Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns from Simply Wize

Recently I tried the delicious hot cross buns from Simply Wize. I thought I would have to forgo this Easter treat but now I can indulge in this steamy hot treat with butter and perhaps some home made plum jam. Yumm!

Gluten is the protein component of wheat, spelt, rye, barley and oats. 
In people with coeliac disease, gluten causes damage to the lining of
the small intestine (villi). As a result, the ability to absorb nutrients is
impaired and people can become very unwell. Following a gluten
free diet doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of delicious
food and proper nutrition.

The buns are smaller than their wheat-based alternatives but I like the smaller portion size because I am trying to shed some kilos ahead of the summer months. It has been proven that Winter can be the best time of the year to lose weight due to the cold as long as you don't indulge in the comfort foods and staying indoors can mean more snacks and meals than when there is warmer weather.

Flour Blend [Maize Flour, Rice Starch, Tapioca Starch, Soy Protein, Egg White, Sugar, Salt, Stabilizers,(461,464), Dextrose, Emulsifier (472(e)), Guar Gum (412), Stabilizer (466)], Water, Dried Fruit (Sultanas, Currants, Mixed Peel), Sugar, Egg, Vegetable Oil, Yeast, Spices, Glaze [Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Pectin (440), Carrageen (407), Citric Acid (330), Sodium citrate (331), Calcium Lactate (327), Potassium Sorbate (202)], Nature Identical Flavours

Allergy Advice
Contains Egg & Soy. May contain Sulphates
 Nutritional Information chart from Simply Wize

Simply Wize products are available in some Woolworths and Coles supermarkets. If they are not available at yours then ask them to order in. Persistence and asking to talk to the person who orders new products is often more efficient than asking one person one time. I get a thrill when I see a new product in the Gluten Free aisle and I am sure you will feel the same way.

Proactive and Persistence wins over Indifference over time is my motto :) Ask nicely and explain that it is such a treat to be able to eat a gluten-free equivalent of your favourite foods helps make life less grey than going without, especially at Easter when you have family visit or take them with you at the next gathering.

So, try out the Hot Cross Buns for yourself and make sure to take a photo of your Easter Fare for a chance to win a basket of Simply Wize treats. Just upload the image to our Flickr group with the tag

"simply wize hot cross buns" and "easter competition" to be in with a chance. Entries close May 1st with the winner announced on the 2nd.

Good luck!

Vanessa Pike-Russell

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