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.

Apples
All 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
You'll find these tasty dried, chopped 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.

Blueberries, Apple Juice Sweetened
Our soft and delicious dried blueberries add tangy flavor plus fiber and antioxidants to our blueberry maple granola.  Most sweetened dried blueberries have added refined sugar or corn syrup and sulfites.  We’ve chosen to avoid those by choosing blueberries sweetened with apple juice concentrate.  They then have a very light spray of sunflower oil which just helps them not stick to each other.

Ingredients:  blueberries, apple juice concentrate and less than 1% sunflower oil.

Brown rice syrup
This 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.

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

Crisp rice with honey (phasing out)
Certified gluten free, puffed crisp rice puts the crunch in our granolas and granola bars.  This is the one ingredient we bring into our facility that is not strictly vegan because it has honey in it.

Ingredients:  rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt.

Crisp rice, brown whole grain (phasing in)
As we phase out our crisp rice with honey in 2016, you will begin to see our granolas and granola bars use whole grain brown crisp rice instead that is simply made with one ingredient:  whole grain brown rice.

Expeller pressed canola oil (phasing out)
Canola is well-regarded as heart healthy oil because of its high monosaturated fat content, similar to that of olive oil.  Canola oil in mass manufacturing is typically extracted through the use of a chemical called hexane.  When canola oil is expeller pressed, it means that it is extracted through crushing instead.

Our canola oil is grown on the Canadian prairies using non-GM seed and complies with the Canadian non-GM labeling regulations and National Standard.

Natural flavors (vanilla, maple)
You’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.  Unlike most natural flavors, our flavors are manufactured without corn-based alcohol as an ingredient.

Organic 55% cocoa chocolate mini chips
Manufactured 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.

Mini means it is a 4M count (4 000 chips per pound) whereas a regular size chocolate chip is a 1M count (1 000 chips per pound).

Ingredients:  organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa mass (also known as chocolate liquor), organic cocoa butter.

Organic allspice
Also 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.

Organic cinnamon
Certified organic and gluten free, we use ground cinnamon for flavor and aroma.  It has a long history as a medicine but we love cinnamon best for the deliciousness it adds to many of our products.

Organic, natural cocoa
We use a rich, natural cocoa (non-alkalized) that imparts deep flavor in our double chocolate chip granola bars.  And because none of the top 11 food allergens or gluten are in the facility where this cocoa is manufactured, you get peace of mind.

Organic evaporated cane sugar
White 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 know that it’s grown organically and 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.

Pumpkin seeds
Raw 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 the raw pumpkin seeds available in North America come from China.  Shocked?  We were too, especially since we know pumpkins are grown in North America.   After fruitlessly searching for North American allergy friendly raw pumpkin seeds, we were finally told that no machinery exists in North America for raw pumpkin seed shelling, only for roasted.  Therefore, most large supplies of 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.

You will see from our bulk pumpkin seeds that we are currently sourcing organic pumpkin seeds.  However, since this may not always be possible, you will not see "organic" on our oatmeal ingredient lists even if they may currently contain certified organic pumpkin seeds.

Raisins
Most raisins start out as fresh grapes that are sprayed with sulfites (a preservative and top 11 food allergen) to inhibit decay.  Instead, our 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.  Currently, the raisins that we are sourcing are also certified organic but since this may not always be possible, you will not see organic indicated on our products containing raisins.

Sunflower oil
While there has always been some sunflower oil present in the Libre Naturals facility on our dried, sweetened blueberries and cranberries, in 2016 we will begin phasing out the use of canola oil as an ingredient and replace it with sunflower oil.  This is a refined oil for those with sunflower allergies who may have been advised by their doctor that they may have refined oil.

Sunflower seeds
Our sunflower seeds are grown and milled for us in 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.

Sea salt
Sea salt is produced by evaporating and purifying ocean water as opposed to table salt which is mined from ancient sea deposits and often has added iodine.

Whole Grain Certified Gluten Free Oats (Rolled and Quick)
Not 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.  This special growing process is known as the "Purity Protocol".  We don't normally share the names of our suppliers but given the recent challenges of oats labeled gluten free that don't follow the protocol, we're happy to share the very careful steps our supplier takes:  Avena and The Purity Protocol.

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 the multiple food allergen tests we use with all incoming ingredients).

As of December 2012, we also began testing our oats for G12.  This test is based on science that says some Celiacs react to gluten free oats not because of gluten grains contamination but because certain varieties of gluten free 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.

Other Ingredients Present in Our Facility

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

  • Cacao beans:  raw cacao beans (this is the raw bean that is eventually transformed into chocolate so it's essentially raw chocolate, taken from the cacao pod, dried and crushed with no additional ingredients added)

  • Chia seeds:  raw, black chia seeds

  • Cranberries, Sugar or Apple Juice Sweetenedcranberries, apple juice concentrate or sugar and less than 1% sunflower oil

  • Date Paste:  dates

  • Organic sprouted brown rice protein, 90%:  organic brown rice

  • Rice bran extract:  rice

  • Vanilla flavor, natural, powdered:  vanilla flavor, tapioca dextrin