Monday, July 25, 2016

Udi's Chocolate Chia Muffin Tops - July 25, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Udi's Gluten Free
Chocolate Chia Muffin Tops
Good + - Good++
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) / 8 oz. (228 g.) in total package of 4 muffin tops
Calories: 160 calories in 1 muffin top
Cost: $1.49 for 1 box of 4
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to the last day (Day #7) of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

What was brownie-like about today's "Moist and Tasty" Chocolate Chia Muffin Tops from Udi's (Boulder, CO)?

These were a cross between a brownie, a cookie and a muffin, with some nice added texture from the chia, and level of sugar that was just right, i.e. not excessive. (Thank you!)

These Chocolate Chia muffin tops were gluten free, and dairy, soy and nut free. They were also fortified with vitamins and minerals—something you'd see more in a breakfast food/cereal than a typical brownie.

Udi's Gluten Free, a Division of GFA Brands, Inc., also offers gluten free Soft and Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites and Double Chocolate Muffins.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Back to Nature - Double Chocolate Cherry Brownie Cookies - July 24, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Back to Nature Foods Co., LLC
Double Chocolate Cherry Brownie Cookies
Good
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 8 oz. (226 g.) in total box
Calories: 130 calories in 2 cookies
Cost: $6.49 for 1 box of about 16 cookies
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

Today's Double Chocolate Cherry Brownie Cookies were from Back to Nature (Naples, FL).

These brownie cookies were made with "semisweet chocolate, agave syrup, sweetened dried cherries, (and) milled chia with white and brown rice flour."

The sweet and somewhat brownie-esque cookies were enlivened by bits of dried cherries. They were also Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Gluten-Free, kosher, and dairy-free, egg-free and trans-fat free.

Back to Nature makes cookies, crackers, soups, cereals and other foods; and the company's history dates back to 1960.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cup4Cup - Chocolate Brownie Mix with Gluten Free Flour - July 23, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Cup4Cup, LLC
Chocolate Brownie Mix with Gluten Free Flour
Good+
Weight: .95 oz. (27 g.) for 1/15 dry mix / 14.25 oz. (404 g.) in total dry mix
Calories: 170 calories in 1 (baked) brownie (1/15 batch)
Cost: $9.89 for 1 box of mix
Purchased from: Draeger's Market, Los Altos, CA

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

This batch of chocolate brownies was another entry in the gluten free mix category this week. The "Chocolate Brownie Mix with Gluten Free Flour" was made (in the U.S.) for Cup4Cup, LLC (Yountville, CA).

These brownies were slightly gooey in the middle and had a subtle flaky, crunchy layer on top (likely encouraged by the 1/2 cup butter). An optional egg would have made these brownies more cake-like, and I think I would have preferred this option.

Although I cooked these for over the recommended time and tested them with a toothpick (which came out clean), these tasted a bit underdone to me. But, if you like a moister, more gooey brownie, these may be for you.





Friday, July 22, 2016

Namaste - Gluten Free Brownie Mix - July 22, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Namaste Foods, LLC
sans gluten Melange a Brownie
(Gluten Free Brownie Mix)
Good - Good +
Weight: 1/24 package (36 g.) / 30 oz. (850 g.) in total mix
Calories: 120 calories in 1/24 box dry mix (1 serving dry mix/brownie)
Cost: $8.99 for 1 box of mix
Purchased from: Draeger's Market, Los Altos, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

Today's sans gluten Melange a Brownie (gluten free brownie mix) from Namaste Foods, LLC (Coeur d'Alene, ID) had classic chocolate brownie flavor and texture.

This Non-GMO Verified, Certified Gluten Free and pareve (K) mix was free of 14 common allergens.*

*The mix contained no wheat, gluten, egg, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, mustard, sulfites, sesame, casein(e), fish, crustaceans and shellfish. The directions called for the addition of egg, oil and hot water.





Thursday, July 21, 2016

Anna's Allergen Free - Black Bean Brownies - July 21, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Anna's Allergen Free, Inc.
Black Bean Brownie Mix from Anna
Good +
Weight: 3.5 oz. (99 g.) (estim.) / 14 oz. (396 g.) total box of dry mix
Calories: 285 calories for 1 finished brownie (1/12 of pan)
Cost: $9.79 for 1 box of brownie mix
Purchased from: Draeger's Market, Los Altos, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

What did Black Bean Brownies taste like? Well, I found out.

These brownies were evenly smooth, moist and cohesive. They had an interesting taste I couldn't quite nail down—with a very slight chocolate and olive note; and they were not too sweet (which I always like).

Anna's Allergen Free, Inc. (Iowa City, IA) makes certified gluten free baking mixes free of common allergens such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, nuts and yeast.

Founder, Anna Sobaski, is a celiac and Type 1 diabetic and has a passion for helping people. Her mixes are also Non-GMO Certified and Kosher Certified.

Note: The brownies I made turned out a bit more cake-like due to use of a smaller pan and a slightly bigger egg.






Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tin Pot Creamery - Gooey Brownie - July 20, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Tin Pot Creamery
Gooey Brownie
Very Good
Weight: 3.9 oz. (110 g.) (estimate) in 1 brownie
Calories: 410 calories (estimate) in 1 brownie
Cost: $3.25 (estimate) for 1 brownie
Purchased from: Tin Pot Creamery, (Los Altos location), CA

Welcome to  Day #2 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

It was another brownie for breakfast morning. This gluten free Gooey Brownie from the Tin Pot Creamery (Palo Alto, CA) managed to be perfectly firm on the outside and rich and gooey (as advertised) on the inside.

This brownie also kept well in the refrigerator, although nothing beats a fresh, right-out-of-the-oven brownie.

If you're local (to the SF Bay Area), I also recommend Tin Pot's gluten free Chocolate Walnut Cookie—which had a moist brownie quality to it.







Tuesday, July 19, 2016

de Young Museum - Hazelnut Brownie - July 19, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

de Young Cafe
Hazelnut Brownie (gluten free)
Very Good
Weight: 3.9 oz. (110 g.) (estimate) in 1 brownie
Calories: 430 calories (estimate) in 1 brownie
Cost: $4.50 for 1 brownie
Purchased at: de Young Cafe, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.*

Recently, I attended a Flower Piano day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Different pianos were available to play in the different gardens inside Golden Gate Park's Botanical Garden in San Francisco. It was a great idea, and a beautiful day outside.

Lunch at the de Young Museum's de Young Cafe followed; and I picked up a gluten-free Hazelnut Brownie "to go" that I saved for today.

This dense, fudgey, nutty brownie had a very pleasing brownie aroma, flavor and texture. It was populated with visible flecks of nut and had subtle hazelnut flavor.

I wish I could credit who made this brownie, but I don't have this information. Thank you to the Cafe team for providing gluten-free choices and great-tasting, healthy food.

*As with all chocolates on ChocolateBanquet.com, brownies and other chocolate baked goods featured are gluten free.



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