Namaste Foods: Chocolate Cake and Frosting

Before last night, the last time I had cake was in October. I remember because I had just finished my month of food challenge testing after my allergy testing revealed several food allergies. Someone had brought some leftover cake into work and I took a piece. I took all of about five minutes for me to feel terrible. I remember that I was so upset that I wasn’t going to be able to go back to my normal diet again. It just wasn’t worth it to feel so bad for so long just for a couple mouthfuls of yummy-ness.

I’ve had my eye on the Namaste chocolate cake and chocolate fudge frosting for quite a while now. I had seen it on their website, but never in any stores and I couldn’t bring myself to pay more for shipping than the cost of the product. Then last week it was on the shelf at my Nutrition S’Mart!

Namaste mixes

I was more than pleased with the cake mix. It tasted very chocolate-y and came out very moist. I even cut out one of the three eggs the recipe on the package suggested (since too much egg bothers my stomach) and it still turned out fluffy enough. The cake was great!

The frosting… not so much. I’m sad to say there is now a Namaste product that I am not head over heels about. It was very difficult to make. It just would not mix! I found myself beating it with my electric mixer forever and it kept getting stuck as a big clump in the beaters. By the end I had added way more water than the package called for to make it come out at all, I almost gave up on it. Since I’ve loved every other Namaste product I’ve bought, I didn’t think to check any reviews on it. After having problems with it I went online and found that I was not the only one. I didn’t really care for the taste too much either… can you believe I didn’t even lick the beaters clean?! It was really hard to spread it on the cake too because it was drying out faster than I could use it. Such a shame since this is the ONLY frosting I’ve seen that is corn free.

Leftover frosting

My cake still did turn out great though. I added some Enjoy Life chocolate chips to disguise my bad frosting job. Luckily, it didn’t scare anyone away from trying it.

Finished cake

Oh… the cake was great! The frosting tasted much better on the cake than it did plain. My chocolate-loving family even approved. I like to get others’ opinions because sometimes I think I can’t have as honest of a review anymore now that I really don’t have many options to compare it with. They agreed that it was as yummy as I thought it was. I can’t wait to finish off the rest of the cake!


In the end, I guess I would still buy it again when I really “need” cake again. However, the Namaste brownies are just as good and a LOT easier to make.

Enjoy Life Foods: New Chocolate Products

Enjoy Life Foods is one of my favorite brands. All of their products are allergy friendly, free from top eight allergens… and other common allergens as well. They use only dedicated gluten-free and nut-free facilities and maintain strict standards to ensure that their products are safe for people with food allergies. The company was founded in 2001 with the goal of making “delicious products that just about everyone can EAT FREELY!” I believe they have done just that.

When Enjoy Life Foods contacted me and asked me to taste test a couple of their new products I jumped at the opportunity. I’m sure I would have enjoyed any of their products, but I was super excited that these were both new chocolate products. How could anyone turn down chocolate? Ever since my food allergy diagnosis (wheat, soy, and corn) Enjoy Life is the only chocolate I ever buy. I know it’s safe and it doesn’t taste any different from “normal” chocolate.

The two NEW products they sent me were Double Chocolate Crunch Granola and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks. Typing that makes me feel like I might need another chocolate snack!

Package arrival

First I tried the granola. Honestly, I was a little worried that all that chocolate in a breakfast would be too sweet, but it really wasn’t. It was definitely super chocolaty without being over-powering. They granola is crunchy enough that it didn’t get all soggy as soon as I poured the milk on it. It was a filling and satisfying snack… just yummy!

GranolaGranola with milk

Then I tried the chocolate chunks. I had a hard time deciding what to use them in first, so in the end I went with the the picture on the package as my inspiration, blondies. I mixed a handful of chocolate chunks into my gluten-free batter, added another handful on top, and into the oven they went.

Baking blondies

We tasted some of the chocolate chunks plain while we waited. My non-allergic family said they tasted great. My chocolate-loving mom tried a few extra just to make sure they were really good. These were mother approved!

Mom testing chocolate

I have no complaints, the blondies were very yummy. I would love to use this chocolate again in future baking.

BlondiesBlondieDessert timeMe eating dessert

Thanks for the treats Enjoy Life Foods! And thanks for making so many great, safe products that I can enjoy! I can’t wait to see what else you come up with in the future.

Namaste Foods: Breakfast for Dinner

I love having breakfast for dinner, don’t you? Last night I finally tried a new recipe for pancakes that I had been wanting to make for a while now. I used my favorite brand of baking mixes, Namaste. I can’t even remember the last time I had pancakes. Back when I was a kid I used to be able to eat as many pancakes as Dad could make. Dad’s pancakes are THE best… super light and fluffy. And although these weren’t as good as Dad’s, they were still pretty darn good!

Pancake mix

As always, Namaste mixes are super easy to make. I added only two eggs, some oil, and some water. I also added some of the blueberries that I picked myself for extra fun. The only down side was that they weren’t as thick as regular pancakes, I guess because of the lack of “normal” flour. They gave new meaning to the phrase flat as a pancake. So the blueberries didn’t really have enough room to sink into the pancake like they were supposed to, but they still tasted the same.

Blueberry pancakes

I added oh-so-yummy pure maple syrup on top. I’ve been spoiled my whole life with only ever buying pure maple syrup. It may be a lot more expensive, but it is definitely worth the price. And now I have an excuse to only ever buy the real stuff because I can’t have the ingredients in the fake stuff.

Maple syrup

And… guess who else had the pleasure of enjoying breakfast for dinner? Jesse isn’t a huge fan of pancakes and would usually need more protein and calories in a meal, but since he wasn’t feeling too well last night it worked out okay. Plus I’m pretty sure this is only the second time since we’ve been married that we’ve had breakfast for dinner. That’s just sad! Especially since there is nothing to not love about pancakes.

Jesse eating pancakes

Are you craving some pancakes yet? Maybe you should put them on the menu for tonight!

Yummy pancakes