Monday the October gluten free box turned up to my work, a little later than usual. I couldn’t wait to dig into the gluten free products and share my review with you. If you haven’t heard of this gluten free subscription box before, you can check out my AGFL overview page. Alternatively, you could also head over to the Australian Gluten Free Life website. I am not affiliated with the company and will not receive any kickbacks if you follow that link. Furthermore, as I do not work for the company please direct any questions about the box itself and the contents to them. With that housekeeping over and done with, let’s see what is in the October gluten free box.
This box split right down the middle with delicious snack items as well as gluten free ingredients. It was a great ratio of ready to eat now treats and things I could use later. Especially since I’d left my lunch at home that day.
It’s becoming a bit of a regular brand that pops up in our boxes. This month we received the Lotus savoury yeast flakes. Perfect for world vegan day as I use this ingredient to add a bit of cheese flavour to my vegan cooking. It is actually an ingredient in some vegan mac and cheese and is a good source of protein and fibre. Lotus state on their website that you can use ‘..savoury yeast flakes for a nutritional boost’ over cheese. The savoury yeast flakes retail for around $6.49.
We didn’t get just one lotus product this month, we got two with the second being the Maize Flour which retails for $5.99. Over on the lotus website they don’t list this one as gluten free which is a bit strange. However, the ingredients are just milled organic yellow maize kernel so it is gluten free by ingredient. I’d imagine they haven’t bothered to put their maize flour through testing. The Lotus brand is something I can usual find in independent grocery stores and health food shops.
The first of our two liquid products in the box was the AYAM hoisin sauce. The AYAM sauces labelled gluten free are independently tested and certified, which makes them perfect for quick dinner. Specific products in the range are even endorsed by the Coeliac Society. You can pick them up at most supermarkets for around $3.20 or you can buy online in bulk. The AYAM store sells 6 bottles for $18.00. Let me know if you want suggestions or inspiration surrounding the hoisin sauce.
A nice little surprise for my afternoon tea was the Go Natural twisters. These 100% fruit twists are nut and gluten free with no artificial colours or flavours. We received the apple and strawberry flavour and it really reminded me of a roll up. The box contains 10 of the 18g packs and costs $6.99 at Woolworths. That prices our pack at $0.70. Each 18g pack contains two twisters that are similar in design to a twizzler or liquorice twist. The packs contain 1 serve of fruit, are 99% fat-free and have no added sugar.
Freedom Foods Crunch Bars
Another item that didn’t last too long was the kid-friendly crunch bars from Freedom Foods. We received two of the bars, one of each flavour in the box. The two flavours are the cocoa crunch and vanilla crunch. The bars are completely wheat free (no wheat glucose here) and peanut free with Freedom suggesting they are the perfect lunchbox snack. Woolworths has the boxes retailing for $3.00 for a pack of 6. Which prices each bar at $0.50 each, which is pretty good value. Since we received two in the box the value is $1.00.
Another brand that pops up every now and then is Blue Dinosaur. This month we got one of their super bites which are described as ‘ridiculously healthy’. The variety we received is the passionfruit plus and contains just four ingredients. The super-bite range contains 5 different types, each with their own property. The passionfruit plus is considered an Immunity super bite. It is 100% natural and vegan as well as paleo. In their online store you can buy 18 of these for $44.95 which according to them is a saving of $8.87 off the RRP. That values our single bite at $2.99.
The Food Crafters
This brand made their first appearance last month and has returned again this month with another cookie. The Food Crafters range of cookies ‘offers a healthy alternative’ to treats. Last month I tried their raw cacao cookie and this month it is the ginger and date variety. As per the pricing of last month, Aus Food News website claims that the 50g cookie retails for $3.80.
The final item in the box is the Slim Secrets protein shake. This one is in the choc coconut flavour and contains ‘only 126 calories with loads of protein, vitamins and minerals.’ Slim Secrets has a wide range of gluten free products, including the protein puds which i love. The shakes are vegetarian friendly and low in lactose and sugar. 8 bottles will cost you $31.95 on their online store , which prices our single bottle at $4. The brand is sold in a wide range of stockists including; Coles, Woolworths and Chemist Warehouse.
That was everything in this months box which was pretty large if you ask me. The estimated retail price for the products in the box is $28.17. As always when you think about the fact that shipping is free, this is pretty good value. Because I am on the six month plan, I only pay $25 dollars for the box which means I got at least $3 of extra value.
I hope you enjoyed this months box. What was your favourite item?
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Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.