This guest post comes from Evan at Food Makes Fun Fuel. We love his blog because he loves food just as much as we do and embraces a great attitude about being gluten free. Enjoy this insight into his favorite Bob’s Red Mill products and check out his blog at FoodMakesFunFuel.com.
Hi, Bob’s Red Mill fans. My name is Evan, a runner with a passion for cooking and a blog called FoodMakesFunFuel.com.There’s always been something fun about baking, whether it’s impressing people and making them happy, knowing that you made something special, or just licking the batter. I never thought that I’d need to follow a gluten-free diet. The day I found that out felt like a death sentence to my baking career. No more brownies from a box; no more funfetti cupcakes; not even light and fluffy pancakes on a Saturday morning.
Rather than letting this be a “death sentence”, I started looking at ways to continue on pursuing my hobby and having fun with it. Little did I know then that a company called Bob’s Red Mill made all the gluten-free delicacies I could have hoped for. By using their flours in place of traditional wheat flours, I’ve been able to recreate delicious and whole grain baked goods just as well as ever.
For anyone who might be new to gluten-free baking, here are a few of my favorite products and substitutions. With these in your pantry, making anything will be so simple you’ll swear it couldn’t be true.
In place of enriched, bleached flour use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all purpose flour blend. This is the easiest switch you could make. Bob’s Red Mill’s all-purpose flour is a perfect mix of flours and starches to substitute in any recipe. I love using it in traditional brownie recipes for that same, fudgy feel.
For a quick cake fix, use Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free vanilla cake mix instead of any other brand. When my birthday rolled around, my family wanted to make me something but had no clue about gluten-free baking. I told them not to worry and to turn to this cake mix. Not only is this a great mix, but it also contains whole grain sorghum flour. Try making it into cupcakes for a bite-sized dessert.
One of the foods I miss most being gluten-free is a simple pizza. Of course, you can get take out pizza anywhere, but gluten-free? Not so much. Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free pizza crust is perfect for making your own. Besides being nice and chewy like a good crust should be, it’s made with whole grain rice flour; in that respect, it’s actually better than most pizza crusts!
These are just a taste of my favorite uses for Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free line. If you’re wondering what else there is, plenty. Just take a look and you’ll see that living gluten-free is NOT a baking death sentence. It’s just the starting point.