Count me in as one of the many Tortilla/ Flat Bread fans. Beans and rice, veggie burgers, peanut butter and apples, grilled veggies and cheese, eggs and turkey bacon ... I'll slap pretty much anything into a wrap as I enjoy trying many different variations and experimenting with different fillings. When I went through a "flour is the work of the devil" phase a few years back, I tried Ezekiel flourless bread before and remembered it being pretty good, so I was all set to try another Ezekiel brand product when I spotted Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas.
Like all Ezekiel products, these tortillas contain no flour or yeast, only sprouted, organic grains from wheat, soybeans, barley, millet, lentils and spelt. According to Food for Life, the folks behind Ezekiel products, the process of sprouting grains "not only significantly increases vitamins, but also causes a natural change that allows the protein and carbohydrates to be assimilated by the body more efficiently." The tortillas are a pretty good size at 12 inches in diameter - about that of your standard burrito tortillas. Mine were frozen so I heated one up in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Warmed up it was pretty pliable and I could see little bits of the famed sprouted grains throughout.
I decided to taste the tortilla a couple of different ways. First, by itself - it was sort of nutty, a little bit sour but not in a bad way (similar to a sourdough bread taste). Definitely not as light as your standard tortilla, and it's a little chewy and a tad on the tough side. Still, it tasted pretty good. Next, I ripped off another piece and wrapped it around a bit of Sunshine Burger (this veggie burger is the best). Well, at least I tried to wrap it up. As the tortilla cooled it became less flexible so it broke during the wrapping process. Taste-wise though, this was a good combo and the thickness of the tortilla stood up well to the denseness of the veggie burger. For the final test, I wrapped another small piece around a scoop of black beans and cheese. This didn't work out as well. A not so flexible wrap is okay around a dry veggie burger, but around drippy beans and cheese - let's just say it was a big mess. Then when I tried to eat it with a fork I found the tortillas hard to cut into. I also don't think the slightly sour taste lends itself very well to a pairing with beans.
Nutritionally, these tortillas are quite the powerhouse. One tortilla has a whopping 6 grams of protein and 20% of the daily value for fiber (5 grams). Each tortilla also provides 150 calories, 6% of the daily value for sodium (140 mg) and 3.5 grams of fat, only 0.5 grams of which is saturated. There is also 10% of a few vitamins and minerals.
I paid $3.69 for a package of 6 at Publix which is a bit more than most flour tortillas, but nutritionally you're certainly getting a lot more with these. I do think that because of the pliability issue these are handy for wrapping things that aren't drippy and are more solid. Fillings with lots of small pieces are liable to fall out. Overall, the taste is above average, but I think it goes with some things better than others. Flat Out Multi-grain Wraps are cheaper, have more fiber and less calories, but Ezekiel are flourless, organic and has all 9 essential amino acids - tough decision.