Is Aldi’s Gluten-Free Baking mix a delicious, low- cost option?
*All opinions of this gluten-free product are my own and I did not receive compensation in any form for this review.
I feel like I get major eye-rolls every time I order a gluten-free item at a restaurant.
I’ve heard several people say that eating a gluten-free diet is the new trend. That it’s a fad people follow to fit in.
Even some friends and family of mine have this mindset. Unfortunately, I can attest to the fact that some of us have to follow a gluten-free diet out of necessity, not to be trendy.
Finding cheap, tasty gluten-free products is not easy, though. I’ve been on the hunt for affordable gluten-free products, and I’m excited to share my reviews with you!
My Gluten-Free Dilemma
When I started to catch on that gluten was the culprit of all of my health problems, I was devastated. I am a huge pasta and bread fan. Not to mention cake, pancakes, donuts, etc.
It’s been a hard transition and one that I haven’t fully mastered yet. But I’m excited to share this journey with y’all and I hope my reviews of gluten-free products can help you if you’re going through this journey as well.
I’ve had a bad craving for pancakes lately. I love fluffy pancakes with crispy edges drenched in butter and maple syrup just like my mom used to make.
I thought I would have to spend tons of money on ingredients to make gluten-free pancakes from scratch, buy pricey pre-mixed gluten-free mixes, or give up on pancakes for good.
Then I found liveGfree Pancake & Baking Mix at Aldi!
I have what I consider a large family, and I try to keep my grocery budget under $120 a week, so any little bit I can save for my gluten-free products is a blessing. (Click here to find out how I keep my grocery budget so low!)
For this review, I wanted to taste both the pancake and biscuit recipes on the box. I followed the instructions as written on the box so that I could give an accurate review of the product.
In the future, there are some minor tweaks I would make, and I’ll address those in just a minute.
I whipped up a batch of gluten-free biscuits to go with the delicious bean soup I made for dinner a few nights ago.
I’m used to eating a huge chunk of buttered french bread with my soup, so I needed a suitable alternative.
The instructions were super simple. Just add some eggs, milk, and shortening (I used butter because I didn’t have shortening on hand), mix together and drop onto a cookie sheet and bake.
I was pleasantly surprised at the texture of the biscuits. They’re made with rice flour and potato starch, which seem to be common ingredients in gluten-free products.
I was a little worried the biscuits would be dry and fall apart easily, but they weren’t at all.
The taste was a little bland for me. There really wasn’t much flavor at all. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it wasn’t delicious either.
In the future, I plan on adding some garlic and cheddar to add the flavor I was missing.
I had leftover biscuits, so I used them in a couple of different ways. We had burgers for dinner last night, so I used one of my biscuits as a bun.
It was great! It held up well, and I like how it didn’t take away from the flavor of the burger.
I will definitely be using these biscuits as burger buns again!
This morning I toasted one of the biscuits and spread some butter and fig jam on it. It was so good!
Toasted, these biscuits remind me a little of English muffins. They got nice and crispy but didn’t dry out in the toaster.
Now for the real test! Does liveGfree’s gluten-free pancake mix satisfy my craving for pancakes? It does!
Like the biscuits, the pancake instructions were super easy. I just had to add some milk, vegetable oil, and an egg to the baking mix, and I was ready to go!
I cut the recipe in half because it makes 10 pancakes, and as much as I love pancakes, there’s no way I could eat ten in one sitting!
I could have been nice and shared with the family, but they have their own regular pancake mix, and I want mine to last!
Delicious pancakes (with crispy edges!)
These pancakes were not grainy at all and had just enough fluff to feel like my mom’s.
The edges got nice and crispy just like I like them too, which was awesome! They held up nicely with butter and maple syrup and didn’t fall apart or become mushy.
I like my pancakes to have a subtle flavor, not too sweet, and these were perfect!
The maple syrup didn’t drown out the flavor completely, but they complimented each other well.
When I make these pancakes in the future, I will add a touch of vanilla extract.
I think that would enhance the flavor a bit, although they are honestly great without it!
I was a little unsure about how I would like a cheaper gluten-free pancake mix.
However, the old adage that you get what you pay for isn’t accurate in this case.
I am impressed with liveGfree’s ability to produce a genuinely appetizing gluten-free product that is easy on my budget.
This product will now be a staple in my house. I plan on attempting some other recipes using it as well.
There is a coffee cake recipe on the box that sounds amazing! I’m also curious to see how it would hold up if I use it to make funnel cake.
I’ll be sure to let you know what I find out!
If you follow a gluten-free diet, check out the pancake and baking mix from Aldi!
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