I am fairly sure that breakfast is now one of my kid’s favourite meals. The excitement on their faces when they are choosing their cereal says it all. It used to be a struggle to get them to eat the “most important meal of the day” and then breakfast would take forever….. not anymore, they hoover it. Although only one of them is on a gluten free diet, they have completely no interest in their old wheat and gluten breakfast cereals. In fact, they pretty much fight their way to the cupboard to get to choose the gluten free they want. Our local Sainsburys has a really good selection of kids cereals in the free from aisle. There is so much choice, lots of great brands and it is not all about muesli! The favourites in our household, so far, come from Doves Farm Organic (www.dovesfarm.co.uk) and Nature’s Path Organic (www.naturespath.co.uk).
Doves Farm Organic have, in my opinion, a great range of gluten free products from cereal to flour to pasta to biscuits. We always buy their Chocolate Stars and Cocoa Rice breakfast cereal… You would never guess that we like chocolate in our house! The Doves Farm Organic Gluten Free Chocolate Stars comes in a 375g pack with a kid friendly space design on the front. It is made of organic chocolate, maize and rice. The stars themselves are a great size and hold their crunch really well in milk. They are also really tasty as a snack by themselves.
Doves Farm Organics Gluten Free Cocoa Rice is another great option and is made out of organic rice and cocoa. I was surprised that it actually has less sugars in it than many of the traditional kids cereals (21g per 100g). It tastes great and the cocoa leaves the milk with a fab natural flavour. One bowl of this quickly becomes two bowls!
I only really started to buy Nature’s Path Organic Cereals this year when we were looking at gluten free options for my son. Lovely brand and the designs of their Munch and O’s cereal boxes are appealing to kids. The Nature’s Path Gluten Free Munch Cereal has a hedgehog on the front and the cereal itself is made out of whole grain organic corn balls. These are really crunchy and don’t get soggy in milk quickly. It is funny that my kids only call it hedgehog cereal when they are choosing it. Likewise when it comes to the Nature’s Path Organic Gluten Free O’s Cereal they call it the squirrel cereal… yes you guessed it, it has a squirrel on the front. This hoop or O shaped cereal is a combination of organic corn and whole grain rice. Again they do not go soggy immediately, which is great if you don’t hoover cereal quickly. It is unsurprising that they are their best selling cereal. With 13.3g that sugars per 100g, O’s has one of the lowest sugars value I have seen in a kids cereal ….and still taste good.
I have to say that I often break free from my breakfast of gluten free toast and fruit to have one of these four cereals also. Yes they are great for kids but equally yummy for adults.
Doves Farm Ogranic Chocolate Stars Ingredients: Maize*, Rice Malt*, Sugar*, Chocolate 5%* (Cocoa Mass*, Sugar*, Soya Lecithin), Cocoa*, Salt. *Denotes Organically Grown.
Doves Farm Organic Cocoa Rice Ingredients: Wholegrain rice* (71%), Sugar*, Cocoa* (4%), Glucose Syrup*, Salt.
Nature’s Path Organic Munch Ingredients: Wholegrain corn meal*, corn meal*, raw cane sugar*, sea salt. *Organic.
Nature’s Path Organic O’s Ingredients: Brown rice flour*, corn flour*, raw cane sugar*, pomegranate juice concentrate*, sea salt.