We understand that people want healthy and flavorful products – and why shouldn’t they have both? With Moon Rabbits Foods, you’ll never know you are eating Gluten-Free until you see the Certified Gluten Free logo displayed on all our products.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I got a message, through LinkedIn, asking if I’d like to try some gluten-free products. I get requests all the time, but it was the promise that they would be the best gluten-free products I had ever eaten.
Honestly, that boastful claim didn’t instill a great deal of confidence that I was going to get something I would consider edible. I have very little experience with gluten-free products and from my limited consumption of them I didn’t think the bar was very high.
Our goal is to blend our desire and experience to create great tasting foods that ultimately promote healthier lifestyles.
I know very little about the gluten-free movement. I know for some it is a dietary need because of Celiac disease and/or allergies. For others it’s a dietary choice, they’ve cut gluten out of their diet for health reasons. Because my knowledge base is so small I’m not going to write about health whether it’s good or bad to cut gluten from your diet. If you want to, then do it.
But, what I do know is that every time I have eaten a gluten-free baked good I have not been impressed. Quite frankly I’ve always thought they lacked flavor and the texture was not very desirable. When you combined the extra cost associated with purchasing gluten-free baked goods along with not wanting to eat the product I just figured it wasn’t something I wanted to do.
Initially, I was hesitant to say yes when the samples were offered. I was even slow to use them once they did appear. I didn’t see the point of someone wasting product and shipping so I could take the time to bake some cardboard focaccia bread or brick cornbread. But, I gave into my curiosity and went accepted the offer. And I’m glad I did.
The first product I tried was the Gluten Free Focaccia and Pizza Dough Mix. I decided to give the focaccia a try. On the second try it came out wonderful. I killed the yeast the first time around because I wasn’t paying attention. There’s a reason Celeste does the baking in our house.
I wasn’t sure just how much “bread” flavor the focaccia would have but it tasted very good. With focaccia you are usually using additional ingredients that can help add flavor and texture to it, but the bread flavor and texture was there it. Great job!
Cornbread is a huge part of the BBQ culture and I was anxious to give the Gluten Free Cornbread Mix some very serious testing. It wasn’t going to be hard to disappointment me when it came to cornbread. You can tell a lot about a BBQ restaurant by how well (or poorly) they make cornbread. And heaven help them if they don’t even serve cornbread. The bar was really high, I wasn’t going to just be comparing the cornbread mix with other cornbread mixes I was going to compare it against cornbread in general.
The verdict? This was not the best cornbread I’ve ever eaten. It probably doesn’t even make my Top 10 list. And that’s not all that surprising since the Cornbread crack from Smokey D’s in Des Moines, Iowa holds four or five of the top 10 spots. But I digress…
Cornbread, Corn Muffins, Corn Fritters- it’s all inside this mix. We start with organic cornmeal and our signature blend of Gluten Free flours and starches so that you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying these traditional family favorites.
It’s not the best cornbread I’ve ever eaten. But it is the best cornbread, from a mix, I’ve ever eaten and I’ve eaten a lot of cornbread that got its start as a mix. The flavor and the texture was just about as good as you can get from a mix. I followed the directions and added the optional ingredients of shredded cheese and corn. I also added a heaping teaspoon of Mrs. Renfro’s Jalapeno Salsa because I like the little kick it gives cornbread.
Maybe it was just my lack of experience with gluten-free baking mixes but I found the mixing part a bit different from what I expected from reading the directions. I had to add more liquid to get a “batter” or “dough” than the directions called for. I don’t think I messed it up by adding the extra liquid because it came out so good. Just an observation. And instead of using a baking pan I baked mine in a cast iron skillet because that’s the way I roll.
The message through LinkedIn was right, this is good stuff. If Moon Rabbit Foods products was sitting side by side on the grocery store shelf with other brands I’d go for the Moon Rabbit brand. The price is comparable to other gluten-free baking mixes and the quality is so much better that the choice of which one to go with is easy.
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