Finding really good gluten-free products can be difficult. Recently, a friend suggested I try Namaste Foods products. In fact, Namaste products are not only gluten-free, but wheat, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein, tree nut and peanut free! That's a pretty tall order! I contacted the company and they graciously sent me several products to try.
The first product I tried was the Perfect Flour Blend.
I made something I've been missing for 6 months. My grandmother's crepes! (If you don't know what they are, they are basically French pancakes!)
They turned out to be delicious! They were definitely not exactly like the gluten-filled ones I used to make, but they are absolutely wonderful! I found I needed a lot more liquid with the Namaste Perfect Flour blend than I did with regular flour. The only bad thing was, the crepes took forever to cook because they were so moist. Normally I cook them for about 20 seconds on one side and 10 on the other. These needed almost a minute on one side and 30-45 seconds on the other side. That being said, I would make them again and again with the Namaste Perfect Flour blend because they were that good!
1 cup Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 Tbp. vegetableoOil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (do NOT use sweetened)
1 1/2 cups water
(I made this recipe using my electric crepe maker, so your experience may differ from mine!)
Mix all of the dry ingredients.
Mix in the eggs and the rest of the liquids.
Your batter should be the consistency of cream
I pour my batter into a pie pan and dip my heated crepe maker into it. I let the batter cook for about 1 minute on one side.
Then, I flip it over and let it cook on the other side for 30-45 more seconds.
Most people don't have an electric crepe maker or a crepe pan so to speak, so you can use a non-stick skillet. Spray your pan with non-stick spray. Pour a small amount of batter into your low heat pan and tip your skillet to spread it all around. Cook on one side until you see lots of bubbles on top (about one minute.) Flip and cook on the other side for about 30-45 more seconds.
I also tried the Namaste Biscuits, Piecrust & More. It's just as delightful!
This time I decided to make a Blueberry Peach Crumble. In my slow cooker of course!
This is probably the most delicious dessert I have made to date. The crumble turned out just the way I like it and the combination of the peaches and blueberries was divine. The Biscuits, Piecrust & More did exactly what I wanted it to do in this recipe. I'm kind of anxious to make biscuits and piecrust with it now too.....but that would have made for a boring review. So, here is what I made instead...
Blueberry Peach Crumble
4 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup blueberries
1 Tbsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp. orange juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. sugar in the raw
2 Tbsp. Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
1/3 cup Namaste Biscuits, Piecrust & More
1/3 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup sugar in the raw
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 pitted dates, diced
4 Tbsp. cold butter, sliced
Directions: (Use a 1 or 2 quart Slow Cooker for this recipe)
Spray your crock with non-stick spray.
Place the blueberries and peaches in the bottom.
Add in the orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and sugar in the raw.
Add in the Namaste Perfect Flour blend and stir to coat all.
In a bowl, add the Namaste Biscuits, Piecrust & More, quick cooking oats, sugar in the raw, kosher salt,cinnamon and dates.
Place the butter into the bowl.
Using your fingers, work the butter into your mixture until it is all crumbly.
Place this mixture on top of the filling in your crock.
Cook on LOW for 1.5 hours.
Serve warm as is, or over some vanilla ice cream.
Lastly, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Namaste Say Cheez.
It was good. You can add just about anything to it, so we put some sliced chicken sausage on top for a little protein. The kids weren't crazy about it, but they are used to regular mac n' cheese. I tried it and thought it was delicious! It does not taste like mac n' cheese at all in my opinion, but I thought it was incredibly flavorful and delightful!
I would recommend Namaste Foods products if you are living a gluten-free lifestyle like me. I will always have the Perfect Flour Blend and Biscuits, Piecrust & More in my pantry from now on. They are wonderful baking staples.
You can find out where to buy these products or how to request your store local store manager carry these products by visiting Namaste's website. Personally, I have found them at Home Goods and my local Meijer! I've heard several Costco's are carrying them too!
You can find them on at www.namastefoods.com or
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