If you think back, way back to a few months ago and my trip to the Green Festival, you might recall that I met with a company called Manna Organic Bakery. They were kind enough to send me a few of their sprouted breads to try out (and if you are also interested in trying them, stay tuned!). Well, with the craziness of the past few months, I just never got the chance to share my reviews of their products and to also offer you all the same chance!
A bit about Manna Organic Bakery: (From the Website)
Manna is Home of the best vegan organic Gluten Free breads, vegan organic yeast-free sprouted breads, raw organic trail mixes, artisan sourdough breads, organic nut butters, organic Kale Chips and organic ingredients.
Manna Organics, LLC is a family owned and operated bakery. All our products are vegan, kosher, organic and carefully hand-made. Our signature product is the fully sprouted MANNA BREAD®, cake-like, free of salt, no oils, no sweeteners, no leavening agents. Manna bread is moist and delicious, high in protein and fiber. Sold in the USA and Canada, in the Frozen Foods section.
A bit about Manna Organics Sprouted Breads:
All of Manna’s sprouted breads are USDA Certified Organic and Kosher as well as yeast and leavener free, vegan, free of salt, oil, and sweeteners. The Carrot Raisin Sprouted Bread is literally FOUR INGREDIENTS: sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic carrots, and organic raisins.
Review and Experience:
Described as “cake-like,” these are certainly not your average “de-lite-ful” wheat bread slices that you find on sale at the grocery, and you notice the difference not only in the nutrition but also in the smell and consistency. I have found that excellent sprouted and yeast-free breads can be very difficult to find—often you get a brick, or something that just crumbles in your hand. I was pleasantly surprised in each case to find a bread that maintained moisture (thanks to the ingredients) and didn’t make me feel like I gnawing on dry sponge. And the sprouting of the wheat just makes your entire kitchen smell of wheat and nuts when you toast them up! The breads did not crumble in my hands, and they truly were almost cakey, even without eggs or oil—I would assume because the gluten acts as sufficient binders. And the flavors that are available! I was hard pressed to choose just 3, and now I just want to try the others!
In fact, I was having so much fun with the flavors, that I thought I would offer up a few easy “lifesaver” and “healthsaver” recipes for you all as we stare down the last few weeks of peak holiday season. There are options for brunch, lunch, or dinner, are perfect to prepare ahead!
Recipes to Make Your Holidays Healthy, Easy and Delicious!
Sprouted Carrot Raisin French Toast Bake
- 1 loaf Manna Organic Bakery Sprouted Carrot Raisin Bread, Thawed and sliced
- ¾ cup liquid egg white, or 4 egg whites + 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk of choice (we like unsweetened vanilla almond)
- ½ tsp clove, cardamom, nutmeg (each)
- ½ Tbsp cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- ½ Tbsp Vanilla
- Optional: extra shredded carrots, raisins, sliced apples, brown sugar
- Optional fat: ¼ cup melted butter, coconut oil, smashed banana
- Mix all ingredients together, save for the bread
- In a greased square glass casserole dish, layer the bread slices as desired.
- Pour liquid mixture over top. Let sit in the refrigerator at least 1 hour to soak up the liquid.
- Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes (rotate at 10 minutes and sprinkle with brown sugar, if desired) or until golden brown!
- There is less amount of bread, but the bread is denser. Before baking, bread should be saturated—if not, you may need to mix up some more liquid white and milk (I assume about 2 tsps (just shy of a Tablespoon) of egg and 1 tsp milk per slice of bread).
- Also, because the bread is denser, but there is less of it, keep an eye on it to make sure that it isn’t over cooking or drying up!
Serve with maple syrup and Greek yogurt!
Vegan Sprouted Savory Stuffing Muffins
- 1 loaf Manna Organic Bakery Sprouted Fig, Fennel, and Flax Bread, thawed and cubed
- 1 ½ cup low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 tsp dried sage, rosemary, thyme each
- 1 tsp salt, ground black pepper
- ½ cup chopped onions (yellow or white preferred)
- ½ cup chopped celery
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water)
- Optional Fats: oil or vegan butter for vegetable cooking
- Several hours before cooking, cube the bread and set aside to dry a bit
- When ready to cook—preheat oven to 350, and spray/line a 12-muffin tin
- Prep other ingredients (veggies, herbs, flax egg); in a bowl, mix everything but veggies and bread
- Saute onion and celery over medium heat about 5 minutes
- In a large bowl, veggies to bread, then add the broth mixture by folding it in. You may need more broth, you may not need it all—saturate bread, but don’t soggify (technical term)!
- Evenly distribute the mixture to the muffin tins, cover with foil
- Bake for 25-30 minutes (rotate at 15 minutes), then remove foil and raise oven temp to 400 for additional 5-10 minutes to brown and crisp (keep an eye on it!)
I have another recipe forthcoming, but you all just will have to wait!
I also got to try out the Pizza Margherita Kale Chips (from the web)
About them: All the aromatic, authentic Italian flavor will leave your taste buds tantalized and wanting amore! Made with the highest quality sun-dried tomatoes, cashews, nutritional yeast, herbs, and spices this snack will conquer any pizza craving while delivering high levels of lycopene, B vitamins, fiber, and protein. You will feel so great after enjoying these deliciously addictive bites of our pizza kale chips, you will wonder why you ever snacked on anything else!
They were delicious! Not too dry, delightfully cheesy, and so crunchy 😀 A perfect snack, or do what I did and sprinkle them over an omelet or salad!
Interested in trying Manna’s Sprouted Breads and kale chips for yourself? One person will win:
- 3 loaves of Manna Organic Bakery Sprouted Bread
- 1 bag of Manna Organic Bakery Kale Chips
Fine Print: Continental US only. But Canadian friends, Manna products can be found near you! Look in the frozen section of your local health foods store!
Contest will run out when 2014 does!