Recently we were asked to review Manna Organics breads*. Manna Organics is a family owned and operated organic bakery in Lisle, IL which specializes in sprouted, yeast free organic bread without salt, oils, sweeteners or leavening agents. We received a free variety pack from them and started sampling right away. Our pack included the following breads: Millet Rice, Carrot Raisin, Banana Walnut Hemp and Sunseed.
Manna breads are very moist and dense since they’re unleavened. I wouldn’t recommend you buy them to make sandwiches, but they’re great as accompaniments to a meal or as a meal in and of themselves since they are rich in protein and fiber.
The first bread I sampled was the Millet Rice bread and both Nick and I agreed it was our favorite. It has a slightly sweet taste, so it was delicious on it’s own, as well as, topped with margarine. I served it with Trader Joe’s Meatballs and pasta for dinner the night I received my shipment and I was very pleased with how it complimented the dish. I could see it going really well with soups or stews. The idea of pairing Manna Rice Millet bread with split pea soup is literally making my mouth water. Our roommate, Tyler, was also a big fan of this one!
The Banana Walnut Hemp came in at a close second. It’s more of a breakfast bread and is good served both cold and warm, with or without margarine. I was alone in my enthusiasm for this one, because Nick’s not a big banana fan. I liked that it was sweet, but not too sweet. I was also pleased to see that it contained flax and hemp seeds, which are a great sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Beware, this bread is a bit sticky, so be sure to follow the cutting instructions on the back of the package.
I’m not a big fan of Rye Breads, and though the Sunseed isn’t a rye bread it has a slight rye bread taste. It’s the kind of bread I only eat if it’s coated in margarine, but it can also go well with soups and stews, though it wouldn’t be my first choice and everyone else in my house seemed to feel the same way.
Finally, there was the Carrot Raisin bread. This one was not something I’d seek out. I like carrots and I like raisins, but I didn’t like the pairing of the two. The raisins stood out and the carrots were flavorless. Since the carrots were shredded they gave the bread an odd texture, almost as though it contained shredded coconut and I don’t like shredded coconut . Out of all the breads we received, this one was the only one that didn’t get finished before it went bad.
Manna currently offers 9 varieties of Sprouted breads, as well as Sourdough and Wheat Free breads. You can find their breads in the frozen section at most Whole Foods locations nationwide and in Canada, as well as at independent health food stores and on their website: http://mannaorganicbakery.com
I definitely plan on making split pea soup with Millet Rice bread in the near future and I’m very curious about their Cinnamon Date bread.
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