Although I do not follow a gluten or dairy free diet per se, I’m always on the hunt for healthier swap outs that are not only better for you, but also taste great. This week, I have some products to share with you from a new to me company called Flax4Life. The company was generous enough to send samples of both their toaster buns and granolas for me to try and review.
Flax4Life is a family owned and operated bakery based out of Bellingham, WA that prides themselves on making the best tasting, nutritious and gluten-free products on the market. The decision to develop products that are gluten-free and health-oriented, originated around a decade ago when a few members of their family became diagnosed with celiac disease. As a family of bakers, four generations of baking and distribution of baked goods, it became their mission to develop products that have many health benefits, are gluten-free, made with all natural ingredients but most importantly tasted delicious.
All Flax4Life products are certified gluten free and contain no nuts, dairy, soy, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. The company is committed to using only the highest quality all natural ingredients produced in a dedicated gluten, nut and dairy free facility.
Their product offerings include:
- Muffins(Carrot Raisin, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, Hawaiian, Cranberry Orange & Wild Blueberry)
- Brownies(Cappuccino, Dark Cherry, Chocolate & Toasted Coconut)
- Granola (Hawaiian Coconut Mango, Banana Coconut, Apple Cinnamon, Chunky Chocolate & Cranberry Orange)
- Cakes (Carrot & Chocolate)
- Toaster Buns (Everything, Original & Cinnamon Raisin)
Let’s get to tasting!
Everything Toaster Buns
I enjoyed the chewiness of the toaster bun as well as the distinctive taste of the various seeds and seasonings that render the “everything” distinction. The toaster bun are soft, dense and were sturdy enough to withstand even the sauciest Sloppy Joes. Ground flax seeds are the predominant ingredient and used in lieu of flour. Flax seeds not only provide a nutritional punch but also lends a nice texture to baked goods that is moist and firm without being crumbly. As an added bonus, each bun packs 4000 mg of Omega 3, 10 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein per serving.
Cinnamon Raisin Toaster Buns
One of the Cinnamon Raisin Toaster Buns served as the vessel for my sweet and savory breakfast sandwich. Slicing them in half and toasting them is a must; the cinnamon flavor enhances and the raisins get soft and plump while the edges get all nice and crispy. Plus there is something genuinely comforting about the smell of cinnamon raisin in the morning. While this bun does contain a fair amount of sugar(24 grams per serving- my guess is from the raisins, molasses and prune puree), it is nicely balanced by 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.
Chunky Chocolate Granola
Being quite the chocoholic, I tried the Chunky Chocolate granola first. This uniquely soft granola has nice sized clusters, great texture and is loaded with dark chocolate chunks. It’s super chocolatey with the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness. One 1/2 cup serving has a good dose of Omega 3(2850 mg.), 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. If your willpower isn’t strong, be prepared for the entire bag to be gone quickly. Now I understand why they call this a snacking granola. This flavor is absolutely delicious!
Looking for a yummy summer treat? Try adding granola as topping for your ice cream!
Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut & Mango
Hawaiian has a base of rolled oats and flax seed studded with dried coconut, dried pineapple and dried mango. The flavor immediately stands out for its delicious taste and chewy texture. The tropical flavors of pineapple, coconut and mango together is hard to beat. Your mouth says you must be in Hawaii, no matter what is outside your window. I could barely stop eating it (straight from the bag) long enough to top my yogurt with it.
Nice, big granola clusters are perfect for snacking. Just look at all of that coconutty goodness in this bowl!
Whether you follow a gluten free lifestyle or just enjoy healthier ingredients and options, there is something in Flax4Life’s product line to please just about any palate. I’m looking forward to trying other products as well as regularly buying the granola not because they’re better for me (which is a bonus) but because they taste great.
For more information about Flax4Life visit their website and also check them out through their social media platforms:
Have you tried any of the products from Flax4Life before? Which product would you try first? Please share – I would love to hear from you.
Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.