The wonderful people at Delicious Alchemy recently sent me a box of goodies to try out. The company is dedicated to making gluten free alternatives easy to access, interesting and varied. As going gluten free is now not just a need for those with an intolerance, but is also becoming a popular health choice, I thought I’d try these products out and share my thoughts. Here’s the verdict.
What is it?
Delicious Alchemy produce gluten free baking mixes, bread mixes and breakfast cereals. Products range from instant porridge to white bread mix, all naturally gluten free with the added bonus of also being free from colours, artificial and GM ingredients. You can order as much or as little as you like and it will be delivered to your door within 2 working days.
Who is it for?
Obviously, if you eat a gluten free diet, this is for you! But on the other hand, if you are like me and have a huuuge weakness for baked goods, this is a great way to get your fix with a little less guilt. As the baking mixes allow you to bake without all the faff, it’s also good if you’re a wannabe baker with no time/skills in the kitchen!
What’s the 411?
I couldn’t decide what to try so was sent a wonderful box of goodies with a range of products. So far, I have tried the instant porridge, the oat cookie mix and the brownie mix.
Gluten & Dairy Free Golden Syrup Flavour Instant Porridge Oats
As with any instant oats, you just need to add hot water and leave to absorb for a few minutes. The handy pot means that you can pour in your hot water and go, eating on the walk to work on in the train. The amount of water the instructions tell you to put in (up to the line) makes very, very thick porridge, so I would put in a bit more from the get go if I were you but you can always top it up afterwards. I added milk and cinnamon to my oats. This was actually really nice, especially for instant! No lumps, the golden syrup flavouring was nice and not too sweet and, as a gluten eater, I couldn’t taste the difference.
Gluten & Dairy Free Oaty Cookie Mix
To make gorgeous, golden oat biscuits, all you have to do is add water and butter, and shove in the oven. Somehow, I still managed to mess this up. I got a little complacent and decided I didn’t need to measure the amount of water…needless to say, things did not go to plan. However, the end result was still some semblance of a cookie. The flavour was nice, though I would have preferred them to be a little sweeter. Perhaps if I were to make them again I would add some honey or raisins (and measure out the water).
Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Brownie Mix
Brownies can be difficult to get right – I still haven’t figured out the secret to getting just the right amount of gooeiness (yes, that’s a word). For DAs brownies, all you need to add to the mix is some butter and 2 eggs. I was much better at guessing measurements this time around. The brownies came out just right! They were gooey and crumbly and chocolatey and just delightful.
The Fine Print
Delicious Alchemy products range from 99p (for the instant oats) to £2.99 for some of the mixes, which is pretty good value in my eyes. The product range is slightly limited but I imagine this will grow with the company, and all the basics are covered! You can purchase gift cards for £10, £25, £50 and £100 which would make an excellent present for one of those friends who is always going on about how hard it is to find any decent gluten free groceries!
As a non-gluten free person, I don’t need Delicious Alchemy but I will certainly be buying some of their products. They really are for everyone. Baking with kids, cereal on the go, guilt-free brownies, treats that don’t bloat you, a lighter breakfast than normal – Delicious Alchemy has got it all covered. Plus, the branding is beaut.
Have you tried Delicious Alchemy? What gluten free alternatives do you use? Share your experiences in the comments 🙂