granola

Whoever thought the concept up is a genius. You pick your cereal base and choose from a long list of add-ins to come up with your own unique blend of gluten-free cereal! The add-in item categories include nuts/seeds and dried fruits. Beside each add-in on the website, there is a tidbit of information about the nut, fruit or seed.

The price is directly related to what you choose to add to the base, and there are two prices for the three bases as well. The Cinnamon Granola is the most expensive and the Corn Flakes and Good Morning Flakes (highest nutritional value) are priced the same and are slightly less than the granola.

Tiffany’s Raisin Nut Delight cereal (you even get to name your creation!) is a blend of cinnamon granola, coconut, pecans and raisins. When I tried the cereal dry I thought it was very good but when I had it the next morning with milk, I thought it was incredible! I’m assuming the fact that the cereal was made with my choice of ingredients, is directly related to the fact that I love it!

Gluten-free cereals are generally expensive, excluding the five Chex cereals that are gluten-free. Making your own cereal at Custom Choice Cereal is really quite reasonable, but paying to ship it is a little expensive. The good news is that once you get your perfect ‘custom choice’ down, you can order a lot of it and get a discount on the shipping of every bag after the first one.

Cranberries
Cranberries

If your budget allows for a splurge, think about creating your own perfect gluten-free cereal. The products are made in a gluten-free facility and the number of tasty combinations one can create are almost limitless. The allergen statement on my bag states “Mixed in a facility that contains traces of soy, tree nuts and/or peanuts”.

Almonds
Almonds

My personal blend of cereal turned out to be fairly healthy, though I was not thinking about nutrition when I chose my cereal base and add-ins. I just chose things I like, that I assumed would go well together. There are 108 calories in a 2/3 cup serving of the dry cereal and 5% of the RDA of fiber. Even though my blend contains both pecans and coconut, the fat content was only 5% of the RDA per serving.

Let us know if you’re made your own custom choice cereal before and how your creation turned out!

Custom Made Gluten-free Cereal Now Available!

bnr-logoWhen my new custom made cereal arrived from Custom Choice Cereal, I had to open it right away to taste it. The company contacted me to offer me a discount bag of cereal to create my own custom blend and review it.

Cinnamon Granola
Cinnamon Granola

Whoever thought the concept up is a genius. You pick your cereal base and choose from a long list of add-ins to come up with your own unique blend of gluten-free cereal! The add-in item categories include nuts/seeds and dried fruits. Beside each add-in on the website, there is a tidbit of information about the nut, fruit or seed.

The price is directly related to what you choose to add to the base, and there are two prices for the three bases as well. The Cinnamon Granola is the most expensive and the Corn Flakes and Good Morning Flakes (highest nutritional value) are priced the same and are slightly less than the granola.

Tiffany’s Raisin Nut Delight cereal (you even get to name your creation!) is a blend of cinnamon granola, coconut, pecans and raisins. When I tried the cereal dry I thought it was very good but when I had it the next morning with milk, I thought it was incredible! I’m assuming the fact that the cereal was made with my choice of ingredients, is directly related to the fact that I love it!

Gluten-free cereals are generally expensive, excluding the five Chex cereals that are gluten-free. Making your own cereal at Custom Choice Cereal is really quite reasonable, but paying to ship it is a little expensive. The good news is that once you get your perfect ‘custom choice’ down, you can order a lot of it and get a discount on the shipping of every bag after the first one.

Cranberries
Cranberries

If your budget allows for a splurge, think about creating your own perfect gluten-free cereal. The products are made in a gluten-free facility and the number of tasty combinations one can create are almost limitless. The allergen statement on my bag states “Mixed in a facility that contains traces of soy, tree nuts and/or peanuts”.

Almonds
Almonds

My personal blend of cereal turned out to be fairly healthy, though I was not thinking about nutrition when I chose my cereal base and add-ins. I just chose things I like, that I assumed would go well together. There are 108 calories in a 2/3 cup serving of the dry cereal and 5% of the RDA of fiber. Even though my blend contains both pecans and coconut, the fat content was only 5% of the RDA per serving.

Let us know if you’re made your own custom choice cereal before and how your creation turned out!

Italian Gluten-Free Cereals Hit the U.S. Market

ce01It comes as no surprise that Italy produces some of the finest gluten-free products sold in any country. Pasta, pizza and bread are diet staples for Italians so companies there have been creating gluten-free “replacement” foods for many years.

Recently, I was sent a complimentary package of some brand new (to the U.S.) Italian gluten-free cereals from Riega Foods – the exclusive distributor of Cerealvit products in the U.S. Check out the interview with CEO Brad Gampper at Food Biz Daily to learn how this product line made it over to the U.S.

Cerealvit cereals are cholesterol free and low in sugar or sugar free. The products are all organic, gluten-free and GMO free. There are no “fake ingredients” in the cereals – they are all natural. This seems to be a trend in many fabulous new gluten-free cereals that have entered the market recently.

  • Corn Flakes are excellent and the extra thick flakes are slightly sweetened with rice malt (instead of barley malt). Like most corn based cereals, the fiber content is fairly low, at 2.5 grams per serving. The slightly sweet flavor is just right – not bland and not too sweet. This product is also vegan.
  • Coffee Flakes are Italian coffee coated corn and flax flakes, which are enriched with Omega 3 fish oil. Don’t worry there is no “fishy” taste to this cereal though it did have  too strong a coffee flavor for me. If you love strong coffee, you might want to give these a try. Check out this review from Karen at Gluten-Free Food Reviews. The Coffee Flakes were a big hit with teens over at Celiacs in The House as well.
  • Benevit Multi Grain is made with Buckwheat and rice flakes and it’s slightly sweetened with organic cane sugar. This cereal is now in my Top 5 list of the countless gluten-free versions I’ve tried in three plus years of test tasting. This cereal  contains 7.5 grams of fiber per serving and is also vegetarian.
  • Choco Stars –  a favorite with gluten-free kids in Italy – was not available for my taste test. They are due to arrive on our shores in early Fall 2009.

If you don’t see any of these cereals in your local stores, consider taking this form in and request they order them for you. The cereals have a suggested retail price of $5.00-$5.50 for a 13.25 oz. box. Considering the fact that the cereals are imported from Italy – and the amount of product in the box – the price seems very reasonable. One of the most impressive things about these cereals besides the taste and quantity of product in the box is the “crunch” factor. The flakes of all three versions stay crunchy in the milk for a long time.

Cerealvit products are certified to be gluten-free by the Italian Ministry of Health and meet the Codex Alimentarious standard for gluten-free. All Cerealvit products are routinely tested to insure their safety for those who must adhere to a gluten-free diet for health reasons.

Have you tried these cereals yet? If so, let us know what you think about them in the comments below!

UPDATE: Exclusive offer to our readers for 15% off these great cereals – now offered from Riega Foods through  Amazon.com. Please use code TRIUMPH2 for discount on product only. Offer valid 9/14/09 – 9/20/09 on Coffee Flakes, Corn Flakes and Multi Grain Cerealvit cereals. Take advantage of this great offer now!

Taste Test: Erewhon Breakfast Cereals

Corn flakes bring me back, way back. To when I was five, when nothing else but corn flakes mixed with just a tad of sugar and sliced bananas would make me excited to wake up every morning with a grin on my face. Just the thought of this delicious breakfast, and I’d hop out of bed and race downstairs for a bowl. It’s the classic breakfast cereal, the original breakfast cereal.  How better to enjoy it than with Erewhon’s Organic, Gluten-Free Corn Flakes?

We were shocked just a few weeks ago by Envirokidz Gorilla Munch, as it only contained only three ingredients (organic corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice and sea salt). But Erewhon has done this delicious cereal one better, as its corn flakes only contain two ingredients – organic milled corn and sea salt. Amazing to think that something like cereal, which I’ve always associated with large factories, processed foods, and an ungodly number of flavorings and sweeteners, could be boiled down to just the absolute basics, and organic basics at that.

But maybe you love the basics, and love fruit, but fresh fruit? That doesn’t quite do it for you. Erewhon’s Strawberry Crisp Cereal takes corn flakes and adds a helping of freeze-dried strawberries. The strawberries add a much sweeter flavor to the flakes, and this cereal probably would better meet the breakfast demands of those under 12 years of age. The strawberries melt in your mouth into what feels and tastes like individual grains of sugar. It doesn’t feel natural, but as a substitute for fresh fruit, it suffices nonetheless.

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As someone who stuck to the simple, plain cereals growing up, I never particularly fell victim to the vast array of chocolate cereals (e.g., Count Chocula, Cocoa Puffs), but for those who did (or still do), I suspect Erewhon’s Cocoa Crispy Brown rice might be in your future. Natural, organic, and containing few ingredients, this cereal doesn’t blow you away with the taste of sugar or chocolate. Instead it sticks with its crunchy, grainy texture and its ability to make your milk chocolatey, which is always a plus when mugs are the only suitable cereal bowls available in your office (see below). I wonder if anyone’s tried using these to make Rice Krispies Treats? That sounds like a delicious snack, and I’d love for someone to let us know if they’ve experimented with this.

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Erewhon sent us free samples of their products to review.

Have any of you tried Erewhon’s products? What did you think of them? Please comment!