Thursday, March 26, 2015

Will The REAL GF Jules Please Stand Up

After having the awesome experience of sampling some of GF Jules products (see HERE), having that turn into a muffin throw-down with GF Mom Certified at the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event in Charlotte (look for details under #Charlotte #GFAFEvent) AND a giveaway (WHAT? You missed it and DIDN'T enter???) I can say that I am left with some wonderful recipe ideas, a winner and a brand new kitchen must-have! (OK, totally a run-on sentence but let's just go with it, ok?)

Let's Clarify
Because I care about this product, the wonderful person behind the product and because I care about helping all of YOU find the best allergy-friendly products, I feel I need to show you what you should look for to avoid any confusion. Imagine being told about a great product and then having that huge disappointment when another product that is similar (but in my opinion, not even remotely as good. Please keep in mind that this is just my opinion and your choices may vary) appear instead #FrownyFace, right? Now, I am a visual person so I will assume all of you are too. Even if you're not, just keep reading :)

I give you the REAL GF Jules (THIS is the product I am saying you NEED to get)


And this, is, well...the other one...

  I guess the best way to sum it up is in a version of an Eminem song....

All the other Slim Shadys are just imitating
So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up,
Please stand up, Please stand up?
(Only, it should read can the REAL GF Jules please stand up)

Without further explanation, here is the woman of the hour!


(Well, not Slim Shady BUT she is the REAL gfJules!)

The REAL Winner!
Back to announcing the winner of the Keeping it REAL Giveaway- I mean, that's why we are all here, right?

Congratulations to 
DENISE MORSE!

Denise, you will receive a 1.5 lb box of gfJules Flour AND 1 Mix of Your Choice! Please email me at Nutrimom@yahoo.com with shipping information and which mix you would like to get so you too can get this artful, humorous package shipped directly to your home too!

Clever packaging, Miss gfJules! 
REAL Recipes
I, Nutrimom am here to show all of you how to rethink your gluten free products (channeled through Jules Shepard, of course). So, I had her Gluten Free Brownie Mix and yes, I could have just followed the directions to prepare them. But I had a muffin challenge and I knew I had to mix it up a bit (mix it up, see- that's funny). I added one mashed avocado, 1- 4 oz. applesauce and a tad of rice milk with Ener-G Powdered Egg Replacer. I baked them as a muffin in IfYouCare muffin cups (just like little parchment, no-stick papers, love them!) Once done, I heated some SunButter to drizzle over the top and sprinkled them with Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips- simple and delish! Like individual snacks from heaven.

The other package I received was a box of Jules's Whole Grain Bread Mix. Not only does she send you three packs to use with the yeast and a recipe but I used one package and it made a large portion as well as being very easy to use (just as an FYI, I used raw honey, 1 cup of rice milk & 1/4 cup almond milk, Winona Pure Olive Oil and powdered egg replacer). I prepared the mix, covered it and set it into the 200 degree oven for one hour to rise, just as directed. But this is where my brain said "Uh, uh- no loaf pan...got to do something else".

I took out my handy dandy Ebelskiver pan and tried a few things. I am happy to report that you can use gfJules to make Bread Bites! For those of you have have never used an Ebelskiver pan before- the trick is to 1) preheat the pan on low/medium 2) squirt a bit of oil* in each pan indent before filling each time, and be patient while checking to see when the filling should be turned over. Again, here's another visual for you. I have found that a plastic frosting utensil and a toothpick work best to turn and not damage the pan. You can also use the toothpick to insert, testing for doneness. If the pan heat is too high, you will burn the outside and the inside will be uncooked so start with a lower temp and give it time.

Bread Bites
There is no real recipe other than preparing the mix (as mentioned above) and then choosing your filling. You will spoon a small amount of prepared mix into the oiled inserts and shape the dough into a small well to fill (Don't overfill it- less is more). Then top with additional dough, rounding it with the spoon but also making sure it's not too high. You will need to gently loosen the sides with the frosting utensil before turning over. I made three varieties-

Buffalo Chicken- Simply chop up leftover, cooked chicken and add your favorite hot sauce for the stuffing. You can also add a touch of cheese or cayenne pepper. Nothing is better than having a fast and easy spicy snack for a fast grab-n-go, football game snacks, a new treat for your friends or even just as a little something for you to pack into your lunch.



Apple Cinnamon- Apple of your choice cut into small pieces, cinnamon, allspice & honey. These are great warm with nothing added but may I even recommend a light dusting of sugar after they are done? (For this, I would recommend a very small respray of Sunflower oil and rolling them in a bowl full of your favorite sugar (brown, powdered, date or a combination). It's almost like a portable apple pie.


Pepperoni Pizza- You know those commercials for the frozen pizza treats? This is the answer to that dilemma! Mozzarella, tiny bit of sauce and pepperoni (I used Applegate). I do recommend chopping up the pepperoni and mixing the ingredients together before stuffing just because it's easier. You can also just use cheese and choice of a meat for a stuffed Stromboli too. Just make sure you make enough to both feed your endless-pit-of-eating teenager and for yourself. Also, just as a tidbit- when preparing this recipe, you may need to wipe out the inserts between each respray with a clean, damp sponge (no soap) to avoid sticky due to the cheese.

One package of gfJules Whole-Grain Sandwich Bread mix made approximately 20 Bread Bites but this will vary depending on amount & type of stuffing used.

*I also invite you to view the follow-up post by GF Mom Certified too! (Right Here)

One last word of advice from me, Nutrimom-




I was not compensated in any way for my product review other than the products themselves- my thoughts and opinions are always truthful & my own.



 * Why do I keep mentioning Winona Pure Oil? Because they contain no propellants, soy or additives. NutriFamily is all about how to help #PurifyYourLife 









2 comments:

  1. Oh Tracy, I CANNOT wait to try these modifications to my mixes! You are brilliant, my dear, to mix it up (haha) in such creative ways!
    Thank you so much for being willing (and excited) to try my products and to put your own allergy-phree spin on them!!
    xxoxo
    ~jules

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    1. You are most welcome- anytime you need a taste-tester, I am always available ;)

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