I don't think I've mentioned it yet but recently I found out that I have a gluten intolerance (the correct medical term is "non-celiac gluten sensitivity"). As defined by the NFCA website, "Non-celiac gluten sensitivity has been coined to describe those individuals who cannot tolerate gluten and experience symptoms similar to those with celiac disease but yet who lack the same antibodies and intestinal damage as seen in celiac disease."
It has surprised me how many people are misinformed about what a gluten-free lifestyle means. Eating gluten-free is not a fad diet by any means and you should not expect to lose weight from eating gluten-free unless you pretty much cut out all processed foods (most contain gluten) and eat clean (fresh fruits, veggies, and meats). I personally struggle every day with eating gluten-free. My love for [processed] food makes it downright miserable sometimes. Even though I wouldn't say I eat gluten-free every day, I feel much better when I do.
Gluten-free or not, let's talk baking. I LOVE baking. I'm all for baking from scratch as long as it tastes better than the packaged stuff. Enter Namaste Foods Gluten-Free Brownies. These brownies are by far the best brownies I've ever had, gluten-free or not! Of course because they are gluten-free, the price is double what you can expect to pay for gluten brownies but it is soooo worth it.
A newer mix is Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Brownies! I was so excited to try these and they were just as good (if not better) than the regular Betty Crocker brownies! I'm so excited to see Betty Crocker stepping up and realizing there is a need for more gluten-free choices, I only wish the GF price would be comparable to the gluten brownies.
Please note that just because these brownies are amazing, does not mean that all gluten-free brownies are amazing. I've tried some other gluten-free brands and some just don't live up to my expectations. In fact, one brand tasted like chocolate was missing from the recipe, had a very odd aftertaste, and a really grainy texture. There is no excuse for that! Gluten-free doesn't mean that we have to give up our flavor and yummy foods!
In conclusion, not eating gluten is really hard (at least for me!) but if you're going to do it, don't make your tastebuds suffer! Namaste Food Gluten-Free Brownies helps make the transition to gluten-free so much more delicious!
I bought my Namaste brownie mix at my local Meijer, you can click the "where to buy" tab on their website to find out where it's sold near you or just buy it on Amazon! Keep up to date with Namaste Foods by following their Facebook and Twitter pages and keep an eye for giveaways they post!
Do you have a gluten sensitivity? Have you tried any gluten-free brownies?
I was not compensated for this review in any way. All opinions are entirely my own.