Gluten-Free baking mixes have been around for years and they aren’t that bad.
Unfortunately, most of them aren’t all that good either.
When I first got to college, I tried all the brownie, cookie, and pancake mixes that I could find. To my chagrin, most of them just weren’t up to the same standards as the treats my mom used to make me through her Gluten Free bakery.
But then, just a few weeks ago, everything changed.
I received an email from a company called Saldoce Fine Foods asking if I would try out one of their baking mixes. After a few emails, the baking mixes had arrived and, though I was excited to try them, I was still skeptical.
The products literally blew my mind. They were so delicious and easy to make. Plus, they had that unmistakeable “home-cooked” taste that I have never been able to replicate with other GF baking mixes.
I have never done a product review before (other than GF Beer), mostly because I’m less than impressed with a lot of gluten-free products that are out there on the market today.
But like I said, now everything’s changed.
A Brief History of the Baking Company
Saldoce is an Australian, family-owned company founded back in 2000. They’ve introduced over a dozen of baking mixes to the international markets, all of them designed specifically for individuals with diabetes and gluten, dairy, and nut intolerances.
When they released their YesYouCan Artisan Recipes line (which is the one I got to try), they expanded on that notion of good health. Their products are reduced sugar, reduced sodium, non-GMO, dairy-free, soy and nut free, egg free and full of high-quality fiber.
With a Health Star Rating 3 times higher than other baking mixes, I can barely believe how good it tastes.
The Products I Tried
Now, the company has only recently expanded to the U.S. and, depending on where you are located globally, they have different products available.
I love pancakes. They are God’s gift to mankind and so, I judge them as such.
After going gluten-free, I missed the fluffiness of regular pancakes. A few brands have come close, but they are always just a little too dense.
Not Saldoce. Saldoce nailed it.
All you have to do is add water, shake it up in the bottle it came in and it is ready to go. I threw 'em on the griddle and cooked them up. Here are my impressions of the Pancake Mix, recorded live via pen and paper during the pancake process.
• Damn, these pancakes are really rising.
• Damn, these pancakes look really really good.
• Holy shit, these pancakes are incredible.
The biggest thing that Saldoce nailed with this pancake recipe was a slightly crispy outside to the pancake, while the inside of the pancake remained fluffy and soft.
Is it possible that my professional pancake cooking skills had something to do with the high-quality pancakes? Sure.
But I have to say, this is the best pancake mix I’ve ever had. Gluten-Free or not.
Multi-Grain Bread Mix
Here’s the thing with bread mixes. Like I said earlier, I’ve had homemade gluten-free bread courtesy of my mom since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
It was amazing and a staple in my diet all the years I was growing up. When I got to college, I fell off the bread train because I had begun buying some frozen gluten-free breads and they just weren’t quite right.
They were good, don’t get me wrong, but they were often dry and I didn’t always feel so great after them. However, I know that there are so many people looking for delicious, gluten-free bread and so I thought that this would be a good one to test out.
Again, Saldoce nailed it. I had the entire thing mixed and put in the oven within 2 minutes of opening the bag. When it came out of the oven, I couldn’t help but salivate at the smell.
Slicing through the bread for the first time was an experience all on its own, but actually eating it was the next level.
A pleasantly crunchy crust complimented the wonderfully soft and moist inside. Many multigrain bread mixes taste overtly grainy and clumpy, but not this one.
And, unlike most gluten-free bread, it filled me up for an extended period of time. In fact, I ate it for breakfast for the next 3 days with butter, jam, and a cup of tea.
Raspberry and Coconut Bread Mix
This the one I was most excited for. Just typing the name now makes my mouth tingle. Raspberry and Coconut pair so well together, I don’t know what I did to deserve them in a delicious Gluten-Free bread mix.
Just like the multi-grain bread, I had it out of the box and in the oven within just a few minutes. This is super important to me (see next section for reasons).
Out of the oven, and again I just can’t describe to you how amazing my kitchen smelled.
When I first tasted the bread, I honestly didn’t think it was gluten-free. It was so fucking good.
The sweet, almost slight tang, of the raspberry paired with the smooth mouth-feel of the coconut, was a match made in heaven.
I ate the entire loaf in 9 minutes.
I wish I had more to tell you about this mix, but honestly, there are no words to describe how it felt to eat such delicious food, confident in the fact that it really was gluten-free.
So What’s My Final Opinion
All of these recipes had high marks on the 3 things that are most important to me when it comes to baked goods.
1. Ease of Use
Time is valuable, it’s a non-renewable resource. For this reason, I can’t justify making awesome baked goods for myself because it takes a fair bit of time.
These mixes were quick and easy to prepare, allowing me more time to do other things that needed to be done.
2. Quality of Gluten-Free Certification
Different countries have different requirements for Gluten-Free certification. In the United States, it’s meh. Gluten-Free products can contain up to 20 ppm of gluten according to FDA regulations. It’s alright, but there is a lot of improvement to be made.
In Australia, it’s awesome. In fact, in order for a product to be labeled gluten-free, it has to test at 0 ppm of gluten. That is absolutely positively ZERO GLUTEN in the foods. Most American GF foods can’t even be imported into Australia because they don’t meet the labeling requirements.
With all of Saldoce’s mixes being made, and tested, in Australia, I’m supremely confident in their products.
These mixes are the best tasting, non-homemade, gluten-free food that I’ve ever had.
The multiple textures in a single bite, a just sweet enough taste, and the feeling of fullness that you get from each of these products cannot be given high enough praise.
It’s like when someone tries to explain how amazing the pyramids in Egypt are to someone who has never seen them. Until you experience it, you just can’t really appreciate the magnitude.
If there was one baking mix company I was going to recommend to every single Celiac I’ve ever met, it would be this one.
Since this is the best bread I’ve ever had, I wanted you to be able to try it as well.
In order to make that happen, I’m hosting a giveaway contest! If you want to try out 5 of these mixes for 0$, click on the button below and you can learn more about that.