Qrunch Organics Quinoa Breakfast Toastables

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Version:
Cinnamon-Vanilla, Rich Maple, Lemon-Blueberry, Plain
Price:
$5.99 per 4-pack

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Rating:
4
On January 12, 2016
Last modified:January 10, 2016

Summary:

These unique whole grain slabs are reminiscent of polenta, but with the heartier blend of organic millet, quinoa, and amaranth. I was beyond impressed with the warm, lightly sweet, breakfast-worthy flavor and the unbelievably low sugars and calories - they're seriously filling! The only catch was the execution. Though relatively cohesive, they required extra care in both preparation and consumption to keep extreme crumbling at bay.

I can honestly say I had never seen nor tasted anything like Qrunch Toastables.

Qrunch Toastables - a tasty, super-hearty breakfast for quinoa and millet fans! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and allergy-friendly

I picked up a box of the Cinnamon-Vanilla at Whole Foods with limited expectations, but quickly warmed to the nourishing appeal. Some describe Qrunch Toastables as “hearty waffles”, but I’d call them very distant cousins at best. Rather, I think they’re thick and hearty like a slab of baked polenta, but just a touch more firm and “crusty”, and complimented with the perfect touch of sweetness to address those morning cravings without overdoing it.

In fact, I was AMAZED to see that the Cinnamon-Vanillla has just 1 gram of sugar per Toastable, and shockingly, just 120 calories. No joke, this is the most filling 120 calories I’ve eaten in quite some time. Organic millet, quinoa, and amaranth top the ingredients – a nice balance of grains that keeps the quinoa bitterness from rearing it’s head. Qrunch recommends topping their Toastables with a drizzle of maple syrup, jam, or nut butter. I used a savory nut butter as no more sweetener was needed for my taste buds – this made for several comforting, earthy breakfasts with a hot mug of tea.

Qrunch Toastables - a tasty, super-hearty breakfast for quinoa and millet fans! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and allergy-friendly

My only complaint about Toastables is that they are a bit fragile. With a name like that, I want to be able to fire them in the toaster, worry-free. I had to be very gentle though, as each grain-filled slab was just a misguided pop-up away from crumbling and breaking. Once prepared, I found them easiest (and the most fun!), to carefully eat out of hand like a slice of toast. When enjoyed like waffle, with a fork, it was a bit more of messy undertaking.

Qrunch Toastables - a tasty, super-hearty breakfast for quinoa and millet fans! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and allergy-friendly

If you’re nervous about the idea of quinoa for breakfast (these are definitely for whole grain lovers), you may want to trial Qrunch Quinoa Burgers first.

Qrunch Toastables - a tasty, super-hearty breakfast for quinoa and millet fans! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and allergy-friendly

Certifications: Qrunch Quinoa Breakfast Toastables are Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified, and Certified Gluten Free.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Qrunch Quinoa Breakfast Toastables are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, 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 Qrunch website at qrunchfoods.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.

6 Comments

  1. Where can I buy the breakfast quinoa crunchables in the 53704 zip code? I have tried a couple flavors and have now developed a taste for them but have been unable to locate any now.

  2. I saw these over a year ago at my Jewel here in Chicago, but they had different (much older looking) packaging and I always stared at them wondering what they were like. They were a bit pricy for what you get in the box so I never purchased them, and now they don’t sell them anymore! They look great out-of-the-box though!

    • Hi Eva, I totally agree that they are a bit pricey – and I was concerned about paying so much when the calorie count is lower, but darn are these things filling! Especially with just a little nut butter on top. I asked the manufacturer about stocking and since they are changing the packaging, they are temporarily off the shelves in some areas, but should return.

  3. Those look really fun! I wish they were a bit more sturdy – that would make them great for the kids. Still, i will have to check these out for myself! Thanks for sharing.

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