Back in August, 2010 I posted the first GFHP News and Updates. In this post I shared the news that the Garmin-Transition US Cycling Team had gone gluten-free and had picked Bakery on Main’s gf granola as part of their new diet. This was, of course, good news because it wasn’t only about gluten-free tasting good, but also about it being good for you, which I am always happy to hear about. In addition, I was pleased to hear about it because I am a huge fan of granola in general. So, when I was contacted about writing a review for Bakery on Main’s gluten-free Granola I was eager to give the whole product line a try.
The Story of Bakery On Main began in a small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. It was there that Michael Smulder, the founder of Bakery on Main, observed the dietary woes of his celiac costumers and decided to do something about it. He created his granola with the goal of satisfying a need for healthy yet delicious food for people with special dietary needs. Several years and bakeries later, this small company has grown and expanded their product line to include granola for a wide variety of taste buds. Though the bakery itself has gotten bigger, the granola itself is still made in small batches to maintain the small bakery quality. To make sure their product is safe for celiacs, Bakery on Main tests each batch for gluten. Bakery on Main’s Gluten Free Granola is available in a wide variety of flavors and forms. For this review I had the opportunity to taste almost all of them.
Soft & Chewy Granola Bars:
Like the products name implies, These granola bars are very soft chewy. There flavor and texture is extremely similar to lightly cooked oatmeal held together by a sweet syrup. Though they are on the sweet side they also contain some really great ingredients, such as brown rice, flax seed, quinoa and chia seed. This makes Bakery on Main’s Soft and Chewy Granola Bars a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Soft and Chewy Granola Bars come in three flavors, Almond and Chocolate, Apples Cinnamon, and Peanut butter and Jelly. Each bar comes individually wrapped in 5 count 6oz box.
Gluten-Free Granola Snack Bars:
These snack bars are closer to what I expect from a granola bar. Each bar is packed with an impressive and color amount of granola, seeds, and berries. Though the snack bars are very crunchy they still manage to be soft. Bakery on Main’s Granola Snack bars are available in three flavors, Cranberry Maple Nut, Extreme Trail Mix, and Peanut Butter Chocolate.
Gluten Free Granola:
The original gluten-free granola offered by Bakery on Main is available in five flavors, Apple Raisin Walnut, Rainforest, Extreme Fruit and Nut, Nutty Cranberry Maple, Cranberry Orange Cashew. The gluten-free cereal in each package makes them perfect for breakfast as well as a handy snack through out the day. All the flavors are extremely crunchy and packed with nuts and seeds. My only complaint for this granola is that I would have liked to see more fruit in each bag. Bakery on Mains Granola comes in a wide variety of package sizes to fit all levels
Fiber Power is a newer addition to the Bakery on Main’s product line. 9 grams of fiber are in every ½ cup serving. That is 1/3 of the FDA recommended daily intake in yummy gluten-free snack. This product addresses as serious issue. Many celiacs as well as others observing a gluten-free diet have trouble incorporating an appropriate amount of dietary fiber into their new diets.
In addition to providing a healthy dose of dietary fiber, I enjoyed Bakery on Main’s Fiber Power the most because it is my favorite style of granola. The type of granolas I enjoy the most is referred to as “tree bark” by my boyfriend. This does not mean it taste like tree bark but rather that it is extremely crunchy and not very sweet. And that is how I would describe Fiber Power. Bakery on Main’s Fiber Power is available in two flavors Cinnamon raisin and Triple Berry: