Pillsbury Bake-Off Now Includes Gluten-Free

I recently received an email about the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

The Contest has now expanded the ingredient list to include Pillsbury’s Gluten Free line of products and there are just over two weeks left to vie for the $1 million Grand Prize. The Contest is accepting entries for the Weekend Breakfast Wows and Amazing Doable Dinners categories through May 8.

The iconic 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest is redesigned and calling home cooks to compete for the $1 million Grand Prize. This year’s Contest, which is now open for entries at www.BakeOff.com, will culminate in the finals November 3, 2014, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

What’s new?

  • For the first time, America’s vote will be combined with the judges’ decisions to determine the Grand Prize Winner.
  • The Contest ingredient list has been expanded to include Pillsbury’s Gluten Free line of products.
    • Judges will award the Pillsbury® Gluten Free Award to the Finalist with the best recipe which uses a Pillsbury® Gluten Free product and does not contain wheat or any products that include wheat as an ingredient.
  • The Bake-Off® Contest now features four recipe categories with two separate entry periods.

Good luck to all who enter!

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Smartfood Delight Popcorn

“Since we did so well with our work this morning and did a good job pulling weeds, can we watch a movie on the computer?”

“How about we blog instead?”

“Oh, yeah!  I’ll grab the camera!”

See, there’s no need for a tv in our house (we haven’t had one for 4 years).  Trying out new foods is more fun anyways.  :)

We recently received some samples from Smartfood Delight Popcorn.  It is gluten-free, reduced fat(meaning it has less fat than most brands), and made from 100% whole-grain popcorn (my favorite way to get whole grains).

We were just about to sit down and try this when my mom showed up.  When it comes to popcorn (her absolutely favorite food), she has amazing timing.

Sea Salt excites Grandma.  “I like this!  Not too salty; it’s perfect for me.”  Big, fluffy kernels sport just a little bit of oil and some sea salt.

Smartfood Popcorn - White Cheddar

White Cheddar is my love, and if Carter and Corice’s noises are to believed, it is their’s, too.  It is actually a light layer of cheese, and it is not salty, like a lot of cheesy popcorns are.

I reached over to the plate to grab a piece of popcorn and they were all gone…again…

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Way Better Snacks, Spicy Sriracha & Mustard Onion

Tortilla chips are a wonderful food.  Don’t you agree?

We recently received some samples of the new chips to the Way Better Snacks tortilla chips line.  Their tortilla chips are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, and they use sprouted grains to give you the health benefits of the seeds.  If you don’t know much about sprouted grains, check out the cute little video on their site (which my kids totally love).

Simply Spicy Sriracha are a little sweet with a little spice.  Corice said “they taste a little spicy to me and they are really good.”  Carter parroted the “really good,” and this came from the boy who said he wasn’t going to try them.  He’s actually stolen most of them off the plate while I was typing.  He did find one with a lot of spice.

Way Better Snacks

Mustard Onion has intrigued Corice.  Carter can taste the mustard and onions.  The mustard flavor is fairly faint, which is good for me since I don’t really like mustard.  It does make me want a burger, though.

We quickly polished off the bag of Spicy Sriracha (which isn’t too spicy).  They are just excellent.

If you’ve never tried Way Better Chips before, take a little chance on them.  :)

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The Toasted Oat – Coupon Code

For those of you who were interested in trying out The Toasted Oat, they have sent me a coupon code for Delightfully Gluten Free readers.  Just enter GETURCANS in the coupon code box to receive 30% off merchandise (not including shipping) at TheToastedOat.com.

Enjoy your granola.  I won’t tell if you hide some in your desk drawers.  I wouldn’t know anything about that…

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The Toasted Oat Granola

It’s soft!  I haven’t had a soft granola since I was little.  I’d even forgotten people made granola that way.

I recently received some samples from The Toasted Oat.  It is a certified gluten-free granola that has a great chew to it and makes a really great change to the variety of hard granolas.  The product was launched in Ohio last year and they have recently opened their website, including online ordering.  You can also find them on facebook and twitter.

Currently, four flavors make up their product base: Peanut + Raisin, white Chocolate + Macadamia, Blueberry + Flax, and Cashew + Apricot.

Peanut + Raisin has large chunks of peanuts and raisins that have developed a bit more chew to them.  They’re like the raisins I made in my dehydrator once (that took forever).  I really like the taste and the chew of the raisins.  The chew of the granola chunks is not quite that of a cookie, but very close.  The flavor is great; the peanuts and raisins well complement each other and the “base” flavor of the granola.

Toasted Oat granola comes in these cute little cans that would make great keepsake/craft projects (money bank…).  My daughter will be so excited.

While Peanut + Raisin is a more “familiar” flavor, Cashew + Apricot gives a little bit of spin and sophistication to life.  The apricots don’t really stand out, but blend in, enriching the flavor of the granola.

Peanut + Raisin, Cashew + Apricot, White Chocolate + Macadamia, Blueberry + Flax

Peanut + Raisin, Cashew + Apricot, White Chocolate + Macadamia, Blueberry + Flax

Blueberry + Flax has some great dried blueberries in it.  Corice recognized the cinnamon in the granola.  She said it reminds her of blueberry muffins.  It makes me want to put blueberries in my oatmeal cookies next time I bake them.

White chocolate + macadamia is definitely the “dessert” granola of the bunch.  “It tastes really really good to me,” Corice shared.  This is definitely like a cookie (I love white chocolate macadamia cookies!).

I’m going to have to be really careful with these.  Each container has 12 1/4-cup servings, but I could eat the whole thing in one sitting if I’m not paying attention.

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