The Madhouse kids love a bowl of Cheerios in the morning (or even mid afternoon as a snack - they're not fussy !) and they didn't bat an eyelid when I swapped to the Low Sugar Cheerios (click through to read our review) last year because they look and taste virtually identical. When Cheerios got in touch to see if we'd like to try out their new Cheerios Oat Crisp, I was keen to see what they'd make of them.
Well, you can't sneak this one in unnoticed because you get a lot of crunchy flakes of oat mixed in with your light crispy O’s. I was once again surprised to see that all three of the Madhouse kids loved them, despite them being a healthier option than regular Cheerios, because they are a natural source of beta-glucan that can help lower cholesterol, whilst also being high in fibre and low in saturated fat.
Cholesterol charity Heart UK have given Cheerios Oat Crisp their seal of approval and highlighted the fact that over half of all adults in the UK have raised cholesterol which is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease, so I think I need to tuck in with the kids too. Oats are naturally rich in beta-glucan, which binds with cholesterol in the digestive tract and stops it being absorbed into the body. One bowl of Cheerios Oat Crisp will provide 1/3 of your recommended intake of beta-glucan. The regular flavour is nice, but the one that really tickled out tastebuds here at The Madhouse is the Cinnamon Oat Crisp variety.
My one and only regret is that we won't be able to use them to make Cheerio's sheep or Cheerio's Frankenstein Monsters as we have in the past !
RRP: £2.49 for 350g (an 8-serving box)
(I've just noticed that if you shop online at Sainsbury's you can grab a free box with your shopping - details here)
Disclosure : We received the products in order to write an honest review.