Product Review: Sweet Note Gluten Free Tomato Basil Bagels

Sweet Note Bakery Gluten Free Tomato Basil Bagels
Sweet Note Bakery Gluten Free Tomato Basil Bagels

Product: Sweet Note Gluten Free Tomato Basil Bagels – $7.25

I just got home from New York City.  When you’re in New York, you eat bagels.  It’s what you do.  Fortunately for me, there are a lot of places that offer gluten-free bagels throughout the city.  Most of the bagel shops use a store brand version (like the one I went to…Tompkins Square Bagels), but at least I got to indulge.  BTW…if you go to Tompkins Square Bagels, they have a variety of tofu cream cheeses (for people like me who don’t handle dairy well), which makes the bagel experience that much more authentic.  For the record, I got a plain gluten free bagel there which I had them load up with the tofu veggie cream cheese.   It was mighty good.

But…you can tell when a bagel is a store brand.

Tompkins Square Bagels could really benefit from picking up bagels from a company that does New York-style bagels right!


You want to talk about an appropriate bagel…you look to these ladies (and gentleman).

What’s even more exciting is that Sweet Note has expanded their flavor profile on their bagels.  While they are getting rid of the Sesame Bagels (due to allergen concerns with sesame seeds now), they have added 4 new varieties to their already sought-after, highly delicious, amazing bagel lineup.

I think I have stumbled upon my new favorite from their latest creations.  Seriously…i should have ordered 10 packs of these…

While I have already reviewed their new Garlic & Herb Bagels a few weeks ago…today I stepped it up, reached into my freezer, and delivered to my oven the epitome of every gluten-free bagel out there.  Seriously…no comparison…nothing could live up to the flavors, texture, and sheer awesomeness of every bite of the brand new…

…wait for it…


Before I begin to wax rhapsodic about this bagel…let’s start with the basics.  Keep these frozen . Do NOT thaw them out to room temperature ahead of time.  It’s on the instructions on the packaging and in the box they arrive in.  Do not ever think you know best.  Simply place in the microwave for a minute to begin to thaw bagel from frozen.  I have found that if I start with 30 seconds, then completely flip the bagel over for the remaining 30, they thaw out evenly and perfectly.  If you eat a bagel in true New York fashion…stop here.  If you, like me (despite being a New Yorker), like to toast up that bagel a wee bit…then stick it in your toaster (or if you, like me, do not own a toaster, get that oven going at 350°F and place on a baking sheet…toasting for about 15-20 minutes or less).  My roommate was awake at this point, so I let them toast lightly while I went to shower, since I had just returned from my Friday morning spin class.

Timing is everything…and that just seems to be the perfect toasting time for these bagels for me.  I don’t get them to the crispy on the inside point, but do get a nice, light, golden color to them.  My apartment smelled frickin’ awesome this morning while these were working.

Since Tomato Basil is a bit more of a savory flavor, I opted for something different than your standard cream cheese.  Because…why do anything normally?  This was a brand new, exciting, culinary adventure.  LIVE IT UP!  I had a container of Heidi Ho Organics Ne Chevre Pure Live Culture Cashew Cheeze.  I used that!  I’ll review Heidi Ho in a little while..but this is some of the best plant-based cheese I have ever had!!  Goat cheese without the goat!!  OH HELL YES!!  On a tomato basil bagel…now I’m just out of control!!  Somebody stop me!!

Or don’t…because…

HOLY GARDEN OF EATING!!  Let me just say…the Sweet Note Gluten Free Tomato Basil Bagels are like eating a pizza first thing in the morning.  It’s a bagel..that tastes like pizza.  In fact, if I wanted to make bagel pizzas like I used to…this bagel would be the ideal base.  No joke…packed…just loaded…overloaded…full of flavors.  It has this rich tomato flavor to it, but the herb-y nature of the basil keeps the flavor profile balanced and just…awesome.  Yep.  Awesome is now a flavor profile descriptor.  There are no other words to describe how life changing just one bite of this bagel was.  If you are into savory flavors…THIS bagel will blow your culinary mind!  Your taste buds will applaud each and every bite you take…whether you savor it (I tried…I tried…) or mow it down on the go (I might have power ate mine…a little…).  If you’re a pizza freak (she’s a pizza freak…pizza freak…so hot and cheesy)…like I am…this bagel is calling your name.  Loud and proud, my friends.  I am in total and absolute love and now needing to go and buy at least 5 more packs of these.  I will not rest until my freezer is properly stocked.  Just…WOW!!  Wow-factor…off the scale…off the chart…OFF THE CHAIN!!!  Pairing it with a more “cheezy” spread was a wise decision I think too.  While regular cream cheese would work just fine…this…highly complimented every bite.  It was…virtually…pizza for breakfast.  Just like when I was in college…ah…those good ol’ days.

Gluten Free and Vegan Pizza Bagels made with Sweet Note Bakery Gluten Free Tomato Herb Bagels
Gluten Free and Vegan Pizza Bagels made with Sweet Note Bakery Gluten Free Tomato Herb Bagels

And…if that wasn’t enough, I went back for more. YES…MORE!!  I came home from work and toasted up another round of these bagels.  This time, along with the Heidi Ho Organics Ne Chevre Cheeze, I topped it with marinara and some dried basil…making bagel pizzas for dinner.  And they were BEYOND fantastic. They were superbagelfragalisticexpizzalidocious!  Blew me away. Pizza bagels…now that really did bring back some memories, LOL!!  You’d think I was carb loading or something.  But I’m not.  I’m just LOVING these bagels.

If I don’t have your attention yet…then you’re not reading a thing I’ve written.  But in case you need a little more…let’s talk about all the good things that go into the Sweet Note Gluten Free Tomato Basil Bagels, shall we?  Real ingredients for starters.  And it all starts with…LOVE.  Yes…that’s an actual listed ingredient.  Everything that makes these amazing New York-style, gluten-free bagels is listed here:  Love, water, white rice flour, tapioca flour, sweet white rice flour, sorghum flour, brown sugar, cane syrup, olive oil, molasses, yeast, xanthan gum, psyllium husk, garlic, salt, tomato paste, and basil.  Nothing fake or processed…just high quality, real products to make a high-quality real product.  Eating a clean breakfast just got so much tastier.  Sweet Note Gluten Free Tomato Basil Bagels are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, egg-free, peanut & tree nut-free, and cholesterol free.  LOVE IT!!  Vegan & Gluten Free bagels are now ready to be delivered right to your doorstep!

As far as nutrition goes, I LOVE that these bagels keep calories and fat in check.  Honestly!  A serving size is one (1) full bagel (not a half a bagel, but a full)…which is about 4.5 ounces (or 128 grams) of bagel-y goodness.  Each pack of bagels comes with four (4) bagels inside.  The Sweet Note Gluten Free Tomato Basil Bagel will deliver unto you…290 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 320 mg sodium, 62 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 8 grams sugars, and 5 grams of protein.  We are talking about the ultimate powerhouse of nutrients in a delicious carby package.  Mmmm…carbs.  With the high fiber and protein, you’ll feel full and satisfied long after your bagel is gone.

This flavor is not an online exclusive, but in case your local stores don’t carry Sweet Note Bagels or have yet to get their hands on the new flavor…you can order this (and go overboard, for real!) in their ONLINE STORE!

There is nothing better than taking your first bite of breakfast and being blown away by the intense, amazing flavors that touch your palate.  This was the ideal way to start my Friday.  Definitely sets the standard for the rest of what I consume today…which is in no way as interesting as my breakfast.  For real.  I mean, a gluten-free peanut butter & jelly sammie just isn’t the same as a gluten-free tomato basil bagel with a schmear of ne chevre cheeze.  When you hear the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…believe it…and make it epic.

Sweet Note Bagels will definitely take you above and beyond that epic level.  Don’t wait any longer if you haven’t tried these yet.  DO IT!!

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