Gluten Free seems to be all the rage these days as I constantly see gluten free products in the store. Thankfully, I don't have a gluten allergy, but the fact that I don't have the allergy doesn't mean that I can try out gluten free products and that leads me to try out these samples that I received in the Udi's Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins. Each muffin container comes with four muffins and each muffin itself is three ounces. Each muffin has 240 calories and is of course, gluten free and also dairy, nut and soy free. It's also whole grain, so woo-hoo! What a "healthy" treat!
Just because something is gluten free doesn't mean that it is some hideous Frankenstein looking object and that is definitely the case with this Udi's muffin. It looks just like you'd expect a blueberry muffin to look like with it's baked look and healthy amount of blueberries spread all about. It's also slightly flaky and is topped with a slight amount of large sugar sprinkles to counteract the sweet tang of the berries. It's also dense, yet not heavy feeling. Other than that, there's not much too this one, so the real question becomes, does this gluten free muffin compare to a regular muffin?
As a note, I did like any muffin lover would do and I heated this muffin in the microwave for thirty seconds prior to eating it and I'm glad that I did because when I bit in, this was a soft and doughy delight. The interior was so moist that it basically melted in my mouth. It had a grainy, bready test with the occasional blueberry tang (it could have used more of that), but it was mostly that bready taste that dominated the interior of the muffin. When I worked in a bite involving the muffin top, it was a slightly different feel as the muffin top was more of a crusty mouthfeel mixed with a slight sweet crunch provided by the sugar crystals on top. Having that crunchy aspect to encounter the soft and almost melty interior was the perfect compliment.
Buy It or Fly By It? I give this a BUY IT rating because it was quite good. My only complaint was that I wish it had more blueberries mixed throughout, but what blueberries were there added a decent flavor. But, because of the lack of blueberries in some parts, I found myself often eating something that was more like a sweet bread product and for just a sweet bread product, this was also quite tasty as well. So, gluten free does not mean some weird Frankenstein-like product, but instead a tasty treat reminiscent of a muffin with gluten, dairy, etc. and that is a wonderful thing and I'm certainly glad that I've got three more of these to eat.