I was very pleased when I read about this new line of gluten free baking mixes. They are dairy, sugar and gluten free. Rejoice! They also are made with nutrition in mind-incorporating whole grains instead of highly processed rice flour, which is very common in gluten free mixes. Also included are omega 3 containing flax, hemp and chia seeds.
Elizabeth was kind enough to send me samples of the apple spice muffin mix, the cacao muffin mix, and the pancake mix. I tried the apple muffin mix today.
No nutritional info on the packet
One thing I noticed immediately, that personally I would like to see as far as packaging goes: The nutrition facts are not printed on the mix package itself. You can find the nutrition facts (which are for the non-prepared dry mix only) on the website. I would like to see that on the actual package as well. I realize that it is a nit-picky detail though.
I also have to say I did not prepare the mix exactly as directed, so I violated a cardinal rule. I made two substitutions. I have nothing against healthy fats, but today I wanted to keep my fat intake lower and carbohydrates higher. Instead of 1/2 cup of olive oil, I used 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce plus 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. I also used 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/4 cup of sugar free pancake syrup (which was sweetened with Splenda.)
The ingredients in the mix are:
- Millet Flour
- Corn flour
- Almond Flour
- Organic Coconut Flour
- Flax Seed
- Organic Hemp Seed
- Organic Chia Seed
- Aluminum Free Baking Powder
- Organic Cinnamon
- Organic Nutmeg
- Sea Salt
I like that. A lot. Nothing that is not real food, unpronouncable, or has more that 4 syllables.
Directions are to add 1/2 maple syrup, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 cup of diced baking apple (I shredded mine with a grater instead of chopping,) 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 egg. Also easy to pronounce. NICE!
The smell of the mix was quite strongly spicy, in a good cinnamin-y way. The smell in the house when they were baking was really wonderful.
With the substitutions I mentioned above, here is the nutrition (macronutrient-see definition here) breakdown per muffin, with making 12 muffins.
- 110 calories
- 5 grams of fat
- 16 grams of carbs (4 of which are fiber)
- 2 grams of protein
The muffins came out with a nice crusty muffin top, but the inside was moist.
The seeds in the mix add a nice little crunch which I liked. We had 3 testers in the house. Myself, my non-celiac Dunkin-Donut muffin loving fiance, and our dog Tess.
Nice crunch on the top, good texture with the seeds and apple, good level of moisture. Not terribly sweet. (a good thing.) 1 muffin left me wanting a second. Not so good for me, but a good reflection on the product.
My fiance liked the crunchy top and the flavor. Thought the texture was a bit off-probably tasted too healthy to him, since it wasn’t bleached white flour 😉
Tess the dog didn’t eat her piece. She likes glutinous pizzza crusts though, so her taste is suspect.
Overall, I give the entire product a 6-7/10. I think for celiacs this is a wonderful option. For non-celiacs they may still notice the different texture. The nutritional profile is quite stellar for a baked good which is really a treat. Since I did not prepare it exactly as directed, it may be slightly different. Bottom line is that this is a great addition to the gluten free baking mix fray, with quality ingredients and nutrition.
Give them a try yourself and post your experience below! You can find more information at Purely Elizabeth.