While none of my immediate family members have issues with gluten intolerance, I have a number of friends who struggle with it. And one of their main struggles that I hear over and over is they miss the delicious baked goods they once enjoyed -- although they definitely do not miss the side effects that came from consuming them.
You see, gluten is found in wheat and related grains and is what gives elasticity to dough, making for light and fluffy baked goods with amazing texture. In its absence, baked goods can be heavy and dense. Surprisingly, there are also many other foods that contain hidden gluten, such as soy sauce, ketchup and salad dressings, making it tough for those with intolerances to cut it out without a lot of label reading.
Udi's recently approached me about trying some of their gluten-free products. I've heard great things about the brand, but knowing what I know about how gluten affects baked goods, I had serious doubts that their muffins, breads, etc. could really stand up in comparison to my favorite products.
Boy was I wrong! I have yet to try a product that I haven't loved, and even my kids scarfed down the Udi's Snickerdoodle and Salted Caramel Cashew cookies and asked for more. These would be a fantastic treat for moms with gluten intolerant children to send to school to help their child feel included at snack time.
I don't know how they've done it, but they've managed to perfect the texture in their breads, minus the gluten. Both the Omega Flax & Fiber and Millet-Chia breads are amazing, and my current obsession is eating them lightly toasted, spread with ripe avocado and topped with sliced Roma tomatoes and a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. It's fabulous for breakfast, lunch or even a quick snack!
I've also been munching on the Udi's Ancient Grain Crisps non-stop with my favorite hummus spread. I favor the Simply Sea Salt variety, but the Aged Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheddar are both excellent, as well.
Find the core Udi's products at most national grocery chains. Their products are sold both ambient and frozen, so where you look for them will depend on the retailer. At Kroger, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, the breads and muffins will be in the bakery section of the stores, but in most other retailers, you’ll find Udi’s in the freezer section. Check the Udi's store locator to find a retailer near you!
I participated in this program on behalf of Udi's and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.