Jan 27, 2010

Review: Speedy-Bake Mixes from Gluten-Free Essentials

Speedy-Bake is a line of six gluten-free mixes for kids that can be baked in an Easy Bake Oven or a regular oven. Since we don’t have an Easy Bake Oven, we baked them in a regular oven. I received two free mixes through Gluten-Free Dee. The mixes are also nut-free and dairy-free, if you use dairy-free butter. All Gluten-Free Essentials products are made in a 100% dedicated gluten-free facility.

We made the fudge brownies and the Yella-Vanilla cake. Both mixes required a ½ stick butter, 1/3 cup applesauce, and one egg. We used Musselman’s Natural applesauce and found that 1/3 cup is almost an entire applesauce snack cup, which makes it easy for kids to measure. Both the cake and brownies were extremely moist! They stayed moist for several days when stored on the counter in a Ziploc bag.

The brownies tasted like chocolate cake and had large chocolate chips. While certainly they weren’t as good as Betty Crocker gluten-free brownies, they were still good. More chocolate chips would make them even better. The vanilla cake smelled like cake, looked like cake, but tasted like a pancake, not cake. In fact, the Spice-is-Nice cake mix can be used to make pancakes by adding extra liquid. Regardless, kids would enjoy baking and eating these mixes, and parents would enjoy eating the brownies too.

There are additional instructions on the website for making a portion of the mix for use in an Easy Bake Oven. Each package will yield approximately five batches in an Easy Bake Oven. Speedy-Bake mixes cost $3.99. For more quick baking products, Gluten-Free Essentials sells Hug in a Mug, an instant microwave cake in a mug, and some varieties are even “diabetic friendly”!

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