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Our Ingredients

We seek out the highest quality, natural ingredients from suppliers that take the top 11 food allergens and gluten control as seriously as we do.  Nothing else will do.

What you see is what you get.  If it’s not detailed on this list, we simply don’t use it.  There are no hidden preservatives, fillers, processing aids or additional vitamins and minerals.  And because we believe that consumers should have a choice about ingesting genetically modified foods, all ingredients are documented as non-GMO.

For information about our dedicated facility and specific allergen declarations, please see our Allergen Declarations page.

ALLSPICE

ingredients- AllspiceAlso known as Jamaican pepper, this warm, aromatic spice adds that touch of pumpkin pie flavor to our pumpkin spice oatmeals.  Certified both organic and gluten free, allspice tastes like a blend of spices but actually comes from a single tropical evergreen berry.

APPLES

ingredient -ApplesAll natural dried chunks of apples are full of flavor and have absolutely nothing else added. You’ll even see that our apples are brown because they have no sulfites on them. And because only water is removed in the drying process, you still get all the fantastic health benefits of eating an apple like soluble fiber and Vitamins A and C.

BLUEBERRIES

ingredient -BlueberriesYou'll find these tasty dried blueberries in our oatmeals brimming with natural flavor and goodness without any added preservatives or sweeteners. And when you add the hot water for your oatmeal, they plump right back up so that they're the next best thing to adding fresh, antioxidant rich blueberries to your morning.

BROWN RICE SYRUP

ingredient -Brown Rice SyrupThis certified gluten free syrup is made enzymatically from whole brown rice and is a honey-colored syrup with a mild flavor. We use it to both sweeten and stick together our granola bars and granolas.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS, 55% COCOA

ingredient -Organic 55% cocoa chocolate mini chipsManufactured for us in a dedicated top 11 allergen and gluten free, Kosher, organic and fair trade facility in Peru, this is chocolate the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.  Between a semi-sweet chocolate chip (36% cocoa) and a true dark chocolate (70% cocoa), you get the lower sugar but creamy benefits of this divine origin chocolate.

Ingredients:  organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa mass, organic cocoa butter.

CINNAMON

Organic CinnamonCinnamon has a long history as a medicine but we love our certified organic cinnamon best for the deliciousness it adds to many of our products.

COCOA

ingredient Organic Fair Trade CocoaManufactured for us in the same Peruvian facility as our organic 55% cocoa chocolate chips, this is a rich, natural (non-alkalized) cocoa that imparts deep flavor in our double chocolate chip granola bars.  And because none of the top 11 food allergens or gluten are in this facility, you get peace of mind.

CRANBERRIES

ingredient -CranberriesYou'll find these tasty dried cranberry pieces in our Blueberries and Cranberries oatmeal and Red Berry granola bars.  Without any added sugar, they add a splash of color along with their tart and tangy taste.

CRISP RICE

ingredient Crisp RiceCertified gluten free, this puffed crisp rice puts the crunch in our granolas and granola bars.  With no other ingredients besides brown rice, this crisp rice is 100% whole grain.

EVAPORATED CANE SUGAR

Evaporated Cane SugarWhite cane sugar is often filtered through bone char, bleached and then refined and white beet sugar is now most prevalently made from genetically modified sugar beets.  Evaporated cane sugar (sometimes known as evaporated cane juice) is still sugar to your body and while it retains more minerals than refined, you’d have to eat an awful lot to get the health benefits.

So we’re not going to pretend this sugar has a health halo but we've sourced certified organic cane sugar that has been naturally evaporated and that’s worth it.  And while many companies mention proudly how much sugar they go through in a year, we’re proud of how little we use.

FLAVORS (VANILLA AND MAPLE)

ingredient -Natural FlavorsYou’ll see natural flavors in our products only when indicated both on the product name (i.e. blueberry maple granola) and in the ingredient list as “natural flavor”.  Flavors are used sparingly in our granolas to add a touch of flavor without overpowering.

OATS (ROLLED AND QUICK FLAKES)

Certified Gluten Free Oats - rolledNot just any whole grain oat gets chosen to be in Libre Naturals’ products. We've chosen a cooperative of farmers from the nutrient rich Canadian prairies who control all aspects of oat production to ensure that the oats are not cross contaminated with the gluten containing grains of wheat, barley, rye and their relatives.

First, the growing fields must be free of wheat, barley, rye, triticale, spelt and kamut for 3 years before planting approved pedigreed oat varieties. The farmers follow strict protocols throughout the growing and harvesting season to ensure that cross-contamination of the unwanted gluten containing grains doesn't take place. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also inspects these special oat crops in the fields and the dedicated mill that they will be processed in later. Prior to arriving at that mill, all oats are tested for gluten. If any test positive, they are not allowed to be transported to the dedicated gluten free and allergy friendly mill.

Once the oats have cleared that first hurdle, they are allowed to come to the mill where they are visually inspected for cross-contamination and then put through sampling and lab testing for those forbidden grains yet again. Only those that pass this test may be allowed into the mill to be made into our oat flakes. Once our oat flakes are milled, the oats are tested yet again to meet our specifications down to 5 parts per million of gluten using the most sensitive R5 Elisa certified test available.

Only the oats that meet our specifications are cleared for shipment to Libre Naturals. Upon their arrival in our facility, they are not allowed to be used until they have been sampled and tested yet again for gluten, along with several other food allergen tests.

As of December 2012, we also began testing our oats for G12.  This test is based on new science that says some Celiacs react to pure oats not because of gluten grains contamination but because certain varieties of pure oats are not suitable for a small percentage of Celiacs.  Scientists were able to isolate the portion of the oat DNA chain that caused this reaction so we now also test our oats for this G12 amino acid strand, eliminating varieties of oats that are known to cause reactions for some Celiacs.

Once cleared by our Quality Assurance team, they are now ready to be packed in our dedicated gluten free and allergy friendly facility.

PUMPKIN SEEDS

Pumpkin SeedsRaw seeds are a nutritional treasure-trove in a tiny package.  Pumpkin seeds are a source of zinc and have no added sodium like many roasted seeds do. 

While we purchase these from a Canadian distributor, we’ve discovered that all raw pumpkin seeds in North America come from China.  Shocked?  We were too, especially since we know pumpkins are grown in North America.  While we can get North American roasted seeds, no raw seeds are to be had.  Finally, we were told by a supplier that no machinery exists in North America for raw pumpkin seed shelling, only for roasted.  Therefore, all raw pumpkin seeds, including organic, are shelled by hand where it is cheap; China.

Thankfully, the Chinese pumpkin seed supplier and our Canadian distributor have recognized the North American standards we must maintain.  The facility we get our seeds from is dedicated to pumpkin seeds only and maintains strict International ISO Certification standards.   This includes 3rd party North American and European auditors who audit for everything from cleanliness to allergen safe practices.

RAISINS

RaisinsMost raisins start out as fresh grapes that are sprayed with sulfites (a preservative and top 11 food allergen) to inhibit decay.  Instead, our organic raisins are sun dried and packaged in a facility in California without any application of sulfites.  So what you get is a naturally sweet, chewy raisin to enjoy.

RASPBERRIES

RaspberriesNothing but unsweetened dried raspberries are in the 100% raspberry powder that helps gives our red berry granola bars a distinctive pink color and amazing berry taste.

RICE BRAN EXTRACT

Rice Bran Extract100% derived from rice, rice bran extract is used to replace soy lecithin in helping to blend ingredients

SEA SALT

ingredient - Sea SaltSea salt is produced by evaporating and purifying ocean water as opposed to table salt which is mined and often has added iodine.  Our salt does not contain any additives to keep it free flowing.

STRAWBERRIES

StrawberriesDelicious unsweetened dried strawberry pieces help give us added flavor and color to our red berry granola bars.

SUNFLOWER OIL

ingredient -Refined Sunflower OilSunflower oil is well-regarded as heart healthy oil because of it is low in saturated fats and one of the best sources of Vitamin E.  This oil is refined which some allergists allow for sunflower allergic individuals.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS

iingredient-Sunflower SeedsOur sunflower seeds are grown and milled for us in the North Dakota. Sunflower seeds have monosaturated fats which are known to be heart healthy.  And as a great source of Vitamin E plus protein, a little goes a long way in helping your tummy feel full longer.

OTHER INGREDIENTS PRESENT IN OUR FACILITY

If you have any of our discontinued products at your local store or in your pantry, you may see these ingredients on the labels even if we're no longer using them in our facility: 

  • Blueberries, apple juice sweetened  (blueberries, apple juice concentrate, sunflower oil)

  • Canola Oil, expeller pressed, Non-GMO

  • Crisp Rice (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt)

Because we do some private label manufacturing for other companies, you won't see the following in our own current products but they are being used in our facility:

  • Brown rice protein, organic

  • Dates, diced (dates, gluten free oat flour)

  • Date Paste

  • Hemp Protein

  • Hemp Seeds

  • Mushroom powder

  • Pumpkin protein