It’s no secret that I like to bake for my family. However, I am also a busy working mom, and who can do all that baking all the time? I am grateful that in the 13 years since we found out my daughter had celiac that the market has so many more great gluten free products available. One of the most widely available in our area (and one of our favs) is Udi’s Gluten Free. You can always find Udi’s Bagels in our freezer, and on busy weeks when I just can’t bake bread (more and more weeks than I like to admit) we can always pick up Udi’s Multi Grain Gluten Free Bread for lunches. For last minute birthday parties or sleepovers we have even used the moist and delicious Double Chocolate Muffins and Double Vanilla Muffins as a last minute cupcake (just toss on a bit of frosting and you are good to go). Thank you, Udi’s! You have saved my bacon more than once! When asked to review some new gluten free product from Udi’s I jumped at the chance.
I was sent a HUGE assortment of Udi’s products, many of which we have not seen or tried yet. Because my family wanted to simple tear into everything and chomp it down, I decided on a taste test (hey, a momma’s got to figure out a way to get a taste, too, right?). Here is the result of our favorites from our big pile of tastiness in our completely unscientific, completely biased (because we already like their products) taste test. Fancy!
The first item we tried were the muffins. We knew the Double Vanilla were delish (we use them as a quick cupcake stand in, if you remember…) but we all were intrigued by the Harvest Crunch Muffins. This muffin boasted of cranberries, sweet potato, quinoa flour and pepitas. I gotta tell ya, this is one tasty muffins. Tender, with a really nice texture. It is perfect to use a simple muffin to go with tea. I REALLY liked the flavor balance of this one.
My kids LOVED the Soft n’Chewy Granola Bars. Dude, they have chocolate chips. Enough said, right? Best part as a mom is that they are not as high in sugars as many soft gluten free granola bars I have seen, and are individually wrapped, making them easily portable in a backpack. Love that.
We tossed the Blueberry Cashew Granola on coconut yogurt for a fun crunch. This granola includes a bit of millet and amaranth (yay!) My youngest, who has always been anti-blueberry but very pro-cashew, declared the granola “Totally tasty!” Thank you, Udi’s for converting her into a blueberry lover. My older daughter brought some as an after track practice snack. It really satisfied her snack craving.
Everyone loved the Udi’s Omega Flax & Fiber Bread. I like the extra fiber (so much gluten free product is remarkably fiber free) and lovely flax, my kids loved that the bread was soft for sandwiches right out of the package. My mom, who has diabetes loves that she could actually have two pieces of bread for a sandwich and make it a meal, when a lot of gluten free breads she is can only have one piece due to the carb count. Win-win! We all enjoyed the nutty flavor and whole grain taste. We will be getting this again!
We enjoyed everything we tried. The only sad bit for my girls were that the Brownie Bites and Snickerdoodles (which they REALLY wanted to try) contain dairy. As we are gluten and dairy free, those didn’t work for us. However, my son and husband who can have dairy seemed to enjoy them… Often purchased cookies and brownies that are gluten free also contain dairy. It would be nice to have some that were both gluten and dairy free sometime. (Pretty please?)
All in all, we enjoyed everything. I am so pleased to see more alternative grains, such as quinoa and amaranth, increased fiber (while still maintaining great texture) in their new products. Udi’s has done it again! Thank you!
I participated in this program on behalf of Udi’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.