Friday, July 26, 2013

Wanna Be GF Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal

I found this wonderful recipe on .  I did a little tweaking to fit our allergies and they are awesome!  I made these egg free and subbed out almond four with hazelnut flour because of our allergy to almonds.

1 flax meal egg*
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 T coconut oil, melted  or extra virgin olive oil
1-1/2 cups hazelnut flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg replacer, maple syrup and oil.
  3. Add the tapioca starch and hazlenut flour and stir until well combined
  4. On a piece of parchment paper, place your dough. 
  5. Place another piece of parchment on top and roll out with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Remove the top piece of parchment and score the dough into 1/4 inch squares for cereal. 
  7. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle the dough with the mixture.
  8. Slide the dough with the parchment paper onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Turn down the oven to 325˚ and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until crisp. **Watch them, they can cook quicker if you rolled them thinner or if they are not rolled evenly.  
  10. Allow to cool, then break apart at the score marks.
  11. Store in an airtight container. 
Cook's Notes:  
To make a flax meal egg, use 1 Tbsp of flax meal added to 3 Tbsp of hot water and let sit 10 minutes before using. 

New Enjoy Life's Decadent Soft Baked Bars - Product Review

Enjoy Life has a new product line of  soft baked bars.  With a company that has so many great products that we enjoy - their cookies, chewy bars, and granola, it was a resounding yes when they asked our family to review this new product.
* For your convenience, I included the ingredients so that you can check your allergies to see if they fit your needs.

Let's get started reviewing our box of goodies!

S'mores Soft Baked Bar:
These bars tasted good but we were hoping to see those white fluffy marshmallows, and chunks of graham cracker.  Honestly, it reminded me more of a chocolate rice bar. 
How good did it rate?  
It was a split in our house.  Out of the six kids, half thought they were awesome, and the other half thought that they were "just good".
Collectively we gave it a" B+".

Cinnamon Bun Soft Baked Bar:
We couldn't wait to dive into these bars.  To our surprise, we were sorely disappointed.  These bars tasted nothing like a cinnamon bun.  We tasted the cinnamon and not a lot else.  
How good did it rate?
It was an unanimous - "Not good!"  
This one failed for us.

Cherry Cobbler Soft Baked Bar:
This bar had lots of cherry taste, but for some reason it still lacked the "umph" for us to say it was a great bar.    It was not spectacular, but not bad either.
How good did it rate?
Two kids out of the six liked it.  I probably wouldn't buy it unless one of my kids asked for it.  
We gave this a "C".

Chocolate Sunbutter Soft Baked Bar:
This bar was a GREAT bar!  We ate this whole box and were looking for more.   
How good did it rate?
We ranked it high on our list.  It was our favorite, hands down.  This one I would definitely buy!
It gets an "A"!

These bars remind me of an energy bar or LaraBars.  They can definitely be a "go to" snack that will fit in your purse and average about 140 calories per bar.  Overall, we really enjoyed the chocolate baked bars the most.  You can buy the Enjoy Life Decadent Bars, Chocolate Sunbutter and the Enjoy Life Decadent Bars, S'mores at Amazon if you can't find them in a store near you.