Always one to try new gluten free foods, I’ve been itching to try Sanitariums’ Gluten Free Weet-Bix ever since they launched last year. Back in Australia for two weeks, I grabbed a pack from the supermarket to test them out against the original wheat version that I grew up with.
Made with sorghum (also known as millet) rather than wheat, Sanitarium’s gluten-free Weet-Bix are certified gluten free and suitable for anyone with coeliac disease as well as those following a low FODMAP or gluten free diet. The ingredients list is very similar to the original wheat version with the exception of mineral fortification and absence of gluten.
Similar to the original version, each gluten free weet-bix weighs 15 grams with a typical recommended 30g serving (2 biscuits) providing:
- Energy – 447kJ/107kcal
- Fat – 0.4g
- Sugar – 1.0g
- Sodium – 81mg
- Fibre – 3.3g
Here’s how they compare nutritionally to the original wheat version per 100g (according to the pack):
Comparing the two versions side by side, most of the macronutrients are similar with the exception of fat. There isn’t any fat added as an ingredient, it is naturally contributed from the sorghum grain used to make the biscuits and isn’t of concern.
While the gluten-free weet-bix are fortified with vitamins they aren’t fortified with minerals – at least not on the pack I picked up. However I have noticed that the online nutritional information differs slightly from the label on the box I bought, with some records listing iron as an additional ingredient.
- Certified gluten-free by Coeliac Australia & New Zealand
- Fortified with vitamins
- Same weight as the original wheat version
- High in fibre
- High in wholegrains and minimal processing
- Low in sugar
- Produced in a separate factory to ensure gluten-free and avoid contamination
- Suitable for a low-FODMAP diet.
- Not fortified with minerals for direct comparability to the original wheat containing version.
- Inner packaging doesn’t specify that these are gluten-free.
Even though these gluten free weet-bix are produced at a different factory to the original wheat containing ones, I would like to see the inner packaging specify that they are gluten free. It surprised me that they didn’t.
Taste test & comparison
When I first tried the gluten free weet-bix, from memory they tasted the same as what I remembered weet-bix tasting like (it had been a while). Then I immediately tasted the wheat containing ones and could tell the difference. I actually preferred the gluten free weet-bix as they had a nicer flavour (to me) whereas the original weet-bix seemed a bit milky. It’s a stronger, more nutty and grainy flavour thanks to the sorghum. Personally I really liked it, but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. They do suck up the milk a lot more than the original – but that’s a common occurrence with gluten free foods.
Personally I enjoyed these gluten free weet-bix and thought they tasted great. I’ve been informed that there is an additional variety on the market containing sunflower and rice but I’ve not seen it in any of the supermarkets I’ve visited so far or tried them. Nutritionally they look good as well, with minimal ingredients, low sugar content and plenty of fibre – something difficult to find with gluten free cereals. Thumbs up from me!
Currently Sanitarium gluten free weet-bix are only available in Australia and New Zealand. However, those in the UK need not despair! A UK brand of Gluten free Weet-Bix (Nutribix) launched just before I left the UK – I’ll be reviewing these shortly upon my return!