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Our Ingredients

We seek out the highest quality 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 flavour 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 flavour and have absolutely nothing else added. You’ll even see that our apples are brown because they have no sulphites 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 fibre and Vitamins A and C.

BLUEBERRIES

ingredient -BlueberriesYou'll find these tasty dried blueberries in our oatmeals brimming with natural flavour 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-coloured syrup with a mild flavour. We use it to both sweeten and stick together our granola bars and granolas.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS*

ingredient -Organic 55% cocoa chocolate mini chipsBecause the organic 55% cocoa chocolate mini chips we've been using for the last few years are getting more difficult to source from Peru cost-effectively, we've now replaced these chips with 51% cocoa chocolate mini chips from the North American manufacturer we used until 2012.  On all new packaging, you'll see the following:

Ingredients:  organic cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter.

Old packaging may still be in your pantry or on store shelves until the end of 2018.  On those packages you will still see see 55% cocoa organic chocolate chips in the ingredients as follows:

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 CocoaThis is a rich, organic and natural (non-alkalized) cocoa that imparts deep flavour in our double chocolate chip granola bars.  And because it's manufactured in a cocoa-only 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 colour 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.

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 or simply as organic cane sugar) 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.

FLAVOURS (VANILLA AND MAPLE)

ingredient -Natural FlavoursYou’ll see natural flavours in our products only when indicated both on the product name (i.e. blueberry maple granola) and in the ingredient list as “natural flavour”.  Flavours are used sparingly in our granolas to add a touch of flavour 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 Avena Foods as our supplier. They're located on the nutrient rich Canadian prairies and 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 rigorously controlled process is called "The Purity Protocol". While we don't normally disclose the names of our suppliers, in this case we do so that you can see for yourself the difference the Purity Protocol makes for gluten free oats. Read about Avena's Purity Protocol.

Avena also banned the use of the chemical glyphosate for all of their growers in 2015. These growers attend mandatory education on glyphosate when accepted to understand the health concerns and the potential for cross-contamination in crops. These growers must then recommit each year to not use glyphosate. Random samples taken from each grower since the 2015 ban tested free of glyphosate residue.

Once we get the oats from Avena, our Quality Assurance team then takes over. As of December 2012, we began testing our oats and random finished products for G12 in addition to gluten levels.  The G12 test is based on 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 which they named G12. So we now also test for G12, eliminating those 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 sulphites (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 sulphites.  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 colour 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 flavour and colour 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 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

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

  • Brown rice protein, organic

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

  • Hemp Protein

  • Hemp Seeds

  • Mushroom powder

  • Tapioca fibre