New in the Market: Gluten Free Bakery On Main Happy Oats, Nairns Grahams and Cookies, and Smart Flour Foods Frozen Pizza

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 27, 2016 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.
As more people look for gluten free foods, brands are developing new and better products.
HappyOats_Group300Oats are inherently gluten free but often oat crops are rotated with barley (a gluten-containing grain) which can cause cross-contamination. Bakery On Main Happy Oats are farm to table Certified Gluten Free, NonGMO Project Verified and kosher (OU). Each variety comes in a 24-ounce, resealable bag.
Happy Quick Oats can be made by adding boiling water and stirring or cooked in the microwave in 60 to 90 seconds. One serving (1/2 cup cooked) has 170 calories, 7 grams of protein, 30 grams of carb (1 gram of sugar and 5 grams of fiber) and no sodium.
Happy Rolled Oats cook in 3 to 6 minutes. One serving (1/2 cup cooked) has 180 calories, 8 grams of protein, 30 grams of carb (no sugar and 5 grams of fiber) and no sodium.
Happy Steelcut Oats cook in 12 to 20 minutes. One serving (1/4 cup cooked) has 170 calories, 5 grams of protein, 31 grams of carb (no sugar and 5 grams of fiber) and 20 milligrams of sodium.
Nairns_gluten_free-300Nairn’s makes gluten free cookies, grahams and crackers by carefully sourcing gluten-free oats, milling the oats in a dedicated mill, and producing the brand in a dedicated gluten free bakery. We tasted two varieties.
Oatmeal Grahams – 2 cookies have 90 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, 13 grams of carb (3 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber) and 95 milligrams of sodium. Oatmeal Grahams are NonGMO Project Verified.
Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies – 2 cookies have 90 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, 13 grams of carb (5 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber) and 80 milligrams of sodium.
Both were mildly sweet but they did crack easily because they lack the structure that wheat provides to baked items They are made in Scotland, Certified Gluten Free and packaged in go-packs of 4 cookies per package.
Smart Flour Foods got its start when a baker tried to develop gluten free flour for a friend with celiac disease. The end result was flour made from sorghum, amaranth and teff. Today Smart Flour Foods makes Certified Gluten Free, NonGMO Project Verified frozen pizzas.
SF Pizza PEPP Proof #20 090413 OLWe tasted the three original varieties. A serving equals one-half of a pie (5 ounces).
Classic Cheese – 350 calories, 14 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, 43 grams of carb (5 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber) and 850 milligrams of sodium.
Garden Margherita – 330 calories, 13 grams of fat, 12 grams of protein, 43 grams of carb (5 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fiber) and 800 milligrams of sodium.
Uncured Pepperoni – 360 calories, 16 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, 40 grams of carb (4 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber) and 930 milligrams of sodium.
We found the crusts crisp, chewy and tasty. They did not crumble or break as do many gluten free baked items.
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