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Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie Mix

I have heard from a number of people that Bob’s Red Mill does not make a good gluten free mixes. I received this brownie mix for free and I agree with other’s assessment that there are much better products on the market (like Betty Crocker’s gluten free brownies).

Product: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie Mix

Price:
 Free to me
 Buy again: No.
 Recommend to friends: No. I would recommend other brands like Betty Crocker.

  • The batter tasted bland before it went into the oven.
  • The baked product has a weird aftertaste.
  • It is not complex or very chocolatey.
  • More cake-like than fudge brownie like.

 


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Katz Gluten Free Glazed Donuts

Katz Glazed Donuts, just like Kinnikinnick Pumpkin Spice Gluten Free Donut, are not worth eating as they do not resemble a donut in any manner. After three 6 pack boxes of gluten free donuts that have not even come close to what I was hoping for, I have given up on reviewing and purchasing gluten free donuts that are not chocolate.
Product: Katz Glazed Donuts & Katz Cinnamon Donuts

Price:
$6.59 for 6 donuts
 Buy again: No.
 Recommend to friends: No. I would recommend other brands like Glutino Chocolate Gluten Free Donuts or if you live in San Francisco or Oakland, the most chocolatey gluten free donuts are from Mariposa Bakery

  • They fall apart.
  • Have a weird aftertaste.
  • Thawing on counter does not help taste or texture.
  • Heating for 8-10 seconds (prior to nor after thawing on counter) does not help taste or texture.
  • There is good coverage of glaze on these donuts.
  • They are better than Kinnikinnick Pumpkin Spice Gluten free Donuts but not my much.

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1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free)

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IMG_1849This 1-2-3 Gluten Free Pound Cake made a LOT of pound cake. It made two thick 8×8 squares of pound cake! It freezes well! And it’s oh so good. Adding the orange juice is the BEST idea (follow the directions).

Product: 1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free and Gluten Free)
What I paid: $62.48/3 @ Amazon
Buy again: YES!
Recommend to friends: Yes!

  • Not grainy
  • Delicious orange flavor
  • Sugar free
  • Extra large portion size (Freezes well and great for holidays)

 

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Alfajores by Wooden Table Baking Co. (Oakland, CA)

I wander into bake shops and coffee houses just to see what gluten free items they carry and this one came to a sweet surprise when I bit into the unknown cookie that I could barely pronounce. These Argentinean cookies are a traditional shortbread with a carmel like center. It was a pleasure biting into, and even better when later that day I spotted them in the market for much cheaper.

Product: Gluten Free Alfajores Cookies by Wooden Table Baking Co. in Oakland, CA

Price: $7.99 for 10 cookies (at New Leaf Market) or $2.55 for one (at a local coffee shop)
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Light, airy
  • Melts in your mouth
  • Right amount of sweet
  • Gluten free
  • Good ratio of cake to filling
  • Crumbly but the carmel filling holds it together
  • Local company
  • The light coconut dusting on the outside provides a nice chew


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Blueberry muffin (Flour Chylde bakery)

20140625-074645-28005278.jpgFlour Chylde Bakery did it again – they created a gluten free treat that was moist and not grainy.

This blueberry muffin has a wholesome taste to it – the flour mixture tastes more like a dense bran muffin than a white blueberry cake. It could use some help esthetically and of course, more blueberries! Overall, if you are looking for a classic blueberry muffin in the gluten free varietal, then look elsewhere, otherwise this is a wholesome treat you can ‘chew’.

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Edna’s Chocolate Whoopie Pies! (Gluten Free Food Review)

My latest craze has been whoopie pies. The grocery store (packaged) whoopie pies of my childhood never appealed to me. It wasn’t until last year, a gluten free, dairy free pumpkin whoopie pie from Mariposa Bakery that I started to be inquisitive about them. The raspberry whoopie pie by Mariposa was not good in my opinion and I ended up throwing half of it away (too sweet!).

I really enjoy when the filling is non-dairy. The simplest fillings includes powdered sugar, vegan shortening and vanilla. Edna’s uses powdered sugar, palm oil, canola oil, tbhq (what is tbhq??), marshmallow creme (corn syrup, water, egg, xangthan gum), and vanilla.

Product: Edna’s Chocolate Whoopie Pies!

Price: $4.99
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Light, airy
  • Right amount of sweet
  • Dairy Free!
  • Gluten free (but produced in a facility that contains wheat, dairy, nuts and soy)
  • Large size (4″ inches diameter)
  • Good ratio of cake to filling
  • Held together fairly well, a few crumbs

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin (Mariposa Bakery)

20140608-113443-41683493.jpgMy favorite gluten free blueberry muffin is from Mariposa bakery. I couldn’t pass one up when I visited their flagship bakeshop in Oakland for the first time (I typically go to the SF Ferry Building). Their bakery smelled heavenly. The last 30 mins they are open everything is 20% off.

The blueberry muffin has a brown sugar crumb topping which reminds me of my homemade blueberry muffin topping. Not only is the topping crumble but the inside falls apart in your hand – this is not meant to be eaten with a fork. The inside is moist, not grainy and delicate. By the looks of it they use fresh blueberries instead of frozen because the dough is not a blue color.

The only thing differing from my homemade blueberry muffins is that I tend to put more blueberries in my muffins =)

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