Product Review: Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels

Udi's Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels
Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels

Products: Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels – $6.49+

To this day…thanks to the good gluten-free bagels out on the market…bagels continue to be one of my favorite, easy, breakfast foods (or snack…or even lunch or dinner) to eat.

That’s right.  Just as any proper New Yorker will attest…the bagel is the best invention out there.  I love them.  I loved them back when I could eat “regular” bagels.  And I love them now because I have found two brands that do bagels right.  One handles bagel thins…but when it comes to all-out bagels…the crispy on the outside, soft on the inside bready treat…I turn to none other than Udi’s.

Udi’s knows how important taste and texture are to the gluten-free community.  They strive to provide the best quality, best tasting gluten-free products out there.  The first time I ever had one of their bagels…I might have cried.

Okay…I admit it…there were tears of joy.  And I think the roomie had to hug me.

Yes…they really are that good.

And, get this…the roomie was never big on bagels…until she had one of the Udi’s Gluten-Free variety.  Now…she loves them as much as I do, and is always interested to see what kind of topping I schmear over one in the morning.

Bagels are back with a gluten-free vengeance.

Okay…there is nothing new about Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels.  They’ve been out on the market for as long (if not a wee bit longer) as I’ve been gluten-free.  It’s just taken me this long to purchase them and try them.  Why?  I don’t know.  I’m a grocery shopping dork, apparently.  But…the other day they were on Manager’s Special at my local grocery store…and I couldn’t pass up a pack of these for $2.49.  HELLO!  They found their way into my shopping basket faster than you can say gluten-free!

Udi's Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels (untoasted)
Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels (untoasted)

Here it was, the Monday after a trip to Huntington, West Virginia, where I ran a full marathon.  I was a little sore, very tired, and not wanting to put on my creative thinking cap to actually come up with something to eat for breakfast that day.  Thank goodness for splurge purchases on sale items.  I reached into my freezer and pulled out two (one for me, one for the roomie) of the Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels, placed them in a ziplock bag to thaw and became a slug for a good chunk of the morning.  Around 20 minutes before the roomie was to get up for work, I turned on my oven to 350 degrees removed the bagels from the ziplock.  They were completely thawed and soft (but not mushy…at all!!).  I split them in half and set them on a baking sheet.  Into the oven they went for about 10 minutes until they were just golden on the top.  By then, the roomie was up and ready for some food…same as me.

Why the oven?  Because I got rid of my toasted when I was diagnosed with Celiac.  The toaster had been used with regular bread and therefore…I couldn’t use it anymore.  Toasting bread in the oven is just as easy…it just takes a moment longer to allow it to preheat.  I can deal with that.  Sure, I miss the ease of a toaster…and yes, I could buy a new one, but my kitchen is the size of a walk-in closet…and I honestly have no room for one.

Anyway…I digress…

Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels are AMAZING!  So tasty.  I topped off one half with pumpkin spice cream cheese.  The other half got a schmear of PB & Jellies Pumpkin Pie Jam (which I bought in Colorado Springs, CO).  Why the different options?  Well, I was down to just one serving of the cream cheese, so I split it with the roomie!

So…the verdict from both of us is…SUPER YUM!  Like YUMTASTIC kind of YUM!  Mmmm…mmmm…fantastic kind of YUM!  SO YUM!  I loved the texture of these bagels and the fact that they are the size of a real bagel, if not slightly bigger.  The crust gets this nice crust on it, but the inside remains soft, but toasted all the way through.  Perfect bagel texture…and probably better than any regular bagel I had ever eaten.  I am beyond impressed!  No surprise there!

So, let’s talk ingredients and nutrition, shall we?  I know…I know…but it needs to be done.  Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagels are made from water, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, non-GMO canola oil, egg whites, dried cane syrup, teff flour, tapi0ca maltodextrin, tapioca syrup, flax seed, xanthan gum, yeast, salt, cultured corn syrup solids and citric acid, dry molasses, and enzymes.  So…it’s not completely clean eating…but it’s not as bad as some things on the market.

Nutrition-wise, one serving is one a bagel.  This really large bagel will serve you 320 calories and 11 grams of fat.  One bagel also has 570 mg of sodium and 5 grams of sugar.  In addition to that, this one bagel will also provide you with 3 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein. Trust me…you’ll be more than full after eating one of these…and you won’t be hungry for awhile.  LOVE THAT!

I also love how delicious these bagels are…for real.  Udi’s really does have it figured out and does a brilliant job of maintaining high standards when it comes to their products.  This leaves only one type of bagel left for me to try…the Cinnamon Raisin.  And I haven’t found that anywhere around here as of yet.

If you love bagels…you’ll totally love these!  Trust me.

Toast one up for yourself and see if you agree!

Udi's Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagel (toasted and topped with a schmear of pumpkin spice cream cheese and a schmear of PB & Jellies Pumpkin Pie Jam)
Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bagel (toasted and topped with a schmear of pumpkin spice cream cheese and a schmear of PB & Jellies Pumpkin Pie Jam)

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