Garden Lites provided me with products for this review. All opinions are my own unless attributed otherwise.
I know what you’re thinking: “Sweet, gluten-free veggie muffins, you say?! What is WRONG with you?!” Well, lemme tell you – when I was growing up, my mom made us THE BEST zucchini bread. It was warm. It was moist. And I didn’t even think that I was eating the same zucchini my dad would prepare for our vegetable sides at dinner. So the term “veggie muffins” does not scare me – Besides – I know you’ve had carrot cake, so deal with it!
It’s May, which happens to be Celiac Awareness Month – so I’m happy to tell you about a gluten-free product that is totally AMAZACRAZY. Garden Lites Gluten-Free Veggie Muffins come in five delicious flavors (all of which I tried, yessir) and they are great for those of you who cannot eat gluten, but also want to be sure to get goods like fiber, vitamin C, calcium and iron. One of my faves was the zucchini banana chocolate chip, so we’ll focus on this one today.
These muffins come in the grocer’s freezer, and there are four individually-packaged muffins in each box, so you can take one out and pop it in the microwave in a jiffy – or easily take one to work. (Just be on watch because SOMEONE will try to steal it, I promise.)
All you have to do is just take the plastic muffin out of the box, don’t open the wrap or anything, and microwave it for about 35 seconds (depending on wattage, of course). Then you take it out of the microwave, open the package, watch the steam come out and immediately take a bite before you grab your camera, so as to not miss the steamy-fresh goodness of these muffins.
Then you have this:
Check out that real chocolate oozing out the top. See the little bits of zucchini? This muffin is full of NOM and as someone who is gluten-tolerant, I can tell you I would definitely buy these again just for the taste and nutritional value.
Garden Lites Veggie Muffins come in five num-nummy flavors:
- Veggie Blueberry Oat
- Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip
- Zucchini Chocolate
- Carrot Berry
- Golden Corn
As I said, I tried ALL of these flavors and they are all delicious! Also, my mother kept stealing them from the freezer, so I have a feeling she is keen on them too. One big surprise to me was the Golden Corn muffins. I had no idea that corn muffins were not a gluten-free product, since they are made from cornmeal. But in fact, most are! So not only are these muffins gluten-free – they are also packed with five grams of fiber EACH. I love my mom’s cornbread but I know it doesn’t have that much fiber in it.
My friend Jim, who is allergic to gluten, tried out the Veggie Blueberry Oat, said they were mighty tasty and that he’s going to be on the lookout for him in the freezer sections in Tulsa. One of my blogger friends, Melissa who helps herself and others conquer Celiac Disease over at the Gluten-Free blog The Kids Are Grown, Now What? has also tried these muffins. She referred to the muffins as “super yummy” and described them as “A delicious and gluten free way to add extra veggies to your kids’ meals.” Melissa said her favorite was the Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip, so you’ve got two yeas on that one.
So if you are gluten-free, or even just want some good muffins you don’t have to make yourself, try out Garden Lites Veggie Muffins. Good taste, convenient, gluten-free. Check here to find Veggie Muffins near you, or to ask your grocer to order some!