My name is Shayna Citron. I am a wife and mom of two kids with a Public Health and Exercise Science background. My background in no way prepared me for our family’s food allergies / intolerances, but it did give me the tools to dive in and figure it all out. We suffer from five major food intolerances in our house and have two very picky eaters. The list is gluten, soy, dairy, corn and egg.
In my experience with these allergens, corn is by far the absolute hardest to mitigate due to so many products and ingredients being by- products of corn. Our family embarked on this road together when we received the suggestion from an integrative medicine doctor to try an “elimination diet” three years ago. After eliminating all five of these ingredients completely from our diet, we slowly added one back in at a time and sure enough we reacted to all five. Eliminating these foods together as a family unit has made us successful with very few bumps along the way. It also has made us a strong family unit.
I have been mixing between three and five different flowers and starches (tapioca and potato starch – no corn starch for us) and mixing ground flax seed and applesauce as an egg substitute for so many years that I forgot how wonderful it is to work with a boxed mix… until now!
Jenny (the founder of this blog) is a very dear friend of mine. She just went to a food allergy blogging event and brought me an amazing stash of the new Enjoy Life Boxed Mixes. She said Enjoy Life was one of the event sponsors and provided her samples. She gave the samples to me to try because she knows Enjoy Life is a brand we trust, as it is free from the top eight allergens, five of which our family avoids.
Holly Molly! All I needed to add to the Enjoy Life Brownie mix was water and oil! (Please read disclosures at end of this post.)
When I tell you this is a lifesaver, I mean it. It normally takes forever to get my baking done, but not today.
Pictured you will see the Enjoy Life Brownie mix made into “chocolate doughnuts” using a doughnut pan and only 15 minutes of baking time. (Note: If making an 8×8 pan of brownies, the box calls for 30-40 minutes of baking time.) We live at a high altitude, so I added a little tapioca starch to the mix.
These gluten free donuts are gluten, soy, dairy, corn, egg, and nut free! Best of all, I was only in my kitchen for a total of 20 minutes. It doesn’t hurt that these goodies melt in your mouth – they are so good!
Disclosure: Enjoy Life provided complimentary baking mixes to attendees at FABlogCon 2015 in Denver. Good For You Gluten Free attended the conference and received the free mixes. All opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.