French Meadow Bakery offers a line-up of organic, all-natural products. In addition to products that are yeast-free, vegan, made with sprouted grain and Kosher Parve options, they have quite a few gluten-free options as well, including the French Meadow Bakery Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin Bagel, which they sent me to try out.
The French Meadow Cinnamon-Raisin Bread is described as, "an all-natural bread, with plump juicy raisins, fragrant cinnamon, and a touch of honey." Are you a fan of sweet breads? I don't eat them much and contemplated how best to enjoy it. In the end, I decided to spread 2 toasted slices with light cream cheese and had it with my morning oatmeal (I kept the loaf in the freezer because I knew that I wouldn't be eating this right away, so I wanted to make sure it remained fresh as long as possible).
The toasted, cream-cheesed bread was absolutely delightful. It had a pleasantly sweet flavor, but not overly so, and the texture was similar to regular bread. There were quite a few raisins dotting the landscape of the bread as well. I found myself eating the crust first - something I don't do ever - because it was a little sweeter and crunchier than the bread "insides." For folks who eat a gluten-free diet, there is no absence of taste with this product!
Each slice of French Meadow Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread provides 150 calories, 5 grams of total fat, 3 grams of which is saturated (8% and 15% of the daily value), 270 mg of sodium (11% of the DV), 2 grams of fiber, sugars & protein.
I think this is a wonderful gluten-free bread option, but for folks watching their calorie intake, be mindful of the saturated fat content, especially with your toppings. Use real butter or regular cream cheese which has about 5 grams per tablespoon (25% of the DV) very sparingly. Peanut Butter & Co All Natural Peanut Butter Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Spread might go great with this as well, but again, don't use more than the 2 tbsp serving, which has 11% of the DV for saturated fat and 24% of the DV for total fat.
For some reason, I think of this bread more as a treat. I could eat one slice with tea as a snack and be quite satisfied. As I mentioned before, I received samples from the company, but the bread costs close to $5.00 in the grocery stores. Yikes! But it seems like most gluten-free products are more expensive than "regular" products.