Is it breakfast? Is it dessert? Perhaps it’s both! Flax4Life Flax Brownies are baked up as mini muffins with virtuous ingredients, but provide sweet satisfaction.
Flax4Life Flax Brownies were recommended to me by my good friend Alexa. Her household is gluten-free and dairy-free, and she professed these as a big “love” for her and her kids. She’s definitely someone I trust in terms of taste – her recipes are amazing – so I decided they were a must-try for me and Tony.
One of the best thing about Flax4Life products is that they do extremely well when frozen. Of course baked good are great fresh, but these froze like a dream. I was able to pop a few out and let them defrost for 15 minutes or so before digging in. You might like them warmed, but I preferred them just barely defrosted, for more of that dense, fudgy goodness. Though sold in a handful of flavors, we sampled two varieties of the Flax4Life Flax Brownies …
Chocolate Brownie – Wow! Dense, chocolate cake-y, perfectly fudgy-tasting, brownie-ness – what more could I want? Okay, I like dairy-free chocolate chips in my brownies and there weren’t any in these, but otherwise, they were seriously impressive. This is where I made the dessert divide. Flax4Life Flax Brownies are way too indulgent for me during the breakfast hours, despite their mini muffin shape, but for Tony, gluten-free baked goods of any kind are welcomed in the a.m. I liked them “frosted” with nut butter for more heft and contrast, and savored with a big mug of afternoon tea. I did end up loving the mini muffin format, as they provide perfect portion sizing.
Toasted Coconut – These were just like the original Chocolate Brownies, but with sizable slivered shards of unsulphured toasted coconut. A nice little addition and honestly, not overly coconut-y in my opinion. The only difference I found was a touch in the texture – when they fully defrosted and slightly warm (at room temperature), I could slightly tell that they were gluten-free. I think a touch cool or actually heated would be the best way to go with these Flax4Life Flax Brownies.
What’s in them? The very first ingredient in Flax4Life Flax Brownies is indeed ground flax seeds! You wouldn’t guess it by the taste, but these are fairly omega-3 rich treats. As for the rest, the whole ingredient list is brief and reads exactly like homemade (does contain egg whites), which I love. And according to both their website and staff, who I spoke to at several trade shows, Flax4Life runs a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free facility.
Availability: Flax4Life Flax Brownies are produced in Bellingham, Washington, but shipped to natural food stores (and some conventional grocers) throughout the U.S. They also can be ordered directly from the company’s website (they are great with shipping!), but only within the U.S. at this time.
Certifications: Flax4Life Flax Brownies are Certified Gluten-Free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Flax4Life Flax Brownies are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Flax4Life website at flax4life.net.