Today’s giveaway is brought to you by Manna Organics, a family-owned and -operated bakery in the Chicagoland area.
If you haven’t had Manna bread before, you’re in for a treat. A small team of dedicated bakers makes Manna Organics’ bread by hand in small batches. It can be best described as hearty slices of whole sprouted grains, denser than your average bread. Manna bread is unleavened, so it doesn’t rise when baked, and contains no yeast, salt, flour, oil, or sugar. It’s baked at low temperatures for a short time, so you might even say it’s “almost raw”! As a bonus, nearly all the varieties are high in both fiber and protein.
When Manna Organics contacted me asking if I’d like to try their sprouted grain breads (any 4 loaves of my choice!), I happily accepted. From their original Manna breads line, I selected a loaf of Multigrain (made with sprouted wheat kernels, filtered water, brown rice, barley, millet, flaxseeds, rye kernels, soybeans, rolled oats, oat bran, and cornmeal—all organic) and a loaf of Cinnamon Date (containing only sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic dates, organic cinnamon, and organic oatmeal!). The breads come frozen, so I’m able to thaw out and enjoy a little at a time, which is great. Matt’s munching on a thick slice of the dense, sticky Cinnamon Date bread as we speak.
Manna Organics launched a new line of artisan sourdough breads earlier this year. These are made Bavarian-style, and are much denser and more flavorful than your typical sandwich bread. They use only organic rye and/or wheat flour as a base, and do not add any yeast, oils, sweeteners, or baking aids of any kind. I was REALLY excited about these—my German heritage doesn’t come through often in my food choices, but as far as bread goes, I adore sourdough! (Ironically, it was exactly 2 years ago today that I posted about my time in Munich, Germany, including a very memorable night at Oktoberfest!)
I chose the Whole Rye (containing only organic rye flour, filtered water, sea salt, organic caraway seeds, organic fennel seeds, and organic coriander seeds) and Multigrain Flax (made with filtered water, whole wheat flour, rye flour, multigrain blend [whole wheat, rye, barley, oats, flax, millet, and buckwheat], flaxseeds, and sea salt—all organic) loaves. I ate a slice of the Multigrain Flax just this morning, toasted and slathered with Earth Balance coconut spread. It’s super chewy and satisfying.
Want to win a 4-loaf variety pack of Manna Organics sprouted breads for yourself? Read on!
12 Days of Giveaways #6: Manna Organics
The winner of this giveaway will receive a variety pack of Manna Organics sprouted grain breads mailed directly to your home! This box will include your choice of any 4 loaves of Manna Organics bread.
There are five different ways to win—you can choose to do one, two, or all of them.
Please leave a separate comment below for each entry.
1) REQUIRED ENTRY: Visit the Manna Organics site and pick out which 4 breads you would choose to receive, then come back here and comment below with your selections. (If you’d want to try the very same 4 loaves that I did, you can just say “Same as you!”)
***You must do this first! This is how we’ll know which breads to send you if you win.
4) Tweet the following message and comment below confirming you’ve done so:
I entered to win free @MannaOrganics sprouted breads from @AlmostVeganChef ! #Giveaway here: http://wp.me/pYLdq-YT
5) Subscribe to my blog by email (at the top of the right-hand sidebar), RSS feed, or Google reader and comment below confirming you’ve done so (or already are a subscriber).
This giveaway is open to the continental U.S. only.
The deadline for entries is Tuesday morning, December 13th, 2011, at 10:00am CST.
I’ll be choosing the winner at random. Good luck!
***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!***