Baked Better Introduces A Gluten-Free Bread Mix; Plus New Santa Cruz Organic Jams

Fort Green Gluten Free bread mix -- just add water and a sweetener of your choice.

With more and more of my friends going gluten-free, I’m always on the lookout for baked goods that fit their dietary restrictions and taste good.

Believe me, the two don’t always go hand in hand.

But at Brooklyn’s Baked Better, they definitely do. The company, founded by two friends, makes organic bread mixes that make baking your own loaf at home a cinch. All you do is add water and a tad of honey or sugar.

I’d already tried their three initial mixes, when they sent me a sample of their newest creation: Fort Greene Gluten Free.

The mix, named after one of Brooklyn’s most historic neighborhoods, contains brown rice flour, light buckwheat flour, teff flour, rolled oats, ground flaxseed meal, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and yeast.

It bakes up with a crisp crust and a dense, but soft crumb. It’s very hearty tasting and the sunflower seeds add a nice pop of crunch. With its profusion of whole grains, this is a filling bread to nosh on. One slim slice for breakfast will definitely set you for the morning.

A slice of gluten-free bread fresh out of the oven that's smeared with Mango fruit spread.

The $8.49 mix is priced about $1.50 higher than the company’s other mixes. All of them are available on the Baked Better Web site.

For every purchase, the company allows you to vote online for one of several organizations to which it allocates a portion of its profits. Those include the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Having a loaf warm out of the oven gave me an excuse to try some new jams, too. Santa Cruz Organic has two new fruit spreads — Concord Grape and Mango.

Made without high fructose corn syrup or preservatives, the spreads are smooth and thick. Fruit is the first thing listed on the ingredients list, too.

The newest flavors of Santa Cruz Organic Fruit Spreads.

The gluten-free bread mix named after a historic Brooklyn neighborhood.

I appreciated that they were not overly sugary tasting. You can really taste the fruit in these. The Mango had me thinking of Hawaii immediately after just one taste. The Concord Grape has a big, dark, winey grape flavor. It is ideal for a PB&J made with really good homemade peanut butter.

Each 9.5-ounce jar is $3.89 at grocery stores nationwide.

More: My Review of the Other Baked Better Mixes

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9 comments

  1. 1

    A wonderful bread and gorgeous jams!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. 2

    Healthy sounding breakfast!

  3. 3

    Gluten-free flour mixes have come a long way. I’m continually surprised at how good some are!

  4. 4

    I’ve never been told I need to eat gluten-free but have noticed as I’ve gotten older than sometimes eating bread gives me indigestion. Eating whole grain or gluten-free doesn’t cause it. Not sure why that is exactly. These breads look beautiful as do the jams. If not for me they would make a nice gift for someone who is Gluten-Free.

  5. 5

    I know so many people who are avoiding gluten these days! And you’re right that a lot of the baked goods I’ve sampled are, to be kind, flavor-challenged. Thanks for the heads up about these – they definitely sound interesting.

  6. 6

    Nice review Carolyn…I too have been trying gluten free recipes just for fun…but never tried pre-mix bread. Looks good!
    Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  7. 7

    Nice jams! They look terrific :)

  8. 8

    I loved this review. The bread looks perfect and with that jam on the top, it is picture-perfect as well!

  9. 9

    Okay now I could make a meal out of this!! The bread and jams look so delicious!

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