This post was sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
When I heard that Honey Bunches of Oats was offering a gluten free cereal, I was so excited! When I found out that it was chocolate, I thought I must have been imagining things. I make no effort to hide my love of chocolate, and I was TOTALLY the girl who went after every chocolate cereal in the aisle before I went gluten free. Chocolate cereals aren’t so easy to find in gluten free….at least not in the stores around me. Suffice it to say, when I got the chance to try this stuff out, I was all about that.
I’ve been a fan of Honey Bunches of Oats for years. When Chris and I first got together, we discovered the strawberry and peach flavors and had them in the house pretty consistently. I’ve always appreciated the quality commitment, and they have never let me down. This new gluten free chocolate variety is no different. And I love that they’re finally offering something that tastes so good for those of us who are avoiding gluten. It’s awesome to have a cereal that’s packed with so much flavor and different textures. The crunch of the oat clusters is a great addition, and the real cocoa is unmistakeable.
The first thing that I did when I got the cereal was try it just the way it was. In fact, I even poured a bowl for each of the kids and Chris. Even the boys loved this cereal – and it’s so lightly sweetened that I don’t have to feel guilty about them eating it! But, I knew that I wanted to do something more with it, though. We went through nearly an entire box before I finally decided what I wanted to make.
We are big fans of granola bars, but the certified gluten free oats don’t always turn out the best final product by themselves. Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate, though…it’s the perfect texture for a fabulous cereal bar. We used honey this time, but I think I might even want to try making it with maple syrup next time – I bet the underlying maple flavor would be fantastic with the chocolate.
The combination of the crunchy clusters and the flakes of the cereal with the almonds, dried cranberries and chocolate chips created something magical. It’s soft and chewy, but not lacking in texture. The honey and butter mixture with a hint of vanilla offers a subtle balance and holds everything together. I’ve always loved those crispy cereal bars, but until now, I hadn’t found a cereal with the right texture to make one gluten free. This stuff definitely did it, though. I keep them in the fridge so that they don’t get too soft, but as long as they’re chilled, they stay together well enough that I’ll even let the kids walk around with them (and I can’t follow their trail by the crumbs!!).
I’ve definitely found my new breakfast cereal. No more gluten free cereals that taste like the box they’re in – this stuff has claimed its spot as an absolute favorite for me. I feel like I’ve done nothing but rave about this stuff, but I can’t help it. In the interest of giving a completely honest review, that’s what I have to do here. I really enjoy this cereal. I’d kind of given up on the idea of cereal for breakfast since going gluten free, but I’m seeing an end to that now.
Disclaimer: While Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate complies with FDA Gluten Free labeling requirements, it is not manufactured in a dedicated facility. All ingredients, ingredient suppliers and production lines are thoroughly tested at multiple levels of production and evaluated to assure there is no risk of cross-contact contamination. As gluten intolerances and sensitivities vary from person to person, we encourage you to use your best discretion when choosing foods safe for you. Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate aims to provide a delicious cereal for all members of the family to enjoy, including those with gluten sensitivities or allergies. Enjoy!
- 3 cups Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate cereal
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup honey (or maple syrup)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup toasted slivered almonds
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries, chopped in small pieces
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
- Measure the cereal into a large bowl, then crush it gently to break up the flakes.
- Heat the butter, honey, salt and vanilla in a saucepan until the butter has completely melted.
- Toss the cereal with the almonds and cranberries.
- Stir in the butter and honey mixture, tossing everything to coat it all evenly.
- Let the cereal mixture cool for about fifteen minutes, or until it’s cool enough not to melt the chips.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Press the mixture into the pan. Use a piece of wax paper to press down on the top to even the whole thing out and compress everything together.
- Chill the pan for 2 hours, then remove it from the fridge and cut it into bars.
- Store them in the refrigerator.