When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2004, I mourned the loss of many different gluten-ful foods. Cereal wasn’t part of my daily routine, but suddenly the idea of not being able to scoop out a handful of Cinnamon Life cereal and nibble on the sweet squares while reading a novel seemed like a tragic loss. I heard rumors that Fruity Pebbles were gluten-free, and while the ingredients seemed that way, there was also persistent internet chatter about contamination on the line where they are made.
I found a few gluten-free options along the way but I knew the tide was changing when General Mills reformulated almost the entire Chex line to be gluten-free. Now, in the latest issue of Real Simple magazine, they did a review of a slew of cereals and 4 of their top picks just happened to be gluten-free. With our options expanding, it becomes a question of what cereal do we WANT to eat rather than what cereal CAN we eat.
I received a few samples of note in the last few weeks. EnviroKidz has added to its gluten-free product list. This is the team behind one of my favorite gluten-free cereals that I discovered right after I was diagnosed, Gorilla Munch (similar to Kix if you haven’t tried them). Their new Leapin’ Lemurs cereal has a mix of peanut butter and chocolate. It’s not too rich though for a morning meal – if anything, they could have souped up the choco-peanuty goodness so I could have it for dessert.
Me & Goji is a customized cereal with loads of gluten-free options. They have one gluten-free base and so many gluten-free ingredients, the options are almost endless. They are going to great lengths to clean all of the lines between gluten and gluten-free runs, so I felt comfortable with their process. I must say, it may be the best cereal I have ever tasted. Here’s the catch – it’s a bit pricey by the time you pick all of your ingredients plus $5 shipping. According to their Web site, the average price of a mix is $12, the least expensive is $4.90 (plus shipping) and the most expensive is $56. One canister does give you a lot more cereal than a typical box from the grocery store, but it could still be a fun ‘special occasion’ buy.
Last, I sampled the latest from Erewhon Foods – they make gluten-free Brown Rice Cereals similar to Rice Krispies and some gluten-free corn and amaranth cereals. Their new Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal and the Crispy Brown Rice with Mixed Berries are my favorites. For the recent dessert party I hosted (the occasion that called for my Strawberry Ricotta Poppyseed Tart) my friend Matt volunteered to make some gluten-free Rice “Crispy” Treats swirled with chocolate. Even with all of the ‘fancy’ desserts being served, the marshmallow, chocolatey treats were the first thing to go.
It’s exciting to have so many more options, I can’t wait to see what new products are in store for us.
You guys are getting spoiled with all of these giveaways, but I have another one for you. This time FIVE lucky readers will win. Leave a comment below with your favorite way to enjoy cereal (mixed in a dessert? as a dry snack? or the more typical way, in a bowl with milk?). Blog or tweet about this giveaway and link to this post and you can comment twice (be sure to put @yumcat in the tweet) which will increase your chance of winning. The five winners, selected randomly, will receive 3 boxes of the gluten-free Erewhon Cereals of their choice plus one Patagonia T-Shirt and a Erewhon Coupon Keeper with $1 off coupons. To enter, leave a comment by 6pm Eastern on Monday September 7th, you must live in the U.S. to be eligible.
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