While shopping at my local health food store last weekend, I found a new gluten-free cracker. At least, it was new to me. The store has had a rice cracker from Back to Nature on the shelf for a while now, but I’d not seen the Multi-Seed gluten-free crackers before. On the front of the box are both the Whole Grain council label and the GFCO gluten-free symbol.
After reading the ingredients on my new find, I threw a box into the shopping cart. Unlike the rice cracker from the same line, the multi-seed cracker contains potato flour and corn flour, in addition to rice flour. With those other flours included, odds were that I’d think the cracker was either decent or really good. As it turned out, the latter turned out to be the case.
The Multi-Seed gluten-free cracker from Back to Nature is not one I’d use as a plain cracker, but most other crackers aren’t either. For the first taste, I did eat one cracker with nothing on it and it was surprisingly good that way. However, the crackers were really good with Brie cheese, Peachtree Pimento spread and cream cheese spread on them (not all at once).
The cracker ingredients are 100% natural and include brown rice flour, potato starch, whole grain yellow corn flour, safflower oil, sesame seeds, sea salt, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flax seed. Gluten-free products that are also free of preservatives, MSG and artificial flavors and colors are something I’m always on the lookout for so this cracker was quite the find for me!
According to the package, one serving is 15 crackers, which I think is a lot. Using that as a reference, there are approximately four servings in each box. Six crackers is a serving for me since I add some type of cheese or spread – adding fat and calories in the process. In any case, 15 crackers contain 130 calories and 2 grams of both protein and fiber.
Back to Nature has been in business for 50 years and I think their company slogan is terrific – “Simple Ingredients. Simply Delicious. Simply Good”. The boxes used by the company are made from recycled paperboard and the inks used to print the boxes are derived from vegetables. Back to Nature is a proud supporter of The Nature Conservancy as well.
It’s rare for me to find a product with flax in it that I like. Though I know how healthy flax is – I can’t will myself to like the flavor of it. The Multi-Seed crackers do have a very slight taste of flax, but the sesame seeds – or something else – overwhelms it. The overall flavor of the crackers is really nice and not comparable to other gluten-free crackers I’ve tried. Even though the crackers taste different than Nut Thins do, the texture is very similar. The Back to Nature crackers are thicker than Nut Thins and are square shaped, making them heftier crackers as well.
The gluten-free Saltine still eludes me, but the versions from both Schar and Valpi-Form (brand not sold in U.S. presently) come pretty close to filling that void. Thankfully, there are many very good gluten-free crackers on the market today and the Multi-Grain option from Back to Nature can hold it’s on with my favorite options to date!
*Please note that neither of the gluten-free products are listed on the Back to Nature website yet. In fact, the person I spoke with at the company did not seem aware they they even made such products. In any case, you can see from the photo above that I didn’t dream about buying and enjoying the gluten-free crackers from Back to Nature. Hopefully, the company will take the time to update their website soon.