Gluten-Free Goes Main Stream

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Not really, but it is still very exciting when a major company offers gluten-free products. Last year Big G released several varieties of gluten free Chex cereals. Now Betty Crocker is rolling out a line of gluten free dessert mixes: Yellow Cake Mix, Devil’s Food Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. I prefer to bake from scratch and have shared my gluten-free cake flour recipe, but there are times when it is nice to be able pull out a mix and quickly prepare a gluten free treat. If you would like to know how to obtain a coupon enabling you to receive one of these mixes free visit Frugally Farming Family.

I made Betty Crocker’s gluten-free brownies on Wednesday. They had a rich, dark chocolate flavor, which my kids enjoyed (I actually prefer my brownies to have more of a fudge flavor), similar to Trader Joe’s mix. The texture of the brownies was much better than the other gluten-free mixes that I have tried; I think most wheat eaters would be oblivious to the fact that they were eating a gluten-free dessert. I sincerely appreciated Betty Crocker’s inclusion of high altitude directions on the box, which may have been a contributing factor to the wonderful texture of the brownies! I will continue to make most of my desserts from scratch, but I will keep a box on hand for last minute plans.

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Since we are on the subject of gluten-free cooking, let me share an inexpensive resource for gluten- free recipes that I recently stumbled upon at the thrift store: Low-Carb cookbooks! Low-Carb diets are no longer fashionable, so the cookbooks are making their way to thrift stores. Many of the main dishes and side dishes in these books are gluten-free or have very little flour, which can easily be replaced with a gluten-free substitute. I would not recommend using these cookbooks as a resource for breads or desserts because they often call for a splenda (which I do not use or give to my family) as well as flour, making them harder to adapt. I will be sharing recipes inspired by these cookbooks in the coming weeks.

This post is linked to Finer Things Friday, because what can be finer than looking a little more normal than you actually are? Have you stumbled upon any great gluten-free resources lately? If so, please let me know!

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Comments

  1. The Thrifty Countrywoman says

    I'll have to share this with my daughter-in-law. She's always looking for gluten-free because her aunt uses it. Thanks for the info!

  2. Amy @ Finer Things says

    I see more and more gluten-free blogs and recipes popping up. Feel like I am missing out. Maybe I should try it sometime…

  3. becheap says

    Glad to hear that you're putting the now terribly unfashionable Low-Carb cookbooks to good use. Wonder what diet will be unfashionable next?

  4. Marcia says

    I actually have the top cookbook shown – I have PCOS and so I need to avoid foods high on the glycemic index. There is a wonderful taco mix recipe in there as well as a chicken paprikash recipe that is my husband's favorite!

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