Wheat and Gluten Free snacks
Wheat and Gluten Free Snacks
Eating wheat and gluten free does not have to deprive you of delicious snacks that can be served as an appetizer, desert or as a supplement between meals.
With so many more people being diagnosed with a wheat and gluten allergy there are more and more selections of foods ready to eat.
Recently a friend who works as a rep in the food industry had me try out some prepared snack foods - here is a sample and review of the ones I tried.
Celics and Cross Contamination
If you or someone you are catering for is diagnosed with celiac it is really important to ensure that the products you have pre-purchased and even the food you cook at home is not cross contaminated.
If you or the person you are cooking for is not celiac cross contamination is not so essential but this does depend on the severity of the allergy and how the person may or may not respond to trace amounts of wheat.
Products that are safe will usually have a stamp of approval from the celiac society in the US, Canada, UK or Europe. Products which claim to be wheat and gluten free and which have been prepared in an environment where wheat is also present is more likely to be cross contaminated and will not have the approval of the celiac societies.
Any product which states that trace amounts of gluten or wheat may be present are not safe for celiacs.
The products I reviewed are all certified by the US and or Canadian Celiac Society.
Chocolate Topped Rice Cakes by Mrs Crimbles
I have not been much of a fan of rice cakes and so this snack did not fill me with an anticipation of enjoyment. Glad to say that I was wrong. These rice cakes with their chocolate topping are quite yummy and filling too. They make an excellent snack, desert alternative or even lunch - I topped one with cheese and homemade strawberry jam. Delicious! The calories are good too - just 81 per cake. The company specializes in creating wheat and gluten free products in a wheat free facility, so no risk of cross contamination.
Rice and Nut Cracker Snacks
Nut-Thins are available in different flavours - the one I tried is Almond. The cracker is nice and crunchy and holds up well as a cracker. I have served as an appetizer with cheese and a sweet or spicy chutney, cream cheese with smoked salmon and cucumber and gilled brie. My guests did not know they were special crackers. On their own as a cracker for soup they do not hold up so well. A little too salty and over flavoured (according to my daughter). On the other hand I quite enjoyed the fact they have a stronger flavour than plain crackers but without a topping they can have a chewy aftertaste.
This product ismade by Blue Diamond Growers in the U.S. and is certified by U.S. Celiacs Association www.celiac.org
For information about purchase and retailers go to Blue Diamond Growers at http://www.bluediamond.com/index.cfm?navId=387
Cheese Crackers and Bites
Two more products also by Mrs. Crimbles.
The cheese bites are very light and in my opinion would benefit from a slightly stronger cheese flavour. They are delicate and quite light. They would probably stand up amongst other snack foods served in a bowl at a party and are certainly dippable. They are not, in my opinion, a staisfying alternative to a corn chip or crisp for munching on.
I did not particularly like the flavour of the tomato and pesto cracker by itself although I did prefer the texture of the cracker to the Blue Diamond Growers crackers. I will try different flavours and I certainly think they will make a good base as an appetizer.