I like to buy organic when I can. I feel that I am protecting my family’s health, and to me that is a sound investment. However, how comparable are organic products to the conventional products that we are so very used to? I recently bought some different types of organic cereal and will share my thoughts with you.
Now keep in mind that this is a minuscule selection of organic cereals on the market. I happened to catch some good sales and wanted to try these varieties.
Full Circle Honey Nut Toasted Oats
Full Circle is Cashwise’s organic line of foods. Honey Nut Toasted Oats is obviously the organic version of Honey Nut Cheerios. I initially noticed that they aren’t as shiny as Honey Nut Cheerios which is no big deal. Just an observation. When it comes to taste, both my kids love this cereal. It tastes very similar to Honey Nut Cheerios, but perhaps without as strong of flavor. My husband eats this cereal as well without questioning it. We have gone though almost two boxes of this in a month, which says a lot because cereal is not an everyday breakfast in our house. When this is on sale at Cashwise, you can get it for $3.50 a box.
Full Circle Toasted Oats
This is Full Circle’s version of Cheerios. In appearance, these are lighter in color. Their texture is a little more airy than Cheerios. My husband and son prefer the honey nut variety, but my daughter eats these as a snack. Like the honey nut variety, I got these when they were on sale for $3.50 a box.
Full Circle Raisin Bran
The name itself tells you that this is Full Circle’s version of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran. I thought that this version was very close to the Kellogg’s variety. The bran flakes might have a slightly different texture, but to me that wasn’t an issue at all. My husband eats it, and he hasn’t commented that it tasted any different or worse than conventional Raisin Bran. These go on sale for $3.50 a box.
Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins
I had my hopes up that these would taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs. I was dead wrong. The puffs in this cereal are not light and airy. They are hard. Very hard. There is no way that I could give these to a small child for a snack. My preschooler will not touch them. There is a light peanut butter flavor, but it is not an enjoyable flavor. Note that these are not organic, but they are GMO free, which is one of the qualities of the USDA organic certification process. These were on sale for $3.50, and I had a $2 coupon. I paid $1.50, but would never buy these again, even if I got them for free. Sorry, Barbara!
Barbara’s Brown Rice Crisps
This is Barbara’s organic, whole-wheat version of Rice Krispies. Like the above Barbara’s deal, I got them for $1.50 a box. I was pretty excited because I like to bread chicken chunks and potatoes in crushed Rice Krispies and bake them in a buttered dish. I thought I would be scoring a healthier alternative. Well, these do not taste like Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. Because this cereal is made of brown rice, there is definitely a stronger flavor. The texture of the cereal is a little harder as well. Lucky me, I bought three boxes because I thought I was scoring something awesome. I will still use my food processor to make crumbs of these, but will probably mix those crumbs with another type of breading to mask the flavor. My family would not eat these as a cereal with milk. Once again, Sorry Barbara!
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Full Circle variety of cereals that I tried. They were very close to the conventional versions. I did not have any luck with these two varieties of cereal in the Barbara’s line, but perhaps there is another variety that tastes awesome! If I find one, I will let you know. 😉