When my son, Casey, was first diagnosed with food allergies about 10 years ago, trying to figure out what packaged foods might work for us was a real challenge. Today, that job is so much easier (not to mention tastier)! There are more and more companies catering to folks with food allergies and intolerances, and the products out there -- from cereal to yogurt to cookies -- get better all the time.
Freedom Foods, a cereal company from Australia, contacted me to tell me that their cereal line is now available in the United States. They sent me 6 kinds of allergy-safe cereal to try.
- Tropic Os
- Maple Crunch
- Pro-Teen Crunch
- Ancient Grain Flakes
- Corn Flakes
- Rice Flakes
Their contamination-prevention policies are really fantastic. They explain it in great detail on their website, but basically they control what goes into their cereals from field to box, and they test along the way to be sure it's safe. All of the cereals are free from gluten, wheat, nuts, soy, eggs, dairy and sesame.
We ate the cereals for breakfast and I worked with them a bit in the kitchen. They are not overly sweet, which I appreciated and the flakes were really crunchy. They were all pretty popular, and we ended up going through all of the boxes without leaving any behind. The Tropic Os were not a huge hit, but my family doesn't really care for fruit-flavored cereal, so it might have been just due to preference.
I couldn't just leave it at cereal and non-dairy milk! I had to give them a little workout in the kitchen. I tried to make a natural rice crispy treat with the Rice Flakes. That didn't work out too well, as the cereal got soggy.
These Crispy Rice and Coconut Chocolate Cups, though, were fantastic! They are crunchy and chocolaty with just a hint of toasted coconut goodness. If Freedom Foods hasn't made its way to your town yet, you could make these with any crispy rice cereal.
Crispy Rice and Coconut Chocolate Cups (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free)
Makes 18 candies
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 1/2 cups Rice Flakes cereal (or crisp rice cereal)
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- In a dry pan over medium heat, lightly toast coconut flakes until lightly golden and fragrant (a minute or two).
- Mix coconut with cereal.
- In a small pot, melt chocolate chips over medium heat, stirring continuously until halfway melted. Turn off heat and continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted.
- Mix cereal mixture into chocolate. Stir to coat.
- Drop mixture by the tablespoon into candy papers.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour to harden.
My new book, Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.