My husband has had a love affair with Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins cereal for as long as I can remember. When I posted an image of the boxes I had received online for this review I was surprised by how many adults I know quickly responded with their favorite Barbara’s cereal choices irrespective to being parents or not. I have been a fan of their Shredded Wheat with fruit but had limited my choices in the past.
Given that the boxes of sweet Puffins have been my husband’s domain I have been clueless to how these tasted. I jumped at the chance to review to figure out if these products could be something for the whole family because our boys have been encroaching on his Puffins. My preconceived notion was that they were really sweet. I had mentioned that online in a convo with friends and they laughed at me. My notion was indeed wrong. Barbara’s products also are made with high-quality ingredients and never include hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup or refined white sugar. The majority of Barbara’s product portfolio is now Non-GMO Project Verified and 97% are made with Non-GMO ingredients.
· Organic Snackimals Cereal – The first cereal in the natural and organic aisle with fun animal shapes, including lions, elephants and panda bears! Lightly sweetened, this crunchy cereal is made with simple, good-for-you ingredients, such as organic corn and oat flour, has only 7g of sugar per serving, and contains prebiotics for digestive health. Available in flavors: Cinnamon Crunch, Vanilla Blast, (NEW!) Chocolate Crisp.
· Morning Oat Crunch – Formerly called Shredded Oats, these cereals have a whopping 45g of whole grains per serving – about 94% of the daily requirement for whole grains! A heart healthy breakfast option that’s also an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. Available in Original, Cinnamon, Vanilla Almond, Mini Blueberry Burst.
· Puffins Cereal – Barbara’s signature line of cereals, tout crunchy, pillow-shaped morsels that are lightly sweetened, low fat, and Non-GMO Project Verified. Available in Original, Cinnamon, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Chocolate, Gluten-Free Honey Rice, Gluten-Free Multigrain.
· Multigrain Squarefuls – These heart healthy, whole grain squares are sweetened with real Maple Syrup, making this cereal the ultimate balance of delicious taste and good nutrition. Boasting 26g of whole grains per serving, this cereal is an excellent source of fiber, has 4g of protein per serving and American Heart Association approved as heart healthy. Available in delicious Maple Brown Sugar.
Here is my impression of the original Morning Oat Crunch, it is o.k. and serves as decent background with some fruit. For me it is a little sweet for the fruit, but remember I am coming from a baseline of plain Shredded Wheat so generally prefer my cereal super bland. I think most people will like this.
Surprisingly my favorite of the four we were sent as well as my kids’ favorite has been the organic Snackimals Chocolate Crisp cereal. It was not overly sweet at all and in general really tasty. My preschooler loves it with yogurt and the toddler just ate it straight.
One of the best things about the Barbara’s line is how easy it is to obtain in the Denver area. I saw this wall at my local Sprouts but have also seen them at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, Target, Safeway and King Soopers.
I see us as a family continuing to get the cherished Puffins and Shredded Wheat but adding in those Snackimals too. In looking at the Barbara’s products page I am curious about the cheese puffs, fig bars, and cookies for snacks on-the-go. Barbara’s line is convenience food and it is good to have a line you can go to that you trust for those cereal treats and road snacks.
FTC disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review. I was sent product and coupons for free product. All opinions expressed here are my own.