It all started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened to his Celiac customers complain about the taste of many of the gluten free options available to them. He thought that no one should have to suffer because of a food allergy or other special dietary need, and made it his mission to create products that were good for them but taste like they aren’t.
Late in 2003, after tasting a granola recipe one of the bakers was working on, Smulders said, “these gluten free people need granola!” He walked through the store and gathered ingredients and baked the first batch that day. It took almost 2 years to find gluten free sources of all the ingredients and find a place where we could make the product without risk of cross-contamination.
Three years and two bakeries later, their gluten free granola is made in a 34,000 square foot manufacturing facility with state of the art quality controls and in-house gluten testing on every batch. Located just a few miles down the road from the original bakery, the plant maintains the small bakery quality by continuing to bake in small batches.
Bakery on Main produces gluten free, kosher, and casine and dairy free Granola and Granola Bars that are delicious even if you aren't following a special diet.
Even though I do not have Celiac Disease or any other food allergies, I sympathize with those that do. I have several of friends who have to bring food everywhere because of food allergies and they rarely can find appropriate snacks.
Luckily, I had one of the toughest food critics (my dad) help me put Bakery On Main granola to the test. He's a diabetic and since most of their granola is not super high in sugar, I thought he might enjoy it.
We tried both the granola bars and granola and agreed that the granola was much better. Don't get me wrong, their granola bars are good (just a bit chewy) but the granola is fantastic! We mixed it in our yogurt and it made the perfect breakfast. I love that their granola doesn't taste like candy. Granola should be healthy after all.
If you're worried that Bakery on Main products taste extremely different due to being gluten free...they really don't! If you like Kashi items, I think you will love everything from Bakery On Main.
Plus, if you join the Bakery On Main Club, they offer a coupon worth $1.50 off your next purchase! Be sure to try their products the next time you are craving some delicious yet healthy granola!
Disclosure: Bakery on Main provided me with product samples in exchange for this review. The opinions expressed are my own and were not swayed by the items mentioned above.