Category Archives: Snacks
I decided to make a cake to take to a pot luck dinner yesterday. I had this Arrowhead Mills Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix in the pantry, so that is what I used. I bought a few weeks ago at a grocery store in Kanab, Utah.
Because I live at high altitude, I checked the box for high altitude directions, but there were none listed. So, I added a half teaspoon of salt, and 1/3 cup of corn starch to the batter. I baked for 30 minutes, and this is how it turned out. By the way, this cake mix makes two layers. The other gluten free cake mixes I have tried only make one.
I was impressed with this cake mix. It held together well, and browned really well in the oven. It had a good taste, and even my non-gluten free friends liked it.
Overall, the Arrowhead Mills Gluten-free Vanilla Cake Mix is the best gluten free cake mix I have tried. I would buy it again.
I received a package in the mail from Nuts.com yesterday. Inside was a bag of their Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour and a bag of Dried Blueberries. As soon as I saw them, I knew exactly what I was going to be making! There is nothing better than gluten free blueberry muffins! (recipe here) I have tried several different brands of gluten free flour mixes, and I have to say that this one was really good. Even Fabgrandpa said he liked these muffins, and asked if I would be able to duplicate them in the future. When I get a response like that from him, you better believe I’ll be buying this product in the future.
These muffins rose up nice and high, and browned well, which I usually find is not the case with many gluten free products. And even though there is garbanzo bean flour in the mix, it didn’t have a “beany” flavor to the finished product. The dried blueberries were moist and still had a very blueberry flavor to them. They added just the right flavor to my muffins.
You may notice on their packaging, pictured above, that it says Nuts Online. They have changed their name to Nuts.com, but they are still the same company that has been in business since 1929 in Newark, New Jersey. It is still a family owned business. The old website name was Nutsoline.com, but every time they met someone and told them about their business, that person would say, “you’re Nuts.com, right”. Even Rachel Ray gave the wrong link on the air! Their website says:
“In early October, we decided to stop debating (changing the url) and officially change our name and URL to
Nuts.com in January 2012. The important thing to remember is that we are and will continue to be the same – the same family, the same values, the same quality, and the same level of care. Over time, we will replace the logo and develop new packaging, but we promise that your experience will only continue to improve.”
Nuts.com has more than just gluten free items and nuts: they also have dried fruits, chocolates and sweets, coffee and tea, snacks, and more.
These brownies turn out moist and chewy, just like regular brownies. The mix is very easy to prepare–just add 2 eggs and 7 tablespoons of melted butter, mix, and bake.
They tasted delicious warm from the pan, and were still moist and chewy the next day.
Ingredients: sugar, chocolate chips, (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), cocoa powder processed with alkali, white rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, xanthan gum, salt.
Nutrition facts: Calories 150 Carbohydrates 31 grams Total Fat 4% 2.5 grams
A couple of weeks ago, I received an assortment of products from Glutino. I love Glutino’s products, so you know even though they sent me these things for free, what I am going to say about them is all my own opinion.
The first product I tried out was the Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Old Fashioned Cake & Cookie Mix. I made this cake:
Although I live at an altitude of more than 8,500 feet, AND I live fulltime in an RV, AND my oven is consistently 50 degrees off so that I have to guess at the temperature settings, this cake turned out really well. (Please do not look too closely at the sticks in the cake).
To make my Cherry Vanilla Layer Cake using Glutino’s Gluten Free Pantry Old Fashioned Cake & Cookie Mix, make the cake according to the instructions on the box. You’ll need to add these ingredients to the mix: 1/3 shortening, softened butter, or margarine; 2 large eggs; 1 tsp gluten free vanilla; and 1/2 cup water or milk. Bake in an 8″ X 8″ baking pan.
When the cake is done, and completely cooled, remove it from the pan and cut in half. I also trimmed off part of the top of the cake so that it would be level. Place one half of the cake on a cake plate. Spoon 1/2 of a can of your favorite gluten free brand of cherry pie filling on top of the layer. Place the second half on top of the first one with the cherry pie filling on it. It was at this point that I had to put the sticks, or skewers, in the cake, to keep the second layer from sliding off. Frost the cake with your favorite brand of vanilla cake frosting. Spread more of the cherry pie filling on the top of the cake, letting it run off the top some.
The cake held together very well, and was moist and delicious even on the second day. I invited one of my gluten free friends over to have a piece of this cake, and I thought she was going to cry when she saw it. She said she has never been invited anywhere for cake since she was diagnosed as wheat intolerant. She love this cake too! I only wish I had a better photo of the slice–but again, baking anything in my kitchen on wheels is a challenge.
Ingredients: White rice flour, sugar, potato starch, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, salt, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate. May contain traces of soy.
Stay tuned for a review of Gluten Free Pantry Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix.
I recently received samples of Orchard Bars from Liberty Orchards. These bars are really very tasty and delicious! Each bar contains no preservatives, is 60% organic, non GMO, vegan, kosher, dairy free, and gluten free. The three flavors I tried are Pineaqpple Coconut & Macadamia; Strawberry Raspberry & Walnut; and Blueberry Pomegranate & Almond. As soon as you open the wrapper on all three flavors, the aroma was so enticing. They smelled exactly like the fruits for which they were named. Two weeks later, I can still detect the fruit smell inside the wrappers!
The Pineapple Coconut Macadamia was my favorite of the three we tried. The pineapple flavor was sweet, and combined with the coconut it gave the bar a real tropical taste. The macadamia nuts were the perfect complement. On the “con” side, the bar was a bit sticky and we needed to wash our hands after we ate them. We would order more though, simply because they tasted sooo good!
Ingredients: fruit (juice from concentrate (organic apple, pineapple), pineapple, coconut, organic apple flakes), organic evaporated cane syrup, organic tapioca syrup, nutmeats (macadamias, cashews, brazils) seeds (sunflower, flax), soy protein nuggets (soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, salt) fruit pectin, citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate, ascorbic acid, Vitamin E (to preserve freshness).
Nutrition Facts: Calories 190 Total Fat 7g Total carbohydrates 25 g
My husband’s favorite was the Strawberry Raspberry & Walnut. Again, the aroma out of the package was mouth watering, and the taste of the bar was true to strawberrys and raspberries. His only negative comment was that the almonds were hard to chew for someone who wears dentures. He said the bar would be better if it only had walnuts in it and no almonds.
Ingredients: fruit (fruit juice from concentrate (organic apples, strawberry), strawberries, raspberries, organic apple flakes), organic evaporated cane syrup, organic tapioca syrup, nutmeats (walnuts, almonds), seeds (sunflower, flax), soy protein nuggets (soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, salt), fruit pectin, citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate, ascorbic acid, Vitamin E (to preserve freshness)
Nutrition Facts: Calories 180 Total Fat 6g Total carbohydrate 26g
You can purchase these Orchard Bars from Liberty Orchards on their website. A package of 12 of one flavor costs $15.95, and an assortment pack of 20 costs $26.95.
Last week I received a cooler full of Wholly Foods products–Guacamole, Salsa, and Queso Dip to try. I have to say that Guacamole is delicious! I love that it is already prepared and packaged in a vacuum sealed plastic bag. To serve it, all you do is snip the corner off and squeeze it into a bowl. It tastes just like the guacamole we used to get in Mexican restaurants in south Texas. It is not entirely smooth–it has a few lumps in it, which is the way I like my guacamole. My husband and I love guacamole with shrimp and salsa, so that is how I served it:
I loved all of the Wholly Foods products, but I have to point out that the Wholly Queso Dips are NOT gluten free. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t read the label before I ate 1/4 of the jar of Queso Blanco. I just assumed that everything they sent me was gluten free, and that is my fault. While it is totally delicious, and has an authentic Mexican taste, it does contain wheat, and says so quite plainly on the label.
I shared the Wholly Salsa Hot and the Wholly Guacamole Spicy flavors with my friends, Rob and Belinda. They both told me they loved them and would buy them if they find them in the store.
Wholly Guacamole Ingredients: Haas avocados, Jalapeño puree (white vinegar, jalapeño peppers, salt), dehydrated onion, salt, granulated garlic.
Nutrition Facts: Serving size 2 Tablespoons, Calories per serving 60, Totat fat 5 g, Carbohydrate 3 g