I’m going to attempt a new feature on CCGF – I’m not 100% set on the details just yet but here is what I am thinking.
- Either weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly I am going to do a product spotlight.
- I do a bunch of reviews on the blog already but I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite thing.
- These products are not necessarily going to be a food item, they may be kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, etc.
- I plant to talk about the item, the pros, cons, how to utilize it, etc.
- I just want to have fun with this and share with all of you my favorite items.
- I started working at a natural foods store with tons of gluten-free options, many of which I have never tried so I thought I would incorporate some of those items as well.
What do you all think?
Below is my first product spotlight…
By: Pamela’s Products
I love Pamela’s Products – it is one of my favorite packaged gluten-free goods. Lately I have been making my own flour blend to use but this is one that I would definitely go out and buy, especially her pancake mix (I’ll be taking that with me next week when we are fly fishing in Maine for a week). Below is a little bit of information about Pamela’s Products:
Here are some of the reasons why Pamela’s stands out from the crowd:
- High quality sugars including, fruit juice, agave, coconut sugar, brown rice syrup and molasses create better tasting, decadent food.
- The palm shortening is made from the most healthful part of the palm and is sourced from companies with fair trade and environmental stewardship track records.
- Our nuts are from American suppliers to ensure freshness and quality.
- Minimally processed grains like certified gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet and sorghum are used whenever possible to provide the benefits of whole grains they offer.
- Sweet creamery butter (non-rBGH of course) and the highest quality monounsaturated safflower oil are used. Pamela’s does not use low quality oils.
- The cardboard used in our packaging is made from recycled materials and are recyclable. Soy ink is used in all cardboard printing. We continue to seek additional sources of recycled materials.
- We are in the process of changing our plastic trays to 100% recycled material.
What we leave out is as important as what we put in:
- We never use any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives.
- We never use high fructose corn syrup.
- We have statements from all suppliers verifying our ingredients are non-GMO. We are currently preparing to join the non-GMO Project, and are working closely with our vendors to assure the quality and source of all our ingredients
Biscuit and Scone Mix Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Sorghum Flour, White Rice Flour, Sweet Rice Flour, Grainless & Aluminum-Free Baking Powder (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Potato Starch), Natural Evaporated Sugar, Sea Salt, Guar Gum, Baking Soda.
Allergy Information: Free of gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy*, nuts*, soy*, corn,
*=depends on if you use butter or a butter alternative, and if you use almond or soy milk.
Pros: easy to follow directions with several recipes listed on the package itself. No sugar in the mix so you can add as much or as little as you want (I didn’t use much). You can use whatever ingredients you wish making your biscuits or scones either savory or sweet.
Cons: Can’t find it in a store near me but will contacting them to carry it.
How I used it: After reading the recipe options on the packaged (which all sounded delicious) I wanted to try my own thing. B went to the store yesterday and picked up two packages of strawberries that were out of this world delicious. So I thought of making a fresh strawberry and chia seed drop scone.
Strawberries are a good source of folate and potassium, and very good sources of dietary fiber, Vitamin C and manganese. Chia seeds are amazing little things. In just one tablespoon they pack 6 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 2.9 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids! These are also great in smoothies, yogurt, and other baked goods.
These are delicious! I can however see why they say to use dried fruits in the recipe on the package…the fresh fruit makes it a bit sticky and uneasy to cut so I just made them into drop scones…don’t know if that is a real thing but it is now!
Strawberry Chia Scones
1 Package of Pamela’s Products Biscuit & Scone Mix
8 Tablespoons of Butter or Butter Alternative (Earth Balance), Cold
1/3 Cup Wholesome Sweetener Organic Sugar
1 Cup Almond Milk
3/4 Cup Fresh Strawberries, Diced
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
Follow directions on package – however when mixing in the fresh fruit mix by hand to prevent the fruit from becoming over mixed.
Place rack in top third of oven and pre-heat oven to 375°.
Combine dry mix and sugar. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment or pastry blender, cut in butter until pea-sized crumbs are formed. Add milk. Add strawberries and chia seeds, mix until well incorporated. Take two large spoons and scoop scones onto a prepared baking sheet (either greased or parchment lined.You can sprinkle the top with a little bit of sugar before baking if you wish. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Cool slightly and enjoy.
These came out moist and delicious! Hope you enjoy this recipes and give this mix a try. So versatile…you can make savory scones or biscuits as well!
*I was sent this mix from Pamela’s Products for a review – I was not compensated in any way and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.