#WIAW Goes…Biblical? [Ezekiel Review]

by Sarah on March 20, 2013 · 17 comments

If you know me, you know I often forget to post reviews on products I’ve received like to really use a product I’ve been sent to review consistently, and in various culinary creations, before I commit to recommending it or not.

I don’t just want to take a nibble, say, “Oh, it is SO GOOD!” and then shove it into my pantry, fridge, or freezer where it languishes, neglected.

Luckily for you, I have now eaten my way through an entire loaf of Food for Life’s new Ezekiel 4:9 Flax Bread.

And I can now report my archeological* findings.

*OK. Perhaps they are more…anthropological? Or really just culinary. Whatever. Go with it. The thought of delving myself into biblical bread makes me feel like I should be an extra in Indiana Jones’ The Temple of Doom or something. So at this moment I am envisioning myself knee deep in sand, wearing a pith helmet, and dusting off artifacts with an oversized paintbrush. In case you were wondering.

Yes, Jenn, this week, The Smart Kitchen‘s contribution to the What I Ate Wednesday shenanigans is a plunge into the biblical world where believers were instructed to:

“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” [Ezekiel 4:9]

And now Food for Life has taken it one step further and added flax.

TONS of flax seed.

So beautiful and texturous that I don’t even care that all those seeds won’t actually contribute to my health because they aren’t ground. [Or that texturous is not a word.]

Speaking of contributing to one’s health, I could spend a whole post rambling on and on about the benefits of this bread, including the fact that–most importantly to a fluctuating vegan with benefits like me, the Ezekiel 4:9 breads are complete proteins, containing all 9 essential amino acids (and 18 in all).

There are no refined sugars or preservatives added to the bread…

tuscan tomato + brussels sprout stew, toast, and acorn squash

…meaning the company would go out of business if it didn’t freeze well.

orange almond pesto, mushrooms, and honey mustard

(And good thing for me, it does, since I am a single lady who has taken MONTHS to work my way through just one loaf. ;) )

salted peanut flour goop, red peppers, carrots (kale artichoke spread on the second piece)

In fact, when you let it thaw, it is thick and sturdy enough to almost be toast.*

peanut flour goop, citrus avocado dressing, pears, and cinnamon

Of course, when you actually do toast it, it’s even more divine.

serving as a base for a (kind of) fried egg.

The sprouted grains are supposed to increase nutrient absorption and digestibility.

(Another good thing, considering it was the T(oast) in my B.R.A.T. diet last week…)

cinnamon, honey, avocado toast (try it. trust me.)

Yes, all those grains do make for a rather hearty, dry bread.

sturdy enough to serve as a quinoa burger bun with a side of roasted brussels, apples, pears

It’s not going to make a perfectly squishy PB&Jor Fluffernutter.

but you CAN put peanut butter (and apples) on it anyway

But it is the best bread for tearing and dipping.*

*Dry bread just soaks up soup so well.

it resembles a seal emerging from a hot-and-sour sea, doesn't it?

As you can see, I did my research. I’ve tasted and tested and enjoyed every minute. I’m so grateful to Food for Life for sending me this yummy bread to review.

Miss Smart loves (Ezekiel) bread, this you (now) know

For the (Smart Kitchen) Bible tells you so. :)

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Debbie (Accidently Delish) March 20, 2013 at 12:34 am

i love LOVE their bread.
i have been wanting to try the flax. but haven’t seen it in my stores.
i WILL keep looking.
because i love me some texturous bread ;)

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 20, 2013 at 5:14 am

We sampled this bread as well, and were definitely pleased! I thought the heartiness and flavor was outstanding. It made great french toast, too!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

Whaaaat?! How did you get this hook up? I LOVE Ezekial bread. Their English muffins are a staple, and I adore the fact that they make a no sodium bread. Love. It.

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Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness March 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I love exekiel bread, I used to buy it all the time. I also love the looks of the peanut flour goop, is it just peanut flour and water? I need to find peanut flour, I’m sure it’s less expensive than PB2

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Sarah March 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Peanut flour and water it is! Occasionally I will add some salt, cinnamon, or cocoa/carob powder. Also, I sometimes mix in a little applesauce, since we all know apples and peanut butter are a winning duo. :)

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Heather @ Better With Veggies March 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

This is the bread we use most often – so delicous, nutritious, and love that it’s frozen. It can last forever that way if you go for a week without needing bread, which happens. :)

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) March 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Love this bread, too! And the flax will contribute to your health in the form of fiber, so that’s good, right? :)

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Melissa @ Treats With a Twist March 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Too cute. I’ve been wanting to sneak this bread into our house to use for my fiance’s sandwiches. He eats bread everyday and I have this intense need to swap it for a healthier bread, but need to do so stealthily…and without him finding out it costs more than $1 ;)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl March 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I love, love, LOVE Ezekiel bread! I cannot wait to try the new flax variety, but have yet to see it in any stores :( .

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Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

The Ezekial bread always sounds so good, but I never see it in stores around here.

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Sarah March 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Please forgive me if this is a silly comment (and feel free to say, “Well, OBVIOUSLY, Sarah,” but it comes frozen…so it might be hiding in the freezer. :)

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Meg @ A Dash of Meg March 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Yes, I WILL and MUST try that avocado toast combo!

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Gina @Health, Love, and Chocolate March 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Food for Life has officially created the only wheat bread, sprouted or otherwise, that doesn’t make my stomach feel like it is going to war with itself. I’d say I’m a fan, haha. I haven’t tried the flax yet though, I will definitely have to soon!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

i LOVE Food for Life bread!! And I have to say, I spent this whole post finding that I was craving French Toast. I think it’s a sign you need to turn that bread into french toast… ;)

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lindsay March 21, 2013 at 6:56 am

i miss that bread so so much!! Dear God, please make this GF for me.

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Jess @ Keepingitrealfood March 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

Love their bread and English muffins. I used to tease my grandma about the weird bread in the freezer, but if she were still around she’d probably be laughing at me now.

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meredith March 23, 2013 at 5:35 am

I love Ezekial bread, especially the cinnamon raisin! It freezes so well, doesn’t get soggy and really holds up well. A staple in my house!

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