Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nutty Rice/ Flax cereal

Before my diagnosis, I was a cereal kind of girl. I ate cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner some days. Every day for breakfast was cereal. It's a wonder I never caught on as I sat in my morning classes, nearly every day, nauseous.

After I found out I had Celiac, all of my previous cereal options were banned. It was a sad day, but also a happy day- because who likes feeling sick after breakfast??

So I began trying out gluten free cereals, one-by-one. Needless to say, as many of you already know, a lot of them were terrible. Cereal went in the mouth, only to be spit right back out. Boxes of cereal went into the garbage can, or were kept in the hopes that one day I would find some creative use for them.

There are only a few gluten free cereals that I like, and among those few are the Nutty Rice. They come in a small box and are WAYY expensive. I see them for normally upwards of 4 dollars. It's hard to justify paying that much for a box of cereal, so when they go on sale at Kroger for $3 a box, it's a happy day for me.

Anyway, what is this cereal like?
They're little crunchy nuggets. The cool thing about them is that they stay crunchy until the end of the bowl. It's got a mild, almost nutty flavor, although there are no nuts in the ingredients. I like to sweeten mine with some sugar.

To compare the two kinds, I like the rice better than the flax variety. The flax has a more complex taste, and I might be crazy but it reminded me of green tea. It wasn't bad, but I've become accustomed to the milder taste of the rice.

I am really interested in crushing these up and making them into a pie crust.


Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

What a GREAT idea about using these to make pie crust!!! I've never tried this cereal but thought they looked like (off limits!) Grape Nuts. My fav cereal is Honey Rice Puffins when I'm feeling healthy and Cocoa Pebbles when I'm not :)

Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

Hey Jen! Just e-mailed you but it kicked back as "unavailable address"... Anyway Trix, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, Spiderman, Dora Stars, and Little Einstein's Cereal are all GF (last time I checked, so be sure the re-check the ingredients). Not the "healthiest" of cereals, but when I need my sugar kick in the a.m., I LOVE a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles!

Yum :)

Mike Eberhart said...

I am a huge fan of those nutty-flax (and nutty-rice) cereals. Love how crisp and crunchy and hearty the little orbs are. mmmmm. Nice to see others appreciate them too :)

Jolynn B said...

I like the nutty rice, but haven't tried the nutty flax. I'm not a big fan of flax. The 1st time I tried nutty rice I had braces. :) That hurt, especially since I had had them tightened just few days before. :) I enjoy them tons more now that the braces are gone. They are pretty crunchy!