Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Gluten Free Nutri-Brex Weetabix Alternative Review

With the continuing demand for gluten free food, you can now find a gluten free alternative to most wheat-based products. This is great news for those who are gluten or wheat intolerant as there is a lot more choice. But it’s also giving us a chance to try other types of grains.

Nutri-brex plainOne grain which you may not have heard of is sorghum. It’s nothing to do with chewing gum but is apparently the fifth most important cereal crop in the world. And it’s this grain which is the main ingredient of Nutri-Brex – a gluten free alternative to Weetabix or other wheat based breakfast biscuits.

I’d seen Nutri-Brex in Holland & Barrett but never been tempted to buy them. I’m not gluten intolerant and am quite happy with the Weetabix I currently buy. However, while visiting the Gluten and Allergy free show at Olympia this year, the Nutri-Brex stand were offering visitors the chance to sample their range.
Nutri-brex plain
Nutri-Brex Gluten Free Breakfast Biscuits
I tried a small amount of the Nutri-Brex Coconut & Crispy Rice with coconut milk and was really impressed. So I decided to buy a box and let the family try them out as well.

Nutri-brex coconut & crispy rice
Nutri-Brex Coconut & Crispy Rice
Nutri-Brex are available in two varieties: plain Nutri-Brex and Coconut & Crispy Rice.

What they say about Nutri-Brex Coconut & Crispy Rice:
77% wholegrain, Awesome ancient grain with sorghum, Crispy rice, coconut and a tasty hint of cinnamon, High in fibre, Made in a dedicated gluten free factory, Suitable for vegans, No wheat.
What they say about Nutri-Brex plain:
A wholesome heavenly way to start your day.
Every Sunny Spoonful is packed with the tasty ancient grain Sorghum, fortified with vitamins and all Free From Gluten.
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96% wholegrain, Awesome ancient grain with sorghum, No wheat grains & high in vitamins, Lighter texture, Low sugar, Made in a dedicated gluten free factory, Suitable for vegans.
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They also suggest other ways of eating them, such as crumbling over yoghurt and fruit for a ‘crunchy tasty topping’ and whizzing them into a smoothie.

Nutribrex coconut crispy in box
Nutri-Brex Coconut & Crispy Rice

Nutri-Brex hold together well and soak up a lot of milk, especially if you use warm or hot milk. They’re very filling too. The Coconut variety has a hint of cinnamon which I can taste more than the coconut. However if you add coconut milk it helps bring out the coconut flavour more.

Nutribrex coconut crispy in box
Nutri-Brex Coconut & Crispy Rice

I’d never have thought these weren’t a wheat product and couldn’t tell the difference. They’re not as densely packed as a Weetabix, in that they are more flaky, but once you put milk on them, they’re quite similar.

The Coconut variety does have added sugar and golden syrup which isn’t so great. But they have added psyllium husk which is fantastic for digestion and ‘keeping things moving’ digestive wise!

Nutribrex coconut crispy in bowl
Nutri-Brex Coconut & Crispy Rice
The box recommends 3 Nutribrex biscuits but I'm happy with one or two. Three coconut crispy biscuits provide 201 calories (dry) and the plain variety is 174 calories for 3 biscuits.

My kids weren’t overly impressed. One found them not sweet enough! The other said they were OK but that’s mainly because she prefers other types of cereal these days instead of Weetabix. My husband thought they were fine and said he’d be happy to eat these, though perhaps would prefer the plain ones as he adds his own fruit on top.

The healthier of the two varieties is the Plain one which is low in sugar, saturated fat and salt, while the Coconut version is medium on the traffic light scale for sugar, fat and salt.

Nutri-Brex are widely available in larger supermarkets as well as Holland & Barrett.


Ingredients (Coconut & Crispy Rice): Wholegrain Sorghum (77%), Rice Puffs (14%) [Rice Flour (5%), Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower), Golden Syrup, Rice Bran (1%), Plant Fibre, Psyllium Husk, Cinnamon (0.3%), Natural Flavouring], Desiccated Coconut (5%), Golden Syrup, Salt, Vitamins (E, B3, B1, B2, Folic Acid).

Nutrition information per 100g: 401 calories (201 per 3 biscuits – 50g), 8.4g fat, 4.4g saturated fat, 67g carbohydrates, 8.1g sugars., 7.6g fibre, 9.7g protein, 0.45g salt. Thiamin (B1) 1.67mg, Riboflavin (B2) 1.3mg, Niacin (B3) 7.6mg, Vitamin E 7.6mg, Folic Acid 240ug.






Ingredients (Plain Nutri-Brex): Wholegrain Sorghum (96%), Golden Syrup, Salt, Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Antioxidant: Alpha Tocopherols.

Nutrition information per 100g: 378 calories (174 per 3 biscuits – 46g), 3.6g fat, 0.3g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrates, 1.0g sugars., 3.1g fibre, 5.7g protein, 0.27g salt. Thiamin (B1) 1.83mg, Riboflavin (B2) 1.43mg, Niacin (B3) 8.3mg, Folic Acid 255ug.







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