I often say that I’ll try anything vegan once, so when the Manna Organic Bakery asked if I wanted to try out their sprouted breads, of course I said yes! I’m a pretty big fan of all things bready, so I couldn’t turn down a chance to taste something new.
Manna sprouted bread is different from the bread you find in your average grocery store aisle. It’s made without yeast, flour, salt, fats or oils, added sweeteners or flavoring of any kind. Instead, all of its flavor and sweetness comes from 100% sprouted whole grains, along with fruits and nuts in some varieties. I tried three of the sprouted breads: Sunseed, Millet Rice and Multigrain.
The flavor of Sunseed is very good–naturally sweet, almost like dried fruit, with just a hint of crunch. I ate it plain, but it would also be delicious with a nut butter, especially something unusual like sunflower or pumpkin seed butter. My mom pointed out, and rightly so, that this bread would go very well with tea or coffee, making it a good choice for serving to guests when you want to provide healthy snacks. 160 calories and 7 grams of fiber per slice.
Millet Rice has a more pronounced crunch, presumably from the millet, and a raisin-like sweetness. Mom and I enjoyed slices of it as a side to curry, and it made a nice balance to the spiciness of the meal. For some reason, this particular bread reminded me of gingerbread, though there’s no ginger in it. 130 calories and 5 grams of fiber per slice.
Multigrain tastes exactly like it sounds: hearty! Like the others, it has a bit of a grainy crunch, but not in a way that’s off-putting. Instead, it put me in mind of good-quality multigrain cereals in texture and in flavor. Moist and cool with a sweet, pleasant multigrain flavor, this is a good bread to have with a meal or as a snack. 130 calories and 4 grams of fiber per slice.
All three of these varieties come in small, dense loaves that you slice to your preference. Each resembles a sort of rustic cake both in appearance and texture. The density means that a little goes a long way; despite the 3/4″ slice serving size, you don’t even need that much to get an enjoyable snack out of these breads.
Manna also produces a line of yeast-free sourdough breads. These are made with filtered water and organic whole grain flour rather than sprouted grains, and come pre-sliced in well-wrapped loaves.
Bavarian Rye Sourdough is one of these breads. Due to its density, the slices are much smaller than traditional sandwich breads. Unlike white sourdough, this is rich and dark with a chewy texture and strong flavor. I found it a bit too crumbly to use for sandwiches, but it makes fantastic toast. I tried a slice with homemade vegan cream cheese and some hot pepper jelly from the farmer’s market and wound up with a pretty amazing snack. This bread reminded me more of pumpernickel than sourdough, and for people who like lighter breads, it might be a bit of an acquired taste. As a snack, though, I highly recommend it. 120 calories & 8 grams of fiber per slice.
All of these breads were unique and delicious. If it sounds like something you’d like to try, Manna Organic Bakery is offering one lucky QV winner their choice of 4 delicious loaves! There are a lot of ways to enter:
1) Leave a comment on this page about why you’d like to win some Manna bread.
2) “Like” Manna Organic Bakery on Facebook and leave a comment saying you’ve done so.
3) Follow Manna Organic Bakery on Twitter and leave a comment saying you’ve done so.
4) “Like” Quantum Vegan on Facebook and comment to let me know you have.
5) Follow Quantum Vegan on Twitter and comment to let me know you have.
If you already like and follow Manna Organic Bakery or Quantum Vegan, that counts, too! Just be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry so that it can be counted in the final random draw! Contest ends at 8pm EST on Friday, December 16th. Good luck!