Mikey’s Muffins: Revolutionary Paleo Bread

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Review of: Mikey's Muffins
Version:
Original, Toasted Onion, Cinnamon Raisin
Price:
$6.99 per 4-pack

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On October 25, 2015
Last modified:October 25, 2015

Summary:

I will be surprised if this product isn't embraced by the paleo and grain-free communities. It's near impossible to believe that such simple, wholesome ingredients could produce something so light, tender, and akin to whole wheat bread. We loved the versatility (burgers, breakfast bread, eggs benny, etc.) and taste of the Original and Toasted Onion flavors. The only hang-up for my household is the price. The muffins are small and light enough that two can easily be devoured in meal, making for an out-of-our-daily-budget option.

Updated – New 2015 Formula! With Tony’s recent foray into low-FODMAP, I’ve been struggling with convenient breakfasts and snacks for those times when cooking just isn’t convenient. Mikey’s Muffins fit the ingredient requirements, containing just eggs (yes, sorry, not appropriate for our egg-free following!), almond flour, coconut flour, water, baking soda, and salt in the Original.

Mikey's Muffins - Delicious Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-free "English Muffins" that work as buns or bread

We were pleased to find that Mikey’s Muffins are light, tender, and definitely bread-like, making them oh-so-versatile. The round shape is perfect for everything from toast to burgers. That said, they aren’t airy like English Muffins – with more of a wheat bread vibe – and required a bit of coaxing to crisp up in the toaster. They are generally cohesive (no crumbs!) and with the new improvements we were able to enjoy them as perfectly-sized burger buns! (note: I did drain the patties on paper towels to soak up excess moisture before placing them on Mikey’s Muffins). Also, the new & improved Mickey’s Muffins seem to no longer have that egg-y taste and texture, which is fantastic. Nonetheless, t21hey look the same, so I didn’t take new pictures.

Overall, Mikey’s Muffins are unique, yet tasty, and hit on a universal craving to enjoy certain foods “normally” but more nutritiously. They are surprisingly light in calories, too, less than 100 per muffin (top and bottom together)! They have just 1 to 3 grams of sugars per muffin, yet pack in 3 grams fiber, 5 grams protein, and 7 grams natural fats. And, Mikey’s Muffins come in three varieties (at last count)…

Original – This is their baseline flavor, which, as mentioned, is much like two round little slices of wheat bread, but with a slight hearty variation in taste and texture. Honestly, we not only enjoyed these topped with eggs, but also as the buns for turkey burgers! They were the absolute perfect fit for both, and held up nicely, so long as we thoroughly drained the eggs and the burgers (on paper towels) to soak up excess moisture before setting them atop a muffin bottom.

Mikey's Muffins - Original with Eggs

Toasted Onion – In this photo (below) you can see a little more of the Mikey’s Muffins texture. I liked this flavor for savories like burgers, though Tony wasn’t able to trial due to the onion.

Mikey's Muffins - Delicious Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-free "English Muffins" that work as buns or bread

Cinnamon Raisin – This was the only flavor that we didn’t enjoy. The texture was still good, but I only spotted one or two raisins in each whole muffin and the stevia sweetness was so sharp and off-putting. I had hoped that they would remove the stevia with the product changes, but it remained. If you are even close to a stevia super-taster, or are like me and don’t adore stevia in baked goods, then be warned that it is ever-present in this product. I would love it if they either just omitted the stevia or used raisins to sweeten instead.

Mikey's Muffins - Delicious Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-free "English Muffins" that work as buns or bread

The only general hang-up for us is the price to product ratio in Mikey’s Muffins. They are on the “extravagant” side for our budget, particularly with each box carrying just four small muffins. I think worthwhile for many grain-free, dairy-free enthusiasts, but perhaps out of range for many home cooks.

Certifications: Mikey’s Muffins are Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Paleo, and Certified Kosher Dairy (they do not contain dairy ingredients, by our last check, but are likely processed on equipment that handles other products that contain dairy).

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Mikey’s Muffins are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Mikey’s Muffins website at www.mikeysmuffins.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

19 Comments

  1. My husband and I tried these this morning. The picture looks fantastic, good job to the marketing team. The product was horrible. It was called cinnamon raisin and those two ingredients were not visible or in the flavor profile either. It held together nicely and is light but that was all. I guess if you are alergic to everything the fact that this holds together would be the one plus. I won’t be purchasing them again.

    • I’m flattered Betty. Those aren’t marketing photos, those are my actual photos from when I taste-tested it (I’m not affiliated with the brand at all, this is what mine looked like!). They have reformulated not too long ago, and keep tweaking, so not it is hard for me to speak to the flavor. As I mention above in my review, we didn’t like the Cinnamon Raisin flavor.

  2. Donald Martin on

    Just noticed these in Walmart. They are very expensive, but thought I would give them a try anyway. Talk about deceptive packaging. The box of ‘Original English Muffins’ has a picture of a regular English muffin on it. The muffins inside didn’t look anything like the picture on the box, and absolutely didn’t taste anything near what an original English Muffin tastes like. The muffins were dark brown and had a really bad taste. Ended up throwing them out. Wouldn’t recommend them to anyone.

    • What a bummer! They’ve been changing up so many things (packaging, formulations, etc) at Mikey’s, it’s hard to keep up. Sorry to hear about the poor quality Donald, but thank you so much for sharing!

  3. I love these! They are small yes, but if you do pair it with a fatty/thick cut of protein, it’s very filling. Sometimes I even just like it as a snack with ghee. I hope that Whole Foods or other supermarkets will carry them. I drive 20 minutes to get them! 🙂

  4. I think they tweaked their recipe and have new products out. Would you be willing, if you have time, to review the updated products? I still haven’t tried them and I always look forward to your trustworthy reviews of products! 🙂

    • Hi Liz – We tested them again and I’ve updated the review! Thanks for the heads up on the this. The egg-y vibe is gone and they are a little more cohesive (just enough really). The only change they didn’t make, which I wish they would have, is to get rid of the stevia in the cinnamon raisin – and of course, a lower price would be nice 🙂

      • I have to admit – now I’m a little scared to try the cinnamon raisin flavor (which I bought). I plan to enjoy it with some nut butter though, so hopefully that will mask any bad stevia aftertastes, haha. But at least you gave the onion flavor (the other one I bought) a positive review. Thank you, as always, for your honest review! I always refer to your site before making purchases – no lie. Did that again earlier today, before purchasing a bag of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free Honey Oat Granola (which you rated very highly).

        • Haha, well I didn’t mean to frighten you! Let us know what you think, you’re opinion might be totally different and is valued by me and others, too! So glad you like the reviews Liz 🙂

  5. Hope they NEVER add syrup, agave or any of those inferior sweeteners. Original a fave but others perfect as is. Thrilled with product and low calories. Sugar kills and feeds cancer. Do a little research. Begin with Dr. Ron Rosedale, the best. Paleo people (I am keto/pale)–often take in way too much “natural” sugar.

    • It would be great if you actually read my review before jumping. I didn’t recommend that they added any sweetener. First, I said the flavor was good for the first two, but we did not like the stevia in the Cinnamon Raisin. I recommended that they omit the stevia, but use A TOUCH of maple or honey if they must sweeten. I’d prefer they didn’t sweeten at all.

  6. I agree, they tasted good but the muffins are extremely small and I believe would definitely not hold the weight of a burger- as the muffin, after toasting, breaks apart very easily. We had a difficult enough time with our tuna sandwiches. Would also like to see them larger in size.

  7. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the stevia-sweetened muffins! We’d love to send you a sample of Pyure All-Purpose Stevia. It’s USDA Certified Organic and NonGMO, and we promise you the taste is exceptional with no bitter aftertaste. Everyone loves it here at the office, it’s absolutely wonderful for helping with people’s sugar-free related goals and we’d love to hear your feedback!

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