Product Review: Earth’s Best Gluten Free Sweet Potato Nuggets

Earth's Best Gluten Free Sweet Potato Nuggets
Earth’s Best Gluten Free Sweet Potato Nuggets

Product: Earth’s Best Gluten Free Sweet Potato Nuggets – $4.99+

We are all young at heart, right?  Right!

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself as I sit here with a box of frozen nuggets that are geared toward, and honestly meant, for children.  HA!  I don’t care.

(You will note I am eating off of Wonder Woman plates so…)

You see, I’ve been craving the hell out of some vegetarian chickenless nuggets.  But, sadly, the only gluten-free and vegan chickenless nuggets I have ever found…are no longer produced by that company.  Which…is really too bad, because they were awesome.  I wish, out of things I’ve stocked in my freezer, had I known those would stop being made, I had stocked my freezer full of them.  For when that weird craving hits.

That being said, the other snowy day while cruising the aisles of Target, I started walking the refrigerator aisles.  In truth, I was searching for the gluten-free Eggo waffles.  Which…I know is all Monsanto, but…I kinda want to find them and try them just once.  Don’t hate.  They didn’t have those, but the bright blue box of Earth’s Best caught my eye.  They had LOTS of great options for children, from gluten-free nuggets (real ones with the clucking chickens and all) to gluten-free French toast sticks (I need to try those too!).  But the box labled “Sweet Potato Nuggets” caught my eye.  I pointed to it…”Those don’t have chicken, do they?”  My roommate opened up the freezer and checked.  Sure enough…made from sweet potato.  No chicken.

Welcome to my freezer little potato nuggets.

And as I’m marathoning (not the running kind…not right now!) Game of Thrones currently as much as possible (halfway through Season 4!), and am without my CSA bin because I was supposed to be out of town last weekend…I’m making due with what I have in my pantry, fridge, and freezer.  And these were in my freezer.  And as I’m trying to move more processed food out, this seemed like a good day to do this (most of what is left is easy breakfast fixings…so…be prepared for easy morning meal time!).

These are so easy to prepare.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place all the nuggets on a pan.  Cook for 15 minutes, turning the nuggets over halfway through.  Let sit for a minute before serving.

I divided the entire box of Earth’s Best Gluten Free Sweet Potato Nuggets between my roomie and I as three nuggets each would not do!  Nope.  It’s okay though…and you’ll see why when you hit that nutrition information below.  What I ended up with was a plate of food…that children will love.  Me, as an adult with a more developed palate…liked these well enough.  But love…nah.  Not quite love.  The breading is really good.  It doesn’t get crispy in the oven, but it does toast up nicely.  Inside the nuggets is this deliciously sweet filling that is primarily sweet potato.  It’s rich and soft and just…flavorful.  My roommate said that they tasted “like those nuggets you would get in TV dinners.”  I didn’t eat TV dinners growing up, so I can’t vouch for that…but if I had eaten TV dinner nuggets…this is probably what they would taste like.  Not bad.  Just…not what I was expecting.  Like I said…the little ones in your life will LOVE these.  I might purchase them again if a nugget craving hits unexpectedly.  Maybe.

The Earth’s Best Gluten Free Sweet Potato Nuggets are made by the Hain Celestial Group.  The sweet potato filling is made from sweet potatoes, egg whites, evaporated cane syrup, rice starch, corn starch, expeller pressed canola oil, non fat milk, sea salt, organic maltodextrin, organic natural butter flavor, spices, dehydrated onion, garlic powder, vitamins & minerals.  The breading around these little potato nuggets is made from dried potatoes, rice flour, salt, spices, dried garlic, dried onion, maltodextrin, natural flavors, expeller pressed canola oil and water.  The batter mix is made from corn starch, yellow corn flour, rice flour, xanthan gum, and spices.  That’s a lot to go into these little nuggets.  I think anyway.  That being said, these nuggets are gluten-free, an excellent source of Vitamin A and beta carotene, fortified with iron, zinc, and 6  B vitamins, and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Let’s talk nutrition.  I am a growing woman, not a child…so my roomie and I ended up splitting the entire box, which is about 18 nuggets in total.  That being said, a serving size is normally 3 of these nuggets.  A regular serving of Earth’s Best Gluten Free Sweet Potato Nuggets will dish up only 120 calories and 4 grams of fat.  A serving will also provide 140 mg sodium and 2 grams of sugar.  These nuggets are cholesterol free.  A serving will also give you 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.  So, not made to be super filling either.

So, overall…these were…okay.  Not brilliant, but not bad either.  A great way to get children to eat their veggies and get some important nutrients, for sure.  Oh…and they pair well with ketchup.  Just sayin’.

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