Kashi releasing new gluten free cereal in Canada

Kashi's GOLEAN Popped Clusters Vanilla Pepita

Kashi GOLEAN Popped Clusters Vanilla Pepita contains whole grain popped sorghum, pea crisps, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and red bean flakes.

Kashi announced Tuesday it’s adding a new gluten-free cereal option to its product line in Canada.

GOLEAN Popped Clusters Vanilla Pepita contains whole grain popped sorghum, pea crisps, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and red bean flakes (among a few other ingredients). Besides being gluten free, it’s also vegan and non-GMO Project Verified.

The idea for GOLEAN Popped Clusters Vanilla Pepita came after Kashi conducted a survey in Canada that found 92 per cent of respondents agreed that plant-based foods and an active lifestyle go together.

RELATED: Gluten free Cheerios coming to Canada

“Our purpose at Kashi has always been to enable powerful uplifting health through plant-based foods,” Natasha Millar, Senior Director, RTEC & Beverages, Kellogg Canada Inc., said in a press release.

Kashi GOLEAN Popped Clusters Vanilla Pepita

Kashi GOLEAN Popped Clusters Vanilla Pepita.

While not gluten free, two new flavours of Kashi Organic Promise Granola are also hitting shelves, the company announced Tuesday. These are Cocoa Coconut Oat with Kamut Khorasan Wheat and Cranberry Oat Spelt and Flax, which is a blend of whole grains, flax seeds and cranberries. Both are non-GMO Project Verified, which all Kashi products will be by the end of the year.

For more information on the new offerings from Kashi, visit kashi.ca.

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Love with Food snack service now shipping to Canada

Love with Food Canada

Love with Food offers “natural American made snacks delivered to your door monthly”. Photo credit CNW Group/Love With Food.

Popular American snack subscription service Love with Food announced Tuesday it is now shipping to Canada.

Love with Food ships “all-natural, organic or gluten-free snacks” right to your doorstep. At launch they have two monthly options available for Canadian customers: the Deluxe Box (starting at USD$16.50 per month on an annual plan), which includes 16-20 snacks per month or the Gluten-Free Box (starting at USD$19.99 per month on an annual plan), which delivers 10-12 celiac-safe and mostly dairy-free snacks per month.

“Our mission is to help consumers discover the latest and greatest healthier snack options easily and this expansion will establish Love With Food as a global trusted brand beyond the U.S,” Aihui Ong, Founder and CEO of Love With Food, said in a media release.

RELATED: Gluten free Cheerios coming to Canada

Many brands normally not available in Canada will be included in the mix of surprise snacks each month and Love with Food will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Canadian food banks.

A special USD$3.99 per month introductory offer on shipping is available for the first 5,000 international customers. Love with Food hasn’t indicated how much regular shipping will be to Canada after the offer expires.

For more information and to sign-up for the Love with Food service, visit lovewithfood.com.

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Gluten free Cheerios coming to Canada

Gluten free Cheerios

General Mills is releasing five varieties of gluten free Cheerios across Canada this summer, including Original Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios.

There’s no longer a need to drive to the U.S. to get gluten free Cheerios! General Mills announced this week they will begin stocking five varieties of gluten free Cheerios across Canada later this month.

“We want everyone to enjoy our cereals and these gluten-free Cheerios products will maintain the same great taste that consumers love at the same price they’re used to,” Emma Eriksson, Director of Marketing for General Mills Canada, said in a press release.

RELATED: Gluten free banana muffin recipe

The five Cheerios products offered gluten free in Canada will include Original Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Multi-Grain Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and Chocolate Cheerios.

According to General Mills, the price of gluten free Cheerios will be the same as regular Cheerios. (Regular Cheerios will still be available with the gluten free boxes clearly labelled as “gluten free”).

BELOW: Video on how General Mills made Cheerios gluten free

General Mills also makes the Chex brand of cereal, which now offers four gluten free varieties in Canada. These include Rice Chex, Chex Honey Nut, Cinnamon Chex and the new (delicious) Chocolate Chex.

Gluten free Cheerios will begin arriving in Canadian stores at the end of July. For more information on gluten free Cheerios and gluten free recipes, visit cheerios.ca/glutenfree.

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Gluten free banana muffin recipe

Gluten free banana muffins

Yes, you can have a moist and delicious gluten free banana muffin.

My mother has celiac disease and there is a possibility my youngest son and I both have it as well (we’re in the process of being checked). This is devastating news as I am a huge fan of bread, pizza, cookies, muffins, cake (you get the idea) and the thought of having to go gluten free scares me (no more beer!).

Most gluten free baked goods are dry, crumbly and bland and they usually cost about three times as much as the gluten variety. In an effort to come to terms with my potential gluten free future I’ve been testing recipes to see if I’ll be able to enjoy some treats without breaking the bank. That’s how I came across this very simple and tasty gluten free banana muffin recipe.

The great news about this recipe, which is actually based off a gluten free banana bread recipe I found on Allrecipes.com, is that both my kids love them, as does my wife and mother. And they really are tasty and moist! It’s a winning recipe all around.

Here is the gluten free banana muffin recipe.


  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 6-8 ripe bananas
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
Gluten free banana muffins

The ingredients needed to make gluten free banana muffins.


In a large bowl mash six ripe bananas together and set aside (use eight bananas if you don’t want to add eggs).

Sift the gluten free flour into a separate bowl and mix in the baking powder and salt.

Thoroughly mix the brown sugar, butter, maple syrup and eggs into the mashed up bananas.

Combine the flour mixture and banana mixture and gently stir together well.

Add muffin liners to two muffin trays and spray each cup with PAM (NOTE: Do not use PAM Baking as it is not gluten free. PAM Original, PAM Butter and PAM Olive Oil are all gluten free).

Use a spoon to fill each cup just above the halfway mark (gluten free flour doesn’t rise that much so the more full the muffin liners are the better).

You can add a few chocolate chips to each cup if you wish (make sure they are gluten free of course). To keep them safe for school lunches I don’t recommend adding nuts.

Add the muffin trays to a preheated 350F/175C oven and cook for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes check a muffin with a toothpick. If the toothpick is clear the muffins are done. If the toothpick is not clear cook for another 5 minutes and check again.

Once the muffins are done set the muffin trays on cooling racks and let cool for 5 minutes.

Store in an airtight container and eat and enjoy within two to three days.

Gluten free banana muffins

A tray of tasty gluten free banana muffins.


Depending on your level of experience in the kitchen this recipe will take between 45-60 minutes to make (plus clean-up).

You should be able to get two dozen muffins out of this mix but it will depend on how much you add to each cup.

It’s normal for the muffins to feel heavy. If you find it’s too much you may want to use less mix in each cup when you make them again.

These are also nut and lactose free and if you opt out of using eggs they are vegan.

Have a great gluten free recipe? Share it in the comments below.