My whole family was in town this past weekend for Sienna’s dedication (like a christening). My parents and sister Jackie stayed with me and my cousin Khari (Sienna’s newly minted godfather) was over every morning at 8:30 to get the party started. When I have a house full, one of the mornings I usually end up asking Lateef to run and get bagels and lox – even hungry hungry mama gets tired of cooking every meal. I asked him to stop at Whole Foods and grab me a bag of Udi’s Gluten Free Everything Bagels so i didn’t have to miss out on the lox + bagels. Here’s my review of Udi’s Gluten free bagels.
Since I’ve been gluten free for about a month now, I’ve primarily been avoiding bread and when I want carbs I’ve been eating brown rice, a sweet potato or a corn tortilla. I think its high time I get into this gluten free bread world. So, the Udi’s everything bagels were just OK. On the plus side – they are shaped like bagels. Two main complaints – the texture was not “bagel-like” and they did not have enough flavor. The texture is somewhat crumbly and did not have the chewy consistency of a bagel. I’ve actually had Udi’s gluten free bread and that texture was much better and had more of that pull apart stretch factor than the bagels. They almost could have masked some of the texture issues with using enough everything seasoning, but there wasn’t enough everything seasonings. I’m going to continue my GF bagel search and will report back once I try some more.
I have to caveat this review with the fact that I’m new to the gluten free bread world. I’ve just recently had to go GF until I can fully have my stomach issues diagnosed. I may have a different outlook and expectations on what GF is and can be in a few months, but we shall see. I have faith that someone has gotten it right with gluten free bread.
There’s definitely a market out there of GF eaters in the U.S. I mean 3 million Americans (1% of the population) have Celiac Disease and another 18 million people (or 3% of the population) have some form of gluten intolerance (I fall into this latter category and I’m still honestly trying to determine what is going on with my stomach). And then another 30 percent of shoppers are choosing “gluten-free” options. SO i’m sure someone out there has the bomb GF bagel or I may have to make it myself. I’ve actually been wanting to try Coco Bakes Gluten Free Sourdough Bread – I need to get it together and order it!
Udi’s day two – 1/2 Udi’s bagel topped with avocado that I smashed with fresh lime juice and TJ’s Everything Bagel Seasoning, a slice of tomato & prosciutto. Basically bomb.