Gluten free Cheerios! 🙂 I’m now back in Korea but luckily found out about these shortly before I left Canada so I was able to find them there. They are definitely a real thing and as far as I could tell are pretty easy to find! It’s been years since I’ve bought cereal just because I can, especially since finding suitable ones in Korea is almost impossible but hey, when in Rome!
I grabbed a box of honey nut (not vegan obviously, but you can opt for the original ones as well.) They taste the exact same as I remember them! After finding them I scanned the ingredients and as it turns out Cheerios are mostly made of oat flour. Since they didn’t have to re-write the recipe I think it was super smart of the company to alter the process so the product is now safe for everyone! Weee!
I absolutely hate soggy cereal so the first thing I thought of making when I brought these home was a crunchy no-bake cereal bar. I found this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen which was super flexible and suitable for swaps. The original one:
- 1/3 cup honey (I used maple syrup)
- 1/2 cup crunchy or creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal (I skipped it)
- 3 cups Cheerios (use plain for the vegan version)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used vegan milk chocolate)
- 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
- sea salt, for sprinkling
I subbed maple syrup for honey and used smooth peanut butter. I didn’t have any ground flax so I skipped it although I realised later I had ground chia which would have been perfect! Oh well.
These came together ridiculously fast and were super easy to make. It took longer than 15 minutes for them to freeze solid but once they did – yum! They did tend to crumble a bit when I cut into them, but that’s entirely my fault as I totally skipped the flax and chia would have been a perfect binder.
Nevertheless it took me all of 5 minutes to throw them together and they were such a tasty treat for movie night! I also think they’d be suitable for other substitutions. If I made these again, I’d use almond butter, dark chocolate, and throw in nuts or dried fruit or even vegan protein powder to make them a little healthier, Unfortunately I ate the rest of my Cheerios on my flight back… Oops! I’ll just have to find another cereal here that I can make this with, unless someone wants to volunteer to send me more…? 🙂