Friday, May 17, 2013

Mrs. Glee's Review & Giveaway!

If it hasn't been made pretty abundantly clear around these parts, I'm a bit of a cookie monster. Okay, possible understatement. At any given point in time, you can probably find at least three varieties of GF cookie in my pantry (see also: pants not fitting). But I've been shying away from baking my own, because a) ain't nobody got time for that and b) GF baking is hard. Well, most GF baking. But sometimes, you just want a fresh-from-the-oven cookie.

In steps Mrs. Glee's. I was introduced to this fine company last month at the GFAF Expo. They had loads of yummy baked treats to sample, all gluten free and awesome full. Their secert? Navy bean flour. Don't make that face - none of their products actually taste like beans. But the flour blend they use - beans and all - has fiber, protein and antioxidants that you don't necessarily get from other mixes. And if you're going to be eating baked goods (which I am), you might as well get some bonus nutrition.

 The mix is easy to use - it calls for the traditional butter, egg & vanilla. I used real butter, but I'm sure you could sub in a non-dairy alternative if that's your thing. The recipe also calls for maple syrup - I 100% recommend the real stuff, not the flavored garbage. It's a little more expensive, but lasts longer, and it's not just syrup-colored chemicals. After you mix it all together, be patient, because you've got to stick the dough in the fridge to chill for a bit. This is the hardest part of the whole thing, because the dough smells so yummy (full disclosure: I sampled a fair amount of dough. So good. But YOU shouldn't do that. Raw eggs and all).

After the dough has chilled for a bit, you make little cookie balls, roll 'em in sugar and pop 'em on a baking sheet. Bake them until their all golden and delightful, and then let them cool before noshing. The maple was great with coffee (also, everything is great with coffee), and I'm sure they keep for about a week. Ours didn't make it that long. As you can tell by the lack of finished-product photo, they were gobbled up, post haste. My non-GF husband and co-worker thought they were really good, too. The maple is a nice addition, and these would be awesome in the fall, maybe with a little pumpkin added in ... yum.

 In addition to cookie mixes, Mrs.Glee's sells an all-purpose bean flour blend, as well as noodles. They are in a variety of stores across the country, or you can order directly from the company.

Here's where the giveaway comes in. Mrs. Glee's sent me two mixes - I whipped up the Maple Sugar Cookies for myself, and I've got a bag of Brownie Mix for a reader! You can enter by:
1. Leave me a comment with your favorite way to eat a brownie (with ice cream? warmed up?). Make sure you leave an e-mail address, so I can reach you if you win.
2. "Like" my page on Facebook, then let me know you did!
3. Follow me on Twitter - @divinemissliss.

I'll pick a winner next Friday evening.




7 comments:

  1. Hey, while I'm here entering giveaways, might as well...Bean flours always get a bad rap (from me included, sometimes) but they always work in brownies! Sign me up: mollycav@gmail.com.

    Oh, and I like your FB and follow you on Twitter (@spruestory) too. :)

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  2. Thanks for the great review, we appreciate the support. We're happy you enjoyed making and eating Mrs. Glee's gluten-free products. If you don't mind, we can up the ante for the giveaway. We just launched a new Wrap/Pita Bread mix. We'd be happy to add that to the giveaway pool. Also, MGF products are available at http://mrsgleesfoods.hostedbyamazon.com. Sorry for the confusion, it looks like there's an old price list that we missed when updating the website. Let us know if you have any questions on our products, we're on Facebook or send us an email. Thanks again for trying Mrs. Glee's nutritious gluten-free products.

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    1. That sounds great! I'll pass on the winner's info to you guys!

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  3. I love to use brownie mixes to make a fruit pizza crust! Yum!! I am a fan on FB. My email is: gowlland@frontiernet.net
    Thanks, Deb

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  4. I haven't had a brownie in months! I have the hardest time finding mixes that adhere to the multiple food allergies...but this one seems to! I'd make them with some homemade coconut chocolate chip ice cream. lol now I'm hungry! I like you on facebook and follow you on twitter (@karifrazier42) My email is chicadecasa2@gmail.com

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  5. I would love to try these mixes! I love my brownies topped with whipped cream and berries. Thank you for this giveaway!

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  6. I forgot my email in last comment (fuquav@gmail)

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