When I initially cut gluten out of my diet, it was a bit of a struggle for me to fuel properly for runs. I was used to eating toast with nut butter before a longer run in the morning or a sandwich for lunch if I was running after work. Before races, I would eat a bagel with peanut butter or almond butter, sliced banana and honey (extra glucose stores).
Despite really not caring for simple carbs for the most part (I’m Italian and would choose to eat pasta maybe once a year, if that), I for some reason really missed bagels. I think the ritual of eating a bagel before a race – a food I would never eat on a normal day – is what I missed most. Also I really love getting bagels when I’m visiting Carly at Bagel Boy.
The lovely ladies at Sweet Note Bakery were kind enough to send me their gluten free bagels to try. I had been having success with oatmeal as a pre-long run food so I wasn’t going to mess with that, but I thought they would be great to eat for breakfast the day before a race to carb-load with.
I haven’t tried any other gluten-free bagels as a disclaimer, but I have had gluten-free bread (not super into it) and gluten-free English muffins (kind of okay with them). These bagels had a very bagel-y texture and tasted like the ones I could get at Bagel Factory in Pittsburgh (but not NYC bagels – nothing compares to NYC bagels, except Montreal bagels which I would gluten myself for). I definitely enjoyed them and despite my lack of preparation otherwise, I’m going to assume these guys helped me out in Pittsburgh.
I wanted the full-on bagel experience but only had plain cream cheese (ew) so I mixed a few of my favorite things (nut butter and chocolate) together to get Chocolate Almond Cream Cheese.
- 1 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 tsp almond butter
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- Mix cream cheese, almond butter and cocoa powder together.
They come in plain, poppy seed, sesame seed, everything and cinnamon raisin (my fave!). If you’re looking for a delicious gluten free bagel, definitely give Sweet Note Bakery a try!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post but I did receive bagels to try for this review. All opinions are my own.
Chat with me:
What is your favorite type of bagel and favorite smear to go with it – or are you a bagel-sandwich type of person?