Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Breakfast with Udi's - dairy free, gluten free, soya free

Are you new to Udi's?? I am. Was. Not now! 

I'd heard of them knew that they were gluten free and that was about it - until I went to Tesco the other day and discovered that all the dairy free chocolate had GONE from the shelf!!!!!!

In their place, was a whole bunch of stuff by Udi's. 

'Hmm!' I thought, 'these are new! And some of them are dairy free, soya free as well!' 

Still disgruntled, I packed some into my basket and trundled off.

Now, usually for brekkie I have the same thing every day. Following various upsets, I usually play it safe and just stick to puffed rice with almond milk.  Bit boring, but there it is.

However, these products by Udi's have given me the opportunity to branch out a bit and try something new.

First up, this granola:

Not a huge pack for your money.

I have to be a bit careful with oats these days. Sometimes I'm okay and then I'm not. Oats with dried fruit is a complete no, no, NO!! This mix wasn't the only choice, there were other granolas by Udi's on the shelf (Naturel and Cranberry), however I thought I'd try this one as it includes other bits I know I can eat safely (honey and almonds) and see what happened.

I tried it with with my usual almond milk and have to say I thought it was lovely. 

I'm really hoping my gut remains okay with the oats, because I'd really like to add this into my breakfast repertoire. Not everyday though, as it is not the cheapest option!

Price: £2.75

Next up, these pop tarts. Well Udi's call them 'Pastries' but they look like pop tarts to me!

Actually they look nicer in real life than on the packet!

In my former life (before I was gluten and dairy free) I would not have ever bothered with pop tarts - they're very processed and not very filling. That doesn't mean I haven't ever eaten one, but it was a long, long time ago, when I last did. 

That said, I would say that this version was jolly good. I think it tasted like the real deal. I probably wouldn't choose to eat this regularly as I don't think they would keep me going until lunch time. like the 'real deal' I think they're a bit too processed for my liking and even a bit salty. However, I could definitely see these in my luggage if I was travelling - they come in little individual packets and could come in very handy indeed!!

'Baby' has never had the 'real deal' It didn't matter - she loved hers!! Even though she could see it contained strawberry. It disappeared completely!!

You can also buy these in Apple and Cinnamon.

Price: £2.50 for a packet of four

Then there were these breakfast bars:

Strawberry again!

Again I would say that they definitely tasted like the 'real deal'. Like the pastries they were still rather processed but perhaps less salty. They could provide a great mid-morning snack, if you were in a hurry, but I'd rather have a decent home made flapjack! 

Again, they came in individual packets, which would be great for packing in hand luggage if you were planning on flying and weren't sure what you were going to be offered. 

'Baby' wasn't so keen on these, but they were ever so slightly gritty in texture, which could be why.

Price: £2.50 for a packet of five

Lastly I tried these:

I like my bagels with jam - sweet tooth!

Wow! Honestly, these were good! I tried one on The Hub and he agreed!

Before going gluten free, I used to love Cinnamon and Raisin bagels by the New York Bagel Company as they're dairy free. I could have had Udi's version, but sometimes raisins do something to me, so I left those and went for the plain ones. I wasn't expecting much, BUT I would say that I prefer these to the New York Bagel Company's gluten filled ones. 

They were so soft and actually less dry than the bagels I remember. I will definitely be buying these again!

Price: £1.80 for a packet of four

Other new Udi products included a loaf which was made with soya, and some new crisps, which were flavoured with cheese or jalopeno, so definitely out for me! However, I was encouraged to see that there were a number of new products that catered for me, as my current Tesco seems mainly to cater for just the gluten free! Hence no dairy free chocolate - just as well there's a decent Sainsbury's nearby!

Since writing this review, I have been back to Tesco to buy some more, and have discovered that they've undergone a bit of a price hike!! The granola now costs £3.25 - which is a LOT when you consider that there isn't very much in the packet. The bagels now cost £2.30. When you consider that you pay about £1.60 for a packet of five New York Company bagels (non gluten-free), this is truly shocking. I shall not be able to justify buying these regularly, now, but only as a treat. :(

On the plus side, Tesco now stock dairy free Moo Free chocolate at the lowest price I've seen it yet - 50p for a regular bar and £1 for a pack of three! Let's hope these don't undergo the same sort of price hike as Udi's!!


  1. Our Tesco seems to have been scaling down their dairy free chocolate too - only the choc crispie bars available for ages now which are not as nice as the choc orange or 'milk' choc bars. I hope they don't stop doing it altogether. Seems daft as they have expanded their dairy free chilled range. We struggle with many products that are gluten and dairy free as LO is sensitive to tapioca as well as dairy and tapioca seems to be added to many gf stuff.

  2. Hi there! We recently tried the 'pop tarts' as a holiday 'treat' and boy did they go down well with the kids! Not my kind of thing really...too sweet, although as you said they are rather salty too! I also liked the bagels, and tried the cinnamon and raisin and plain ones. Again they went down well with the little one but I wasn't quite so impressed. The cinnamon and raisin ones weren't quite as good as the 'standard' ones that I used to love (and can still eat if I want to look pregnant!!!)...

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