Just last week I received a cute gift package filled with the new Enjoy Life baking mixes, which spurred an impromptu mini bake fest. All I needed was oil, water, and the mixes!
I had seen the “functional” hype for these Enjoy Life baking mixes at Expo West – made with ancient grains, high in protein (5 grams per serving), vegan, gluten-free, free of top allergens, and stocked with heat-stable probiotics. Yes, you read that correctly, a probiotic strain that actually survives your oven and releases its magical benefits where most needed: in your stomach. The mixes were just on preview at the show, but have finally been released, and are ready for testing. Please note that although I did receive the Enjoy Life baking mixes as samples from the company, along with some adorable kitchen tools, my opinions are never bought. As you’ll note here, this is a very honest review …
We needed a quick dinner that very evening, so first up was the Pizza Crust Mix. The instructions were spot on, and it baked up perfectly with a notably whole grain look and vibe. It was more of a soft flatbread than a crispy crust, but it held together perfectly (even when loaded with toppings!) and had a pleasant texture. The taste was a touch hearty and had that slight bitter taste familiar to so many gluten-free baked goods, but it isn’t overwhelming. Just a heads up: the dough and crust do look a touch dry, but don’t fret, the end result doesn’t taste dry at all.
I had two boxes of the Muffin Mix, with intentions to share the second with a friend. But Tony devoured them SO quickly (he ate 10 muffins in two days!) that I decided to hoard that second box, and ended up making it later that week – again, the bounty vanished in no time at all. Straight up, the muffins are a touch crumbly and have a slightly unique, earthy texture, but that’s part of why we liked them so much. There are no gums or other strange binders, which means they are more fragile, however, they also aren’t gummy and have a normal, baked good mouth feel. The sweetness was spot on for a muffin and the slightly hearty flavor from the whole grains was downright addictive. Of course, it probably didn’t hurt that I added Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips to the mix! (Note: with the chocolate chips added they made 11 to 12 muffins).
And then there was the Brownie Mix – oh those amazing brownies! I’ve had many gluten-free and dairy-free brownies that were quite amazing, but every vegan brownie that I’ve sampled to date is too cakey or too strangely dense. Enter Enjoy Life. These were the PERFECT textural blend of cakey and fudgy, were littered with mini chocolate chips, had just the right level of sweetness and rich dark chocolate, and were almost too easy to make! This was perhaps our favorite of all the Enjoy Life baking mixes. To note, the directions were simple yet specific, with just one minor flaw – they say to pour the batter into your pan, but it’s a very thick batter that you have to spread in.
The All-Purpose Flour Mix states that you can use it 1:1 in place of all-purpose wheat flour. I was skeptical, but a test on my beloved Wholesome Chocolate Chip Bars recipe proved delicious. The batter was a bit thinner and the end result was a little different in consistency, but still quite tasty and it worked with absolutely no other changes!
The only one that I didn’t have luck with was surprisingly the Pancake + Waffle Mix. I haven’t trialed it yet as waffles, because the pancakes just didn’t work in my kitchen. When mixed as directed, the batter was very thin – like crepe batter, and wouldn’t cook up properly. I tried adding more mix, which did get them just up to pancake height, but they weren’t cooking or flipping properly, and fell apart (I tried both low and higher cooking temperatures). To fix, I added an egg. This did the trick, but I will be experimenting with this mix more to see what works best.
Certifications: Enjoy Life Baking Mixes are Non-GMO Verified, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Vegan, and Certified Kosher Pareve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Enjoy Life Baking Mixes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. They are even free of sesame, sulphites and potato. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Enjoy Life Foods website at www.enjoylifefoods.com.