It’s not surprising that my 2.5-year-olds enjoy breakfast cereal. What may be more unusual is that their favorites are not not the traditional Cheerios and Rice Krispies, but raisin bran and shredded wheat. Unfortunately, those two wheat-based cereals aren’t as easy to replace as their oat-, corn- and rice-based counterparts. We’re familiar with Whole O’s. There are a few options for malt-free, gluten-free crisped rice. I’m considering adding some raisins to a box of GF corn flakes to see if that could stand in for raisin bran.
But shredded wheat?
The celiac toddler understands, in his toddler way, why we’re undergoing diet changes. “We have to find new crackers and bread that’s good for my tummy.” “We can make cookies with new flour that’s good for my tummy.” He’s on board, and his brother is mostly OK with being along for the ride. But yesterday they told me, “We have to find [shredded] wheat that’s good for my tummy too.” Because their shredded wheat, they love it so. And I can’t think of anything gluten-free that’s even vaguely similar.