With my first week of classes under my belt, I figured that the perfect way to celebrate a successful transition back to college was a big pan of brownies using Enjoy Life Foods' new gluten-free, vegan brownie mix.
This new mix, as with the other baking mixes Enjoy Life Foods introduced this summer offers a ton of great features that sets the mix apart from the competition: it requires no additional ingredients besides water and oil, is free from the top eight allergens, and is made with ancient grains and probiotics to create a baked treat that is just as nutritious as it is delicious.
To prepare the batter, simply combine the dry mix, two tablespoons of oil, and 3/4 cup of water. When mixed, the batter was thick and not really pour-able, but I was able to transfer it to my baking dish with help from a spatula. The instructions recommend using parchment paper to line the dish, or using a cooking spray. I used coconut oil spray to grease my pan.
Into the oven the pan went, and 40 minutes later, the brownies emerged, perfectly baked and piping hot. Once they cooled, they were the perfect amount of done-ness where they were softer towards the center and more done around the edges. The chocolate chips in the mix melted together during the baking process to create a fudgy, decadent swirl that perfectly achieved a sublime balance between cakey and fudgy that made each slice a delicious indulgence. Unlike other brownies I have made, these did not stick to the pan, and emerged cleanly with no mess.
With a pan of brownies this good, I knew I did not want to hoard them all to myself. Once saving at least half of the pan in the freezer (note: they do freeze well), I shared the fresh-baked treats with my dorm friends. Without knowing that they were gluten-free and vegan, the brownies earned rave reviews all around, with several taste testers questioning if they were homemade. In my book, that's a total win for Enjoy Life Foods.
Because they perform well without any add-ins, I will definitely be experimenting with creating new brownie recipes. Currently, my mind is racing through potential mix-ins such as sea salt, caramel, nuts, or even mint extract to raise the brownies to a whole new level.
I cannot wait for these to hit store shelves near me. For those who cannot wait, the mix can be purchased online at the Enjoy Life Foods online store (click here).
Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. Enjoy Life Foods sent me samples of the mix free of charge for review purposes, but the review is a reflection of my personal opinion.