Udi’s Gluten Free Review + [CLOSED]Giveaway!

July 24, 2013

**This giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified**

I know I’ve been teasing you guys for weeks with this giveaway, but it’s finally time! Udi‘s sent over a HUGE box of gluten free goodies, and I’ve been working my way through them.  You’ve been seeing some of the stuff pop up on the blog with new recipes, like the gluten free lasagna pizza or yesterday’s vegan beef and avocado quesadillas.


I also made one of my older recipes, sweet and savory lentil joes.

Lentil Sloppy Joes

And devoured many just plain in my hand, like these coconut peanut butter cookies.  I’ve tried probably 5 times now to recreate these cookies and I can’t even come close – they’re that good!

Peanut Butter Coconut Cookie

While I do not stick to a gluten free diet, my sister does and I have many friends that do, as well.  I always try to be conscious of other people’s dietary restrictions because I have restrictions of my own, so I often find myself buying gluten free products or making gluten free recipes.  I was SO excited to try everything Udi’s sent me to I can give you all some perspective on the GF options available at the store.

I’ll start with my favorites.  I already mentioned the peanut butter cookies (which I would seriously give a 10/10, no way to improve on that!), but other standouts for me were the pizza crusts, millet-chia bread, and the harvest crunch muffins.  The pizza crusts were one of the best packaged thin crusts I’ve ever tried, gluten free or not.  I feel pretty similarly about the millet-chia bread.  Though the slices are on the small side, a serving size is 2 pieces for about the same amount of calories as a large whole-grain slice of bread – I just took that as an indicator I should always have two sandwiches.  The harvest crunch muffins had a great flavor, but the amazing part for me was the texture.  They were so fluffy and the epitome of what a muffin should be for me.  A++.  Just realized I forgot the granola!  The vanilla granola is another superstar in Udi’s lineup.  While I think most granolas are gluten free, this one is definitely worth checking out whether your GF or not.  Great crunch, nice vanilla flavor, and it stayed crunchy in my yogurt 🙂

Millet-Chia Bread

Millet-chia bread in action

Not all could be my favorites, but I wanted to talk about as many of the products they sent me as possible! Here’s a quick rundown of everything else.
Other breads: I also tried cinnamon raisin  and omega flax and fiber bread.  Both breads were good, I just really liked the millet-chia.
Bagels: The mighty bagels and cinnamon raisin bagels tasted really good but I thought they had a slightly more bready texture than the standard bagel.  Not bothersome, I just like my bagels a little harder on the outside.
Chips: I was sort of on the fence over the sea salt ancient grain chips.  Josh really liked them, but they had a vague background taste I couldn’t quite place.  Not bad, but I don’t think I would buy this flavor – I didn’t try the Jalapeno Cheddar, but I bet that one is great!
Granola bars: I was NOT a fan of the chocolate chip granola bars. The bars were soft and hard at the same time, there was just not a good balance.  I gave the rest to my GF sister and I haven’t heard back from her… so I don’t think she liked them either.  Can’t all be winners, I guess.
Tortillas:  I tried both the large and small tortillas, and I wasn’t sold on either.  If you just ate a room temperature tortilla, they were kind of gritty.  I grilled them up into quesadillas with some olive oil and the texture got WAY better, but the flavor changed slightly.  They were too crumbly to roll into enchiladas or flautas.  Unless you are GF and REALLY miss flour tortillas, I think you might be better off with corn tortillas.
Buns:  The classic hamburger buns were GREAT for sloppy joes.  They held up very well and didn’t fall apart, like can happen with even regular buns with a sloppy sauce.  I recommend using these in extra saucy situations or adding extra condiments to burgers, because the buns really soaked up sauce (in the most delicious way!).

Now for the giveaway!  Open to US residents only (sorry!).  Please also note that most of Udi’s foods are not vegan, so if you stick to a strict vegan diet you may not want to enter unless you have someone in mind you’d like to give some of the items to.   Winners will get 3 of my favorites + get to pick 3 items they’d like to try.

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    Trish Jul 31, 2013

    I am vegetarian and am interested in also exploring gluten free eating.

    Emily Graves Jul 31, 2013

    I am a gluten free, dairy free eater, just trying to figure out what recipes work best for me on a college budget 🙂

    Mandy Jul 31, 2013

    My daughter follows a gluten free diet and this would be wonderful for her to try some different options.

    Lori Davis Jul 31, 2013

    I would like to win because my family and I are beginning a healthy eating journey, and this would give us a chance to try their products before we buy!

    Helga Jul 31, 2013

    I would love to try some Udi’s products, I have heard a lot about them.

    B Jul 30, 2013

    I love Udi’s!

    Carrie Jul 30, 2013

    My daughter in law turned me on to Udi’s…good stuff!

    Katie Stephens Jul 30, 2013

    My cousin (36 years old), her daughter (7 years old), my aunt (59 years old), and myself (25 years old), have all been diagnosed with Celiac Disease spanning over the past two years. We have all tried to a variety of gluten free food products and share our ideas/reviews, and we all agree Udi’s has the best selection and taste of gf products. If I won this contest, I would have a mini gluten-free party for all of us to try and share all of the wonderful products. Keeping my toes and fingers crossed! 🙂
    —- Katie Stephens

    Sara Sara Sara Jul 30, 2013

    I’ve been trying to track down some Udi’s for a weeks! Several of my local stores are listed as having their products but when I go to buy them they’re never in stock 🙁

      Kelly Jul 30, 2013

      Have you checked the freezer aisles? The bread, crusts, tortillas, and buns are all in the freezers at my local stores.

    Kate Jul 30, 2013

    I am a college sophomore with celiac disease about to move into my first apartment. I am worried about paying for gluten free foods on a budget. I love Udi’s and free food would be such a blessing!

    Mindy Miller-Dause Jul 30, 2013

    I love this product, it’s all I use and I tell everyone about this great tasting product!!!! Thanks again for making such a great tasting product!!!!!

    Samantha Daleo Jul 30, 2013

    I am trying to learn about being Gluten Free as my body is becoming more and more intolerant. This would help me get a jump start in figuring out what is good and what isn’t.

    Monique Hjalmquist Jul 30, 2013

    I have been gluten free since just this past February. I have been trying different products and like Udi’s the best so far. I have lived with migraines and rashes from wheat not knowing the cause. GF is costly and I would love to be able to try more of the Udi products.

      Kelly Jul 30, 2013

      Josh has been having terrible migraines for a while now — it’s interesting to see that wheat or gluten could be the cause! We don’t typically keep gluten free (I have no issues with it, and Josh has had no known issue) but we’re staring a GF week, hope it helps him like it did you!

    Meg Jul 30, 2013

    my boyfriend recently had to go gluten free and I’m trying so hard to do it with him. this would be a wonderful way to dive right in with him!

    Stefanie Jul 30, 2013

    I have been eating gluten free for about a year now and absolutely LOVE Udi’s products. It would be amazing to win this contest!

    Laura Jul 30, 2013

    My daughter and I have celiacs, and having celiacs costs a fortune. I love the udi’s line because they are fairly priced and delicious. This weekend we found the udi’s hamburger buns and they are amazing!

    Danielle Jul 30, 2013

    I’d like to win this contest because I was diagnosed with celiac at 15 years old and Udi’s products were my go-to! The products are always so delicious and the variety of foods doesn’t make feel like I’m restricted for having to eat gluten free!

    Katie Jul 30, 2013

    My three year old was just diagnosed with celiac disease. I would love to win!

    Kelli Schulenberg Jul 30, 2013

    I’d love to win because I’m a Celiac and I love Udi’s products.

    Gigi Coan Jul 29, 2013

    I am gluten intolerant so it would be good to have these items.

    Barb K Jul 29, 2013

    I am trying to eat healthier foods. This would certainly help.

    Jillian Tyre Jul 29, 2013

    My mom has gone gluten free, yeast free, and almost wheat free in response to an allergy test that revealed she shouldn’t be eating those things. I would gift this pack to her.

    Darlene Owen Jul 29, 2013

    I would like to win this as a friend of mine just found out he needs to eat gluten free or he gets very sick.

    Debbie F Jul 29, 2013

    One of my best friends is GF and things can be so expensive I would love to win for her!

    Tina Jul 29, 2013

    I love their pizzas too!

    Theresa T Jul 29, 2013

    My husband and I recently started eating gluten free, so this would be really helpful to keep it up!

    Aaron Knoll Jul 28, 2013

    I think Udi’s does some really good stuff. Their pizza crust is my favorite so far, though I’ve yet to find something that wasn’t better than the other gluten free stuff out there.

    Jeri Jul 28, 2013

    I’ve gone gluten-free for a few reasons, but most amazing is that I am no longer in whole-body pain! I’m unemployed, so it’s a bit tough to afford Udi’s products, but I have treated myself to a few and would love to try more! I wish Udi’s was around when my son was gluten free. It was so hard to find palatable, let alone delicious products back then.

    Denise Jul 28, 2013

    A friend’s kid has celiac disease. I’d give this to her if I won.

    greg rowland Jul 27, 2013

    My significant other just learned that she must eat gluten free. We are trying a lot of gluten free products to see what she likes. It would be great to sample some of Udi’s products.

    sandy weinstein Jul 27, 2013

    i try to eat gluton free b/c i am border line for celiac disease. i really like udi’s products.

    Sami Jul 27, 2013

    My boyfriends dad recently found out he needs to eat gluten free, so I would give this to him to try out new products!

    Amanda Blattner (@ahaws81) Jul 27, 2013

    I would like to win this prize pack because I have a friend who has celiac disease, so he cannot have any gluten at all. The gluten free breads and other products are very expensive, so this would help him out tremendously. Thanks for the giveaway!

    carolynmcginnis Jul 27, 2013

    I love Udi’s products and buy them regularly. You can’t beat their bread and buns for tasting great and being gluten free. I just wish I could purchase them fresh instead of frozen.

    Heather Freeman Jul 27, 2013

    I would like to try it for the bread alone, it looks so good! I don’t think I have a gluten allergy to my knowledge, but people tell me you just feel better when you cut it from your diet.

    Kellie Rose Wilson Jul 27, 2013

    I have trouble finding new gluten free foods to try where I live

    Krista Jul 27, 2013

    My youngest daughter is wheat allergic, so we are always trying to find new GF products for her to try and hopefully love. She is only 4, so it is hard to tell her that she can’t have something 🙁

    april Jul 26, 2013

    We’ve been transitioning into a gluten-free house and this would be such a great help. Their products are so yummy!

    Kitty Jul 26, 2013

    I like healthy products, especially gluten free ones, and these look great!

    Sue Hull Jul 26, 2013

    I’ve tried a few GF products and I actually liked them. I couldn’t even tell the difference. I’d love to try these products.Thank you 🙂

    Danielle Porter Jul 26, 2013

    Their products look very healthy! I’m not gluten free but I love products that are healthy, especially ones that are a good alternative for bleached flour products!

    Danielle Jul 26, 2013

    I would love a chance to try a few different things to see which ones I like. In August I’m going grain/gluten free for at least 30 days, hopefully for good!

    Michelle Castagne Jul 26, 2013

    The ancient grain bars look really good. Love to try them.

    Jenn Jul 26, 2013

    I was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I’m still trying to figure out this whole GF diet. I’ve been spending several hundred dollars on doctors and fees. i don’t have any money left for any gluten free bread products. I’ve just had to give them up until I get caught up with medical bills. Anyway, thanks for the give away!

    heather eg kaufman Jul 26, 2013

    My nephews can’t have Gluten & they are a low income family. I would pass them onto my sister & her family.

    Val Jul 26, 2013

    thanks for the giveaway!

    Darby Jul 26, 2013

    I would give these to a newly gluten free friend!!

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Jul 26, 2013

    Awesome giveaway. I have been wanting to try their bread, pizza crusts, and tortillas for awhile now, so I would love to win this!

    Daraya Jul 26, 2013

    I’ve been having some reactions to certain foods recently, so I would love to try out gluten-free foods and lactose-free foods to see if I am sensitive to anything!

    Allie Jul 26, 2013

    I would like to try their products

    Megan H Jul 26, 2013

    I would love to try these products & see how to compare to what i regularly use.

    Barbara Jul 26, 2013

    I have been wanting to try Udi’s breads and I think the millet chia sounds amazing!

    Amy Honious Jul 26, 2013

    i would love to win this because my mother in law has just been diagnosed with celiac disease. maybe if we find products we like, we could recommend them to her. thanks for such a nice and tasty giveaway!

    Emily Wells Jul 26, 2013

    I’d like to try this because I’ve never tried any gluten free products before, and I’m curious about the texture and taste of them!

    laurie nykaza Jul 26, 2013

    my son is diabetic, heart transplant and has celiac’s disease so this would be a great treat for him to enjoy ! (and me too)

    Matt Jul 26, 2013

    Udi’s bread gets the closest to the crusty outside chewy inside…would love to try the rest of their stuff especially because it’s hard to find in my neighborhood!

    darlene carbajal Jul 25, 2013

    It looks yummy!

    Lynn @ The Photographer's Wife Jul 25, 2013

    Several friends and family members have started a gluten-free diet, so I’d like to try some items to see how I like it!

    Lisa Brown Jul 25, 2013

    I eat gluten-free, so I would love to win. Try some products I have never tried before.

    latanya Jul 25, 2013

    I have never tried their products and would love to try them

    makingthymeforhealth Jul 25, 2013

    I’m not allergic to gluten but I like to mix up my diet and eat gluten-free sometimes. I really want those buns so I can make the sloppy lentil joes- they look incredible! 🙂

    Ando Jul 25, 2013

    Ie been wanting I try these for a while, hope I win!

    Dina Jul 25, 2013

    I was just diagnosed with a gluten intolerance but haven’t indulged in Udi’s yet. This list is super helpful as I make my grocery list! Can’t wait to try the bagels.

      Kelly Jul 25, 2013

      Glad it helped! There are some easy GF baked goods around the blog, too. If you haven’t ventured into GF baking yet, I typically use easy to find flours and no strange leaveners.

    Craig H. Jul 25, 2013

    It’s hard to find good gluten free items in my smaller town, but luckily Udi’s hit the shelves about 6-8 months ago. I still hate paying the gluten tax, but have been really happy with all the Udi’s products I have tried.

    Nathaniel Jul 25, 2013

    My fiancee is allergic to gluten so I’m always trying new recipes and products to surprise her. I know that Udi’s is her favorite bread (I’ve bought her other ones but she always says Udi’s is best) but I’m not sure what else she’s tried. If she likes something, the local Food CO-OP is good about ordering things. Thank you for bringing new products to my attention. The local stores don’t always pick up the latest products (Which can be good, we hate when a favorite is replaced by something new that we don’t like as much).

    Kate Jul 25, 2013

    Udi’s pizza crusts are amazing. I haven’t tried the millet-chia bread, either, but it looks like it would make some good sandwiches.

    Emily Jul 25, 2013

    Being a college kid, I don’t have time to make as much food as I do at home. Udi’s really helps to make sticking to gluten free a little easier!

    Natalie yeoman Jul 25, 2013

    I can only eat gluten free foods cuz I have stomach problems

    Erica Scott Jul 25, 2013

    Love the pizza crusts – the BF and I sometimes cut them up and use them as pita triangles with hummus or other spreads too. Haven’t tried the millet-chia bread, but I’d love to.

      Kelly Jul 25, 2013

      That sounds like such a good idea! Baked with some garlic and a little EVOO, they would make perfect chips for hummus.

    Bonnie Jul 25, 2013

    The millet-chia bread is my favorite! Is the pizza crust similar to flatbread? I’ve been craving flatbread so much but the pizza crusts I’ve tried from other brands are super thick and chewy which is not what I want.

      Kelly Jul 25, 2013

      This is a thin crust and it has a little bit of a chew to it if you cook it right from frozen. The first time I used it, I thawed it out completely to room temperature and was a lot better that time. I’m not sure I would say it’s very similar to flat bread, but I haven’t had many flatbread pizzas to compare

    Joanne Jul 25, 2013

    I’m so glad to know there are actually gluten-free products that taste good!! Definitely going to check out Udi’s!

    Wehaf Jul 25, 2013

    I recently went gluten-free and I am still learning about what is out there.

    Monisha Jul 24, 2013

    I am the only one inmy family who has to eat Gluten free and lot of the time.I Feel guilty paying so much for Gluten free goodies for myself! Would love to try these new Gluten free goodies from Udis!

    David Ressler Jul 24, 2013

    Until this blog post, I didn’t even know Udi’s had other products besides gluten free bread! I would love to win this giveaway and share these yummy looking products with my dad and my younger sister (who also have celiac).

    Katie B Jul 24, 2013

    I have been gluten free for 10 years and Udi’s is the first brand that makes me feel like I am normal when I eat again! I would love to win!

      Kelly Jul 24, 2013

      Wow, 10 years!

    Lynn Hendricks Jul 24, 2013

    My long term boyfriend recently found out he is allergic to gluten and we are trying to find new great foods for us to eat! (I try to stick to a gluten free diet as well to make it easier for him) and we have only tried bread and buns from Udi’s because that’s all our local store sells of the brand! But I would love to win so we can try even more!

    Bill Jul 24, 2013

    I am struggling to find Udis in the area I just moved to and would love to try some products out before a take a long drive to Whole Foods.

      Kelly Jul 24, 2013

      Do you have any local health stores you can try? I live in a fairly small town and our little health store has a great variety.

    Rob Starobin Jul 24, 2013

    Their ancient grain granola bars were pretty good; I haven’t tried the chocolate chip ones to compare.

      Kelly Jul 24, 2013

      I read the description of the ancient grain bars and they look like something I’d enjoy! I haven’t tried them yet though

    Em @ Love A Latte Jul 24, 2013

    My nephew sticks to a gluten free diet and loves Udi’s products! Great giveaway! What products are vegan? Thanks! 🙂

      Kelly Jul 24, 2013

      All of the products I looked at had the warning that they’re processed on the same equipment as milk and eggs so if you’re very strict, I’m not sure any are. If the possibility of cross contamination doesn’t bother you, there are few seemingly vegan options. With a quick look, I could only be sure the sea salt chips were safe. The granola and granola bars all contain honey and the bread products use egg.

    SandyN Jul 24, 2013

    I JUST saw Udi’s products yesterday for the first time. I was going to try them, but passed them for another brand. I’d love to win this price and check them out!!