I have mentioned here several time that we are gluten free. We are not Celiac but I tend to feel better on the Gluten free diet. I suffered from absolutely terrible digestion and nausea for over 7 years and was told over an over that nothing could be done for me- it was incredibly frustrating. Finally I was given the name of a naturopath in my area and within 6 months she had me starting to feel better by changing my diet and introducing a variety of supplements.
One (and there were many) of the dietary changes she made was to take out wheat and gluten. This is hard because it is in everything. But more and more people are going gluten free so products are easier to find and are getting cheaper (you can spend a small fortune at the store on GF products).
My girls are gluten free because it might help with behavioral issues. They are adopted from foster care and came with some pretty tough behavioral problems. The same naturopath advised me that sometimes going GF can help with such issues and since I was already eating GF I did not mind switching them over.
As a note- to be honest I have no idea of amount of effect of the diet on the girls- over the last year and 1/2 we have utilized so many good techniques that have brought their behavior down to a much more manageable level. But here is what I know I do like: I pretty much make all the girls food homemade or at least partially homemade (so I know what is going in their bodies), The GF diet cuts down on the junk food factor when they are with other kids, and I only have to prepare one meal that is all the same (because I would be eating GF, even if they were not). And on top of that my naturopath helped me regain my life- so when she recommends something like this I am apt to at least give it a go.
So when My Blog Spark asked my to try out (and give away) the new Gluten Free Bisquick I immediately jumped on the opportunity because I love that the GF diet is going more mainstream and bringing down my grocery budget.
I when I opened the box I received in the mail I was really excited and made pancakes that very night.
First, the good:
1. It works really well. These were great pancakes. They were fluffy and tasty- you could totally serve these to gluten eaters and I doubt they would know they were gluten free.
2. The ingredient list is really short- only 6 ingredients and you can read them all (except maybe Xanthan gum, but if you are GF you are familiar with it)
Then the not so good:
1.That box it teeny, tiny!!! I was disappointed when I took out the box of GF Bisquick. I have seen Bisquick boxes and those suckers are big. This box only had 2 cups (16oz) of flour- so it’s only going to make 1-3 meals depending on your family size. It says that there are 11 servings- and maybe that would be the case for pancakes, but my family is only two adults and a 4 and 5 year old. I made around 10-12 pancakes with 1/2 of the box.
2.While the ingredient list is short it is also lacking in anything that provides any real high levels of nutrition. This is a problem overall in GF products- not just this one. The ingredients are Rice flour, Sugar, Leavening, Modified Potato starch, salt and Xanthan gum. Each serving does have 2 grams of protein.
3. I thought the pancake recipe produced too thick of a batter so I added a tiny bit more water to thin it slightly- maybe a tablespoon or two (in 1/2 the box).
But overall I liked it and would buy it. My husband really enjoyed the pancakes and he is not gluten free.
Here is some info My BlogSpark and Bisquick provided me with:
Introducing Bisquick® Gluten Free baking mix: the first gluten free baking mix with real melt-in-your-mouth Bisquick taste! Now, with Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix, you can make pancakes, waffles, biscuits and more, and they have never tasted so good. Since its release in 1931, Bisquick has become a trusted staple in America’s kitchens for delicious and easy-to-prepare dishes. Now the convenience of Bisquick baking mixes will be available to the gluten-free community too, so everyone can enjoy the family favorite Bisquick recipes you love like fluffy pancakes, easy pies, mouth-watering casseroles and more!
Make sure to look for Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix in the baking aisle at your local grocery store.
To find great recipe tips and ideas, visit www.bisquick.com/glutenfree. There, you’ll find countless gluten-free recipes for family favorites such as Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcakes and Gluten Free Pizza Crust, using Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix. Check back often! We’re adding more recipes every day!
I received a Gluten Free Bisquick prize pack to try it out and now you can win one (even if you are not GF you will probably enjoy this pack!!). It includes:
A box of Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix, a pancake pan, pancake pen and a pancake flipper.
There are a couple ways to win:
1. Leave a Comment below letting us know your favorite pancake topping.
2. Get a second entry by subscribing to our email or feed (let us know in a comment that you did so or are already signed up.
3. Get a third entry but signing up for the email or feed at our sister site The Closeout Kid (let us know in a comment that you did so or are already signed up.)
This giveaway ends quickly on October 22 , 2010 and we will choose 1 winner from the comments and My BlogSpark will send you your lovely prize!!
Rules: One entry per household. USA only
Fine print- here at FF&D we want to play fair and have fun- so no cheatin’. If we think something is up your entry may be taken out the running. This decision is solely up to our judgment.
This giveaway is sponsored by Bisquick through MyBlog Spark. I was provided with 1 Busquick Gluten free prize pack and not compensated in any other way.
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