Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Canyon Bakehouse Bagels and Brownies!

Since my celiac diagnosis, there have been many big changes. No gluten, obviously. But also no bagels, mini cinnamon ones of which dominated my freshman year of high school. And brownies, to taste like the gluten-filled ones from my childhood, usually take an oven and a bit of time.

Until Canyon Bakehouse released its new gluten free bagels and brownies, just in time for summer. Available as both Plain Bagels and Everything Bagels, the bagels are all made of whole grains and free of additives, soy, dairy, nuts or GMOs. The brownies boast a similarly clean ingredient list.

The goodies have arrived!
For my review, I received a sample package of Everything Bagels and Brownies. Which, unfortunately arrived the day after I left for my Texas vacation. Never fear, though! My parents stuck them in the freezer until I returned and moved them to the kitchen counter to defrost. Within 24 hours I had a fresh batch of soft baked goods ready for tasting! In my mind, this makes the bagels and brownies the perfect treats to keep in the freezer and defrost when the mood strikes - if you aren't always in the mood anyway!

When I first saw the bagels, I was surprised by two factors. First, the size: they're huge and can definitely hold their own against gluten rivals! Second, the smell. The shipping box smelled like Eau de Bagel after its trip to California! A small warning: for those who aren't a big fan of onion and garlic (like me, sadly!), these Everything Bagels do pack an olfactory punch.

Told you the bagels are big!

Whatever their size and smell, I am a big fan of the bagels' texture. Springy and soft in the middle, seeded (with poppy, sunflower and sesame seeds) and crunchy on the exterior. My sister (a proud gluten-eater) agreed to help me taste test, and thought it tasted just like a "regular" bagel, though perhaps a bit more dense. I think I'd enjoy the Plain Bagels more, but for those craving a unique and powerfully seasoned bagel, this flavor offers "everything" they need!

My favorite product, I'll admit, is the brownies! Both in shape, size and texture, they remind me of the gluten-filled brownie bites that I would often eat as a child. (And I know a certain Grandma of mine, though she eats gluten, would adore these!) The brownies are a decent size - ideal for a treat that will fill the tummy but not the jeans! - and combine crunchy, chewy, and crumbly textures into one delicious bite.

Can you tell I was a bit excited?
I also love how the chocolate flavor tastes distinct, but not overwhelming. I tried my brownies alone as dessert, but also dressed them up with coconut yogurt, granola, sunflower butter and berries for a late night snack. Either way, the brownies impressed me for a pre-made dessert and, if I ever had to buy brownies for an allergy-friendly school function, this would be my first choice. 'Cause what's better than a dessert that kids and teens and adults, gluten and gluten-free eaters, enjoy alike?

I've already loved Canyon Bakehouse for its bread, which my Mom eats for lunch everyday and I splurge on in a Thanksgiving green bean casserole. With their bagels and brownies, Canyon Bakehouse has done it again. Soft and dense texture. Enough spiced and chocolate flavor to mimic gluten-filled cousins. I doubt I'd eat these products on a daily basis - but for a splurge, a pre-celiac craving or even a meal that looks just like my boyfriends' on a picnic date, I know what bagels and brownies I'd go for.

Polka dots, bagels and big brownie mugs!
Thanks Canyon Bakehouse for bringing a couple old favorite treats back in reach for this celiac!


*Also found at RunningwithSpoon's link love!*

*I received these products without charge to review, but my opinions are all my own!*


Would you be a Plain or Everything Bagel fan? What's your favorite pre-made gluten free dessert you've tried so far? Comment below!


8 comments:

  1. SOOOO jealous! The bagels! I still haven't found them near me, but I am dying for them!

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    1. I wish you the best of luck! Gotta love our gluten free treats! :)

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  2. Very nice post, impressive. its quite different from other posts. Thanks for sharing.

    TOSHIBA PVM-375AT

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    1. Thanks for the praise! Have a great day :)

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  3. omg. I WOULD KILL TO HAVE A PLAIN BAGEL - well maybe an egg one, but plain would suffice, and are the brownie bites dairy free too? love canyon's products!

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT? PLAIN BAGELS (COVERED IN TOPPINGS) FOR THE WIN! And yep, they are! Canyon products are always delicious!

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  4. I am dying to try these bagels!! I haven't found them anywhere. and I would def choose plain over an everything bagel!!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one! Good luck with your quest for gluten free greatness! ;)

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