For years I have been using Namaste Foods Gluten-Free Perfect Blend Flour. I stand by this flour as the best gluten-free all-purpose flour I have ever used. It bakes a lot like normal (with gluten) white flour and my recipes come out tasting so yummy people don’t even realize they are eating a gluten-free meal or dessert.
I had the opportunity to review more of Namaste Foods products and as you can imagine I was very excited. I sent them an email asking them to sponsor our Go2GF Girl Goodies Giveaway and had a response within hours! There aren’t many companies out there that respond so quickly that I personally know that would have such great communication.
As impressed as I was with the quick response, I was even more impressed with the warmth I was greeted with in the email. They gave me all the information I needed to review their products. I even received it in less than a week.
I opened the package the moment I received it. There were 3 boxes: Vanilla Cake Mix, Pancake and Waffle Mix, and a Pizza Crust Mix. They looked wonderful! I wanted to start baking right then, but I held off knowing I was going to have company the following day. I wanted to be able to test these products on both friends and family.
The first thing I baked was Namaste Vanilla Cake, which I decided to make a coffee bundt cake. I mixed organic sugar, cinnamon, and pecans to together for the top and center of the bundt cake. I pulled the cake out of the oven with perfect timing; my friends were walking in the door.
The aroma was the first thing they noticed. The cake was nice and warm as I sliced up the cake and served it to them. Within seconds everyone was “Oohing” and “Ahhing” over how delicious it was.
“I can’t even tell it’s gluten-free,” one said.
Another responded, “This is better than normal cake.” My brother took a slice to our neighbor, who was working on fencing nearby. Our neighbor called later that night to say thanks. He told me how great the cake was. When I told him it was gluten-free, it surprised him.
The reactions I received made me happy.
I was very happy with the reactions I received and was glad more people were able to give me feedback about the cake for this review. I would definitely buy this mix in the store. It is well worth the money.
That evening for dinner, I made the Namaste Pizza Crust for my family. It was extremely easy and fast to cook. I grew up getting pizza as a treat on the weekends. Making this pizza took me back to those nostalgic memories, it was nice having a gluten-free option for pizza. Whether you are wanting a crunchier or softer crust depends on how long you cook the pizza. My family likes it both ways, but we decided to have a softer crust that night.
It turned out extremely yummy and we all enjoyed the wonderful smell and Italian seasoning that is in the mix.
I recommend to roll the dough out pretty thin or the inner part of the crust will not cook through completely. Adding a little bit of oil to the crust before you add the sauce will keep the crust from getting overly crunchy. Being a lover of pizza, I would buy this mix again and share it with friends and family.
Pancake and Waffle Mix
The following night we decided to have breakfast for dinner. Using Namaste Pancake and Waffle mix we made waffles, organic eggs, and turkey bacon. I have a lot of experience with making gluten-free pancake mix from scratch as well as using boxed mixes from other companies.
The texture of the batter from both made-from-scratch and boxed-mixes have always frustrated me.
When you use normal white flour your batter turns out thin and easy to pour. Gluten Free pancake and waffle mixes can turn out sticky and thick making it difficult to pour. Typically, they also tend to not fully cook, as well as end up soft and doughy in the center.
Having this experience in mind, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started mixing Namaste pancake and waffle mix, but I was pleasantly surprised. Once all the liquids were poured into the bowl, the mix turned into a very nice thin batter. I was extremely excited, yes it’s the small things in the life that make me happy.
I poured the batter into the waffle maker and waited impatiently to see how well the waffles would turn out. The moment I opened up the waffle maker and I saw a perfectly formed waffle. I tried a bite and almost jumped for joy, they tasted wonderful. I’ve not eaten a normal waffle in more than 9 years. The result of my gluten-free waffles has always disappointed me. It was such an amazing gift to be able to taste what a normal waffle is supposed to taste like.
I was very anxious to receive my family’s feedback. They were all as pleased with waffles as I was.
Would I buy this in a store? Definitely! I would probably buy the store out of Namaste’s pancake and waffle mix.
A Namaste Giveaway
If the food I reviewed left you drooling and jealous, you could win a Namaste giveaway. The giveaway will include a tote bag full of coupons and gluten-free products. You will be able to enter the Giveaway on March 1st-31st, 2016.
The winner of the giveaway will be announced April 1st, 2016. To participate in Go2GFGirl’s Giveaway Goodies: Go to Going2Natural‘s home page and click on the icon under the login to enter. The month’s raffle code word is “cookies”. Simply follow the instructions and you will be entered for a chance to win! Be sure to let your friends and family know, you will receive even more entries for every friend you get to sign up. Don’t be shy, start spreading the word!