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Mmmm carbs. How could anyone not like carbohydrate-rich foods? I know I may not be a “pasta person”, but I do love bread!

For today’s review, it’s the Fig, Fennel & Flax Manna Bread from Manna Organics. I have tried a few of them in the past, and thought they were okay, but I’m always up for trying new flavors. I was provided this loaf from Manna Organics to try for free as well.

I opened up the package and saw a loaf covered in seeds- pumpkin, sunflower, poppy seeds and sesame seeds. Oddly enough, I didn’t see any flax seeds or figs (go figure). Anyway- I cut off a slice and divided it into 3. I was going to try it 3 ways..

Cold and plain- eaten this way, the bread was rather dry, bland, and had a slight poppyseed and rye bread flavor.

Then, I warmed up a piece in the microwave- this way was a bit better, as some of the fig flavor came out and made it lightly sweet, and I tasted more of the seeds as well.

The best method of the 3, was warming it up and putting a little bit of apple butter on it. Delicious! It was chewy and soft, and complemented the sweetness of the apple butter very well.

Overall, I’m giving it 3 stars. It was really only good with the apple butter on it, and I wish it had a stronger fig flavor. One thing I did like was that I didn’t detect much flaxseed flavor, a flavor I really don’t like as I ¬†think it can taste fishy sometimes. But this bread has a lot to offer. It’s organic, and according to the package, is “Free from Added Sweeteners, Salt, Yeast or Oil“. A versatile bread!

1 2 oz. slice is 120 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite type of bread? I’m a fan of banana bread ūüôā

9 Sep 2010, Comments (0)

Manna Organics Whole Rye Manna Bread

Author: Healthnuttxo

*ZEVIA giveaway ends Sunday!*

Along with the Carrot Raisin and Cinnamon Date bread I was sent from Manna Organics, they also gave me the Whole Rye. I’m not a huge rye bread eater, but I do remember when I was younger,¬†I used to always eat bakery fresh rye bread¬†during Thanksgiving with homemade mashed potatoes and a little bit of butter. Delicious!

So, I put this one in the freezer when I got it originally, and then thawed it in the refrigerator. Then I opened up the rye bread and noticed a good sized, brown loaf. The bottom of it was almost sort of wet and the top was a bit cakey and dry. I’m not sure if that was because I froze it and then defrosted it, or if it always comes like that.

Anyway- I cut a slice and took a bite. It has a very grainy and nutty texture, and there were pieces that almost looked like the brown popcorn kernels once they pieces are popped (Those little light brown flakes I guess I would call them?) To my surprise, it was still pretty soft. It was a dense and chewy bread, and not dry at all! A really good rye flavor, but I did miss the salt : ( It was a tad bit bland without it, so I decided to sprinkle just a little bit on top- Voila! Just the way I like it.

Overall, I’m giving this 3 1/2¬†stars. It’s organic, has 5 grams of fiber per 56 gram serving, and the ingredients rock- only “sprouted organic rye kernels, filtered water”. TWO INGREDIENTS? Nice. I was surprised to see 7 grams of sugar come from just sprouted rye kernels and water.. who knew?

2 oz. is 150 calories, 0 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Well, although I do eat a lot of¬† bread, I think it’s safe to say¬†I have never had Manna bread before- neither was I really sure what it was! Manna Organics sent me some of their Manna breads to try, including the Cinnamon Date and Carrot Raisin. According to the website,¬†Manna¬†bread¬†“is a cake-like, sprouted bread, yeast free bread, organic bread,¬†free of salt, no oils, no sweeteners, no leavening agents.¬†Manna is a moist and¬†delicious, high in protein and fiber.”

Cool! These sound interesting. No oil, salt or sweeteners? This I gotta try : )

Each loaf was smaller than I had expected, but very dense, thick and quite chewy. I also found each loaf to have a grainy-ish texture.  I did like that both loaves had a high fiber and protein content, and were made with really good and minimal ingredients! : )

Carrot Raisin-¬†¬†There were lots of raisins and visible pieces of carrots which I liked. The raisins were very plump, and provided really the only sweetness for the bread. I only detected a very mild carrot flavor. I do wish it was a bit sweeter, but it still was pretty good. It says on the back of the loaf package that “It is delicious heated or toasted and served with nut butters, jams, and natural cheeses, or just eaten as is.” I tried this one as is, but I feel like it would taste really good with some cream cheese! 3 stars

Cinnamon Date- I did like this one a better, as I found it a bit sweeter. I also decided to heat this one up in the microwave, and it sort of reminded me of a  more textured slice of cinnamon raisin bread! It also got a much softer consistency, almost like a muffin, once I removed it from the microwave.  3 1/2 stars

*What is your favorite type of bread? If you’d like to answer, please leave a comment below~*

Carrot Raisin- 2 oz. is 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Sprouted Organic Whole Wheat Kernels, Filtered Water, Organic Carrots, and Organic Raisins.

Cinnamon Date- 2 oz. is 150 calories, 0 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of protein.

Sprouted Organic Whole Wheat Kernels, Filtered Water, Organic Dates (Dates, Oat Flour), Organic Cinnamon.

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