Continuing with part three of my favorite gluten-free products from Expo West, here are my picks for: cheese, granola and snacks. There were many contenders in these categories, so I limited my list to the top contenders. All of these products should start arriving on store shelves over the next couple of months.
- Daiya Foods – launched their wedges in three flavors: jack, cheddar, and jalapeno garlic havarti. If you are looking for a plant-based ‘cheese’ that is free of dairy and soy then you have come to the right place. Daiya already makes shredded cheese that is great to bake with, but isn’t meant for eating out of the package. These wedge cheeses can be sliced and eaten right out of the package. They are much softer than I had anticipated, so I could easily press it down with my finger. The cheese is creamy and would be great to spread on crackers, or to use as spread on sandwiches. I really liked the spicy kick of the Havarti, the Cheddar had great flavor, and the Jack was just OK.
- Giddy Up & Go Granola – is made using GF Harvest’s GFCO oats in two varieties: Notoriously Nutty and Seriously Seedy. What I like about this granola is that is it soft and chewy and not hard and crunchy. It is a nice change and one that really accommodates my TMJ. The organic granola has a really nice flavor profile that isn’t too sweet with the nuts and seeds adding a subtle crunchy texture. (CONTAINS OATS)
- Beanfields - debuted its Nacho flavored Bean and Rice Chips. They are the first company to roll out a ‘nacho’ flavor that is also dairy free, corn free and Non GMO Verified. I appreciate that each serving contains four grams of fiber and protein, but the flavor was almost a little chalky to me.
- Enjoy Life – debuted their line of lentil chips called Plentils. I know what you are thinking not another company with lentil chips, but these are different because they are free of the top eight allergens and they offer dairy-free flavors not previously available like: Dill and Sour Cream, Margherita Pizza, and Garlic and Parmesan. Some of the flavors were a little too salty for me, but I liked the idea of making dairy-free versions of dairy flavors.
- RW Garcia - now has a line of 3 Seed Dippers in four flavors: Savory, Curry & Mango, Veggie and Blue Corn. They are rectangular shaped, so they are great for dipping and they are sturdy enough to hold a lot of dip without breaking. These chips are certified by the GFCO and they contain non GMO ingredients.
- Way Better Snacks – has a line of sprouted snacks in: Multi-Grain, Sweet Potato, Unbeatable Blues, Beyond Black Bean, No Salt Naked Blues, and Simply So Sweet Chili. I don’t believe I have ever had a sprouted gluten-free chip and these chips are loaded with seeds, like radish, broccoli, chia and more.
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com
Atlanta Gluten-Free Examiner
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA