Enjoy Life Brownie Mix

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As some of you might know, I am quite the fan of Enjoy Life Foods. They are an Allergy Friendly brand, free of the top eight allergens, and have a large variety of products. I have previously tried the muffin mix and recently made the brownie mix.

I have tried a variety of mixes since making the change over to gluten free. They all have one thing in common, 8×8 or 9×9 pans. I don’t know why we can’t have a normal sized cakes and brownies.  I always end up with leftover icing when I bake.  Then I end up eating the icing or having way to much icing on the baked good.   I honestly was really tempted to make these brownies in a muffin tin. Why you may ask? So I could tell myself that they were Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Brownie Muffins and eat them for breakfast. Apparently it is not the healthiest thing to have brownies and a glass (or two) of chocolate milk for breakfast (The things people expect from you as an adult).

I followed the instructions on the box, however I was really tempted to use applesauce instead of oil.  I am glad I decided against that idea after see how moist they were.  The brownie mix smelled really good and mixed well. I used my stand mixer on the lowest speed, counted the rotations  and then used a spatula to scrape down the sides and incorporated that into the mix. It took no time at all.  I decided to use my stand mix instead of manually mixing the batter for a variety of reasons, mostly I was feeling lazy and I was tried from my day at work.   The batter was quite thick after getting everything incorporated, to me that is always a good sign of the brownies to come.

I greased the pan and then used the Enjoy Life Flour to coat the pan, which made it super easy to remove the brownies from the pan.  One of the things I dislike about brownies is that they can be so hard to neatly and successful remove them from the pan in the original size and shape that you started out with.  My brownies took the minimum time to bake. I allowed them to cool in the pan for five to ten minutes; I’m not quite sure how long. I was trying to get a picture of them and answer a few text messages.

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I originally thought to use chocolate icing on them.  The baked brownies held together well after being flipped out the pan and then back over. I couldn’t make up my mind if I should ice them or not and well they held up. I have had brownies before that crumbled when trying to move them. I am so glad I didn’t ice them, they were so tasty without the icing.  The box states that there are 14 serving, I obviously didn’t cut mine properly however, I never do. It never stops me from eating them either.    I shared the brownies with my family and the kiddos I nanny.   They all approved, then I told them that they were allergy friendly.  I had to show them the box. They didn’t believe me, the brownies are that good.

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Enjoy Life Muffin Mix

Two muffins were in the oven, one muffin turns to the other muffin and said, “Man, it’s hot in here!”  The other muffin turns and shouts “OH MY GOODNESS A TALKING MUFFIN!!”    That is one of my favorite jokes.  I personally love the “laugh taffy” style jokes.   What do jokes have to do with me telling you about an awesome allergy friend muffin mix you may ask yourself,  The answer is I had two other jokes I was debating on using.    I’ll save the others for later.

As some of you might be familiar with Enjoy Life Foods and know that they are allergen friendly.  That they are made in a dedicated nut and gluten free facility, and one of my favorite brands.    If you are unfamiliar, feel free to check out a previous post about the brand here.

They recently introduced a line of baking mixes which includes a pizza crust mix, waffle and pancake mix,  an all purpose flour, brownie mix and a muffin mix!  Recently I purchased the mixes from their website since I could not find them in any of my usual shopping areas.

IMG_4197Since the mix is allergen friendly, you do not need to add eggs or an egg replacement along with any dairy or dairy replacement.  All you need to add is oil and water,  along with any type of add in you want.   I choose to make chocolate chip muffins using the Enjoy Life Mini Chips.    I would have made cookies with the mini chips, however I have been told that cookies should not be eaten for breakfast.  If I can’t eat cookies for breakfast. why in the world did I grow up? 🙂

Along with being allergen friendly the mixes have 5g of protein, are developed with probiotics, and are Non-GMO verified.

IMG_4200The mix is super easy to incorporate together, I used my stand mixer on the lowest speed and counted the rotations.   The instructions state it take ten stirs, and not to over mix the batter.   I then added the Mini Chips, I used a cup which is almost a whole bag.   I am not sure if you would call that too much or too little chips.

 

 

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The box states that the batter would make 10 muffins, I was able to get 12 muffins.  I am not sure if my muffin pan is not standard or if the chocolate chips effect the amount of batter in each well of the muffin pan.

My muffins took the full 20 minutes to bake, I started with the least amount of time and check them every five minutes after that.   After letting the muffins cool in the pan for five minutes then moved them to a wire rack to cool per the instructions.  The bigger muffins were a little fragile, I’m sure it was due to the size of the “muffin top”.

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I would suggest storing the muffins in the frig since they last longer. The box has the guidelines of how long they will last depending on where you store them.  I did reheat mine a little since I choose to keep them in the frig and they were amazing!  I usually don’t  have a problem with my baked goods going bad since I love baked goods of all kinds and I  usually share the awesome goods I am trying out with family and friends.  Needless to say, the muffins were enjoyed by all who tried them.

If you would like to try them for yourself, you can purchase them on Enjoy Life Foods website, along with amazon and many local stores.  There is a product locator on the Enjoy Life Foods website as well.  Also don’t forget to follow them on Twitter, Snapchat, Instragram, and Facebook.

 

 

Enjoy Life Foods

When making the switch from the everyday “no worries what is in my food” diet to “I can’t eat this or that” diet, it can be quite overwhelming and challenging.    It was quite stressful for me, five plus years ago when I had to make the switch to gluten-free.

During my switch, I tried some of the “Enjoy Life Foods” brand products.  If you are unfamiliar with Enjoy Life Foods, their products are free from wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish and also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites.   Along with being made in a dedicated nut and gluten-free facility.   For those with multiple food restrictions companies like this are awesome, no chance of a cross-contamination accident.

Honestly, I was leery to try them at first.  I will blame this on two things: the not so tasty gluten free options that I had tried during the initial change over and not know about how in the world you made something with out eggs, dairy, wheat, and the other allergens they are free from.   Remember, I was still very new to the food restriction game and did not know about all the ingredients you could use in place of others.

Enjoy Life products are some of the best things I have found, from the soft baked and crispy cookies to the plentils.   Their product line includes but not limited to baking mixes for pizza crust, brownies, muffins, pancakes and waffles along with an all purpose flour.  Baking chocolates includes mini chips, soft and crispy cookies, a variety of bars, Seed & Fruit mixes (a trail mix like product), and plentils (a potato chip like product).   They have snack packages in some of them as well.

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The Warm Kitchen CookBook

I am going to be perfectly honest with you.  I can’t really cook. I can bake but that is about it.   I was just starting to try to learn to cook when we discovered that gluten and I were no longer BFFs.  Having to learn about all the different gums, flours, and hidden sources of gluten can be over whelming.  I also tend to get distracted while cooking causing me to either omit an ingredient or adding to much or forgetting to set a timer for whatever it is I am trying to make (uncooked Mac and Cheese is not a great dish) or having the stove top set at too high of a temperature and burning the items.  When I nanny, the children refer to items that are a little burnt as “Ms. Sarah Style.”

If you are thinking at this point that I should be a contestant on a popular cooking show on a certain network for people who lack the skills to cook, I have tried.  They found out that I am a food blogger in my part time and well, that was that. There is a difference between eating food and making the food (no one ever wants to eat mine).

I would love to be able to enter a kitchen with confidence and make a wonderful homemade dinner, or just not burn whatever it is I am trying to cook.  To have the knife skills to know I am not about to cut my fingers while chopping vegetables or know what spices meld well with others.  Shoot, I would love to just know I am not about to waste a lot of time, energy, and money on a dish that I either mess up or end up not liking.  Along with the fact that I really don’t want to explain to the fire department that I was just trying to make dinner repeatedly, it’s a small town people talk, I really don’t want to be the woman who uses her smoke detector as an oven timer. Capture

That is why I personally love this cookbook, The Warm Kitchen.

I had the pleasure of meeting Amy Fothergill at the GFAFFest Austin in 2016.  She was nice enough to give me a copy of her book.   I honestly feel quite intimidated when looking at cookbooks let alone trying to use one.

However, this is not the case with The Warm Kitchen. I sat down with it one night after getting back home from Austin and honestly, it is one of the best cookbooks. I felt like I could go into my kitchen and make whatever it was I wanted out of this book.   There are basic recipes for sauces, broths, and then there are tips! Then there are recipes for more “difficult” items  (OK, so they may not be difficult to most, but it very well could be for me)  along with Egg, Dairy, and Sugar Free options!

I honestly feel like it would be a great gift for anyone. From the beginning, level person who is afraid they will burn the house down or cut their finger to the person who knows what they are doing. That is why I am giving away one copy of The Warm Kitchen!   Amy has been nice enough agree to sign the winner’s copy as well!
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