Enjoy Life Baking Mixes with Ancient Grains (and Probiotics!)

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Muffin, Brownie, Pizza Crust, Pancake + Waffle, All-Purpose Flour
Price:
$8.49 per 14.5- to 16-ounce mix

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On July 21, 2015
Last modified:July 31, 2015

Summary:

It's rare that I use a baking mix, since they usually bring so little to the table - just a semi-convenient blend of the "dry" ingredients. But these functional food mixes are another level, with gluten-free whole grains, "just add water and oil" directions, no gums or other strange binders, and an infusion of heat-stable probiotics. The results have noticeably unique, delicate textures, but a wonderful mouth feel and delicious flavors. Our favorites were easily the Brownie and Muffin mixes, but the Pizza Crust and All-Purpose Flour also won us over for daily practical use.

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!

Enjoy Life Baking Mixes with Ancient Grains (gluten-free, dairy-free, top allergen-free and made with heat-stable probiotics!

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.

Enjoy Life Gluten-Free Baking Mixes (Pizza Crust Pictured) - Top Allergen-Free, Vegan, Rich in Protein and Made with Heat Safe Probiotics.

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).

Enjoy Life Baking Mixes (Muffin Mix Pictured) - Vegan, Gluten-Free, Top Allergen-Free and they contain 5 grams of protein per serving + heat-stable probiotics!

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.

Enjoy Life Baking Mixes with Ancient Grains (gluten-free, dairy-fee, top allergen-free & vegan!) - Brownie Mix Pictured - bakes up with the perfect textural mix of fudgy and cakey!

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.

Enjoy Life Gluten-Free Baking Mixes - Muffin, Brownie, Pancake + Waffle, Pizza and All-Purpose Flour (all Rich in Protein and Heat-Safe Probiotics)

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.

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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