Jessica’s Natural Foods is no stranger to this blog, I’ve been baking with their gluten free all purpose flour for several months now and immediately fell in love with it. After reaching out to Jessica, we decided it was time for me to get familiar with some of her other gluten free goodies. Today, I’ll be sharing my experience trying the Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and Chocolate Chip Granola. Not familiar with Jessica’s, let me introduce you to them!
Jessica’s Natural Foods was started by Jessica Mindell, an avid baker with a background in engineering. She created the granola when her husband discovered he was gluten-intolerant and said that he missed oat-based granola. Finding gluten free oats was a challenge and finding a certified gluten free facility was even more challenging. Yet, they were finally able to launch their granola in the spring of 2009. Since then, their granola has expanded to over 25 states and they’ve also added baking mixes, a flour blend and organic syrup to their line.
Chocolate Chip Granola
All of Jessica’s granolas are handmade in small batches and contain wholesome ingredients like ground flax seed and coconut. It’s baked at a low temperature to bring out its flavor and crunch. Their granolas are all non-GMO verified, 3rd party gluten-free certified(through the GFCO), contain real ingredients and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
The nutrition facts for all of the granolas are pretty similar:
- 130 calories per 1/4 cup
- 5-7 grams of fat
- 16-19 grams of carbohydrate
- 2-3 grams of protein
- 3 grams of fiber
Jessica’s granolas contain much less sugar than many of the commercial brands in the market averaging at just 6-7 grams per serving.
So how did it taste?
It was love at first bite with the chocolate chip granola! This one is for the chocolate-lover as it’s filled with plenty of rich chocolate chips. The chips are plentiful, but not to where they overpower the rest of the granola. This has the right amount of crunch and sweetness.
Not only is granola great for breakfast or on top of yogurt and pancakes, it’s even better by the handful. Just look at the size of these granola chunks! So addictive, I legitimately could not stop eating this straight out of the bag. In addition to Chocolate Chip, Jessica’s also offers five other yummy granola flavors; Almond Cherry, Cherry & Berry, Pecan Almond. Chocolate Hazelnut and Vanilla Maple.
Chocolate Cake Mix
Jessica’s Chocolate Cake Mix contain no GMOs, rice or gluten. In fact, all of the dessert mixes are made with a gluten-free flour blend containing whole grain teff, certified gluten-free oat flour, tapioca flour, ground flax seed and xanthan gum. The cake mix is super easy to use and calls for ingredients that most people already have on hand, like eggs, oil, vanilla and milk.
Is this a cookie or a cake?
It’s a chocolate cake made into cookies! I chose to make cookies with the mix instead of going the traditional cake route. These are thin, crispy, slightly chewy and taste like a cross between a cookie and a brownie. Studded with lots of white chocolate chips, I call this my version of a Black and White Cookie. Give the recipe a try, you won’t be disappointed.
- 20.2 oz package Jessica's Natural Foods Cake Mix
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ white chocolate chips
- Add the cake mix into a medium bowl.
- Add butter, egg and vanilla and beat with mixer until combined.
- Gently stir in white chocolate chips.
- Gather dough into a ball and flatten into a disc.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 20 minutes or until dough is firm
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon about 2 inches apart onto parchment covered cookie sheets.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are golden brown around the edges.
- Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool.
I can say with confidence, Jessica’s Natural Foods products are a must try! Whether you follow a gluten free lifestyle or just enjoy healthier ingredients and options, there is something to please just about any palate.
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Have you tried any of Jessica’s Natural Foods products before? Who else gets excited about baking? What are some of your favorite ways to use granola? Please share – I would love to hear from you!
Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.