Product Review: Barbara’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins Cereal

Barbara's Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins Cereal

Barbara’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins Cereal

Product: Barbara’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins Cereal – $5.99+

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to my local Kroger.  Because after spending a majority of the fall searching high and low for a few specific products released with a pumpkin flavor…I found very few of them.

Like…Peanut Butter & Co. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter.  Never did find that, and refused to pay more on shipping than I would to order just one jar.  That’s just one example.  I still haven’t found it and probably won’t at this point.

Bummer.

And I thought that was going to be the case with the Barbara’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins Cereal too.  I really did.  First of all, when anything seasonal comes out (ie: pumpkin flavor), it is always for a limited time.  And that means…you find it as soon as you can and you buy it…no hesitation.  Well, I was lamenting that all my usual suspects (my natural food stores in town) all had the regular (gluten free) Puffins cereals by Barbara’s…but no one had the Pumpkin Puffins.

And then, one day while winging past an end cap of an aisle I never at, there was this HUGE display of Barbara’s cereals.  And right there…front and center…were the Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins.

HAPPY DANCE!!  (Seriously, the other grocery shoppers may never be the same).

Barbara’s was founded back in 1971, but 17-year-old Barbara Jaffe.  In the Bay Area, Barbara was striking out, and discovering her her love for real food, and opened up a bakery in Northern California.  Her plan was simple: make wholesome food taste incredibly delicious.  Using whole grains and oats, she began her business with bread, and soon, her business went from a small storefront start-up to a thriving wholesale business.  Now over 40 years later, the product line has grown to include cereals, snack bars, cookies, and cheese puffs…among other things.  And, true to Barbara’s initial business plan, the company still upholds the commitment to create simple, wholesome and delicious products with the most honest ingredients.

So, the weird thing is, in the four years I have been gluten-free, I haven’t tried any of the Barbara’s gluten free products.  Not even the original Puffins cereal.  Go figure.  I have no idea why…but…true story.  So, this morning when I opened the box of Barbara’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins to eat before heading to spin class, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I tore into the bag and dished up a serving of this cereal.

First thing I noticed were all puffy and full each little…er…puff was.  I mean…we’re not talking little deflated cereal puffs.  These orange puffs mean business.  Seriously.  I popped a few in my mouth before topping off with my unsweetened cashew milk.  Oh…WOW!  Here’s what I love…

I love that this cereal is made with whole grains.  I love that this cereal has only 5 grams of sugar per serving.  I love that this cereal has just the right level (and this coming from a pumpkin-everything advocate) of pumpkin.  I love that this cereal has the right amount of sweet and spice, with nothing outdoing the other.  It’s a perfect pumpkin balance, for sure.  If you want to know what fall tastes like…just pop a handful of these little delights.  Seriously.  I love the crunchy texture.  The amazing flavor.  And, best of all, this cereal is actually made with real pumpkin.  No fake stuff here.  I was beyond impressed.  And, you better believe I won’t shy away from the gluten-free cereals that Barbara’s offers anymore.  So happy!

Speaking of real pumpkin, let’s take a look at everything that goes into Barbara’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins.  This cereal is made from corn, whole grain brown rice, cane sugar, whole grain pure oats, fructan (natraflora prebiotic dietary fiber), unsulfured molasses, oat hull fiber, calcium carbonate, pumpkin, sea salt, natural flavor, annatto (for color), cinnamon, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), iron (ferric orthophosphate), tocopherols (antioxidants to maintain freshness).  This cereal is gluten-free, non-GMO verified, vegan, low in fat, low in sugar, made with whole grains, and made with real pumpkin.

As far as nutrition information goes…you’ll love this.  A serving of Barbara’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins Cereal is 1 cup (30 grams), and there are about 9 servings per box.  A serving will provide you with 110 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 grams monsaturated fat, 0 grams polyunsaturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 80 mg potassium, 25 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 1 gram soluble fiber, 2 grams insoluble fiber, 5 grams sugars, and 2 grams of protein.  It’s nutritious and delicious!

For being my first Barbara’s product to try, the Gluten Free Pumpkin Puffins Cereal really hit it out of the park.  I am excited at the prospect of trying out more of her gluten-free cereal line-up to see how they measure up.  But with a great ingredient list and amazing nutritional value…this is definitely a cereal I would easily add to my pantry every week.  Just…wow!

Delicious.  Pumpkin-y goodness.  It’s a sweet taste of heaven in a pumpkin spiced package that’s perfect for your morning cereal bowl.

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