Posts Tagged ‘wheat free’

Gluten Free The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas

Health Values: certified gluten free, non-GMO

I’ve always loved roasted chickpeas, so I was thrilled to find The Good Bean’s non-GMO and gluten free roasted chickpeas with sea salt!

Non-GMO is just as important to me as gluten free, so this was a real find. The only ingredients are chickpeas, safflower oil, coarse salt, and Vitamin E.

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The health benefits include healthy fiber and plant proteins; the other benefits include amazing crunch and a light touch of salt that’s just enough to add flavor without overdoing it or being a typical salted snack.

The Good Bean also offers roasted chickpeas with flavors including chocolate, cracked pepper, mesquite BBQ, sweet cinnamon and more. Personally, I don’t go in for lots of added flavor, so I’ll be sticking with the simple sea salt version. But it will definitely become a staple in my snack pantry!

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Mary’s Organic Crackers Gluten Free Everything Pretzels

Health values: organic, gluten free, whole grain, non-gmo, soy free, vegan

A  non-gluten free friend, who doesn’t really worry about organics or ingredients, looked at all the wonderful health values listed above and asked me, “With so many things missing, how could there be any flavor?”

Well, let me tell you, these organic snacks are ALL flavor. It’s not about what’s missing, it’s about what’s included in the recipe.

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After tasting the first piece of these “everything pretzels”, I devoured the snack-size bag and immediately put a full-size bag on my shopping list. Mary created a flavor party with these, and I loved every crunchy bite.

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All the flavors – onion, garlic, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and more – come together and create a flavor explosion, which also makes for a very satisfying treat. This is conscious eating at its best.

I’ve included a photo of the ingredient list because I know there can be sensitivies and allergies to anything.

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The only thing I’d caution you about is that even though these are called “pretzels”, they’re really not – they’re more of a cracker shaped into sticks. They don’t have any pretzel taste to them, and if you’ve ever had any “Mary’s Gone Crackers” crackers, you’ll recognize the base. But don’t let that deter you, these are wonderful, fun to eat, and you can even dip them in mustard!

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New Baking Livestream on Twitter!

Exciting news! I’m now doing livestream baking on Twitter! That means I tweet while I bake and take pictures of what I’m making, including any mistakes I make. I also give you the recipe, adjusting along the way as I go. Here’s an example (click for a bigger pic!):

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Follow me @livingwheatfree. I’ll tell you what time I’m baking, what I’m baking, and where you can find the recipe. Lots of pictures!

Suggest what I should livestream bake or cook next on Twitter or in the comments! Can’t wait to hear your comments and suggestions!

 

Gluten Free Deep River Snacks Sweet Maui Onion Potato Chips

Health Values: gluten free, nut free, trans fat free, preservative free

This was the first time I’ve tried any Deep River Snacks product, and I was pleasantly surprised. These Sweet Maui Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips have that wonderful combination of sweetness and saltiness that make snack foods so addictive.

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The chips were light and crisp and I really enjoyed the sweet onion taste, but there was a bit too much saltiness for my taste.

Deep River uses non-GMO potatoes and non-GMO sunflower oil, but the rest of the ingredients are neither non-GMO nor organic. The sodium count in a small one-ounce bag is 280mg, which is unnecessarily high. The chips would benefit from less salt, which would allow more of that sweet onion flavor to come through.

All-in-all these were a nice taste treat.

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Gluten Free Larabar Key Lime Pie Bar

Health Values: Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, non-GMO, vegan, wheat free

What a difference between the Larabar Key Lime Pie and Coconut Cream Pie bars! Our taste-test of the Coconut Cream Pie bar was so disappointing that we tried this bar with some degree of caution and hesitation.

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No need – this bar was absolutely scrumptious. This is what we expected from a company with so many different products on the market.

The texture was perfect – not too chewy, not too sticky, and not at all dry. And it tasted just like coconut key lime pie; both flavors were prominent yet well blended in every bite.

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I’d definitely recommend this bar to anyone who enjoys a good key lime pie – it’s just an added bonus that it’s gluten free.

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Gluten Free Andean Dream Cocoa Orange Quinoa Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, no trans fats, cholesterol free, milk free, corn free, egg free, soy free, nut free, peanut free

This was a sample I got at a gluten-free picnic, so the picture you see isn’t representative of the actual package you’d find in a store.

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I checked out the Andean Dream website for more information, and I discovered that they also make pastas and soups. Click on any of the cookie images and you’ll get the ingredient and nutrition statement. Their products are made with organic Royal  Quinoa, which is only grown in the Bolivian Andes and is ” rich in high quality proteins, vitamins and minerals, and all eight amino acids essential for nutrition”.

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When I first broke the cookie, it produced a lot of tiny crumbs, so I expected it to be dry. I was happily surprised – it wasn’t. It was wonderfully crispy and the flavor was a perfect balance of cocoa and orange. This is a real treat that stands well on its own and also goes perfectly with a cup of tea or a glass of almond milk.

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The website allows you to order their cookies directly from them and also has links to two other online sites where you can buy them, but it doesn’t mention any stores where they’re carried. I’ll be checking around in places like Whole Foods and Wegmans for them, because I definitely want to buy a package and try some of their other flavors.

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Gluten Free Lundberg Sea Salt Rice Chips

Health Values: Gluten free, wheat free, organic grains, vegan, non-GMO

Light, crisp, and flavorful, these rice chips have become one of my favorite go-to snacks.

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With just enough sea salt to satisfy that salty snack craving (but not so much as to make you blow up on water afterwards), these chips didn’t fill me up or make me feel bloated. What they did do was fulfill my love of light, crunchy snacks without guilt.

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The thing that made these a cut above was the touch of nuttiness provided by the organic sesame seeds baked into each chip.

I’d prefer it if they didn’t contain high oleic safflower/sunflower oil or caramel color, but for taste and snacky-goodness, they rate five thumbs up with me.

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Gluten Free Larabar Blueberry Muffin Bar

Health Values: Gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, vegan, soy free

If I had to choose one word to describe Larabars in general, that would be “inconsistent”. Incredibly inconsistent. We’ve tried all of their bars now, and they’ve ranged from excellent to barely average to literally inedible. I just don’t get it.

Anyway, the Blueberry Muffin bar ranked down there in the pits, just slightly above the horribly inedible Coconut Cream Pie bar. What a shame, because blueberries are my favorite fruit, so I was excited to try this bar.

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Frankly, it tasted like Swiss cheese. My friend and I tried it together, and through downturned, disappointed mouths we both said, “Swiss cheese” at the same moment. This Larabar joined the Coconut Cream Pie in the garbage. We couldn’t even eat it.

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I don’t understand why this company is so hugely inconsistent with their snack bars. It’s one thing for a food product not to be to a person’s liking, but it’s another thing altogether for it to be just plain bad tasting. Other companies are consistent, so what’s going on in Larabar HQ?

No “okays” on this loser. Not even one thumbs up.

Gluten Free Organic Taza Stone Ground Dark Chocolate Bar

Health Values: Gluten free, organic, dairy free, soy free. HANDMADE in USA.

It’s so hard to find a gluten free dark chocolate bar that’s also organic, so when I found this 70% dark chocolate Taza bar, I just had to give it a try. And the fact that it’s handmade in Massachusetts made it even more appealing.

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The flavor of this bar was different from any dark chocolate bar I’ve ever had – GOOD different. It had an almost fruity undertone – at first I thought I tasted a bit of raspberry, even though there’s none in it. This could be because it’s made from Dominican cacao beans, which probably taste different from the cacao beans grown in other regions.

But I have to say, I really liked it….a LOT. The dark chocolate had a wonderfully rich flavor that made me crave more.

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It’s not as hard as you’d expect a dairy-free bar to be, and that’s a good thing. When you chew it, it does crumble on your tongue – I liked that because it wasn’t a dry type of crumbling, but rather more like lots of silky little bits spreading the flavorful joy. My friend didn’t care for the crumbling part as much, but she still liked the chocolate itself. My other friend loved the bar as much as I did.

I’d buy this bar again in a second. It’s a bit more expensive – around $5 for a 3 oz. bar – but considering all the allergens that it doesn’t contain, the fact that it’s organic, the fact that it has so few ingredients (and all of them understandable and not 24-letter chemical terms!), and that it’s handmade here in the USA, I’m willing to spend a couple extra dollars on it.

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Gluten Free Larabar Chocolate Chip Brownie

Health Values: Gluten free, non-GMO, wheat free

Working our way through the Larabar taste tests….once again, for me, this Larabar was a swing and a miss.

Not nearly as nasty tasting as their Coconut Cream Pie bar – I couldn’t even swallow the first bite and we threw the rest of the bar out – but far from being as good as their Apple Pie bar, this chocolate chip brownie doesn’t even come close to tasting as yummy as the name sounds.

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It reminded me of the early days of gluten free snacks, when cookies were so far from what a cookie should taste and feel like that they weren’t even worth buying. Today, lots of gluten free/organic companies have taken the trouble to perfect their recipes so that those of us who are Gluten Free Eaters can enjoy the same wonderful tastes we did before we gave it all up for health reasons. So why can’t Larabar do the same?

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I realize that everyone’s tastes are different, but two of us tried this bar and neither of us cared for it. The consistency was good, but that’s where it ended for me. To my tastebuds, there was barely the slightest hint of chocolate flavor (and I had to concentrate hard to find it); instead, it reminded me of pumpernickel sourdough bread. I know that sounds crazy for a gluten free product, but that flavor from my glutenous past jumped right out at me.

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So that’s my take on it, I’d be interested to hear what you thought if you’ve ever tried it!

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