1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes

Divine Brownies, Pan Bars, Buckwheat Pancakes
$7.49 per mix (most make a double batch)

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On November 7, 2014
Last modified:November 8, 2014


By our accounts, this brand can do no wrong. The brownies were fudgy and reminiscent of homemade, the pan bars were perfectly spiced with a moist, cake-like texture, and the pancakes were flawlessly easy to make. If you're looking for packed-with-nutrition, whole grain mixes, move on. But if you desire everyday gluten-free and dairy-free basics and treats that work perfectly and taste amazing, you've hit the mother load.

Over the years, I’ve tested dozens of gluten-free baking mixes, and though many have evolved to showcase innovative ingredients and fancy formulations, it’s impossible to deny that sometimes the old tried and true options work best. 1-2-3 Gluten Free baking mixes aren’t revolutionary, but I’ll be darned if they aren’t tasty.

1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes (Review) - Gluten-Free and Free of Top Allergens

1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes use what I call the “standard gluten-free flour blend” of rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum. Of course they use their own ratios, and have many, many variations – from fortified to sugar-free, chocolate-infused to perfectly spiced. But from my perspective, 1-2-3 Gluten Free follows the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto with delicious success. We sampled just a small handful of their products (at last count they had around 18 mixes!), including the following.

1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes: Divinely Decadent Brownies

1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes - Divinely Decadent Silky & Rich Brownies

It’s important to clarify the brownies we sampled as they actually have two varieties: Devilishly Decadent (with chocolate chunks) and Divinely Decadent (without chocolate chunks and thus free of soy lecithin). We trialed the “Divinely” variety, but trust me, those chocolate chunks were not missed. These crusty, fudgy brownies were just like my favorite homemade brownie recipe!

Because we’re at slightly higher altitude (about 4400 feet) they rose quite a bit, cut a thick crust on top and then collapsed beneath. I was worried that they were ruined, but once I cracked through the top, dense, rich brownies were revealed. Both Tony and I devoured them for 2 days straight and then froze the leftovers – it makes a whole 9×13-inch pan and yes, they do freeze very well.

1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes: Sugar ‘n Spice Pan Bars (Pumpkin Recipe)

1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes - Dairy-Free Sugar 'n Spice Pan Bars (pumpkin recipe)

I was craving something a little holiday-inspired, so I cracked open a can of pumpkin puree and made the dairy-free version of the pumpkin Pan Bars on the box. The batter was AMAZING! After pouring it in the baking dish, I had to quickly wash the mixing bowl and beaters before I personally scraped it clean.

I took a peek at the bars when they were a little over halfway through and was shocked at the site: a sky high cake! I had no idea how this would result in “bars”, and my apprehension wasn’t far off. Call it our altitude, but I think their mix is a little more cake-like than dense bars. That said, they were de-li-cious! And this is from someone who really doesn’t love cake. They were just perfectly sweet, with the right amount of spice and warm hints of pumpkin. They can easily be enjoyed simply with tea or milk alternative, iced, or topped with some dairy-free ice cream. Tony agreed, polishing off almost the entire batch before I had the chance to freeze any.

1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes: Allie’s Awesome Buckwheat Pancakes (Pumpkin Recipe)

1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes - Buckwheat Pancakes (pumpkin recipe)

I hate to sound like a promotion, but seriously, this was another winner. Since I had leftover pumpkin puree from the pan bars, I went with the pumpkin Pancakes variation on the box. I was worried, as the batter was a little floury in taste, but the cakes ended up perfectly light and puffy. In fact, I forgot that they were even buckwheat-infused! Tony gave them an enthusiastic “they’re good!” – he always uses the word good, so I have to judge by the inflections in his voice and the cleanliness of his plate – not a crumb remained.

Tony had the pancakes with maple, but I wanted something a little less sweet, so I topped them with raw almond butter and enjoyed them with tea. They were just sweet enough and oh-so-comforting.

Important Note: For all of the above we used the dairy-free basic instructions on the box, which used eggs. 1-2-3 Gluten Free provides tested egg-free / vegan instructions on either the box, their website, or both for all of their mixes. But, we haven’t personally tested those egg-free recipes. They also provide numerous additional recipes on their boxes (inside and out!) and website for enjoying these mixes every which way.

Certifications: 1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes are Certified Gluten-Free and Certified Kosher Parve. They are also labeled as GMO-Free, though I didn’t note certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, 1-2-3 Gluten Free Baking Mixes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the 1-2-3 Gluten Free website at www.123glutenfree.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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