I do not have a wheat sensitivity, and therefore, I do not follow a gluten-free diet. But I have been struck by how many people in my life do have this issue.
This really came to light last October during a giveaway that I hosted featuring Bob’s Red Mill soup mixes and baking products, when many of you told me that you are Bob’s Red Mill fans because of their gluten-free line of products.
I utterly love Bob’s Red Mill. I love their products – my pantry is stocked with everything from cereals, to baking supplies to bean soup mixes. You can find so many great GF products on the Bob’s Red Mill website, even if you can’t find it in your local store.
So I reached out to Bob’s Red Mill. My purpose was to test a few GF products, offering some options for readers, and to host a giveaway, featuring products that you’ll really love.
My criteria is simple. No saying ‘it’ll do’ just because it is gluten-free. It has to be something that I would actually choose regardless of the GF packaging. And ideally, when I served it to my husband, he would not know that it was gluten-free. Or care.
And don’t make it complicated and make sure it’s adaptable.
How’s that for a challenge?
So I went for Bob’s Red Mill baking mixes, because I have come to discover that many of the readers who come to this blog want good food, but you also don’t want to be stocking up on various types of flours and other ingredients, in order to create that perfect cake. Or brownie. Or bread. Or pizza crust.
I have to tell you that the mixes that I have tried are outstanding.
My favourites from the Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free selection so far:
Gluten-free Muesli: I will be sharing a lovely swiss muesli recipe this week that takes only 5 minutes, and it is wonderful. It is my favourite cereal now.
Gluten-free Hearty Whole Grain Bread: This is a yeasty bread that is hearty, chocked full of seeds. It slices, toasts and grills beautifully. It’s a great alternative to pumpernickel bread.
Gluten-free Corn Bread Mix: This yields a light, yet ‘nutty’ flavoured cornbread that is just as satisfying as it’s gluten-rich sibling.
Gluten-free Biscuit Mix: This is a versatile mix that can be used as a replacement for other baking mixes, as well as traditional biscuits. As biscuits, they are wonderful, hot from the oven.
Gluten-free Whole Grain Pizza Crust Mix: If you prefer whole wheat crust as we do, you will love this crust. It looks like white pizza crust, but far healthier as it is not made with refined flour.
Gluten-free Vanilla Cake Mix: I love this one too. It has a great vanilla flavour, beautiful texture, and it adapts well to other recipes. The baked cake also freezes very well when frozen and wrapped in plastic. I am working on a couple of recipes that I will be sharing in the coming weeks.
Gluten-free Brownie Mix: I LOVE this mix. I am not one to go for cake and brownie mixes, but I love love love this one. This makes wonderful brownies, per the package instructions, and it also makes a mean mug cake. I am sharing this recipe with you today.
Last winter, I discovered mug cakes. Little individual cakes that you mix up as a single-serving and microwave for about a minute. While I loved the concept at first, the reality is that making one of these gave me a quick sugar fix, but at best, it was okay.
So when I had Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free brownie mix, I decided to see if I could adapt it to a mug cake recipe.
This is so good! You get a delectable moist, chewy brownie with a little bit of pudding on the bottom.
In 30 seconds.
If you like it a bit more saucy, 30 seconds does it. (That’s how I like it).
If you want it to be a bit cakier and less saucy, just microwave a bit longer. It will still be lusciously moist. But don’t go over one minute.
And by the way, you can take that entire mixture and just bake the whole thing in one big mug as I did below. It’ll puff up a bit while it’s in the microwave, and then it’ll deflate before you open the door to remove it.
I challenge you to try this recipe with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free brownie mix and not find yourself wanting to go back for more each day.
The way I have dealt with this is to rationalize that I am in fact a food blogger, so my role is to find recipes for you. So each day, I have added something new. I have added peanut butter, seedless raspberry jam, Kahlua and Baileys.
This week, we have one fabulous gluten-free prize package available for one lucky winner in a random draw, generously provided by Bob’s Red Mill.
If you are gluten-free, I know you’ll want to enter this draw. If you are not, but know someone who is, please forward a link to this post, as they won’t want to miss this opportunity. Or enter and give this as a gift to someone you love who is gluten-free.
Here’s what is in this Bob’s Red Mill prize package:
GF All purpose baking flour
GF Hearty whole grain bread
GF Whole grain pizza crust mix
GF Biscuit Mix
GF Cornbread mix
GF Brownie mix
GF Vanilla cake mix
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER ELENA! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
To enter, simply answer today’s question in the comments section below: What is your favourite gluten-free Bob’s Red Mill product?
**Bonus entry: ’Like’ Bob’s Red Mill on Facebook, then let me know that you did in the comments section below so that I can keep track of your email address if your name is drawn.
Open to residents of Canada and the U.S. only
- This draw closes on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
- To enter, answer the question above in the comments section, using a valid email address as this is how the winner will be contacted.
- Extra bonus entry: ’Like’ Bob’s Red Mill on Facebook (just come back and let me know you did).
- The winning name will be drawn randomly using Random.org.
- The winner must respond within 24 hours of being contacted. If no response is received, the next name drawn will be contacted.
There will be additional posts this week – you are welcome to enter a comment in each post for additional chances to win.