Sunday, September 1, 2013

8 Gluten-Free Baking Must-Haves from More Than Alive {Exclusive Coupon & Giveaway - Ends 9/15}

Fall is almost here! I'm excited to get into baking a bit this Fall, especially now that I'm more familiar with gluten-free ingredients and how they work with baking. With the season of baking delicious pies and making delicious apple cider, it's the perfect time of year to go through your baking cupboard and make a list of ingredients you need to replenish. I've also been tossing a few ingredients that I no longer use in my recipes - mainly agave syrup and a few conventional ingredients that I literally haven't touched in a year.

 I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Where do you go to buy your baking ingredients? If you enjoy buying in bulk, but want organic options, I suggest you take look into More Than Alive. Since 2007, More Than Alive has offered a selective assortment of products suitable for a healthy lifestyle. With bulk herbs, bulk foods, supplements, water filters, emergency preparedness products, books, and clothing accessories, browsing their store is a great way to get started on becoming a healthier you. This family owned and operated online store takes great pride in offering only the best, highest quality ingredients and also providing how-tos, recipes, and articles to help you live your best.

I was thrilled to receive eight baking ingredients from More Than Alive to help me gather my gluten-free baking necessities for Fall baking. A roundup of the 8 gluten-free must-haves that I received:
Almond Flour - A staple for gluten-free baking, especially if you're grain-free. Gives an excellent flavor and texture to muffins and sweet breads especially.

Organic Raw Cacao Powder - Better for you than cocoa powder and packed with antioxidants and essential minerals. Raw cacao is good for you, so get your chocolate fix without feeling guilty!

Organic Cinnamon Powder - You can't bake without cinnamon! I add cinnamon to literally everything I bake, and sometimes in my smoothies too. It's a powerful medicinal ingredient!

Organic Raw Coconut Flour - A truly unique flavor, coconut flour adds a subtle sweetness, fiber, and nutritional content to baked goods, smoothies, and whatever else you'd like!

Organic Rapadura Sugar - A deliciously rich sugar, still containing it's natural nutrients since it's unrefined. If you're going to use a sugar product, this is your best option.

Organic Raw Shredded Coconut, unsweetened - Perfect for making macaroons, homemade coconut milk, and added to cookies. The shredded cut of this coconut is great for a variety of uses.

Redmond Real Salt - Real sea salt at it's very finest! Redmond is my favorite sea salt brand, and produced in the USA. This has replaced all my regular salt for baking and cooking.

Baking Powder - Essential for getting the right texture, this baking powder is the Rumford brand and is aluminum free.

These 8 are certainly must-haves for gluten-free baking and I could certainly add more to this list, but it's a great start if you're unfamiliar with gluten-free (and healthier alternatives in) baking. I immediately placed each ingredient in glass jars upon arrival to prep my baking cupboard for baking. My favorite gluten-free almond flour muffin recipe has baked up great with the fine texture of this almond flour, and with the addition of the cinnamon, sea salt and baking powder too. The cacao powder is excellent in chocolate banana smoothies or even brownies, with a bit of added coconut flour for protein and natural sweetness. I'm planning on experimenting with making coconut milk soon, and I love using rapadura sugar in chocolate chip cookies - that flavor is heavenly. 

I love that each product page includes a thorough description about why that ingredients is good for you, where it comes from, and how to use it as applicable. Overall I'm really impressed by the quality of the ingredients I received. Each product was packaged and sealed well too. The almond flour even had a strong aroma similar to almond extract, something I'd never smelled before. Truly a sign of freshness if you ask me! 

It's exciting to see a company share my passion for real, whole foods and healthy living. There are a bunch of other products I'd love to check out from them, including their diatomaceous earth powder for detoxing, and activated charcoal to try my hand at homemade mascara, and perhaps attempting to whiten my teeth! I hope you'll check them out. Don't just exist. Be More Than Alive! 

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Almond Flour
Organic Raw Cacao Powder
Organic Cinnamon Powder
Organic Coconut Flour
Organic Rapadura Sugar
Organic Raw Shredded Coconut, unsweetened
Redmond Real Salt
Baking Powder

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aperry said...

Big Berkey water filter

Dorothy Teel said...

We would like to try some of these bulk items especially - Pumpkin seeds, Organic Raw - whole

Brittney Minor said...

I would like to get some activated charcoal!

Kristin said...

I'd like to try the blanched almond flour.

Kathy Davis said...

I would like to buy the book...How Smart is your Baby?
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Amanda said...

I'd love to buy the Cinnamon sticks and the Lemongrass, Organic - cut

Georgette C said...

The Raw Almonds, and Pumpkin Seeds in bulk. I'm a simple person. :)

jill24295 said...

I'd love to own the Night Skies silk scarf.

Leslie said...

sunflower seeds

Katie Heath said...

Goji berries would be nice!

Fawn said...

The Organic Rolled Oats would be great.

Pombo mom said...

I love all organic coconut. love love. I would like to try the coconut flour.

latanya t said...

Bentonite clay - food grade powder

Cassandra Eastman said...

I would love the SuperMom tablets! :)

Becca said...

I would love to buy Ultra Immune - gel capsules or peppermint essential oil :)

Suz Saves said...

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Ruby said...

I'd like to try Goji berries

ababe28 said...

I like the buy the Raw Whole Almonds in Bulk.
Ann B.
ababe28 at hotmail dot com

Stephanie said...

The Supermom supplement

ufg8trj said...

the goji berries look good

Nancy said...

I'd also like their Truly Raw Whole Almonds.

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Elena said...

I would love to get the SuperMom supplement.

Gala said...

I'd like to get raw cacao