Sunday, February 19, 2012

Enjoy Life -- Making Great-Tasting Allergy-Friendly and Gluten-Free Foods that Nearly Everyone Can Eat Freely Without Worry (Review)


I recently had the opportunity to review the following two products from the Enjoy Life brand.  If you have certain food allergies and have to watch what you eat, then you really need to check out Enjoy Life, as their foods are specifically made to be gluten-free and free of 8 of the most common allergens.  Enjoy Life's mission is to make is to make delicious products that just about everyone can EAT FREELY. We promise they’ll make you smile inside out!  Read on to see what I though of their granola and semi-sweet baking chocolate.

Our newest granola flavor is made with brown rice flakes packed with our decadent Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips. Delicious for breakfast or any time snacking!


Brown Rice Flakes, Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Chocolate Liquor (Non-Alcoholic), Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter), Evaporated Cane Juice, Brown Rice Syrup, Rice Bran, Rice Crisps (Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Raisin Juice Concentrate, Honey, Salt), Natural Process Cocoa Powder, Inulin (Chicory Root Fiber), Ground Flaxseed, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Honey, Vanilla, Expeller-Pressed Vegetable Oil (Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil), Salt, Rosemary Extract


Vitamins & Minerals -- Vitamins and Minerals: Magnesium, Iron, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Zinc, Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Folate, Vitamin B6

My Thoughts:

What a great pairing of two of my favorite things -- granola and chocolate.  Prior to my review of Enjoy Life products, I had only seen them on store shelves, and never tried them.  So, when I was sent this granola and their baking chocolate, I couldn't wait to try them out.  Unlike most granola on the market, this granola is gluten and nut free, which is great as I developed a gluten allergy a few years back and have had to adjust my diet accordingly.

Upon receiving this sample, I first looked at the granola through the window of the bag.  I was impressed with how the granola was in small clusters and contained mini chocolate chips.  I couldn't wait to open the bag and try this double chocolate crunch granola for myself.  Unlike my husband, I enjoy my granola as a snack, and can eat it with or without milk.  When I find myself in a rush with the girls during the day time, and have limited time for lunch, I continually grab handful of granola to eat and keep my energy up.  And, if it has chocolate in it --even better.  

So, on a day, when the girls were not taking their noon-time nap (usually when I put a load of laundry on and eat lunch), I ended up having to grab granola.  What better time to try out this new granola.  Not only was I hungry and dragging from a busy morning, but I was also craving something sweet.  Instead of grabbing unhealthy foods, which I try to limit in the house, I made a little cup of granola with milk.  Mmm, was it tasty.  You wouldn't think you were eating something healthy, as you enjoyed the rice crisps and chocolate chips.  I devoured this cup in minutes, and ended up hanging another, as it was so good.  This time, I tried it dry, which was also good.  But, if I had to choose a way to eat this granola, I would say to have it with chilled milk.  The chocolate melts into the milk, forming a tasty chocolate milk, that can be enjoyed after you finish eating the crunchy granola flakes.

In a matter of days, this bag of granola from Enjoy Life was gone.  My husband found himself having a bowl in the AM, and filling a plastic bag with some, to bring to work as a snack, while I would pick on it throughout the day.  I can't wait to try the other flavored granola from Enjoy Life, which includes cinnamon raisin crunch and very berry munch.



Make your own blondies with our Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks that are dairy- , soy- and gluten-free!

Ingredients:  Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Chocolate Liquor (Non-Alcoholic), Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter


My Thoughts:

I used receiving this sample as an excuse to get in the kitchen and bake. With two young children at home, I haven't been able to bake like I used to.  So, whenever I get a chance to spend time in the kitchen, I take it, as I find baking therapeutic, as well as a joy!  I have never cooked with a dairy, but and soy free chocolate before, so I didn't know how the final product would taste, or if baking with this would be any different than if I had used regular chocolate.  I ended up making my Grandma's famous chocolate chunk cookies with these semi-sweet chunks.  The cookies cooked up just like they usually do, but this time, I found the taste to be much better.  The large chocolate chunks made the cookies more moist, adding to the flavor and overall texture of the cookies.  I ended up serving to the cookies after dinner, when I had my parents over, and by night's end, my batch of cookies were gone.  We all couldn't stop raving about them, as we went back for seconds, thirds, ...  I can't wait to try a few of the recipes from the Enjoy Life website, which use these chocolate mega chunks. 

In the end, I am so glad I had the opportunity to try products from the Enjoy Life product line, as I now have a go-to granola that is not only healthy, but also does not cause me to have an allergic reaction.  You would think that products which are soy-, milk-, gluten-free, etc. would lack taste, but, on the contrary.  Both products that I sampled have an excellent taste, which made you want to eat more.


Click here to use the Enjoy Life online store locator to find a retailer near you who carries this brand.  In addition, you can order online through a variety of retailers.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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