Probably a year ago, I was shopping at a local health food store in town and a woman came up to me and asked if I would like to try a piece of a cinnamon bun. Obviously, I said “only if it’s gluten-free” while thinking at the same time I was sure it wasn’t. You can imagine my surprise when the woman replied that in fact, the buns were indeed gluten-free!
Though I was tickled by her reply, I remember thinking no gluten-free cinnamon bun was good enough to eat unheated and I didn’t see any toaster oven around. After checking the package of the gluten-free cinnamon bun, I went ahead and tasted it. I’m not one to pretend I like something I don’t so I was prepared to give honest feedback to the woman representing the cinnamon bun company.
I’m in that stage of life where not that many things surprise me. However, in the case of the cinnamon buns I sampled at the store that day, I was absolutely blown away. You could not have paid me to believe a room temperature gluten-free cinnamon bun could be edible at room temperature – much less be incredibly delicious. Yet, that is exactly what the Cinnamon Buns from Heaven Mills was!
What surprised me almost as much as the great taste is the ingredients. The only flour in the certified kosher and gluten-free product is corn flour and most everything I’ve had with corn flour tastes like – well – corn. Even with my super taste buds, I don’t taste any corn in this product or anything else in this line I’ve tried. It makes me wonder of the corn flour is coming from Italy. Below are the rest of the ingredients:
Corn flour, canola oil, fresh eggs, sugar, pure vanilla, baking powder, yeast, water, xanthan gum. Filling: Cinnamon, cocoa, sugar, natural vanilla
I usually make a vanilla glaze (skim milk, vanilla, powdered sugar) for the Cinnamon Buns,, but they really don’t need it. This is perfect to take when you visit relatives that always enjoy pop and bake cinnamon buns you can’t have. My husband and I can eat the entire package. I have about a sixth of it and he scarfs down the rest. It’s so delicious that we feel slightly bad about not sharing it with glutenoids. Pop and bake gluten cinnamon buns don’t have anything on this treat from Heaven Mills, no doubt!
*In Atlanta, you can find the Cinnamon and Chocolate Cinnamon buns from Heaven Mills at Natural Foods Warehouse (now with three locations!) and Return to Eden.