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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 🙂

23 Feb 2010, Comments (0)

Dave’s Killer Bread Sin-Dawg

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Who likes cinnamon buns? I do! I do! 😀

But they really should be called sin-namon buns, now shouldn’t they? Loaded with refined flours, sugars and fat, a traditional cinnamon bun may be heavenly on your taste  buds, but no so much on your heart.

Enter Dave’s Killer Bread. This company managed to make the “Ultimate Sinnamon Roll”, making a 100% all natural, organic, whole grain cinnamon roll that still promises taste and satisfaction. It has no animal products, is a good source of fiber, and has 850 mg of Omega-3 per serving.

So it has all the health in the right place, but, what about the taste? Well, that’s where I (and some trusty friends) come in. So let’s dig in!

When I first got this in the mail, I was a bit taken aback. It was a long, bread roll, almost like a french baguette, but was absolutely COVERED with seeds and rolled oats. In fact, I’m not going to lie, this thing is ugly. Do I really want to eat this? I said to myself. See the close-up picture of a piece below, but this thing was COVERED in the seeds, which gave it an off-putting appearance (in my opinion at least). Honestly, I just don’t picture cinnamon bun + seeds/oats together- MAYBE cinnamon bun and chopped pecans- but sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds?

Anyway- despite the appearance, I cut myself a piece. Ooh- now that’s what I’m talking about. Once you cut a piece, you see a gooey, cinnamon sugar  filling. I licked a bit of it- yum!! It was sweet, and had a brown sugar taste to it. There were raisins in it too that were nice and plump. So, I decided to take a bite of it as a whole. Ooh- this is good! It was chewy, sweet and had a strong cinnamon flavor. Honestly the seeds don’t offer much extra taste to the roll, so I could take ’em or leave ’em. If anything, they help provide protein, fiber and the omega’s, so I guess some extra health benefits can’t hurt 🙂

The roll suggests cutting it up into “mini” cinnamon rolls, which I also suggest to do (maybe even heat them up slightly?). The drawback to this delicious bread is the small portion size.  I cut myself a piece which I thought was reasonable, and it was 4.1 oz, only to find that ONE portion size was 2 oz. at 200 calories! Yikes! My little cinnamon bun would have been about 400 calories! :O

Overall, I give this a 3 1/2 stars. It definitely is delicious. I also love the fact that there are’t any refined sugars, it’s organic, whole grain and is a good swap for your ol’ friend (*cough *cough* enemy *cough*cough*) Cinnabon, but the portion size is kinda tiny, and the seeds are a bit off-putting. I had to persuade both my brother and my friend to try it after they saw it. But hey- they always say- never judge a book by it’s cover! 🙂 

1 serving (2 oz) is 200 calories, 8 grams of fat, 31 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

Organic whole wheat flour, organic raisins, water, organic evaporated cane juice, organic canola oil, organic molasses, organic sunflower seeds, organic flaxseed meal, organic sesame seeds, organic whole grain oats, organic wheat gluten, organic cinnamon, yeast, organic pumpkin seeds, salt, organic vanilla extract, organic rice bran extract.

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