My son is a huge fan of Chebe bread…the Brazilian cheese bread made with tapioca/cassava flour and that happens to be gluten-free (and a very popular menu item at the gluten-free camp my son attends each summer!).
Recently, I had a chance to sample some similar products made by Bagelinos, a company based in New Jersey.
Bagelinos has two products…a bagel and a bun. But they're not "ordinary" bagels and buns. Of course, they're gluten free. But they're different in another way, too…different from Chebe and other cheese breads.
They're slightly sweet, which is why the "bagels" aren't actually called bagels, but "Breakfast Pastry Snacks." (However, for the purpose of this blog post, I'm going to refer to them as bagels!)
I like to pop the bagels in the toaster or toaster oven, as I would any other type of gluten free bagel, but they can also be eaten right out of the bag. The bagels are good with some cream cheese, and I've used the buns for ham sandwiches (resulting in a nice balance of sweet and salty). They would also be good for pulled pork, turkey sandwiches, or even breakfast sandwiches with egg and sausage (using either the bagel or bun).
The cool thing -- especially for traveling -- is that they come pre-packaged in individual portion sizes. Each "pastry snack" comes in a small bag which can be tossed in a purse, backpack, carry-on, or suitcase. They're pretty sturdy, too, so they won't get easily squashed!
Apparently the bag can be popped right in the microwave or oven (although I haven't tried this), since the bag is microwave and conventional-oven safe (7 seconds is all that's needed in the microwave). Pretty neat, especially when trying to avoid cross contamination and if you don't have a plate or tray to heat it on.
They are 100% natural and contain no preservatives or trans fats. And of course, no gluten! They contain cheese, cassava starch, cassava flour, sugar, milk, and water. For those of you not familiar with cassava, it's also known as tapioca, manioc, or Brazilian arrowroot. It is native to South America and is a major source of food carbohydrates (along with rice and corn) in South American countries.
Bagelinos can currently be purchased directly on their website (by the case, baked or unbaked). Buns can be purchased in boxes of 14 or 42, and bagels in boxes of 18 or 54. The company also has some wholesale customers -- mostly bagel shops in the northeast. They're coming out with more varieties of their bagels later in the Summer or Fall…blueberry, raisin, cranberry, and even chocolate! Can't wait to try them!
Bagelinos' manufacturing facilities are Gluten-Free, USDA, and Kosher Certified.