Ingredient Glossary

Algal Protein

Algal protein is a plant-based protein derived from algae and is a great source of vegan protein that is manufactured in the USA. While it is from the ocean, it is not part of the shellfish or fish family. It is from Chlorella protothecoides and is a green algae, not a blue-green algae that is associated with algal blooms and autoimmune diseases. We recommend that anyone who has an allergy to any type of algae consult their health care professional before consuming any product containing Algal protein.   

Apricots

Apricots are a sweet fruit that have a tangy flavour. Ours are sulfite-free too!

Baking Soda

Also known as sodium bicarbonate. Like all great bakeries, we use this all-natural ingredient to help our goodies rise.

Brown Cane Sugar

Also known as “Brown Sugar” in the United States, this is a natural combination of sugar and molasses refined without any added colorings, flavourings or coatings. Formed using the traditional method of crystallizationbrown sugar gives a rich, sweet flavour to our treats.

Brown Rice Flakes

These crunchy flakes are made from flattened and toasted brown rice. They work great to mimic the great crunch of traditional oats (which we do not use in our products).

Brown Rice Protein

This is a good source of protein which also helps improve the texture of baked goods.

Brown Rice Syrup

Made from soft cooked rice, we use it to bind and sweeten our products.

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is an alternative to refined sugar. While both sweeteners are made from sugar cane, brown sugar doesn’t undergo the same degree of processing that refined sugar does.

Buckwheat Flour

Despite its name, Buckwheat Flour is unrelated to wheat. Its closest edible relative is actually rhubarb!  Our certified gluten-free buckwheat flour is ground and then combined with other flours to create our signature gluten-free flour blend for our treats!

Chia Flour

Chia Seeds are a source of Omega-3 fatty acid as well as dietary fiber. They contain vitamins and antioxidants. Chia flour is used as a gluten-free flour substitute in our products.

Chocolate Chips

Our chocolate chips are produced in a dedicated gluten-free and nut-free facility. These chips are also dairy-free and soy-free, although they are produced in a plant that contains dairy and soy. For this reason, we test down to 2.5 parts per million for dairy and 2 parts per million for soy before the chips arrive in our bakery to ensure the highest levels of safety and quality.

Cocoa Butter (Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter)

Cocoa butter is a component in our chocolate chips and, despite its name, is dairy-free. After the cocoa bean is extracted from the shell, the bean is then ground into a liquid called chocolate liquor. From that point, the fat is extracted from the liquor, which is called cocoa butter (non-dairy of course). Once the cocoa butter is removed all that remains is cocoa powder.

Citric Acid

Citric acid is found in high concentrations in citrus fruits (ie. lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges, etc.). It is produced when a specific bacteria is allowed to ferment. Although it does not contain corn, it is derived from corn.

Cocoa Powder; Natural Process Cocoa Powder

We use unsweetened cocoa powder, which is made from naturally processed cocoa solids that remain after chocolate liquor is pressed to extract cocoa butter. Cocoa powder gives a deep, rich flavour to our products. Though it seems too good to be true, cocoa is as healthy as it is tasty! It is a high source of magnesium.

Cream of Tartar

Coming from the natural crystalline acid deposited on the insides of the wine barrel, this powder helps in activating baking soda.

Date Paste

Made purely from dates, this ingredient helps to keep our treats moist. Because dates contain natural sugars, the paste allows us to make sweet treats without adding too much cane sugar.

Dried Apples

Our apples are air dried and diced. They add a tangy flavour to treats! They’re sulfite-free as well!

Dried Cherries

Our cherries are heat dired at 165° F for 4 or more hours. These add a bit of sweet, tart cherry flavour to our treats!

Dried Orange Peel

Our infused dried orange peels contain orange peel, cane sugar, sunflower oil, absorbic acid and citric acid. This adds a citrus flavour to our baked treats.

Enjoy Life Crunchy Vanilla Honey Graham Cookie Pieces

We take our Vanilla Honey Graham Crunchy Cookies and break them up into pieces to add vanilla honey graham flavour!

Evaporated Cane Juice (Dried Cane Syrup, Cane Sugar, Dried Cane Sugar)

Evaporated Cane Juice is an alternative to refined sugar. While both sweeteners are made from sugar cane, evaporated cane juice doesn’t undergo the same degree of processing that refined sugar does.

Expeller Pressed Vegetable Oil (Safflower and/or Sunflower Oil)

Safflower and sunflower oils are high in unsaturated fatty acids, highly stable, and contain Vitamin E. Expeller pressing is a chemical-free mechanical process that extracts oil from seeds and nuts. This is known to be a healthier, allergy-friendly cooking oil.

Flaxseed (Meal)

This helps in moisture management and shelf life extension.

Flour Mix (Brown and White Rice, Buckwheat, Millet)

Our unique gluten-free flour blend is comprised of White Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Buckwheat Flour and Millet Flour. By using these three ancient grains together, we create a blend of flours for great tasting gluten-free baked goods!

Golden Flaxseed/Ground Flaxseed

Made from pure ground flax seed, it is a source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax brings a “nutty” flavour, along with fiber and protein to our products. Flax seed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Ground Cinnamon

Our cinnamon is a warm spice derived from the bark of the evergreen tree. We use grade A quality – the best available!

Ground Cloves

Our cloves are small, nail shaped flower buds that are dried and then ground. They have a sweet and somewhat penetrating flavour.

Ground Ginger; Crystallized Ginger

Ginger is a spice that is the dried and peeled from the root of the ginger plant.

Ground Nutmeg

Nutmeg is obtained from the seeds of a tropical tree species (Myristica fragrans). It allows us to add rich flavour to our products. Rest assured; it is a trusted food for someone with a tree nut allergy.

Gum Arabic

Gum arabic is made from the sap of acacia trees. It is an all-natural gum that we use as a binder, emulsifier and stabilizer in our products. It also adds stretch to gluten-free dough as well as a chewy texture!

Honey

We use a natural honey for delicate sweetening of our products.

Inactive Yeast

Essential amino acids in the yeast protein help to increase the nutritional value of baked goods. , and gives them a yeasty flavour.

Juice Concentrate (Grape, Apple, or Pear)

Flavourful juices are extracted from grapes, apples and pears with no water added to dilute the juices. Using this nectar allows us to add less sugar to our products, bringing the perfect amount of sweetness. It helps keep them moist, too!

Konjac Flour

Konjac is derived from tubers of the elephant yam (a perennial plant) also known as amorphophallus konjac (hence the name). We use this ingredient in to add pliability and increase moisture retention.

Lactic Acid

The lactic acid is derived from sucrose (the organic compound commonly known as table sugar). Don’t worry, there’s no dairy in this ingredient!

Leached Raisin Water (Raisin Juice Concentrate)

This is in fact water in which that raisins have soaked in. The resulting product is concentrated by evaporating some of the water. We use this as a flavouring agent and to add a touch of sweetness to our products.

Lentil Powder

Lentil powder is derived from the red lentil to allow our Plentils to have a strong, sturdy protein base.

Malic Acid (Natural Flavour Enhancer)

Malic acid is a tart tasting organic acid that occurs naturally in apples. It gives green apples their unique sour “zing.”

Maltodextrin

We use maltodextrin as a bulking agent. Our maltodextrin is derived from corn that is non-GMO.

Manioc Syrup (Tapioca Syrup)

Tapioca syrup is made from the cassava tuber, or yucca root, a plant that is indigenous to the tropics of South America. The syrup is made when natural enzymes are introduced to the cassava tuber. This process is known as enzymatic hydrolysis. After enzymatic hydrolysis is complete, a sweet syrup is formed. Tapioca syrup is considered to be a healthy sweetener alternative.

Marshmallow Flavourettes

These are small, marshmallow flavoured nuggets made from white rice and natural sweeteners like honey, evaporated cane juice, and raisin juice concentrate. These melt when baked to add that a sweet marshmallow flavour!

Millet Flour

Millet Flour is made from finely ground millet seed. It is an ancient grain and a common staple in India and Africa. Millet is high in B-vitamins (Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B, and Folate), and minerals. We combine it with other flours to create our signature gluten-free flour blend!

Molasses

Our molasses is a thick syrup that results from processing sugar cane into sugar.

Monocalcium Phosphate

Derived from minerals found in nature, it helps dough rise and baked goods be light and fluffy.

Natural Chocolate Liquor (Unsweetened Chocolate; Non-Alcoholic Chocolate Liquor; Cocoa Liquor)

Cocoa Liquor (also known as Non-Alcoholic Chocolate Liquor and Unsweetened Chocolate) is the dark brown component of the cocoa bean that is derived when the bean is ground and the fat is separated out. Unsweetened cocoa liquor is very bitter. It contains nutrients such as minerals magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium as well as antioxidants!

Natural Flavour

Derived from botanicals using plants and vegetables.  They are also free-from other common triggers including ingredients derived from petrochemicals, like propylene glycol. Depending on the product, the natural flavours we use are apple, butter, caramel, cinnamon bun, chocolate, cookie dough, graham, marshmallow, mixed berry, strawberry and vanilla!

Natural Rice Dextrin

This ingredient, which is made when rice starch is broken down by a common enzyme called amylase, acts as a preservative when combined with natural fruit juices. We use it to retain moisture, softness and freshness.

Natural Vanilla Flavour (Vanillla Powder)

The vanilla powder we use contains non-GMO dextrose, glycerol monohydrate and amorphous precipitated silicon dioxide.

Organic Inulin (Chicory Root Fiber)

Plant fiber derived from the chicory root plant, this ingredient helps keep our products moist and chewy!

Palm Oil

Our RSPO Certified Palm oil is made from the fruit of the oil palm. Semi-solid at room temperature, it helps some of our products maintain their delicious crunch! It also helps keep our treats stay fresher for longer.

Palm Kernel Oil

Palm kernel oil is an edible plant oil derived from the kernel of the oil palm. The oil is stable is high cooking temperatures.

Pineapples

Pineapple is a sweet fruit that has a tangy flavour. Ours are sulfite-free too!

Potato Starch

Potato starch is used as a carrier and emulsifier.

Probiotic

The added probiotic aids in the digestion of a variety of nutrients.  Additionally, it provides immune support through the modulation of the gut’s important immune and inflammatory cells.

Puffed Amaranth

This is used to add a soft crunch to our treats. Amaranth is a natural plant that comes from densely packed flowers.

Quinoa Flakes; Pre-Cooked Quinoa Flakes

Quinoa flakes are quinoa that’s rolled to create a thin flake.

Quinoa Flour

Quinoa is gluten-free, so the flour can be safely used in gluten-free baking projects for people with gluten intolerance.

Raisin Juice Concentrate; Leached Raisin Water

This is in fact water in which raisins have soaked. The resulting product is concentrated by evaporating some of the water. We use this as a flavouring agent and to add a touch of sweetness to our products.

Raisins

Nothing could be simpler, just grapes and the sun go into making raisins. Ours are sulfite-free too!

Rice Bran

Adds fiber to our foods.

Rice Crisps

Made out of Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Raisin Juice Concentrate, Honey, Salt, these crispy bits of puffed rice bring the perfect crunch to some of our favorite treats!

Rice Flour

This great basic is milled from polished white rice. Because it has such a bland flavour, it is perfect for baking. Though it does not have as much nutritional value as the other flours we use, we add it to the mix to lighten the flavour and texture of our products.

Rice Milk Powder

Made from organic rice syrup, rice starch and rice flour, it is completely dairy-free! It helps create that soft, smooth texture to our products.

Rice Starch

A native starch prepared from waxy rice, it replaces modified starch while imparting stability to products.

Roasted Hulled Pumpkin Seeds/ Oil Roasted Pumpkin Kernels

Pumpkin seeds are flat, dark green seeds that are subtly sweet and “nutty” with a crunchy texture. They are a source of protein, monosaturated fats and minerals. We roast ours with light sunflower oil and salt for that delicious roasted taste!

Rosemary Extract

You might wonder what rosemary is doing in a cookie. This pure rosemary extract helps keep our products fresh and promotes a longer shelf life.

Safflower Oil

Safflower oil is used as a processing aid.

Salt

The salt we use is not iodized and therefore, contains no corn or corn byproducts.

Sea Salt

Our sea salt is an iodized salt and used as a flavour enhancer.

Sorghum Flour

Sorghum is also known as milo and great millet. A grain-like grass, this up-and-coming whole grain gluten-free ingredient is a major human food source in Africa and India. It adds great taste and nutrition to our irresistible cookies and snack bars. Sorghum has insoluble fiber, which combined with protein and starch in sorghum endosperm, makes it more slowly digested than other cereals. The slower rate of digestibility of sorghum products may be beneficial to diabetics. We are proud to be among the first food manufacturers that uses sorghum as a main ingredient. Our white milo sorghum is organic and milled to our specifications in North Dakota, where it is grown.

Sprouted Brown Rice Protein

This has an amino acid profile similar to that of mothers milk and is used to increase the nutritive value of food.

Seasoning Mix in Dill & Sour Cream Plentils

Contains Maltodextrin, dextrose, salt, yeast extract, onion powder, distilled vinegar, dehydrated parsley, spice, garlic powder, natural flavour, sunflower oil.

Seasoning Mix in Garlic & Parmesan Plentils

Contains Maltodextrin, dextrose, salt, rice powder, onion powder, natural flavours, dehydrated parsley, garlic powder, spice, yeast extract, lactic acid, sunflower oil.

Seasoning Mix in Margherita Pizza Plentils

Contains Maltodextrin, tomato powder, rice flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, natural flavour, yeast extract, spices, dehydrated parsley, lactic acid, sunflower oil.

Sunflower Lecithin

This is an emulsifier.

Sunflower Kernels

Sunflower kernels are a source of protein, dietary fiber, Vitamin E and other vitamins and minerals.

Sunflower Seed Butter

Made from ground roasted sunflower seeds, evaporated cane juice and salt, we use this to add that “nutty” flavour to our products.

Sweetened Cranberries

Cranberries are a sweet fruit with a high antioxidant content and a tart, tangy flavour we just love. Ours are sulfite-free too!

Sweetened Strawberries

Freeze dried strawberries offer a great sweet and tangy crunch, and are a great source of Vitamin C. They are sulfite-free, too!

Tapioca Flour

We use tapioca flour as a thickener.

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Tapioca Starch

This is a water binder and texturing agent.

Tapioca Syrup (Manioc Syrup)

Tapioca syrup is made from the cassava tuber, or yucca root, a plant that is indigenous to the tropics of South America. The syrup is made when natural enzymes are introduced to the cassava tuber. This process is known as enzymatic hydrolysis. After enzymatic hydrolysis is complete, a sweet syrup is formed. Tapioca syrup is considered to be a healthy sweetener alternative.

Teff Flour

Our Teff Flour contains amino acids, protein, and calcium. This flour imparts a nutty flavour to dough.

Turmeric

Turmeric is derived from dried rhizomes of curcuma longa plant. Turmeric adds spice, flavour and colour.

Unsweetened Applesauce

This is made from fresh apples and water. It helps keep our goodies moist & chewy.

Unsweetened Chocolate (Natural Chocolate Liquor, Non-Alcoholic Chocolate Liquor; Cocoa Liquor)

Cocoa Liquor (also known as Non-Alcoholic Chocolate Liquor and Unsweetened Chocolate) is the dark brown, antioxidant-rich component of the cocoa bean that is derived when the bean is ground and the fat is separated out. Unsweetened cocoa liquor is very bitter and contains nutrients such as minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium as well as antioxidants!

Vanilla Extract

This vanilla extract comes from 100% vanilla beans grown in Madagascar, off the African coast. It is considered to be the highest quality vanilla available and adds a smooth and mellow sweetness to our cookies. It is not processed with any gluten-containing ingredients, making it totally safe for people with celiac disease to consume. While the vanilla is distilled with corn alcohol, all corn protein is removed in the distillation process. Thus, our vanilla contains no corn protein and is tolerated by most corn-free people. However, we certainly recognize the seriousness of food allergies and encourage you to make your own decision (or consult your doctor) regarding whether or not you feel comfortable eating this ingredient.

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Vitamins and Minerals

The vitamins and minerals include Niacin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Folic Acid and Calcium.

Vegetable Glycerin

Derived from palm, we use vegetable glycerin to keep some of our products soft and chewy.

Whole Grain Brown Rice Powder

Made of whole grain brown rice, it is rich in proteins, bran oils, vitamins, fibers and carbohydrates.

White Rice Flour

This great basic is milled from polished white rice. Because it has such a bland flavour, it is perfect for baking. Though it does not have as much nutritional value as the other flours we use, we add it to the mix to lighten the flavour and texture of our products.

Whole Sorghum Flour; Sorghum Flour

Sorghum is also known as milo and great millet. A grain-like grass, this up-and-coming whole grain gluten-free ingredient is a major human food source in Africa and India. It adds great taste and nutrition to our irresistible cookies and snack bars. Sorghum has insoluble fiber, which combined with protein and starch in sorghum endosperm, makes it more slowly digested than other cereals. The slower rate of digestibility of sorghum products may be beneficial to diabetics. Our white milo sorghum is organic and milled to our specifications in North Dakota, where it is grown.

Xanthan Gum

Xanthan gum helps to prevent our goodies from crumbling (a job normally performed by gluten in mainstream foods). Xanthan comes from the dried cell coat of a microorganism called Zanthomonas campestris. Though it sounds chemical, it is actually an all-natural ingredient. Xanthan gum is derived from the fermentation of corn sugars; however, all corn sugars are removed in the processing of xanthan gum. Xanthan gum contains no corn protein and is tolerated by most corn-free people. However, we certainly recognize the seriousness of food allergies and encourage you to make your own decision (or consult your doctor) regarding whether or not you feel comfortable eating this ingredient.

Xanthan Konjac Gum blend (xanthan gum, konjac flour)

Konjac Flour is mixed with Xanthan Gum at the ratio of 65 Xanthan: 35 Konjac This combination is a hydrocolloid blend stabilizer. The Xanthan comes from the dried cell coat of a microorganism called Zanthomonas campestris and Konjac is derived from tubers of the elephant yam (a perennial plant) also known as amorphophallus konjac. This blend adds pliability and increase moisture retention giving the cookies the required texture.