“To switch to healthy eating may be very difficult in the beginning
but to switch back to unhealthy food after many years is even harder.”
- Otari Kobalia, founder Glutenull excerpted from Ecotrend Retail Newsletter, April-May-June 2017, page 4
Before opening Glutenull Gluten-Free Bakery, the only gluten-free product I had initially developed was Buckwheat Bread. That’s because it was very close to home. Buckwheat was known to me since childhood, not as a gluten free ingredient, but as one of my favorite dishes. In Eastern Europe boiled buckwheat seeds are a regular food staple at breakfast served as kasha, or as a side for lunch and in my case even dinner. Continuing with what I know best, I created many of Glutenull’s products from ingredients that I personally love and enjoy myself.
As a vegetarian since 1980, I’ve learned to source my energy from super foods and developed a palate for a wholesome diet. Thus, unknowingly I also became an inventor of a future project in my life that is now Glutenull. Although the emphasis of Glutenull is on gluten free and vegan production, it is so much more than that and at the same time, so much simpler. It is just ‘good food’ – natural, nourishing, ethical and delicious.
Yet good food sometimes needs a lot of work. Before launching Glutenull’s line of cookies, bars and granola, I relied on intuition and experience, putting together ingredients that I thought would pair well.
For example, our Buckwheat Granola Bars are also very similar to one of my all time favorite nut and honey desaerts called ‘gozinaki’, made in my birth country Georgia. Though not well known in other parts of the world, Georgian recipes are unique and have thousands of years of history. So here was my chance to use some knowledge from my ancestors.
However, to replicate my favorite desserts I was faced with a serious obstacle – sugar. Wanting to make my product available to everyone, I had to find an alternative sweetener to refined sugar that was both natural and vegan. After some research and trials, I decided on coconut sugar, now used in most of our products including our Coco Moko Shortbread Cookies and our Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies. The taste and texture of coconut sugar is a lot like brown sugar, yet in comparison, it contains less fructose, letting your liver metabolize it in a healthier way. In addition coconut sugar has nutrients like zinc and iron as well as antioxidants.
In the end, through a process more of a musical composer, dozens of different compositions have been created that I am now proud to present to my customers. Yet of course it’s not all down to me. Our team at Glutenull is a small but tight knit family, and although we distribute our products to hundreds of stores, we are still very much an artisan bakery, with our hands, head and heart deep in the process.
While, most mass-produced breads and baked goods are made with chemicals and high-energy mixers to speed up fermentation, the production at Glutenull, takes anywhere from 4 – 20 hours, allowing the natural enzymes to react with ingredients in their own time. In turn the products are richer in flavor, healthier and better for your digestion.
In our books and in our baking, slow and steady wins the race.
Glutenull is a Vancouver based certified gluten & yeast free bakery dedicated to bringing you fresh, premium quality, organic & non-GMO foods that are wholesome and tasty. We have a large variety of products that are suitable for celiac, gluten intolerant, vegan, and diabetic foodies. Our facility, located in Coquitlam, is certified gluten free under the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) which assures you that it contains no traces of gluten. We’ve also created a number of raw products that make great snacks for the whole family. Learn more …
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