Though this brand has always remained true to nutrition and purity, the line-up of Erewhon Organic Cereals has been somewhat of a revolving door.
Two of our “treat” favorites, the Strawberry Crisp and Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice, were sadly discontinued. But their basic traditions have persevered, and they continue to dabble in new flavors from time to time. Nonetheless, Erewhon Organic Cereals haven’t been quite as prolific since the Post Foods buyout.
Photo by Erewhon of their Harvest Medley. It’s one of their few remaining “flavored” cereals.
The current selections are now completely gluten-free (we’ve been told that the Raisin Bran is phasing out). And though we haven’t trialed them all, I am a big fan of the Crispy Brown rice and the Corn Flakes. Both are great for recipes.
If there were only one grain we could eat, both my husband and I would choose rice. I know, many bloggers out there are screaming about their oats, but we love rice in every form. While others reach for that bowl of hot cereal or a slice of toast, I slather nut butter and honey on brown rice cakes.
So, it may come as no surprise to you that I love to make homemade granola bars and they always include rice crispy cereal (okay, they often have oats in them too).
However, I ran into a few problems when seeking out the perfect rice crispies for my bars. First off, the sugar; way too much for such a simple food. It just seemed unnecessary. Second, much of that sugar was in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Yes, we grew up thinking we could trust Snap, Crackle, and Pop, but can we really? Third, I really prefer brown rice to white rice, no matter what the medium.
So off I went, in pursuit of all natural, low sugar, brown rice crispy cereal that tasted good. Sound like an impossible mission? At first I thought it was, but then I found Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal. It used to come in three slight variations, but now “gluten-free” is the sole option. It contains just 3 ingredients, is sweetened with brown rice syrup, and contains less than 1 gram of sugar per serving. And the taste in my homemade granola bars is perfection!
My family enjoyed them so much that I made several different kinds. We’ve enjoyed Cinnamon Raisin, Chocolate Chip Almond (pictured above), and even White Chocolate Cranberry (using the white chocolate recipe in Go Dairy Free: The Guide & Cookbook).
Unable to stop, I also made Healthy Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Crispy Rice Treats, which have since become a staple.
And I am still busy experimenting. In my kitchen, Erewhon Organic Cereals have become the ultimate for no-bake snack making. Which leads me to their Organic Corn Flakes.
A few years ago, when we dove into the natural food movement, my husband and I agreed to buy only organic corn products. Though the consequences aren’t fully understood in the GMO push (environmentally or health-wise), we knew that genetically-modified foods were not something we wished to have in our diets. Corn, like several of the other top crops in the U.S., is often genetically-modified. And for some reason, I was having trouble finding good, non-GMO, organic corn flakes.
Although they aren’t a dietary staple, I often come across easy recipes that call for corn flakes. At last check, there were only two brands of organic corn flakes in my local area. And one of those contains added sweeteners. The one without any added sugars is Erewhon’s Organic Corn Flakes.
Since I know there are some serious corn flake lovers out there, I did a cereal bowl taste-test first. They were perfect and everything corn flakes should be. Each bite was very crispy crunchy, fresh tasting, and pure in flavor. But what else would I expect from a cereal that contains only organic milled corn and a touch of sea salt? Yes, no sugars, no gluten, and no dairy. Just organic corn.
For my daily uses, it was time to test out a recipe. I made Oven “Fried” Fish. It came out so light and tender, with a delightful crisp coating that complimented the flavor perfectly. Both Tony and I were impressed and satisfied. In fact, he liked it better than any of the fish recipes we have tried in the past. These flakes will definitely be a pantry-stocker for me!
The Facts on Erewhon Organic Cereals
Certifications: Erewhon Organic Cereals are Certified Kosher Pareve, Certified Organic, Certified Gluten-Free, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Erewhon Organic Cereals are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, plant-based, and vegetarian. Most varieties are vegan, but some do contain honey. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement to confirm. Also, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Erewhon Organic website at www.erewhonorganic.com.