Erewhon Allergy Friendly Cereals
This review is long overdue! Thankfully, a reader left me a question this week on my Allergy-Free Meatballs post asking where she could find sugar-free cornflakes, and I thought immediately of the wonderful certified gluten-free Erewhon Corn Flakes. Now, before you say it, corn-free people, I’m calling these allergy-friendly because they are gluten-free and free of the top 8 food allergens as identified by the FDA. They are not, obviously, corn-free corn flakes. (or maybe not “obviously” in this age of unchicken, and cheese made of no cheese). But despair not, they also make several fantastic corn-free cereals over at Erewhon, for those who can’t eat corn products…. more on that in a moment.
I have been wanting to review this line for many months, as they are the only flake cereal line I know of that is manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free allergy-friendly facility. And not only are they safe, they are delicious and extremely healthful too. As mentioned above, these corn flakes aren’t sweetened with any cane sugar, or even fruit juice. They’re just gmo-free organic corn and sea salt. That’s it. They are great for breakfast, with a handful of blueberries, and equally awesome, crushed up and used in place of breadcrumbs. They have a fantastic crunchy texture, and don’t stale quickly. I’m totally sold. And again, they’re sugar-free, which is otherwise impossible to find in corn flakes.
Next, onto the kid-friendly cereals. (also Cybele-friendly…. Oh wait, I’m not eating sugar 🙂 ) My son Monte asks for two small bowls of Erewhon in the morning, one of the Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice cereal, and one of the Strawberry Crisp.
He lines them up side by side and alternates spoonfuls. Chocolate, strawberry, chocolate, strawberry. WCBB? (aka, what could be bad?) The Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice cereal is made from organic brown rice, and is such a dead ringer for Cocoa Krispies that my other son Lennon, who has questionable junk food taste, can’t tell the difference. To me, that’s a good thing. And my favorite? A bowl of So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk yogurt with the Strawberry Crisp. Truly divine. This cereal is like Special K, with a touch of Frosted Flakes, but with none of the bad stuff. They’re made from a combo of organic rice and organic corn, organic evaporated cane juice, and freeze dried strawberries.
Erewhon also makes 3 different types of certified gluten-free Crispy Brown Rice cereal, the old standard Rice Crispy, then a salt-free Rice Crispy, and finally, drum roll please, a Rice Crispy and Puffed Rice cereal, that’s honey coated! According to their site, they “mix delicate crisps and tender puffs of US grown organic brown rice for two distinctive textures. Then… glaze the rice with a subtle blend of organic brown rice syrup and honey that sparkles with sweetness”. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go find this one as soon as I’ve finished my “Die” with a “T”. I give this line 5 stars.
Where can you find these wholesome allergy-friendly cereals? Whole Foods, Erewhon, online, and at pretty much any natural foods market. For more info, visit Attune Foods. Enjoy!
I’m also a big fan of the Erewhon Gluten-Free Cereals. Our favorite is the Mixed Berry!
That’s a good one too!
thanks for a great review! the strawberry crisp looks delicious!
It’s a real treat!
These look so good! I’ve never heard of this brand before, but I will definitely make a point to check them our (thank you for introducing me). I love a bowl of cold cereal in the summer, for breakfast yes, but also for an afternoon snack! Thanks for the review Cybele!
So happy to be able to share a new food with you! Enjoy!
They must have improved the taste since the last time we tried their cereals. They tasted as good as cardboard when we bought some last. Maybe I’ll give them a try again.
I think they are delicious. ANd my kids are really the true test. Did you try the Strawberry Crisp? Please let me knwo what you think if you do try them again.
Hi, I you run out of cornflakes (like I just did in the midst of a snowstorm) and want to make your meatballs or meatloaf, which is the next best replacement cereal? Would crushed corn chex work? What about rice krispies? Thanks!
so sorry to get this after the fact. Facebook is generally better for questions, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org the corn chex would work better than the rice crispies!
Thank you so much for this post! My son was recent diagnosed with EE and I am in new allergy free cooking territory with a picky 7 year old. The cocoa crisp rice is a huge hit. You have saved me so much time trying to read through all the cereal labels at Whole foods and have made my son happy at breakfast 😉 I bought both of your books and I am working through them – they are such a blessing for me!
I’m looking at the Erewhon site and a box of brown rice cereal and there is no mention of soy. Don’t see the date on this post, perhaps they have changed their manufacturing process? Those with soy a
Allergy must be aware!
I’m confused, these cereals don’t contain soy. Where do you see that? Please let me know if I”m overlooking something.