The benefit of a gluten-free flour mix or a gluten-free boxed mix for cookies, muffins and more is that some of the guesswork is done for you. Oftentimes, a good gluten-free baked good is based upon a blend of flours. With a commercially blended product, you don’t have to go out and buy four different flours and mix them up just so. The downside, of course, is that not all packaged gluten-free products are worth writing about.
We were sent an array of products from Moon Rabbit Foods, a company out of North Carolina. They have a broad line, from pie crust to cookies, muffins, scones and even a pancake/waffle mix. We dove into the simple packaging and whipped up oatmeal cookies and muffins and liked the results very much.
Looking at the labels, you can immediately tell that each mix is created with the right blend for that product, as opposed to having one standard flour mix for all. Here are the ingredient breakdowns for the two we tested:
- Certified Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Mix: Certified Gluten-free oats, brown sugar, rice flour, potato starch, unrefined organic cane sugar, rice starch, premium cassava flour, sea salt, baking soda, xanthan gum.
- Certified Gluten-Free Muffin Mix: Potato starch, unrefined organic cane sugar, premium cassava flour, rice flour, aluminum-free baking powder, sea salt, xanthan gum.
We followed the directions on the packages; both used butter and egg, but there are dairy-free versions on their website. The muffin mix said to add up to 2 cups of fruits or nuts. We added a full 2 cups of mixed raspberries/blueberries/blackberries and we ended up with 14 muffins as opposed to the 16 they quote. Other than that, we were very pleased with the taste and texture. The muffin was soft and moist, not crumbly like so many gluten-free muffins. If anything, it was a tad too moist and we would make it next time with 1 ½ cups fresh fruit. They look very “white” and lack a visual character that some standard muffins have, but we would buy this mix and make them again.
We should note that we did use the optional cinnamon, and they recommend up to 1 cup raisins, dried fruit, nuts or seeds. We used 1 cup of mixed dried fruit: apricots, cherries and raisins. The first thing we noticed was the great texture. This is a textbook-perfect old-fashioned oatmeal cookie – a tiny ring of crispness around the edges and the perfect chew. They are exceptional in this regard. They also spread perfectly into nice rounds and retain their thickness. Their sweetness was the other prominent aspect, and since sugar is part of the mix, you cannot control it. Everyone has their own preferred sweetness level and if you like sweet desserts, you will love these.
Our initial experience with this small brand was very positive. We are going to take the pie crust into the kitchen to try that out sometime soon. You can order through their website and they have superior customer service. We emailed them a question and got a very personal and helpful response the same day.
Bakepedia received this product as a gift for review. All opinions are the reviewer’s own.