I have blogging friend, Anne-Marie Nichols, who blogs at This Mama Cooks. She’s one of those really amazing food bloggers who’s photos are practically lickable. I read her every day and several times she’s sent me posts that contained information about Attune Foods. Attune makes some of the healthiest breakfast cereals available; Uncle Sam & Erewhon, which are tasty, high-in-fiber, gluten-free, and they’re made in the US and contain no genetically modified ingredients. All things that are really important to me.
So when Anne-Marie mentions she was looking for bloggers to give Attune a a try, I tossed my hand up high in the air (virtually of course) and practically begged her to include me. Luckily she obliged and I received five coupons to try out their products. I tried to locate them locally but had no luck. So I tried Amazon Fresh, my go-to home delivery grocery store (sorry, they only deliver to the Seattle area). They had one product, but not what I was looking for, so I had to make the trek to Whole Foods. Now I love Whole Foods, I just can’t get out of there without spending an hour in the bakery and deli – it’s a garden of Eden for vegetarian’s like me.
So I tried to keep this shopping trip short but I needed help locating the Attune Foods products. I knew from the coupon that they should be in the cereal isle, but it’s extensive and I wasn’t finding them. I asked a very helpful employee and he pointed me to the two places they’re kept. The Attune logo blends in too well with all the other “natural” logos so it didn’t stand out and the majority of the cereals were on the bottom shelf. Next I needed to find the graham crackers – located on the opposite end of the store and sadly no vegan marshmallows were found there because I would have loved to makes S’mores. One of the few foods I miss since becoming a vegetarian are marshmallows.
Next I needed to find the Attune chocolate. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it, nor could the new employee I asked. I’m sure they had it as I found it later at another store that doesn’t carry many organics. So my shopping complete, I headed home.
My son happened to stop by so I had him try out the Erewhon Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal – they were a hit with him. I figured I’d try them even though I’m not a fan of their mainstream counterpart (think Cocoa Puffs). Oh wow. Love is not strong enough a word. I inhaled them. Just the right amount of sweetness, plenty of crunch, and perfect with a cut up banana in it for breakfast. But these would be oh-so-good in a vegan/vegetarian crispy treat. Ingredients? Organic brown rice, Organic evaporated cane juice, Organic brown rice syrup, Organic cocoa powder (processed with alkali), Natural flavors, Organic caramel color, Sea salt, Organic cocoa butter. How does that big-name-brand compare? Rice, sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, contains 2% or less of semisweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, dextrose), partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (coconut, soybean and/or cottonseed), salt, malt flavoring, artificial flavor, BHT for freshness. BHT, artificial flavor, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil – no thanks.
I also completely fell in love with the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice with Mixed Berries Cereal – same crispy rice cereal only no cocoa in this one and lots of added dried berries. Seriously my favorite and I can see these made into delicious sweet treats as well. The crisped rice has a nice sweet glaze and the berries have just a tiny bit of tartness. Heaven. I also picked up their Erewhon Corn Flakes Cereal which I’ll likely use for corn flake fried chicken.
I have one other cereals I haven’t tried yet, Uncle Sam, which is a whole wheat flakes with flax seed and a box of New Morning Organic Honey Grahams. I’m saving those for mini cheesecakes I’ll hopefully be making next week. I also found the attune Dark Chocolate Probiotic Bar, tried it and decided I needed to have more on hand so I bought a case from Amazon Fresh today. A case is 7 bars 🙂 They’re 80 calories each and have probiotics mixed in. I just know they taste delicious!
I’m pretty excited to have some new recipe ingredients to work with and some new breakfast options. Here are some recipes from the Attune Foods I hope to try soon!
Don’t worry, there are plenty of savory recipes there, I’m just craving crispy rice treats – I haven’t had them in years! And Anne-Marie was right. I love every one of the products I’ve tried and I heartily recommend them. What will I be trying next? I just found Attune Foods Milk Chocolate Almond Probiotic Bars!
- Redwood Hill and Green Valley Organics Great for Back-to-School Lunches (miscfinds4u.com)
- Review: Dr McDougall’s Right Foods – Healthy Meals On-the-Go (miscfinds4u.com)
- Photo of the Day: Dashboard Cupcake Picnic at Whole Foods (miscfinds4u.com)
- Homemade Chicken Nuggets OAMC Version (miscfinds4u.com)
- PB Rice Crispy Bars (myculinarycompanion.com)