For the most part, each package of all things from sprouted almonds to smoothie powders to raw sprouted granolas boast an ingredient list you could easily scribble on palm.
For example: Banana Cinnamon Walnuts -- walnuts, dates, bananas, cinnamon.
Or how about the Goji Granola? Sprouted buckwheat, flame raisins, goji berries, dates, walnuts, cinnamon.
Simplicity, unlike the label gluten-free,isn't a modifier referencing removal of anything -- in fact, simplicity is one key aspect to the best gluten-free fare, and one ingredient difficult to find, and rarely added, to a good product. OLS proves the point. With the creativity that simplicity requires out of anyone daring to choose just a few ingredients, and one preparation process -- sprouting and dehydrating in this case -- OLS has made a line of hugely diverse, and palate-pleasing, organic snacks, proteins, and granolas.
As a celiac, I particularly appreciate the prep process. Sprouting and dehydrating nuts and grains maintains micronutrients, and reduces more difficult to digest compounds found in both, making everything OLS creates a lot easier on the insides to assimilate.
Dark Choc on the Coconut
Better still for the celiacs with oat-intolerance, these blokes are altogether oat-free, and mainly grain-free. I've been adding the walnuts to my black bean brownies, which give them a lovely subtle sweet from the banana. But one of the highlights of the products I got to try was the Dark Chocolate Covered Coconut. (As a note: Rather bloody brilliant melted on Gluten Free Sourdgough Co's grain-free coconut bread. It makes marshmallow-free s'more better than a marshmallow-included-smore.)
|Brownies: Banana Walnutted|
A bowl of chickpea macaroni and no-cheese? I was experimenting with cajun spices. Cajun Mac, with the crunch and tang of the cashews, left all gluten-containing pre-diagnosis macaronis behind.
How did I not know these blokes -- purveyors of some of the top gluten-free, raw, organic food on the market -- were Boston-based? I'm not sure. But I'm glad I knocked into them twice this year at events -- because it gave me a chance to get to know their story, their food,, and pass on the resource.
Taste/Texture: From sprouted nuts to granola, powders to trail mixes, texture is key -- no soggy nuts here, or jaw-breaking energy bites. The balance of spices and sweet -- sweet added with fruit, 99% of the time -- taste is consistent and stellar.
Availability: New England, locally, available in many small natural markets. Also, limited varieties in Whole Foods.
Shoestring-Budget-Friendly?: No. Nope. Nyet.
Non-GMO/Organic:Yes and yes.
Celiac-Safe?: YES. Also, dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but that's not enough in a food -- ice, after all, is gluten-free. What matters tremendously is what goes in to celiac-safe food, and that's where OLS wins ten times over.