Product Review: BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf

BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf
BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf

Product: BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf – $3.00

It was two weekends ago that I was walking around the Indiana State Fairgrounds at the Living Without Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest.  I had such a great time going up to the various booths, some from big name and well-known gluten-free companies and corporations.  And then…some of the booths belonged to local businesses…bakeries and sauce makers and the like.  It was an amazing variety and a great time.  I had a blast talking to the various vendors, from local and nationally acclaimed businesses and finding out more about their products and/or company.

One booth that I dropped by was BeeFree Gluten Free Bakery, based out of Noblesville, Indiana.  The bakery is owned and operated by Jennifer Wiese, the mother of four teenage boys, the eldest of which is on the autism spectrum.  She attended an autism conference a few years ago where she learned about the benefits of a gluten-free and casein free diet in helping to alleviate some of the behavioral issues associated with autism.  With a limited amount of good gluten-free and casein free food in Nobelsville, and an 8-year-old with limited patience for being asked to give up some of his favorite foods, Weise decided to get creative.  With the assistance of her mother, they eventually were able to put together a winning combination of rice, tapioca, coconut, and potato flours, with corn starch, as a base for her baking.

In the end, the diet had positive effects on her son.  And Weise wanted her son to be able to eat at social events, often meaning she had to bake a cake or pizza to be offered alongside the glutinous one that everyone else was eating.  When people started complimenting Weise on how good her creations were, she began to get asked to bake for their parties.

With the demand there, Weise decided that starting a business was the next step.  So, in 2010, BeeFree Gluten Free Bakery opened.  Weise rented out kitchen space in a restaurant after hours and would start baking.  After a year, she realized she couldn’t keep up with her orders and grow the business like she wanted to, so she rented a bakery and started producing her baked creations on a larger scale.  This meant she could do her baking in the morning while the equipment was freshly sanitized and there wasn’t any wheat flour wafting around the air.

Today, Weise’s entire family has gone gluten-free.  Now that Weise has more time freed up for working on business, she is interested in getting BeeFree Gluten Free Bakery carried more widely across the region and expanding her line.  She recently even developed a cereal for people on the Paleo Diet, which tends to avoid grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.

So…here the bakery was, participating in a huge gluten-free expo.  As I strolled up to the table, they were offering samples of their Warrior Mix (which is a cereal).  But, for sale, I noticed one lonely loaf on the table…and it caught my attention for one reason – it was LEMON!

I love, love, LOVE lemon flavored things.  And so does my roommate.  Which, I immediately pointed the loaf out to Cathy and she nodded her head.  I spoke to the guy behind the counter and said that I’d love to take the Lemon Loaf off their hands.  He picked it up and informed me it was the last one they had.  WOOT!  Good timing.  Cathy passed over the $3.00 they were asking and we walked away with something lemon and delicious looking.

Upon returning home from our day in Indianapolis, Cathy and I sorted out our stash of free goodies and the items we bought, including ones that needed to be refrigerated.  The BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf went into the refrigerator.  I had every intention of busting into it before today…but we were working hard on polishing off the banana bread I had prepared from the mix I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. And then…we were heading out of town, and taking my own gluten-free zucchini bread loaves with me to my parents home.  So…with all of that finally gone…this morning’s after-gym breakfast had to be simple…and I had nothing.  NOTHING.  Until I recalled…the BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf.  Breakfast…was served.

That morning, before we left for the gym, I pulled out the Lemon Loaf and opened it up.  The serving size was 1/4 of the loaf, so I cut it in half, then cut that half in half…so that my roommate and I each had a serving.  I immediately noted the gorgeous lemon yellow color of the loaf.  However, I was a bit uncertain about the white layer of thick icing on the top.  I’m not big on frosting or icing…and the sheer amount of it was a bit…overwhelming.  But…I placed the slices into a container and we were off to face the cardio machines.

After going to the gym this morning, we hiked over to the office and I removed the two slices (or half of the loaf) from the cooler I bring on gym mornings.  I placed each slice on a plate and gave it a small warming (about 15 seconds) in the microwave before handing off one slice to Cathy and settling in at my desk with the other.

I cut through the top part, getting the huge chunk of icing with a little bit of the loaf.  I took a taste…and aside from the sweetness of the lemon-flavored icing…the loaf itself was moist, rich, sweet, sour, and just plain…delicious!  Yes…delicious.  I ended up breaking the icing away and cutting it up so that I could get smaller bits of it with each bite instead of having it just sitting on top.  Because…there was a lot of it.  By breaking it up like that, it definitely gave the loaf more depth as I got a bit of icing with a bit of bread with each bite.  Otherwise, I’d just get the icing and it was far too sugary sweet for a breakfast.  More like a dessert.  Maybe that’s what this was meant for.  Dessert for breakfast…it happens.  But…with the volume of icing, it was best eaten this way.  Trust me.

I was rather impressed with the texture, taste, density, and flavor that came in the BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf.  It was light, and airy, not dense and heavy.  Like I said, my only complaint is that the ratio of loaf to icing was…way off, in my opinion.  It was a little overwhelming with that thick layer of icing on top, but I made it work.  Truth is, the loaf would have been just as delicious even without the icing.  And probably would make it feel like less of a dessert too. But, to each their own, and this is truly just a personal preference.

The BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf is made from sugar, organic enriched rice milk, corn oil, eggs, white rice flour, tapioca flour, corn starch, organic lemon juice, organic lemon peel, coconut flour, potato flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and sea salt.

As for nutrition, a serving of the the BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf is 1/4 of the loaf.  In this serving, you will be consuming 250 calories and 11 grams of fat.  You will also be consuming 125 mg sodium and 22 grams of sugar.  And finally, you will be taking in 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.  It isn’t filling…but it is one sweet treat in the morning.

I love supporting a local business, so I was excited to tear into my BeeFree Gluten Free Lemon Loaf this morning.  Fantastic flavor and just the right amount of lemon.  For my own tastes, I find the amount of icing a bit of overkill, but it does add great flavor to the loaf.  I was one happy lemon lover this morning.  And this loaf gets another eating on Thursday.  Already anticipating.

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