A plethora of mediocre gluten-free products line grocery store shelves, so I get excited when I find a really good gluten-free product that even gluten eaters like me would love.
The first is Must B Nutty (mustbnutty.com), an almond flour tortilla made by Austinites Aida, Veronica and Miguel Garza that was a hit for all of the South by Southwest guests who passed through my house earlier this month.
At first, I wasn’t a fan of the slightly crunchy texture — flour tortillas are prized, after all, for their softness — but the more of them I ate, the more I loved the crispy edges that held together even when I folded the taco. (Taking a cue from my friend and former Statesman photographer Alberto Martínez, I heat tortillas directly over a gas flame on my stove, flipping them quickly with my fingers and making sure each side gets a little kiss from the flame.)
Even at more than $10 for a 10 pack, the tortillas are a bestseller at Wheatsville Co-op, and you can also buy them at Whole Foods, People’s Pharmacy, Farmhouse Delivery, Better Bites Bakery and Picnik Austin.
One of my other new favorites lately is a muesli from a Minnesota-based company called Seven Sundays, whose owners I got to meet while I was in California for that trade show a few weeks ago. Inspired by a honeymoon to New Zealand, Hannah and Brady Barnstable were re-introduced to this breakfast food that usually plays second fiddle to granola in the U.S.
The first question I had for them was what is the difference between muesli and granola? The latter is cooked, crunchier and has those clusters that are usually held together with additional sugars and oils. Muesli is mostly raw and softer, more like oatmeal, and you can eat it hot or cold or even soaked in milk overnight.
The first Seven Sundays mueslis weren’t gluten-free, but this year, they’ve introduced Blueberry Chia Buckwheat made with gluten-free oats, honey, coconut, chia seeds, pepitas, buckwheat and apple juice-infused blueberries.
You can buy their mueslis at Target and Central Market in Austin, but Target is the only place to buy the gluten-free variety until May, when it will become available in more stores. You can find out more at sevensundays.com.