Katz Gluten Free strips down the common cinnamon roll with their Cinnamon Strip

Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Strip
Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Strip

Product: Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Strip – $7.24


Cake for…breakfast.

That’s basically what I’ve been enjoying this week.  I’m not even joking.

And why should I joke about such a thing.  When my roomie ordered the Cinnamon Strip from Katz Gluten Free, she did so without my knowledge.  You see, I gave her carte blanche to place an order for Katz goodies using a Groupon or Gluten Free Saver certificate that I bought…without me knowing what would be arriving.  One of the items she chose was…the Cinnamon Strip.

I had no idea what the Cinnamon Strip was, honestly.  No joke.  When it arrived at my office and I unpacked it…it looked like a loaf of bread.  I took it home that night, put it in the freezer…and there it remained.  But, you see, summer is coming and I need room in my freezer for my ice cream maker.  So, I’m making my way through the items I’ve stored in there.  And this week…I thought something called a Cinnamon Strip might be a delicious idea for breakfast.  I mean, it’s probably a cinnamon-y loaf of some sort, right?

Well…I was kind of right.

I took the Cinnamon Strip out of the freezer the night before and placed it in the fridge to thaw.  The next morning, I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it…but assuming it was a loaf of something, I thought…maybe making it into French toast.  So, the Cinnamon Strip came out of the fridge and I heated up a skillet and cracked an egg and scrambled it up to dip it in.  And then…only then…did I retrieve a cutting board and knife and actually slice into the Cinnamon Strip.

Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Strip
Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Strip

On Katz Gluten Free Web site, the Cinnamon Strip is simply described as being a great-tasting and decadent treat with rich layers of cinnamon filling.  I didn’t read this nor look at a picture before deciding to make French toast from it.  Obviously.  Because when I sliced into the Cinnamon Strip…I was not expecting what I got.  In fact…the Cinnamon Strip is less like a cake or a loaf of bread…and more like a cinnamon roll…before you actually slice them into rolls to bake.  Since I already had the egg ready to go, I went ahead and did that day’s up as French toast…topping it off with a small amount of real maple syrup.  It was delicious…but I wanted to eat this in the actual way it was meant to be eaten.

Sliced…warmed…and just rich with cinnamon flavor.

The next day, that’s exactly what I did.  I retrieved the Cinnamon Strip from the fridge and sliced into it again.  This time, I only intended to give it a few seconds (about 20 total) of warming in the microwave.  The first slice went to my roommate.  And as I was warming mine up, she was digging in.  I asked her if she preferred this over my attempt to make it French toast.  She said that it tasted like a cinnamon roll.

Well, we all know I have a deep love and appreciation…and addiction…to cinnamon rolls.  If a gluten-free bakery is doing them…I want them.  Well, this seems to be Katz Gluten Free’s answer to the cinnamon roll.  That’s exactly what it smells like as it warms in the microwave.  If I had some icing handy, I’d have spread it over the top.  But I ran out of icing a little while ago.  I checked.  None was currently lurking in my freezer.  Trust me…I hunted.  That being said..when I settled in to taste this for myself…I couldn’t have agreed more.   Like eating a a slice of cinnamon roll.  It was sweet with a cinnamon and sugar crust on the outside, but soft on the inside, the cinnamon rolled between the dough giving that perfect sweetness to each bite…even the ones without that candied outside crust.

In other words…super yummy!

I admit…this is probably not the healthiest choice for breakfast, but, honestly, it’s like a smaller, lighter cinnamon roll.  So…how bad can that be?  I sliced up my Cinnamon Strip into 10 slices, because the servings per container said 9, and I hate odd numbers when there are two people in my apartment that eat something.   So, these are already slightly less caloric than they would be had I sliced them into 9 servings, as directed.  That being said, normally a slice of Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Strip would set you back 210 calories and 8 grams of fat.  It is rather high on sugar, containing 17 grams, but it’s no different than eating a cinnamon roll, honestly.  If you’re going sweet treat for breakfast…that sugar will be higher.  Higher than I like…but I wasn’t sure what I was slicing into.  This is probably meant to be a dessert…but for me…it’s a delicious breakfast treat this week.

Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Strip is made from their gluten-free flour blend (a mix of potato, tapioca, white rice, brown rice, and sorghum flours), sugar, canola oil, water, eggs, confection sugar, orange juice, vanilla sugar, dry yeast, cinnamon, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt.  And what you get is this strip of cinnamon-sugary sweetness that is ideal for dessert, but perfectly works for breakfast as well.  If you are a conneasuier of cinnamon rolls like I am…then you will want to devour this.  It’s hard to keep it to just one slice when something as moist, delicious, and sweet emerges ready to eat.  Toast it, warm it…or eat it straight.  It’s delicious any way you slice it.

Katz Gluten Free just won me over with yet another product.  They are on one sweet, sweet roll!

Katz Gluten-Free Cinnamon Strip (sliced)
Katz Gluten-Free Cinnamon Strip (sliced)

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