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Eat Natural Cashew and Blueberry Cereal Bar

It’s getting easier and easier to find a wide variety of Gluten Free cereal bars in shops all over the UK.  Many of them made by Eat Natural who have a range of Gluten Free bars that are available singly in lots of shops around the UK or in multi packs that you’ll find in larger supermarkets. They sell 10 different bars  in total that are Gluten Free (and three that aren’t).  Another one of my favourites is their Yoghurt, Almond and Apricot bar.

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Yoghurt, Cashew and Blueberry Cereal Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cereal bars can be a total lifesaver as something you can quickly grab from the cupboard or desk drawer and throw in your bag or pocket to take out with you to have with your lunch or as a snack in between meals.

This Eat Natural Cashew, Blueberry and Yoghurt bar is one of my current favourites but unfortunately it’s a little harder to find in high street supermarkets, it is however available in bulk online


The taste of the yoghurt coating is probably the first thing you will notice and its creamy, milky, sweet flavour with a hint of vanilla is a good start.  Following the coating the next most distinctive flavour is the fruit – Blueberries, Cranberries and Apricots with the taste of the juicy, sweet (and healthy)  Blueberries dominating.

There are a good selection of savoury ingredients that ensure the bar isn’t too sweet or soggy, chopped Cashew and Brazil nuts, Puffed Rice and Shredded Coconut.  These combine with the yoghurt and the fruit to give a enjoyable moist yet crunchy texture.  There is a good amount of everything, no one ingredient dominates and the combination of flavours works really well.

The mix of all these different ingredients results in a really tasty bar which, unlike other cereal bars, won’t get smashed into tiny pieces in your bag or disintegrate into a shower of crumbs that goes all over the floor or your desk when you try to eat it.

Eat Natural Cashew, Blueberry and Yoghurt Cereal Bar

 

 

 

 

I usually choose the 50g size, depending on your appetite you may find that this is enough to completely replace your breakfast or lunch.  For me it is pretty much perfect as an in between meals snack or addition to my lunch.

I make sure I have few of these in stock at home and in the office all of the time, as well as being handy to take out on a journey or fill the gap between meals they are a great safeguard against those times when I get an insatiable craving for something sweet and a indulgent and may be tempted to have something incredibly bad for me or non Gluten Free.  One of these will satisfy my sweet tooth’s cravings for at least a few days.

Like all the other products in the Eat Natural range (in addition to bars they make a range of Gluten Free cereals and mueslis –  Gluten Free Buckwheat Muesli review here) these bars are free of artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and are made in the UK.

Gluten Free Cereal

There is quite a wide range of Gluten Free Cereal and Muesli available from UK supermarkets and many of these are pretty healthy and full of nutritious ingredients.  However, if you’re looking for a slightly less worthy breakfast, maybe as a reward for sticking to your diet all week or as a Gluten Free replacement for the less healthy cereals everyone else gets to enjoy from time to time, this Nature’s Path Maple Sunrise is a good option.

Nature's Path Gluten Free Maple Cereal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature’s Path is a Canadian company and independent and family owned.  They specialise in gluten and wheat-free cereal products and sell a wide range of these in North America. Their breakfast cereals are now widely distributed in the UK and you should be able to pick these up in any UK supermarket big enough to have a “Free-From” section.

This is an extremely crunchy Cereal and won’t go soggy after you’ve added milk. If that’s how you choose to eat it, I prefer  it with a couple of spoon fulls of Greek yoghurt and sometimes add blueberries or another berry to aid me in my daily quest to eat my government recommended 5 portions of fruit or vegetables.

Its quite sweet and the maple flavour is quite strong, as soon as you open the packet you’ll get a strong scent of Maple syrup.  If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth you probably won’t need to add any extra sugar to this. However, the taste might lead you to think it has a higher Sugar content than it actually does – a 30g serving contains just under 13g – a little higher than some other Mueslis available but not distressingly so and still lower in sugar, calories and fat than most of the super sweet breakfast cereals we’ve all heard of.  On the downside its also quite low in fibre, just 3g per serving, and Protein.

Despite being very sweet, this is still quite a healthy option.  It’s certified Organic and contains six different grains, quasi-grains or seeds – corn, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, flax, and amaranth.  The fact these are whole grains and not refined or processed and that there is a wide diversity of them is good news for your health.

This diversity of ingredients also gives the cereal a good texture. some of the grains are left whole so it has a variety of three different shapes – little round puffy balls, flakes and small crispy seed shapes.

Nature's Path Gluten Free Maple Cereal

 

 

 

 

 

I’d recommend this if you eat cereal regularly and are interested in trying a different one every so often for a bit of a change. You can find it in most big supermarkets for around Three pounds a box but can save some money by buying it in bulk from Amazon.