Freedom for Breakfast

This past October while at the Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo in Dallas, I stopped by the Freedom foods booth. If you do not know this brand, let me tell you. They have a wide assortment of products from cereals to pancake mix. Their products are gluten free, nut free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, and sesame free.  Made in a dedicated “free from” facility, they test every batch to ensure quality as well.   I have been a fan of them since I discovered their “tropicos” cereal a few years ago.

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I loved Fruit Loops before having to go gluten free. This year I got to try a few new cereals that came from suggestions from fans at expos and shows. I was pretty excited about the new cereals, not sure about the non-gluten-free-boyfriend however. I decided to pick up a few boxes to try at home.

“Fruity Rainbow Rocks!” is one of the new ones.

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I never really ate “fruity Peebles” as a kid, However wanted to try them. The non-gluten-free-boyfriend and I  both liked them dry, as a snack. However, when we tried them with milk, the cereal really soaked up the milk (In my case the unsweetened vanilla almond milk) and became chewy in my opinion. It might be that I didn’t grow up eating this type of cereal that I found them that way.  I don’t have a previous cereal to judge it against.

After trying them with milk, I decided to try making a cereal snack bar out of them. Kinda like a marshmallow treat bar.

They were great! Not to sweet, not bland, just right!

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I only had about half a box left after trying it with milk, so it made a small, thin batch.  Still really good.

Cocoa Crunch: tic-tac-toe

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We liked them dry as well. They keep their texture in milk better, and I thought they had a slight dark chocolate taste to them. They will turn the milk chocolaty along with being a fun, tic-tac-toe shape!  I recently found myself playing a game of tic-tac-toe with these the other day while at work, waiting on a file to update.   And if you get really creative,  checkers.
They also made two new cereal, that is well, more adult like. And will get to those later. With these two new cereals, kids and the kids at heart will have a few more options when it comes to cereal and snacks. You can find freedom foods on Amazon and in super markets. To check out their website follow this link

http://www.freedomfoods.com.au

Whole Note Muffin Mix

So as the cooler, and now cold weather arrives, I like to have muffins on hand.  I get them on the way to work, or as a snack, or part of my lunch.  They are great, I love muffins.  You can heat them in the microwave and they are all warm and gooey.  As you can tell I like muffins.

That being said, I have some pretty high standards when it comes to muffins including: the size, texture, fluffiness, taste, how well they reheat, and storage.     I have recently tried the pumpkin bread and muffin mix along with the cappuccino and dark chocolate muffin mix.

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What can I say.   I love them.  The texture was great, they baked wonderfully.  They actually fluffed up nicely.  I have made muffins and cupcakes before that where dense and flat.  Whole  Note brand,  actually had a “muffin top” when I mad them! That is a first for me.  They re heated well in the microwave, they storage well in the refrigerator as well.  I did not leave them out on the counter since my history with gluten free breads has always been to place them in the refrigerator or freezer.  I did not freeze any of them to have later, since the non-gluten-free boyfriend and I both found them to be super yummy.