We here at My Gluten Free Girlfriend entered a facebook contest to win a basket of Glutino goodies about a month ago. We were so overjoyed when we ended up as one of the three winners that we took it upon ourselves to write a few reviews of the best and worst products. These babies were supposed to be in the basket but were not quite ready yet. We received them a few days ago in a separate shipment and man are they amazing! These Glutino Pretzel Chips have not even hit the store shelves yet so we are pretty stoked to get to try them. Winning feels good! Continue reading
I have already extensively reviewed the amazing life changing drool worthy crust for these toaster pastries in my Glutino Strawberry Toaster Pastry review. Go check it out and then immediately run to the store to buy some. I’ll skip right to the juicy filling now. I love the combination of apples and cinnamon. The flavor reminded me of a warm apple pie in a convenient toastable easy to take along anywhere form. The Glutino Apple Cinnamon Toaster Pastries gave us here at My Gluten Free Girlfriend an epic recipe idea. Alan thought it up Easy Gluten Free Apple Pie Ala Mode (pronounced Ah La Mode E) I will post the recipe as soon as I finish eating it. Nom Nom Nom 🙂 Continue reading
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups apples cored and peeled
- ½ cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
- 1 tbsp butter
- ¼ to ½ tsp cinnamon (depending on how much you like it)
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp
- Breyers All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
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- In a saucepan combine everything except for the apples. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thick and bubbly.
- Add apples and continue to stir and cook until desired thickness or about 2 minutes. Let cool slightly (no burnt tongues allowed)
- Toast Pastry until desired toastiness is achieved.
- Place pastry in a bowl.
- Top generously with ice cream and apple mixture.
- Inhale and enjoy!
I was outside enjoying the warmth of the first really nice day of spring when a craving hit me. I must have warm apple pie filling over ice cream. All day I could taste how good the cinnamony slightly caramely apples would taste as they oozed over the cold vanilla ice cream I knew I had some apples already cut, blanched and in the freezer waiting to be used up. I was going to make this happen as soon as I got home. I stopped at the local Kroger and bought Breyer’s All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream and headed towards the land of desserts (aka my kitchen). When I got home I realized that I could make my fantasy dessert even better by adding something akin to a pie crust. I thought about toasting tortillas and drizzling them with maple syrup and cinnamon but I didn’t have any handy. That’s when I went to Alan, my genius of a boyfriend, for help. He had a fantastic idea right away. I had won a gift basket of Glutino products in a facebook contest and still had a fair amount of them left. In that basket just happened to be their amazingly tasty Glutino Apple Cinnamon Toaster Pastries. The crust on those things is to die for. So we toasted up one apple and also a Strawberry one for fun and used them as a base for our dessert concoction. It was heavenly. I had hit upon what will become a staple dessert in our apartment… Gluten Free Apple Pie Ala Mode! Here is the rather simple recipe. It can of course be made even simpler by using canned or jarred apple pie filling. We like to make as much real food as possible so here is our take on apple pie filling.
I adore versatile multi-purpose foods. That’s why I enjoyed Glutino’s Garlic & Parmesan Bagel Chips so much. They are crunchier, larger, and thicker than other bagel chips I have had. All of those things make them useable in a variety of fun snacks. I Loved the Garlic & Parmesan flavored powder that coated the chips. It reminded me of a perfectly flavored crouton. I immediately thought they would be an excellent addition to my daily salads. The only thing I didn’t care for about them is that they were very unevenly coated. Many had way too much flavor and others had none at all. That did not take away from the many ways I could think of to use them. They are large enough to make snack sized bruschetta with fresh mozzarella, tomato slices, and lots of fresh basil, I even thought that crushed they would be a fun way to coat a few chicken breasts. These are also fantastic on their own, but I have too much fun playing with my food to eat many by themselves. I think a homemade Chex Mix is in my future. 🙂
Glutino Cheddar Crackers neither wowed me or turned me away. They were too crispy for what I like in a cracker and lacked the airy crumbliness that I was hoping for. The flavor is just as good as any other cheese cracker I have had. They remind me slightly of what I remember Goldfish tasting like. They would work well as cute party food for topping or dipping. I couldn’t eat more than 2 by themselves but could see myself trying them again with a bit of pepperoni or veggies and creamy cheese spread. I was hoping this would bowl me over but it didn’t. For being a cracker it was good but it did not stand out among the other gluten free crackers I have had.
I have a confession to make… I am a chocolate addict. I was ecstatic to find a bag of Glutino Fudge Covered Pretzels in the gift basket that I won. I was afraid to open them because I knew that the bag wouldn’t make it to the end of the day and might not even get photographed if I did. I mean, I lose it over chocolate. After writing reviews for five or so of the other Glutino products that I won the temptation overcame me and I carefully cut open the bag. I greedily scarfed down the first one and it was perfect. The chocolate coating was thick, smooth, and melted nicely in my mouth giving way to the crunchy pretzel inside. I must note that I don’t put salt on my food and I thought these could use more salt to balance the sweet. The lack of salt did not deter me from rummaging in the bag for more, and more,and more of these wonderful fudgy pretzels. If you have a sweet tooth and love a good crunch then these are the perfect thing to satisfy your need to feed. I would highly recommend these although I won’t be buying them often or I would become very fat very quickly.
I have always been a fan of baked chips. I don’t like greasy foods and watch my calories. Glutino BBQ Baked Potato Crisps may become a new favorite chip in my house. They have a sweet smoky flavor that is really addictive. I could have easily plowed through a whole bag if I didn’t exercise extreme caution while snacking. The chips are nice and thin while passing the dip test as well. They did not break apart easily leaving chip remnants in my dip. I will definitely be purchasing these when I see them on sale! I am excited to try the Sour Cream and Onion and Simply Salted flavors soon as well. I seriously need to go hide this bag from myself as I have been eating them while I write and just can’t stop munching happily away on this awesome snack. If you have not already tried them please grab a bag on your next shopping trip. You won’t regret it.
I love wafer cookies. I like to eat them in layers and try to see how perfectly I can separate the cream from the cookie. Yes I am an odd duck. I also really like lemon flavored treats, but they are a tricky flavor to get just right. I was overall not very happy with the Glutino Lemon Wafer Cookies. The first one I pulled out of the package fell apart in layers immediately. I thought “How convenient! Glutino did all the work for me” ,and smiled. I picked up the first crispy layer and took a bite. It was unpleasant. It had no sweetness like a cookie wafer should. The taste was like a plain unsalted rice cracker, very bland. I was hoping that the lemon creme layer I would eat next would win me over. Unfortunately it did not. The cream tasted like Lemon Pledge. I gave the cookie the benefit of the doubt and took a bite from the whole cookie thinking that the flavors combined would make me fall in love. They didn’t. I love Glutino products as you can see from my other reviews. This Lemon Wafer Cookie really missed the mark for me.
I am a muffins for breakfast type of girl. Although I have eaten my fair share of cold cereals for breakfast, I prefer warm food and a hot beverage in the A.M. When I did eat more cereal, I ate Special K pre-diagnosis and Cocoa Pebbles (yes, they are gluten free) after my diagnosis. The Glutino Berry Sensible Beginnings Cereal tastes very similar to Special K with Red Berries. The cereal flakes are large and crunchy. They are lightly sweetened so even a child would find them hard to resist. The dried strawberries are melt in your mouth good. The downside is there do not seem to be very many in my particular box. I put this cereal through a few highly scientific tests. 🙂 I like a cereal that can be eaten dry as a quick snack. My boyfriend has sugar issues causing him to need to eat often. That coupled with my Celiac means that we take snacks and a lunchbox with us whenever we leave the house. I could see myself portioning this into snack sized bags and grabbing it on the way out the door. I also tried this cereal with milk. It was equally delicious. I haven’t tried many gluten free cold cereals and the ones I did try were not very pleasing. Glutino Berry Sensible Beginnings Cereal tasted as good as the gluten cereals I remember eating in the past. I took photos before I dug in since I am a messy eater and no one wants to see a half eaten bowl of cereal. Even after sitting for a minute the cereal was still at optimum crunch level and was not soggy at all. I ate while writing so I ate fairly slowly and even the last bite was still crunchy. This could definitely be a way for me to get a quick breakfast when I don’t feel like making my usual hot breakfast.
Glutino Rosemary Olive Oil Crackers
The Glutino Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack Crackers fill a much needed void in the gluten free cupboard. They have a consistency and flavor that makes them stand out amongst the other brands of gluten free crackers I have tasted. Some are too seed filled to really be called a cracker. Others are too pale and too crunchy in all the wrong ways. The Glutino Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack Cracker, while not the same as a wheat based cracker, is a great savory snack. The cracker is thin and crunchy. The few sesame seeds sprinkled through them gives them tasty little bursts of extra yum(just in case you didn’t know yum and scratch are my two favorite ingredients). They are coated in a garlicky rosemary powder that has a hint of cheese. I was going to stop myself at half a serving but they were so tasty I couldn’t resist eating a full serving instead (11 crackers). The only thing that I did not like was that they seemed to get stuck in my teeth for a while after eating them. I’m going to portion these out into bags to quickly toss in my lunch bag as I fly out the door on my next secret mission. 🙂