Wholesome Chow Is Delicious Gluten FREEdom
By KD Traegner, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
I’m not gluten intolerant myself, but GF is growing in popularity and often, with those just those trying to eat less wheat. I’m always down with testing out vegan goods so when Wholesome Chow contacted me, I happily accepted some products to review. I was sent the new GF Brownie Mix and the Chai Spice Cake mix. And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect- they arrived on the same day I was having some gluten intolerant friends over for a night of Zelda: Skyward Sword and snacking.
The Chai Spice cake couldn’t have been easier or take less time to make, in 15 minutes I had it in the oven baking. I left the cake to bake and went about setting the house up for a night of gaming. Extra batteries for the Wii remote? Check. Extra comfy pillows and chairs placed just so for proper view of the screen? Check. Drinks? Check. Extra large batches of raw pizza kale chips for when we get hungry after beating bosses? Double check.
I checked on the cake at the end of it’s prescribed baking time and found that it needed some more time- 25 minutes more to be precise. No matter, the extra time gave more time to enjoy the scent of chai spiced goodness floating around the house. I’d almost bake this cake for the scent alone, it’s divine. When the cake was done and cooled, I topped it with a quick orange glaze I had thrown together. The sweetly spiced cake was soft, moist, and fluffy- which I heard could be an issue with GF baking. Not so with this cake. Quick, easy, moist, fluffy, and tasty? I’ll take it. So did my friends, the cake was gone by the next day.
A week later I tested the brownie mix. Upon opening the bag of the chocolaty mix, I was pleasantly surprised. Choco dust floated through the air as it was emptied into the mixing bowl. Chocolate dust makes a great air freshener and stimulates the appetite.
Like the cake, this brownie mix is organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and of course, vegan. After adding a bit of flaxseed and oil, it was ready to pour into a pan and pop into the oven. Awaiting in 30 minutes, brownie indulgence. Again, however, these took longer than the prescribed time on the package.
How were these going to taste? Were they to be hard from the edges and gooey from the middle? To my surprise, all was well. Despite the unforeseen baking time, a rich brownie emerged. Not quite sure why the baking time was so skewed. Maybe my oil type? My oven? Either way, I checked them regularly and eventually, brownies were had by all. And by all, I mean vegans, GF-ers, and omnis alike. The consensus was unanimous: delicious, and like the cake, gone in a single day. No one could tell they were gluten-free. In fact, no one could tell they were vegan.
Moist and chocolatey. And gluten-free and vegan, as well, among these other certifications:
USDA Organic, Non-GMO Verified by the Non-GMO Project, California Organic, by CCOF, Vegan Verified by Earth Kosher, Gluten-Free Certified by CSA, Kosher by Earth Kosher, and topping off with a dedicated facility free from gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy, and tree nuts.
Damn impressive, I must say.
I like a company with some transparency. Wanna meet one of Wholesome Chow’s owners? Chef Veronica, aka The Vegan Bakerista, runs a blog sharing her passion for GF, vegan baked goods. Be sure to skip on over and see what she’s got in the oven.
Gratitude and thanks to Wholesome Chow for graciously sending us some of their products to review.
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