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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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

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. Just left you an award on my blog. :) Go check it out!

    Kristen @ TheFrugalGirl

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

  5. 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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