Sunday, October 9, 2016

Product review: Namaste baking mixes

 I picked up 2 Namaste brand baking mixes to try, and then compare to homemade versions. First up: Namaste brownies. Very good, rich, chocolatey. A different texture, but not unpleasant.
This morning, I baked a batch of muffins using their muffin/scone mix. DD can't have much dairy, so muffins were selected. I did add some fzn blueberries (one of the few fruits she can have) and some dried orange peel. While I didn't personally sample these, DD reports that they are very good. Again, a different texture more of a scone-muffin than muffin, but very good.

I need to discover and possibly tweak homemade versions. These mixes, while very good, are also very expensive. Cheaper than buying premade items, but still expensive.

8 comments:

mikemax said...

Here's a recipe for cinnamon rolls that your DD might be able to eat. People rave about it and say you can't tell it is gluten-free. http://recreatinghappiness.com/breakfast-recipes/gluten-free-cinnabon-copycat-cinnamon-roll-recipe-updated-and-now-easier-to-make/

I was looking for a copycat recipe for Namaste brownies and discovered a tasters' panel from the San Francisco Chronicle that found Arrowhead Mills to be the best-tasting brownie mix. Namaste was not in the top five, but at about midrange in the ratings. There are a lot of gluten-free brownie mixes out there!

Carole said...

To make any gluten free baked goods just substitute gluten free flour mix for regular flour and add xanthum gum if it's not already in the gluten free flour mix. You can just use a regular brownie recipe or whatever. This doesn't work for yeast breads. You need a special gluten free recipe for them. Even the basic gluten free flour mix is much more expensive than plain old flour made from wheat. It doesn't work to just use rice flour for instance--a combination of flours are used to get a satisfactory result. You can combine the flours yourself or buy it already combined. I won't attempt to give you the ratios of the various flours, but they can be found on the internet.

Linda said...

I am watching all this with interest since I am allergic to wheat. I suspect gums, too. When you say a "different texture," does that mean a gritty feel from the rice flour? I just found out I am allergic to pineapple, so what did I do? Bought a can of sliced pineapple. And, I have one sitting here waiting to cut!
pparsimony

CTMOM said...

Linda, I wouldn't say gritty. The brownies I made were dense, chewy and if anything a bit crunchy like when cookies have sugar on top

~Carla~ said...

We add the Enjoy Life chocolate chips to ours, SO very good and makes them more gooey.. soo good! We love the Namaste and love that there's no risk of cross contamination as well. We can risk bulk bins etc. We also don't have much choice here but I bet in the U.S you have a lot more options! Goodluck!

Precious People Preschool said...

The frugal farm wife on Belindas blog roll does gluten free.
Patti

Busy Bee said...

I love the Namaste brands compared to others I have tried. I'm slowly catching up on posts and I don't know if she can have them or not, but our Aldi sells some gluten free items. I haven't checked to see if they are dairy free because I haven't been using them.

Gavin Tessier said...

I've found muffins (banana's our favourite, with choc. chips) to be the easiest gluten-free baking. Peanut butter cookies are good too. I use two different gf flour mixes (about half of each) because we seem to like the texture best when we combine them. They are denser than regular muffins, but taste quite good and freeze very well. I've never tried any of the mixes. Generally I've found things that are supposed to be a bit denser work better, but my husband's not quite as fussy.