Posts Tagged ‘cinnamon’

Gluten Free IPS Cinnamon Egg White Ch(ips)

Health Values: Gluten free, non-GMO corn, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

I wanted to like these chips, I really did. They’re very light and crispy and would make a satisfying afternoon snack without any heaviness.

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When I don’t like something to the point where I can’t even eat the rest of a snack-size bag, I immediately get opinions from other gluten-free friends. Unfortunately, that didn’t help. Here’s what each of us said:

GF Friend #1: “They taste like egg with too much cinnamon that seems like it’s trying to cover up the egg taste. And I love cinnamon, but there’s no real flavor contrast and it doesn’t belong on an eggy-tasting chip.

GF Friend #2: “Are these packing peanuts covered in cinnamon? I can’t taste anything other than cinnamon, and I don’t like the texture. I tried their barbecue flavor a couple months ago, and I didn’t like that either.” When asked after getting his review, GF Friend #2 said he didn’t notice any eggy taste like GF Friend #1 had.

Me: I didn’t taste egg, but I definitely didn’t want a second chip either.

Besides there being no complexity to the flavor of these chips – which would make eating even a small bag of them get boring very quickly – the cinnamon flavor was overwhelming, and all three of us love cinnamon. None of us tasted any sweetness despite the fact that the ingredients list both sugar and brown sugar.

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On top of that, when we compared notes we discovered that each of us had quickly reached for something to kill the aftertaste. Keep in mind that we tried these chips at different times, away from each other, so none of us knew what the other thought or did during our individual taste tests.

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So while I’m sure there are snackers out there who love IPS products, they’re not for us. I’m giving them one thumbs-up for their good ingredients.

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Gluten Free Ener-G Cinnamon Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free

One of my favorite homemade cookies is a recipe given to me by an English friend. It’s a cinnamon sugar shortbread cookie that you form into small oblong shapes, bake, then let cool just to the point that you can roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. If you didn’t wait long enough and the cookies were too hot, the mixture would melt onto the cookie; wait too long, and the cookies were too cool to hold the cinnamon-sugar wouldn’t adhere.

Needless to say, between forming dozens upon dozens of small oblong shapes, getting the timing right for the cinnamon-sugar immersion, and then rolling them quickly enough (yet thoroughly enough) so that all two dozen or so pieces are immersed and coated at the same point of cooling – it could be a somewhat hectic and stressful affair.

I haven’t had time to make those cookies in years, but now it seems I don’t have to, because Ener-G has these wonderful cinnamon cookies that taste so close to those English shortbread-cinnamon-sugar cookies that I can get that delightful flavor without all the work. And without all the butter (there was a lot!) or flour either.
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Ener-G’s cookies are light and crisp, absolutely perfect with a cup of tea. They have just enough cinnamon flavor so it’s not overwhelming but carries all the way through, not just in the first bite. And I just love that delicate cookie crunch!

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They’re a little high in calories – 160 calories in two cookies – but still well worth it. You can also crush them and use them as pie crust; the Ener-G website has a few recipes for that.

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NuGo Free Gluten Free Carrot Cake Bar

I found an interesting gluten free bar at the Whole Foods register called NuGo Free Gluten Free Carrot Cake. Carrot Cake? Yes, please! I did the famous product squeeze to see if it felt soft and…well…edible. I hate buying gluten free cake or bread products to find out that they are hard as a rock. This bar passed my test. I was very excited to give it a try:

To my disappointment, the bar was horrible. Not only did it not taste at all like carrot cake, but the texture was horrendous. The puffed rice was chewy, as if it were stale – not an appealing texture. I tasted mostly cinnamon with a bit of the promised icing. No real carrot cake flavor at all. This is especially surprising to me because I have had excellent gluten free carrot cake before, so I thought this bar would definitely be good. Unfortunately, I couldn’t even finish it. With a product that bad, I won’t be trying any more NuGo Free bars in the future.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pineapple Recipe

This recipe is so simple and yummy, you’ll always want to have pineapple on hand!

Ingredients

Pineapple cubed and covering your saute pan in only one layer
Cinnamon
Sugar
1 tablespoon butter
Vanilla ice cream

  1. Melt the butter on your saute pan at medium heat. Then arrange the cubed pineapple in one layer on your saute pan. Sprinkle a thin, but visible layer of sugar and then cinnamon on top of the pineapple. Saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Flip the pineapple chunks over with a spatula and sprinkle a thin, but visible layer of sugar and then cinnamon on top of the pineapple. Saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Flip the chunks again and saute for another 3 minutes. Keep flipping until the sugar and cinnamon have caramelized. You’ll be able to tell this has happened when you flip the pineapple and it sticks to the spatula, about 4-5 flips. Once that happens, flip the pineapple chunks once more and then serve atop ice cream. Be careful, the chunks are hot!

WF Gluten Free Bakehouse Cherry Almond Streusel Muffins

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! I will give no other introduction to these fabulous muffins. They are INCREDIBLE!

Light and fluffy, these muffins are good for breakfast, dessert, or just a snack. Whole Foods recommends that you heat the muffins up before you eat them, so I did, for about 25 seconds. You can taste the almond flavor, but it’s not overpowering, and the cherries taste (and feel) like they are fresh! They were actually juicy! There were nice crumbs of cinnamon and sugar on top, but again, not overpowering or overly sweet.

I was in such heaven eating these…I would love to give them a rating of 10 even though the top of my rating scale is 5!

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