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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.
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!
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 🙂
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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