Gluten Free breakfasts can be a dilemma since many quick options are full of gluten. Udi’s asked if I would try some of their new gluten free items, I was happy to see if anything would work for me as I return to early morning classes this fall to finish my graduate degree. They sent me an assorted box of free goodies to try, but honestly, I wasn’t expecting too much. I like Udi’s hamburger buns and but don’t purchase their other products regularly due to quality control issues (bread with too many holes) or just thinking they are so-so, like their cinnamon rolls.
I must admit, I was surprised by the flavors and textures I discovered and wanted to share some of my favorites:
The bagels really surprised me. In the past I reviewed their plain bagel and thought it was so-so. I have to admit, I LOVED the cranberry bagels bursting with seeds and dried cranberries. I found this gluten free bagel hearty and filling and tasted great toasted with a pat of butter. Unfortunately, there are still issues with uneven slicing, but not enough to prevent me from eating the whole thing. The exterior wasn’t as chewy as a traditional bagel, but it was really good. Rating: 4 stars
By far, my favorite item in my Udi’s breakfast box was their Harvest Crunch muffins, They have flax and pumpkin seeds, cranberries and sweet potato. When I warmed them in the microwave for 25 seconds, they tasted like autumn to me, my favorite season. The sweet potato added some great moisture and flavor. The muffin itself was on the dense side, soft, and not very crunchy, but I didn’t mind since that is how I like them. Rating: 5 stars
I liked the Gluten Free Udi’s Blueberry Cashew granola for its controlled sweetness and touch of richness from the cashews. The dried blueberries were so small I couldn’t taste them, which was fine by me since I don’t like blueberries anyway! The granola was nice and crunchy, and would pair fantastically as a topping for yogurt. Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Udi’s Millet-Chia bread was a nice surprise. I took note that there were less holes and gaps in the bread and tried it toasted with a pat of butter. The flavor was mild with a bit of nuttiness and tasted great on its own. I think it would also make a great breakfast sandwich with egg and bacon. Rating: 4 stars
Finally, I am a big fan of the “sweet and fruity” cranberry granola. Cranberry is one of my favorite flavors so it wasn’t a hard sell for me. The granola tasted crunchy with a touch of sweetness from honey, but not too sweet. It was bursting with dried fruit and walnuts, and was great with a splash of almond milk. Rating: 5 stars
Overall, I was impressed with how Udi’s gluten free products have improved in flavor and texture. Rumor is they now have soft tortillas, and I can’t wait to try those soon!
Nutritional information, ingredient lists, and coupons can be found at Udisglutenfree.com