Product Review: Udi’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Udi's Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins
Udi’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Product: Udi’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins – $6.99+

I feel as though I may have stumbled into an anomaly…or perhaps some alternate universe.  Why?

Because I managed to find a new product before many other places had it.  And in this area, that is a rare and unnatural thing.

You see, I was in my Whole Foods just browsing.  I had to just browse because the food budget purse strings had been tightened.  There were so many things I wanted to try, but the roomie said, “Not this week…next week.”  Which is code for…NEVER.  Or so it seems.  Because whenever I am told that…it seems like forever until I actually get to have said product that caught my attention.  But…the budget was tight coming back from my epic vacation…so I guess never it will be.

That was…until I spotted something I had never seen before on the top shelf of the gluten-free bread area in my store.  I pointed to them…”What is that?” I asked.  My roommate looked up…looked at me and sighed.  “Want them?”  As if she had to ask.  The product I am speaking about is the Udi’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins.  And you better believe those were put in the cart and immediately shuttled to the register for ringing up before she changed her mind.

Then the week from hell happened and these delicious muffins remained untouched in my fridge for the whole of the week.  Until Friday morning.

Friday morning I was going to be working from home.  So, I allowed myself to get up later, go for a 5 mile walk, go into work to drop off a few items and pick a few more up, then head home.  The roommate was up after a rough week of being in the hospital…and she was ready for breakfast.  She didn’t even bother to pour herself any cereal…so that’s what she got started off with.  Next time, she can manage that on her own.  But I needed a main course for our brekkies that morning and these muffins were quick and easy and would allow me to get myself logged into work and getting my job done a lot sooner.  So…out came the muffins.  I warmed one up for her and one up for me…and breakfast was done.

These scream fall flavor.  Pumpkin flavored everything is everywhere and I eat it up.  I love pumpkin.  I love the taste and flavor of pumpkin.  The only time I do not like pumpkin is pumpkin pie.  I’ve never liked pumpkin pie.  Pumpkin anything else and…DING DING DING…we have a winner.  I’m weird…I know.

So, how were the Udi’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins?

Let me put it this way…the first day of fall is coming…and this was like the flavor of fall in one amazing and delicious bite.  Honestly.  The Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins actually do taste like pumpkin.  It’s not just a name for the product.  It doesn’t overpower, but strikes that right balance.  The muffin itself is light and fluffy.  I always heat mine up in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds and it’s like taking them fresh from the oven.  Soft, springy, and warm all the way through.  I loved the addition of pumpkin seeds throughout the muffins themselves.  It really added to the pumpkin experience.  The hints of cinnamon and nutmeg were so warming…just what you want in anything that includes pumpkin.  After all, the weather is getting cooler…the food should definitely make you feel warm and cozy.  These muffins are, probably, my second favorite thing in the Udi’s line-up.  My favorite being the Harvest Crunch Muffins…these probably are tied with Blueberry Muffins for second.  Yeah…they’re that good.

I think my only comlaint would be how uneven the muffins were.  My batch looked like they were set on their side when they baked.  But, you know…at least they tasted amazing.

So, let’s take a look at what Udi’s puts into these muffins, shall we?  Ingredients include dried cane syrup, eggs, pumpkin, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, water, palm oil, canola oil, dry molasses, pumpkin seeds, salt, cinnamon, orange zest, caramel color, xanthan gum, ground ginger, nutmeg, and baking soda.  So…yes…the first ingredient is basically sugar…but…it is a muffin.  And, let’s face it, muffins are sweet.

Nutritionally speaking, these aren’t a complete waistline buster.  One muffin is the serving size.  And with that one muffin, you will be consuming 260 calories (which isn’t the best for a muffin, but not bad either!) and 10 grams of fat.  While there are 200 mg of sodium in these muffins, the high 19 grams of sugar is a bit of a shock.  Yikes.  That’s over half the sugar I am actually allotted each day.  Well, as long as it’s not an every day thing…right?  In addition, one muffin also provides 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein.  So with that sugar level and the lower levels of fiber and protein, don’t expect this muffin to keep you full through lunch.  It’s not happening.

Be that as it may…they are super-duper delicious.  If you love the flavor of fall…the flavor of pumpkin…you’ll definitely want to pick up these if you can find them in your area.  I haven’t seen these since, so I’m glad I splurged that week and picked them up.  And now, naturally, I just want more of them.

Guess that’s how it works.

Keep an eye out this holiday season for Udi’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins.  You’ll fall in love at first bite.

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