Like Vegemite and Aeroplane Jelly, Weet-bix have been a favourite breakfast cereal in Australia for decades. Any child growing up in the 1980’s will know the jingle…”Aussie kids are Weet-bix kids.” Over the years we’ve see rugby players, cricketers and triathalon champions all challenging each other with “how many Weet-bix do you do?” But, as the name suggests, Weet-bix are made from wheat. Wheat contains fructans (chains of fructose). That means Weet-bix are off the menu for anyone sticking to a low FODMAP diet. Until now!
Let me introduce… Gluten Free Weet-bix!
Sanitarium has developed a new breakfast biscuit made from 96% sorghum. They have just a touch of golden syrup and are fortified with all the usual minerals and vitamins. Gluten Free Weet-bix have been endorsed by Ceoliac Australia. The packaging also states they are suitable for a low FODMAP diet. For extra assurance I contacted our friends at Monash Universityand received this reply:
“…we have tested some sorghum products and it does tend to be low fodmap.”
When I saw them in my local supermarket I had to give them a try. As you can see, Gluten Free Weet-bix look just like regular Weet-bix, perhaps just a little darker. But the real test is the taste, right?
I like my Weet-bix with some sliced fruit, especially banana. After all, they can be a bit plan on their own. The texture of the Gluten Free Weet-bix is a little lighter and flakier than the regular, but they don’t seem to soak up milk and become soggy as quickly. I found Gluten Free Weetbix to have a different flavour from the regular, dare I say “nutty”? I know, I know, so many non-wheat grains are described as nutty, but it’s hard to think of a different term. It think the main difference is that the Gluten-free Weet-bix don’t have the same malty flavour as the regular kind. It will take me some time to adjust to the different taste and not expect them to taste like the old favourites. Having said that, I will happily have these for breakfast with my fruit, or maybe added to some other low FODMAP cereals.
Gluten-free Weetbix are available from Coles supermarkets and will be available in Woolworths and independent retailers from September.
Next time I will share one of my favourite recipes which uses Weet-bix as an ingredient!