Taste Test – Kashi GOLEAN Popped Clusters

Recently I was wandering the aisles of my local Costco, picking up some essentials and looking to see if they had any fun new products. While making my way down the cereal aisle, a box caught my eye. While I’m not much of a cereal eater, my boyfriend eats it quite often, and I’m always looking to see if Costco has some new offerings (their selection of high fibre cereals that he will eat is fairly small). So when I saw they had a new Kashi cereal, I had to pick it up and take a look.

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The box I picked up was Kashi GOLEAN Popped Clusters Vanilla Pepita cereal (say that 5 times fast). I used to really like the flavour of Kashi GOLEAN Crunch (which Costco used to sell), but it would make me super bloaty and uncomfortable, which I discovered was due to the added inulin fibre. So the first thing I did when I saw this cereal was check for inulin – and there wasn’t any! Woot! I also thought it was pretty interesting that they used red beans, pea crisps, and sorghum in this cereal (FYI – there are also oats and millet). The nutritionals were not offensive for cereal – 9 g protein, 7 g fibre (not added!), and 90 mg sodium per 1 cup serving. It does have 10 g sugar per serving, which is on the high side, but good luck finding many breakfast cereals that are much lower (and not plain shredded wheat). I decided to buy a box and try it out.

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I loved how it was sort of a cross between a flaky cereal and a granola. I feel like that gives it versatility to eat with milk, yogurt, or even as a snack. The flavour was a little nutty, with a hint of vanilla. The texture was good too – I’m always a little weary when it comes to gluten-free grains, because some can be a bit grainy. And if you didn’t tell me there were beans in here, I would have no clue.

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My favourite way to eat it was like granola in a yogurt parfait. It has a neutral enough flavour to pair with pretty much anything, and was delightful with my homemade apple-cranberry sauce and plain Greek yogurt. It also made a nice snack with some almond milk, and a crunchy topping for some smoothie bowls.

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Overall, I really liked Kashi GOLEAN Popped Clusters cereal. I think the biggest selling point for me was that there was no added fibre, which means no stomach distress. It tastes good, has decent nutritional stats, and has some versatility. I also like that it incorporates non-traditional cereal ingredients like red beans – maybe we’ll see more of this moving forward! Would I eat it every day for breakfast? No – I’m more into smoothies, oatmeal, and toast personally. But I do like that it gives me an option in my pantry, especially when I’m running low on time. I will probably buy it on occasion. Try it out, and let me know what you think!

 

Disclaimer – I bought this cereal with my own hard earned money. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Categories: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Review, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole Grain

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One Comment on “Taste Test – Kashi GOLEAN Popped Clusters”

  1. Rachel
    July 7, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    Interesting about the inulin fibre! I’d wondered why I felt gross after eating the GOLean crunch cereal… Do you do the overnight oats a lot? Or do you mostly stick to smoothies? You’ve probably answered this before, but do you add any kind of protein powder? Your photos are lovely by the way!

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