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ColorKitchen Decorative Food Coloring From Nature

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While a growing movement of consumers have prompted major manufacturers to remove artificial colors and flavors from their foods, it’s still a challenge to find naturally colored frostings or decorations in the baking aisle. But that is changing thanks to ColorKitchen. ColorKitchen is introducing a new array of natural color and rainbow sprinkle sets that come in seven exciting combinations. The new line combines sprinkles and food color packets into convenient 5 Party and Holiday sets that includes enough food coloring to color a pint of frosting, along with a bag of coordinating sprinkles. 

ColorKitchen colors are sourced from the finest, most vibrant plant sources available. ColorKitchen colors are made from simple ingredients, containing pigments from turmeric, spirulina, beet, radish, cabbage, and annatto. ColorKitchen products are gmo-free, gluten-free and vegan,  but they are manufactured in a facility that also processes nuts and other foods with allergens. 


The party and holiday sets include: 

  • Blue, with multicolored rainbow sprinkles
  • Pink, with multicolored rainbow sprinkles
  • Yellow, with multicolored rainbow sprinkles
  • Be Mine, a Valentine’s Day set with pink frosting and pink, white, and red heart sprinkles
  • Holiday, green frosting with green and red tree-shaped sprinkles

What are artificial food dyes?  

Coloring agents such as FD & C Red No. 40 are petroleum-based, chemically produced dyes that were invented in the early 1900s. Little was known about the effect of synthetic food colors on our health, but with increased manufacturing production and grocery distribution, food companies found inventive new ways to market foods using artificial food coloring.

Dangers of using artificial food coloring

Through the years, concerns have been raised about the safety of artificial food dyes, mostly surrounding behavioral health disorders, allergic reactions, and carcinogenic properties.

  • ADHD
  • Carcinogenic contaminants
  • Allergic reactions

The major concern is the effect artificial food colorings have on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Even more severe health issues have been brought to light. According to the CSPI, the three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens. Red 3 has been a recognized carcinogen by the FDA for years, yet it is still allowed in foods.

Allergic reactions to artificial coloring are widely reported, from rashes and watering eyes to asthma.

More major players are sure to follow suit, proving the public has decided to advocate with their buying dollars and put their children’s health first.

You can find ColorKitchen products in retail locations across the US, including Whole Foods, and dozens on health food stores. To find a location nearest you, click here.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Ardenne Farms NEW gluten free products + giveaway

Ardenne Farms is on a mission to help those living gluten free and/or those with a sweet tooth. Ardenne Farm (pronounced Are-den) started by using a variety of innovative high-quality gluten-free flour blends, creative imaginations, and over 20 years of experience working in the food business. Ardenne Farms makes Gluten Free baking mixes that are vegan, Kosher and produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. Ardenne Farms is certified gluten free and carry the GFCO’s GF symbol. Every batch is tested to ensure that all our mixes contain less than 10 ppm gluten.

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Ardenne Farms makes a variety of baking mixes; from muffins and pancakes, to cookies, brownies and cakes. 

Ardenne Farms recently launched three new baking mixes: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, Pumpkin Streusel, and Snickerdoodle Cookies. 


The NEW Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin mix bakes up muffins that are so decadent and moist, they’ll soon become your new morning pick-me-up! I brought them to work and everyone in my office devoured them. I got so many compliments, and requests for more! They taste so good that many people did not know they were gluten free until I told them. 


I also love the new Snickerdoodle Cookie mix. I love the flavor of cinnamon and vanilla; yum! You can purchase Ardenne Farms products at retail locations across the country, including Roche Brothers, and Natural Food Stores. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win all three NEW baking mixes. To enter simply leave a comment below then head over to Instagram, like and comment on this post

This giveaway will end on March 12, 2017 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 


Hearthy Organic Pumpkin Flour

Last week I posted about Hearthy Foods gluten free pies. Today, I want to talk about another product from Hearthy Foods. As you know I love pumpkin – pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin curry, just to name a few. And I just learned of a fun new pumpkin product – Pumpkin flour! Until last week, I didn’t know pumpkin flour existed and I was very excited when Hearthy Foods sent me their pumpkin flour to try! 


Hearthy Organic Pumpkin Flour is an excellent rich dietary source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus and magnesium, nutrients that are essential for heart health and muscle recovery.  It is an easily digestible source of potassium, vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene. Also, Pumpkin Flour has Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.


Pumpkin Flour is a sweet and irresistible flour perfectly suited to replace all-purpose flour. You can add it to any recipe – use in bread, pancakes, brownies, cookies, cakes, muffins, waffles, ice creams or smoothies for an extra boost of nutrition and flavor. Most recipes suggest substituting pumpkin flour for up to 1/4 of the amount of regular flour. I used it in cookies by replacing half the all purpose flour with pumpkin flour. I loved the sweet pumpkin flavor it gave the cookies!

Hearthy Pumpkin Flour is Gluten Free, Paleo, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Organic and non-GMO.

You can purchase Hearthy Organic Pumpkin Flour online via Amazon and Hearthy’s online store. Hearthy also makes almond flour, apple flour, banana flour, carrot flour, oat flour and potato flour. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Gluten Free Sugar Cookies featuring Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs // Giveaway

The holidays are about spending time with friends and family and baking delicious food! Pete and Gerry’s Eggs knows there is a tremendous amount of time and thought that goes into carefully selecting every recipe ingredient – and choosing the right egg is no exception!!


If you’re not already familiar with the brand, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs has been in business since the late 1800’s, sourcing their eggs sustainably from small family farms while becoming the country’s first Certified Humane Free Range egg producer. This holiday season,I am baking up my favorite gluten free sugar cookies using Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.


Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
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  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. ½ cup butter, softened
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 tablespoon milk
  5. 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  6. ¼ teaspoon salt
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  8. 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour + more for rolling/dusting
  1. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter at medium speed.
  2. Add the egg, water, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon (if using). Blend until mixed well.
  3. Add the flour and mix at low speed until well combined.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  6. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, about ¼-inch thick.
  7. Cut out the dough with selected cookie cutters, and place the cookies on the baking sheet. Make sure the cookies are not touching.
  8. Reform and roll out the scrap dough, then continue cutting more cookies.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before decorating.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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These sugar cookies are fluffy, soft and sweet – you would never know they were gluten free. I brought them to my friends holiday party on Saturday night and everybody ate them. The best part is that nobody knew they were gluten free!  They are so good  and sweet enough – that you really don’t need frosting, but it does make for a fun addition!


What are you baking this holiday season? Does your recipe require eggs? If so, then I think you will love this giveaway! I am giving one lucky reader the chance to win two free Pete and Gerry’s product coupons! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on December 15, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Krusteaz Gluten Free Giveaway

The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. What better way to spend time with family than in the kitchen baking? After all, baking is a universal language and nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood” like freshly baked muffins and “I love you, Mom,” like a warm stack of pancakes!


I’ve partnered with Krusteaz, makers of premium baking mixes, to create a recipe for their “Say It With Krusteaz” campaign. I’ve baked with Krusteaz products before and I am a big fan. 

Over the weekend I got married (!!!!). The day before the wedding my sister and got manicures, dropped off welcome bags to the hotels, put together our wedding favors and baked muffins for my friends and relatives who would be spending the day with us getting ready for the wedding. I mean what better way to say thank you to my bridesmaids and keep everyone happy – and fed – than with a warm, fresh out of the oven, gluten free blueberry lemon muffins? Simple mixes with quality ingredients make any day really special.


This recipe is simple and delicious. Your friends or guests will be so impressed by the flavors and will have no idea how easy it was to make! I can tell you all my bridesmaids, and my picky grandmother, enjoyed the blueberry muffins we fed them Sunday morning.

The recipe is SUPER easy to make. Simply follow the recipe on the back of the box and add 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel. This simple step with add a delicious lemon and fresh flavor to the muffins. My friends and family couldn’t believe that they were (1) gluten free or (2) made from a mix!! If you haven’t tried Krusteaz gluten free products then you are missing out. And this is your chance to win some gluten free mixes for yourself to enjoy! 


The Giveaway prize pack includes: 

  • Two boxes of the following mixes: Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix, Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 1 Krusteaz branded tote bag
  • 1 Krusteaz oven mitt
  • 1 Krusteaz selfie stick

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This giveaway will end on October 21, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Grain-Free JK Gourmet’s Almond Flour

Grain-Free JK Gourmet was started by Jodi Bager in 2001 and is now operated by Jodi and her husband Steven. Grain-Free JK Gourmet is a Canadian company with a mandate devoted to making all-natural, preservative-free whole-foods baked goods that taste as good as they are healthy.

If you are gluten free, lactose intolerant, or just trying to increase your intake of whole, natural foods, then you should check out Grain-Free JK Gourmet’s products. From almond flour and baking mixes, to granola and biscotti, JK Gourmet offer’s a variety of grain free, guilt free products!


JK Gourmet’s blanched almond flour is super-finely ground and makes gluten-free baking quick and easy. This almond flour is gluten-free and its powder-fine texture makes your pie crusts, cakes, cookies, brownies, and muffins taste delicious and authentic, just like they’re supposed to taste.  It can also be added to baked recipes to add more protein and less carbs. If replace almond flour with regular flour in a recipe, start with replacing only 1/4 cup. Or find a gluten free almond flour recipe and you don’t have to use any other flour! Below, is a delicious chocolate chip coconut recipe I made with my sister over the weekend. 

Gluten Free Almond Flour Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  1. 1/4 brown sugar
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  5. 2 teaspoons Boyajian coconut flavor (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 2 cups JK Gourmet Almond Flour
  8. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  9. 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter, and mix until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla, egg, and almond flour, stirring to combine.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
  5. Scoop 1 tablespoon-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten to cookies to about 3/8-inch thick.
  6. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until golden brown.
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JK Gourmet products are made in a gluten free, peanut free facility and can be purchased online. Currently, the almond flour is on sale- almost 30% off!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Yes You Can baking mixes come to the US

Today I want to introduce you to YesYouCan, an Australian company that is bringing their gluten free baking mixes to the US. 


YesYouCan brings empowerment to people who wish to – or have to – follow a gluten free diet. They take pride in developing recipes that are as delicious as regular wheat based products, with light texture and full taste. All the ingredients are carefully chosen from the best suppliers and follow rigorous quality standards. 

YesYouCan easy to bake mixes include: 

  • Chocolate Mud Cake Mix
  • Multi-Grain Bread
  • Banana Bread Mix
  • Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
  • Vanilla Cupcake Mix

The banana bread and cupcake mixes are also egg free and dairy free. These 5 mixes are available for sale in the US online here

Last night I made the Red Velvet Cupcakes and they were delicious! Super light and moist, with a semi-sweet frosting.


These are nothing like what I remember Red Velvet tasting like – dense, rich cake with an intense creamy cream cheese frosting. No, these are so much BETTER. Jeremy really enjoyed them as well, and when he likes something, and “can’t tell the difference” then I know it’s good! 


In addition to the five classic mixes, YesYouCan recently launched a new line of Artisan recipes with mixes that are low in sodium and sugar for the health conscious. The recipes are made with reduced sugar, using unrefined rapadura sugar for better nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and provide a good source of fiber from super grains like quinoa, sorghum, buckwheat and teff flours, as well as using real fruit and raw foods like cacao and coconut. These mixes are not yet available in the US but I hope they are soon! 

The factory where YesYouCan products are produced is 100% gluten free so there is no chance for cross contamination. 

I can’t wait to bake another mix this weekend. Should I make the chocolate mud cake or vanilla cupcakes? 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Bella Gluten Free // Cup-to-Table in Minutes

While I do like to bake from scratch, let’s be honest, I don’t always have the time to do that. So when it comes to products that not only taste great but are easy to prepare then I am all about trying it. And with their line of Cup-to-Table products, Bella Gluten Free is definitely one of these brands I must try!


Bella Gluten Free’s founder, Mary Capone, combines her gluten-free mastery with her love of the kitchen to create scrumptious gluten-free, allergen-free cuisine. Mary is a cookbook author, and nationally known instructor of gourmet gluten and allergen-free foods. As a celiac chef with celiac kids, Mary has designed mixes that not only have great taste and texture but include plenty of healthy ingredients as well. 

Bella Gluten Free, offers a selection of 100% natural, non-GMO, allergen-friendly baking mixes in an easy, and convenient Cup-to-Table packaging .

Products include:

  • Tender Flaky Biscuit Mix
  • Chewy Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • Rustic Multigrain Dinner Roll Mix
  • Gourmet Italian Pizza Crust Mix
  • Blueberry Scone Mix 

Bella Gluten Free mixes combine taste, texture and nutrition all into one. They use the finest assortment of all-natural, non-GMO and organic ingredients. And because they take cross contamination seriously, all products are blended in small batches in a 100% gluten-free facility to guarantee freshness and purity. They are GFCO certified and a recipient of the non-GMO Verification Project. 

From the innovative and eye catching packaging, to the ready in minutes baking, I was excited to try Bella Gluten Free’s products. Using Whole grain flours and superior ingredients, Bella Gluten Free developed a range of sweet and savory allergen friendly baking mixes that allow you to make fresh baked products in your home in just minutes. (OMG, such a time saver!)  The mixes are easy to make and require only 2-3 ingredients, that I keep stocked in my fridge at all times I might add, and can be baked in less than 30 minutes. 


Bella Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix was the first mix I made. It starts with a 100% allergen-free All Purpose Baking Mix, creating the perfect texture. Mixed with dextrose-free chocolate chips and organic coconut sugar, a subtle sweetener like brown sugar, with a hint of caramel, make for a chewy on the edges and soft in the middle cookie. The mix makes about 18 cookies and didn’t last long in our apartment. Within days Jeremy and I had eaten them all! Time to go to the gym I guess…


The brownies were even better than the cookies! These chewy chocolate brownies are loaded with rich chocolate chips and cocao powder for delicious chocolately goodness. Whether you like them gooey (like me!) or classic cake-like you can have hot brownies in minutes. 

And tonight is Pizza Night! We are going to be making his (loaded with cheese) and her (dairy free, with tons of vegetables) pizzas! 

Here are a couple of tips that you may find useful for Bella Gluten Free Cups: 
Tip for your pizza: Use moistened fingertips to shape on sprayed parchment paper. I like crispy crust so I parbake for 7 minutes and then add my toppings, but you do not have to-it is delicious if you put it all together from the beginning!!
Tip for your biscuits and scones: freeze butter or butter substitute for 20 minutes or so and use a cheese grater to grate and disperse it throughout the mix before adding your wet ingredients.  Scones: use wet fingertips and form a circle with dough about 2 inches thick. Use a warm slightly wet knife to cut into 6-8 pie shape wedges, separate a little. They are not very sweet so if you plan on eating with jam or curd then great, if not add a bit of finishing sugar on top of each wedge. 
Tip for your multigrain rolls:  use ice cream scooper to get equal amounts and even baking (this is a great tip for the chocolate chip cookies too), place the scoops of bread dough into a sprayed muffin tin and let rise in warm place for 15 mins and then bake!  Also you can form a circle to make a Boule out of the dough and increase bake time to 25 minutes (or use thermometer to temp at around 190-200 degrees for done). 

Visit Bella Gluten Free’s store locator to find a retail location near you or purchase through their online or Amazon

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Namaste Foods Gluten Free Baking Mixes Review Giveaway


Namaste foods is a small (but growing!) manufacturer of fine foods that contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. I’ve been a big fan of Namaste foods quick & easy meals for years. At least once per month Jeremy and I make Pasta Pisavera or Taco Pasta. But it wasn’t until last month at the GF&AF Expo did I discover that Namaste foods also makes delicious baking mixes! IMG_2858

Namaste’s offers a variety of breakfast basics, including:

  • bread & roll mix
  • muffin & scone mix
  • flour blend
  • organic flour blend
  • sugar free muffin mix
  • pancake & waffle mix 
  • organic pumpkin baking mix

And cookie, cake & dessert mixes: 

  • brownie mix
  • cookie mix
  • pure vanilla cake mix
  • chocolate cake mix
  • spice & carrot cake mic
  • blondie mix
  • organic dark chocolate brownie mix
  • organic pumpkin baking mix

I had no idea they offered so many products – they also have soups, pizza crusts, and seasoned coating mixes – and I was thrilled to learn all about them last month. After the expo, Namaste sent me a few products to try out myself and I couldn’t wait to get baking! 

Namaste’s facility contains no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, peanuts or tree nuts. It is their attempt to try to eliminate any chance of cross-contamination so you can enjoy Namaste Foods products worry-free. They do not use GMO ingredients in any product and all Namaste Food products are Kosher Certified. Aditionally, all products are made with only all-natural ingredients, no preservatives, and are vegan friendly.

Knowing gluten free products are expensive, Namaste has made an effort to make them more affordable for you. You will find that most Namaste Foods mixes have a significantly higher yield than other brands. For instance, all cake mixes make TWO rounds as opposed to one, making each purchase a better bang for your buck. 


Namaste Foods knocks it out of the park again with their baking mixes! The taste, texture and consistency of the gluten free cookies were spot on. The cookie mix is so versatile, just like many of Namaste’s other mixes. On it’s own, this cookie will taste like your favorite sugar cookie, and also make delicious snicker doodle cookies (my favorite!). Or get creative and add dried apricots and macadamia nuts, chocolate chips or peanut butter chips, or any combination that pleases your palate! 

I also like that these cookies are not loaded with sugar. While most cookies have upwards of 20 grams of sugar per serving, Namaste’s gluten free cookie mix only has 9 grams. 

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Once again, Namaste Foods is a trusted gluten free brand that keeps things tasting great, while also using the best ingredients. 

You can find Namaste Foods at natural food stores nationwide and at a growing number of grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada, including Fairway and Whole Foods. To find a retail location nearest you click here.  

And now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will have the chance to win two Namaste gluten free baking mixes! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway will end on November 12, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only. Head over to Instagram for more chances to win! 


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Our House Gluten Free Baking Mixes

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In order to overcome the wariness that some people have about gluten free foods, a new brand of baking mixes has launched with the promise of flavor, texture and quality that no other gluten-free baking mixes can offer.  In fact, Our House brand products come with a “Better Taste Guarantee.” Our House products are not only gluten free but are also made with no other allergens – no milk, eggs, peanuts, or tree nuts.

Our House offers a complete line of baking mix products, including: all-purpose flour, brownie mix, cookie mix, pancake and waffle mix, corn bread mix, bread mix, and an all-purpose baking mix.

Our House offers a money-back guarantee to any consumer that all of Our House gluten-free products offer a superior flavor and texture when compared to any other gluten-free brand. They are confident that their investments in research and development, and the construction of a new plant for milling their own gluten-free products to assure their purity, will taste better than anything else you’ve tried.
Each Our House mix includes two recipes on the box, for both a traditional and a new recipe. “Our research indicated that gluten-free consumers are constantly in search of new ways to use a favorite product, so our packaging, website and other digital marketing will include a healthy offering of recipes and recipe ideas,” Ganey said. I like when baking mixes come with recipes, it helps me come up with ideas of how to use the mix in more creative ways. 

I recently tried the Bread Mix, All Purpose Flour, and Brownie Mix.


The brownies were delicious, fudgy and rich. I topped mine with sea salt before I put them in the oven for a slightly salty and sweet treat. And WOW, we’re these brownies good! The recipe does call for 10 tablespoons of butter (yikes!), but it is worth it once in a while to splurge on something this good. 


Our House products are made in a dedicated gluten free facility and only use premium, quality ingredients. You no longer have to sacrifice taste or texture for your health, instead you can enjoy all of the desserts, breakfast foods and breads you love—just without the gluten! All Our House products are also vegan and non-GMO, and several are even whole-grain.

Purchase $25 or more of Our House products and get FREE SHIPPING! You can purchase mixes online starting at $4.29 and up. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.