Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fab Find: Breads From Anna

I'm not sure who Anna is, but I'd sort of love to give her a fist pound.

I loves me some breakfast pastries, and while I've got some mad love for Udi's blueberry muffins, I can't justify spending close to $8 on four muffins all that often, so I've been on the hunt for a good gluten-free boxed mix to tweak to my liking. So far, Namaste is a big NO, but King Arthur has been regally delicious. Both were pretty cheap in gluten-free dollars (roughly $6 a box), and were just a plain muffin base that you could add your own mix-ins to. I was hoping to find something a little more flavor-y, so when last I visited Natural Choices, I saw the Breads From Anna cranberry orange muffin mix and had to pick it up. At $8, I thought it was a little pricey, but figured I'd give it a shot.

The bad thing is I sort of forgot I bought it, and it got stuffed into the cabinet, out of sight. But since the hubbs and I are on a new grocery budget, I've been scouring cabinets and pantries for food, and I found the mix a couple days ago. I tweaked the recipe slightly, since I didn't have any butter left in the house, and instead subbed in a tiny bit of grapeseed oil and some applesauce, and I added a splash of OJ in for some added orangey goodness. I bought a ton of muffin cups at the Wilton sale in June, so my goodies got a fancy leopard-print coat, and I sprinkled them with just a little raw sugar before popping them in the oven.

I was skeptical at first, because I like a sweet pastry, and these didn't have an overly sweet smell, but I didn't have to worry. They were incredibly yummy! These muffins have a really interesting mix of flours, like millet and tapioca and chia seed, and you can taste the complexity in there. I'm glad I sprinkled them with sugar, because they did need that little extra sweetness, and the sugar added a bit of crunch, too. Plus, since I used grapeseed oil and applesauce, I felt like they were healthier than some of the other muffins I've tried to make. The non-GF hubster said he thought they tasted like bakery muffins and not "chemical-y" and he encouraged me to try some of the other flavors Breads From Anna carries. I can promise I will be picking up the pumpkin come September!

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