Send Me Gluten Free Box Review + Giveaway!

Hi there! It’s been way too long! What have I been up to? Besides work, school, working out, and eating healthy, I’ve been sampling all of the delicious offerings in the Send Me Gluten Free box. I stumbled upon this little treat while on FindMeGlutenFree.com recently, which is a great resource (along with their app!) for finding places to eat that have gluten-free offerings.

Send Me Gluten Free box logo

So what does a Send Me Gluten Free box look like? I couldn’t wait to find out!

Send Me Gluten Free November box

You’ve got to love the presentation. They had me right away with the fun complementary colors–there was definitely a lot of thought put into the presentation, so I had high hopes about the contents.

Here are the goodies that were waiting for me underneath:

Send Me Gluten Free November box opening

I spied that full-size chocolate bar and was immediately excited. I started pulling things out like a kid at Christmas. You can tell how excited I was by the terrible picture I took–I was too eager at the time to eat the cookie. Some of the first foods I pulled out were Boulder Canyon chips (did they know I was just in Boulder, Colorado?!), a Nuun electrolyte tablet, WOW chocolate chip cookie, and a packet of Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla cereal.

Send Me Gluten Free November box items

It had been a looong day (11 hours at work!), so I gobbled down that WOW cookie, which was so nice and soft. I will admit I was a little shocked to see it had 120 calories (it was a bit smaller than the full-size cookie they sell online). Though I had the “room” for it in my calories that day, it’s still a lot for one little cookie. It was worth it on that day.

Because I’m more of a tortilla chip person than a potato chip one, I asked WHH to help me assess the Boulder Canyon chips. We both agree they were quite tasty. Not too peppery, and almost a bit too salty. It’s a quality chip and if you’re into potato chips, it’s definitely worth checking out.

I haven’t tried the Nuun tablet yet (it came to work with me for days I run during lunch), but I am quite familiar with the Nature’s Path granola as we’ll occasionally get a huge box of it when we’re at BJ’s. I love mixing it into some yogurt for a sweet treat after dinner or adding it to my breakfast “cookie dough” cereal.

The next products I pulled out were two full-size items: Bell Plantation’s PB Thins and Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate.

Send Me Gluten Free November box items

I have to admit that I didn’t know what to think about the PB Thins at first. Would they be sugary sweet, like Teddy Grahams? Junky? Gross? Nope! They taste like a spoonful of Teddie Peanut Butter! I knew what these would be perfect for right away (aside from eating them by the handful):

PB thins chocolate yogurt

You know it! Topping some plain full-fat organic yogurt with the PB Thins and the Pascha chocolate was a perfect little after-dinner dessert. The PB thins would also be good in a mug with milk as for a post-workout cereal. But seriously–these things are good. My favorite thing in the box by far.

In terms of the chocolate bar…I’m just kind of “meh” about it. Chocolate is usually gluten-free, so being able to get some isn’t a problem. If it had been something along the lines of a gluten-free version of a Kit Kat, something I definitely miss, I would have been pretty excited. And since I don’t have any other food allergies or intolerances, I don’t fully appreciate the allergen-free aspect of this chocolate bar. While I love that it’s organic and non-GMO, if I’m having dark chocolate, I like it 70%+. But that’s just me. Overall it’s a fine chocolate bar.

But wait, there’s more! Next out of the box were Breeze Bars, Halo Sea Salt Seaweed Chips, Amazing Foods for Life Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (vegan), and Snack Out Loud’s Crunchy Bean Snack in Ranch.

Send Me Gluten Free November box items

I haven’t had the Breeze Bars yet because I stashed them in my car. I love having a healthy snack or meal in the car for when I’m in a pinch. The Halo Seaweed Chips are okay. I’m not a big fan of things masquerading as something else (says the girl who loved the PB Thins). No, but seriously, I’d rather have a few sheets of roasted seaweed from Trader Joe’s than a chip that is seaweed flavored, you know? It messes with my mind and my taste buds!

Speaking of taste buds…I wasn’t loving the crunchy bean snack. The ranch flavor is intense–it definitely has more of a kick to it than you would think–and it didn’t feel like 7g worth of protein satiety-wise. Perhaps because of the flavor explosion going on in my mouth?

I did, however, have a fondness for the banana chocolate chip muffins! I loved the small size of the package. When I make baked goods, I don’t like having a ton of leftovers because guess where they end up?

I also loved that the only two ingredients you add are banana and coconut oil!

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin ingredients

Though the coconut oil ended up being a bit problematic in making this recipe. See, now that it’s November in Massachusetts, it’s a bit cold in my house and especially in my cabinets. This means that the coconut oil is solid at room temperature. Though I microwaved the oil to mix it, the oil quickly went back to a more solid form while I was mixing it so that the batter was quite thick.

Vegan banana chocolate chip muffin mix

No worries. I figured they’d still come out delicious anyway. I spooned them into the muffin tray and hoped for the best.

Vegan banana chocolate chip muffins

And since no raw eggs were involved, I may have left myself a little batter to sample.

Almost empty batter bowl

The muffins came out looking quite similarly shaped to how they went in, owing to the coconut oil issues.

Baked vegan banana chocolate chip muffins

Hmm…what goes well with chocolate and bananas? You guessed it!

Banana chocolate chip muffins with peanut butter

A big ol’ glob of peanut butter! The banana chocolate chip muffins were dense and flavorful. They would be a great pre-workout snack (minus the peanut butter) thanks to some good sources of easily digestible carbs from the flours, sugar, and banana. They would also be great post-workout with the addition of peanut butter. Or you could just have it at a random time of day like I did. 🙂

As for the rest of the box contents, there are a few items left, including Swerve sweetener and Hodgson Mill Flax Chia blend.

Send Me Gluten Free November box items

The Swerve sweetener is the only other item I haven’t tried yet. I’m not really sure what I’d use it for as I don’t sweeten my coffee and prefer maple syrup, honey, or bee pollen/royal jelly for sweeteners in my food and baked goods (more on the bee pollen/royal jelly in another post). I could try adding a little to my yogurt I suppose?

Something I did add to my yogurt was the chia flax blend. It appeared and tasted mostly like flax; I couldn’t discern the chia in there.

Chia flax blend on yogurt

Still, a solid-tasting flax mix and it’s nice to have both items in there instead of getting out the bag of flax and the bag of chia seeds.

To finish it all off, Send Me Gluten Free included coupons for some of the products that were in the box, which this frugal dork really appreciates.

Send Me Gluten Free November coupons

All in all I really enjoyed this box. Compared to other boxes I’ve tried (such as Greatist’s Parcel Box and the Gluten-Free Conscious Box), it has more full-sized items. Granted, it also costs more so it should have a higher value inside. To get the most value you’d probably want to do the year-long subscription, which cuts the cost of the box down to $20/month. I also liked that it contained only food products, most (all?) of the items were non-GMO and organic, and weren’t full of junky ingredients as many gluten-free items are.  This would make a fabulous gift for the gluten-free dork in your life, whether for the upcoming holidays or a birthday.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s your chance to try it for yourself! Simply leave a comment telling us if you’ve tried a subscription box before (Which one? Did you like it?) and you’ll be entered to win one box for yourself to try! A US-based winner will be randomly chosen next Wednesday, November 19. Even if you don’t win the giveaway, you still win because you can try any subscription length for 20% off with code BLOG20. How awesome is that?!

Update 11/19/14: Giveaway now closed (discount code still valid).

Send Me Gluten Free Giveaway

 Above image for example purposes only. Box contents differ by month.

Please note: Although I received this box free of charge, all honest opinions are my own. This post also contains an affiliate link.

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18 thoughts on “Send Me Gluten Free Box Review + Giveaway!

  1. I have not tried Send Me Gluten Free before, but would love to! My birthday IS november 19th…now wouldn’t that be a nice b-day treat 😉 .

  2. I never tried this subscription box before, but i’d love to give it a try 🙂

  3. I haven’t tried any subscription boxes yet-I feel like there are so many, I don;t know where to start. That being said, this one looks great, and with lots of variety!

  4. I have not tried one before, but would really like to try this one because everything will be gluten free! ❤

  5. I’ve never tried a subscription box before (except CSA delivery, which I loved!) but I’ve always been curious to try it. They fit so much stuff in that little box, and it all looks so yummy!

  6. I haven’t tried any subscription boxes yet. This one looks good, thank you for the chance to win!!

  7. I’ve only tried Birchbox. I love getting a surprise in the mail every month, but I have been looking for another (food-based) one to try out! I would love to try the Send Me Gluten Free Box!

  8. I haven’t tried a subscription box yet – but I would love to get one…or two…or more!! The problem is that we just can’t afford it right now : ( But hopefully in the near future, I can subscribe to one!

  9. Yes, I love send me gluten free! i’ve gotten 2 boxes!

  10. Yes, I love Send Me Gluten Free’s subscription box! I’ve tried a few others but this is my favorite!

  11. I tried Nature Box once before and liked some of the snacks, but not others. I’d love to try out Send Me Gluten Free!

  12. I have seen a number of gluten free boxes advertised but I’ve never had the guts to try one. I do enjoy sampling products before buying at the store. So many times I’ve been disappointed and thrown away food because it’s just not very good.

  13. I tried the conscious box.

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