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It wasn’t until I moved in with my now husband that I discovered he loved cereal. My twice-weekly bowl was quickly eclipsed by his twice-daily (at least) indulgence. Suddenly, we were going through gallons of milk and boxes of fibrous flakes faster than you can say Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Naturally, our son Sammy inherited my husband’s obsession. As soon as he could eat solids we were ordering Corn Flakes, Kix, and Cheerios in bulk. But as Sammy became more enamored with cereal I became more concerned with the nutritional labels, which all seemed to be loaded with processed ingredients. Occasionally I’d bring home some “healthy” option to try out, but they all tasted like cardboard.
Then one day last fall, I discovered Seven Sundays, a Certified B Corporation, which automatically put it at the top of my pile. Minneapolis-based husband and wife Hannah and Brady Barnstable started selling muesli in 2011 but recently launched a grain-free, flower-shaped cereal in three flavors: Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Berry. Could it satisfy this family of connoisseurs? I was willing to find out.
There are just a handful of ingredients in Seven Sundays (and you’ll definitely have heard of all of them), which earned another tick from me. The one that intrigued me the most, though, was sunflower protein. Turns out, Hannah explained, farmers growing sunflowers in order to extract sunflower seed oil were being left with a solid byproduct that was rich in protein and fiber but going to waste. So she worked with a local Minnesota sunflower farmer to do some additional milling and sifting in order to upcycle the by-product into a quality food-grade flour they use to make the cereal.
The result is a delightfully crunchy, somewhat springy cereal that doesn’t get soggy quickly. My favorite flavor, the Cocoa, is so dark and rich it leaves you with a slurpable bowl of chocolate milk at the end. The Cinnamon—which is made with the real deal instead of “cinnamon flavor”—is a close second. And the Berry, Sammy’s favorite, is made with freeze-dried blueberries and strawberries from a farm in Illinois. The only sweeteners used are either maple syrup or dates and coconut sugar, and each variety clocks in at 5 or 6 g of sugar per serving, compared with at least 12 g for most supermarket brands.
By now you must be wondering what the cereal guru (my husband) thinks? Well, at least one of his two daily bowls are Seven Sundays now, and trust me, that’s the highest praise a food can get from him.