Disclosure: Wholesome Chow sent me samples of their baking mixes to try.
I have a habit of collecting baking mixes – I see a new one and I must try it. Usually that means starting with a gluten-free baking mix that requires eggs, milk, and sometimes butter. And I adapt.
I also have a habit of sending my son care packages, often with baking mixes. I put stickies on the mixes to tell him which ingredients to substitute. And so, on a Sunday morning I will get a text from him that reads: I don’t have Ener-G Egg Replacer, what should I use instead? Or: Can I use melted Earth Balance shortening instead of grapeseed oil?
You get the idea… substituting can be tricky (although usually possible). When I saw that the Wholesome Chow mixes were both made in a dedicated facility (without wheat, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, or tree nuts) and they didn’t require adding even a single egg, I jumped at the chance to try them.
While primarily a gluten-free and vegan company, the Wholesome Chow mixes are made in a “100% dedicated gluten, peanut, nut, dairy, and egg free facility”. The products also do not contain soy. While some products contain cornstarch, the vanilla frosting mix and all-purpose baking mix (for pancakes and such) are corn-free!! All of the products are organic and non-GMO.
I decided to try the Lemon Poppy Muffin Mix first. Oil, lemon juice, and non-dairy milk (I used coconut) in a bowl and stir in the mix by hand. One bowl, a spoon, and a muffin tin are the only tools you need. Baking doesn’t get easier than this.
The lemon poppy muffin mix uses a blend of rice flours, potato starch, and tapioca starch. It does, of course, contain poppy seeds. The lemon taste really pops in this muffin. If there is one thing I don’t like about this mix it’s that the first ingredient is evaporated cane juice (i.e., sugar), making this a very sweet breakfast treat.
But it sure is a tasty one!
In addition to the mixes they sent me, Wholesome Chow makes some chocolate cake, lavender cake (interesting!), brownie, and scone mixes. The Scone mix may be a bit more my speed for breakfast, with only 7 grams of sugar per serving. Which one would you try?