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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.

This mix makes two layers.

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.

Nice cake!

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 found this package of Schär Gluten Free Ladyfingers at a local grocery store, and decided to give them a try. These cookies were sort of “stiff” when I took them out of the package, but they turned out to be soft and crumbly. I used them to make a strawberry shortcake:

They were easy to break in half, and when covered with the strawberries and juice, they absorbed the liquid quite well.

A dollop of Cool Whip completed the shortcake. My non-gluten free husband did not particularly like these cookies, as they had a somewhat “lemony” flavor to them, and I agree with him on that point.

It could be that we are used to using a shortbread type cookie to make strawberry shortcake, but we both found these cookies less than satisfactory. I am going to use the rest of the package to make banana pudding to see if we like that any better. I will come back and edit this post when I do.

nuts.com gluten free all purpose baking flour

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.

nuts.com gluten free all purpose baking flourThese 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.

nuts.com dried blueberriesYou 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.

Find Nuts.com online at Twitter, Facebook, and google+

 

lucys gluten free cookies

The folks at Lucy’s Cookies sent me several boxes of their cookies to try. They emailed and said they would like to give Udi’s Cookies a run for their money. So, I agreed to try them. While Udi’s Cookies are soft and chewy, Lucy’s are crisp and crunchy. They taste delicious, and do, in fact, meet the personal standard I have set for the ultimate in good gluten free cookies.

I tried the Lucy’s Chocolate cookies first, because, well, they’re chocolate. They have a wonderful chocolatey taste that is good all by itself. They taste sort of like a brownie, only crunchy. And because they are crunchy, you can use them to make an ice cream sandwich, or crush them up to make an excellent chocolate crumb pie crust.

lucys gluten free cookies, gluten free ginger snaps

One of my favorite cookies of all time, Ginger Snaps. I love these Lucy’s Cookies Ginger Snaps. I tried them plain with some hot tea. I tried them with peanut butter. And I tried them with soft goat cheese. All three ways were outstandingly delicious. I would also use these cookies to make a crumb crust for sweet potato or pumpkin pie.

lucys gluten free maple bliss cookies

I actually put off trying the Lucy’s Maple Bliss Cookies because I am not a fan of maple flavored anything. However, I will make an exception for these cookies. The maple flavor is not overwhelming. The cookies taste like oatmeal cookies with just a hint of maple. They would be good with some cream cheese or with some strawberry jam.

If you are looking for some great tasting, crispy gluten free cookies, then get yourself some of these Lucy’s Cookies.I am sure you will love them.

Ingredients:

Chocolate: Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (Gluten-Free Oat Flour, Garbanzo Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca, Sorghum And Fava Flours), Organic Cane Sugar*,Soy Milk*, Molasses*, Cocoa, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Filtered Water Flavoring And Citric Acid From Non-GMO, Crushed Soy Beans*, Sunflower Lecithin, Non-Dairy Lactic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Baking Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Vanilla Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Annatto, Cellulose Gum.

Ginger Snap: Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (Gluten-Free Oat, Garbanzo, Potato Starch, Tapioca, Sorghum And Fava Flours), Organic Cane Sugar*, Gluten-Free Oat Flakes, Soy Milk*, Molasses*, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Filtered Water, Flavoring And Citric Acid From Non-GMO Corn, Crushed Soy Beans*, Sunflower Lecithin, Non-Dairy Lactic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Ginger, Baking Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Vanilla Extract*, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Annatto, Oil Of Lemon, Chipotle Natural Flavor, Cellulose Gum.

Maple Bliss: Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (Gluten-Free Oat Flour, Garbanzo Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca, Sorghum And Fava Flours), Organic Cane Sugar*,Gluten-Free Oat Flakes, Soy Milk*, Molasses*, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Filtered Water, Citric Acid And Flavoring From Non-GMO Corn, Crushed Soy Beans*, Sunflower Lecithin, Non-Dairy Lactic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Baking Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Vanilla Extract*, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Annatto, Maple Syrup*, Cellulose Gum.

You can buy Lucy’s Cookies online at Amazon.com. In addition to Chocolate, Ginger Snap, and Maple Bliss they also come in Sugar, Cinnamon Thin and Oatmeal.

I have been eating gluten free since April of 2007. During that time, I have tried many many different gluten free products. Among those have been quite a few different brands and varieties of gluten free cookies. I am here today to tell you about the perfect gluten free cookie. These were sent to me from Udi’s Gluten Free Bakery, but I have been searching for them in my area to buy more ever since the first bite.In my opinion, these are the cookies that set the bar to which other gluten free cookies are measured.

These cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious. They taste so much like non-gluten free cookies, I could hardly believe that they ARE gluten free. They come in three varieties: Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, and Oatmeal Raisin. My favorite of these was the Snickerdoodles. Fabgrandpa loved the Chocolate Chip. As someone who does not have to eat a gluten free diet, when HE says those cookies are good, you better believe they are!

Here are some close up photos of the three different cookies:

Udi’s Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Cookies

Ingredients listed here

 

Udi’s Snickerdoodle Gluten Free Cookies

Ingredients listed here

Udi’s Oatmeal Raisin Gluten Free Cookies

Ingredients listed here

I only wish these photos could show you how good these cookies smell and taste.  To find out for yourself, you can buy these cookies direct from Udi’s on their website. They sell for $5.00 for an 8 ounce container, which is about 10 or so cookies. Well worth the money in my opinion. Or, use their store locator to find a place near you to buy them.Either way, you owe it to yourself to find out just how good these cookies are!  Oh, get a $1.00 off coupon here!

Glutino Gluten Free Pantry chocolate truffle brownie mix

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.

yum!

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.

Glutino Products

The first product I tried out was the Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Old Fashioned Cake & Cookie Mix.  I made this cake:

Yummm, Cherry Vanilla 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.

Very tasty!

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!

Pineapple Coconut Macadamia

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

Strawberry Raspberry Walnut

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.

 

 

 

Wholly Foods Products

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:

Guacamole with shrimp

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.

The Queso Dips are NOT gluten free

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

To learn more about Wholly Foods Products, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and at their two websites, Eat Wholly and Get Off The Ranch.