Gluten-Free Naturals Review & Giveaway

GFN_Logo_WebGluten-Free Naturals may be a company that is new to you, so I want to introduce you to them.

Who They Are: They are a company that makes gluten-free baking and flour mixes. You might enjoy reading their story.  Gluten-Free Naturals works hard at making gluten-free food that tastes as good as or better than their gluten containing counterparts.  Here’s what they have to say:

“What makes us different? Years of development making gluten-free foods for celiac family members, the best ingredients that we can find, and a quest to have foods that looked great and tasted great with no grit, grainy feel or aftertaste.

We have taken a different approach to product development – starting from scratch and lots and lots of non-celiac taste testing. When non-celiacs can’t tell a difference or prefer ours is when we introduce our products.”

Safety: First, they only produce gluten-free products which greatly cuts down on cross contamination risks.  In addition, they send samples from every batch of their products to an independent lab that uses a test which can detects down to 5 parts per million of gluten.  They also perform on-site quick tests of their ingredients.

Products: Gluten-Free Naturals products are sold online at their web site and on Amazon.  They are also sold in stores in some states.  I was given several bags of their multi-grain bread flour to try.

This is not exactly a bread mix, but it is more than just flour.  It contains flours as well as xanthan gum and a packet of yeast.  You need to add salt, sugar, and wet ingredients.

GFN bread loaf

I followed the instructions for a Zojirushi bread machine, but my machine is a Breadman.  I custom programmed the times they recommend, but at the end of the mixing time (which was 10 minutes), the dough was still lumpy.  I believe the Zojirushi has two paddles, and the Breadman only has one, so that could be the difference.

I decided to remove the dough and mix it with my KitchenAid mixer for several minutes.  I then returned it to the bread machine without the paddle for the rise and bake time.

GFN bread sliced

The bread turned out great.  It wasn’t rounded on top, but neither did it sink.   The mix makes a large 2 pound loaf.  The bread had nice flavor and stayed soft and moist for a couple of days.  My son used it for sandwiches which he packed for school lunches, and he really liked it.

The only think I didn’t like about the bread is that it contains soy.  Both soy fiber and soy protein are listed in the ingredients.  Not all of their products contain soy, though.  Some of their items are soy free and many are dairy free.

The Giveaway: Gluten-Free Naturals will send three packages of their multi-grain bread flour to one winner.  The giveaway is restricted to residents within the 48 contiguous United States.

To enter you must leave a comment on this post, not on my Facebook page and not an email.  If you receive my updates by email, click on the title and it will take you to my blog page where you can leave a comment. Leave a separate comment for each entry:

  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me if you have ever tried their products.
  • Subscribe via email or RSS (or tell me you already do)
  • Post this giveaway on your Facebook page
  • Mention this giveaway in a blog post
  • Tweet about the giveaway (include @gfhomemaker)
    The giveaway will end on Friday, April 15th at 11:00 pm eastern time.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond after being contacted.  The winner will be posted on my Facebook page.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with three bags of Gluten-Free Naturals multigrain bread flour.  The opinions in this post are my own.




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Comments

  1. I’ve never heard of this company or tried their bread, but it looks so good!

  2. I’m a subscriber!

  3. Robert Jones says:

    Never tried any product – just diagnosed and breadmaker is on the way

  4. I have never tried any of their products! This is exciting!

  5. I subscribe via Google Reader.

  6. I’m subscribed! I have never heard of their products, but they sound great!

  7. Phyllis M says:

    I would love to try these products. Always in search of good bread! But I don’t have a bread machine; can I make it in the oven also? Looking forward to trying this!!

  8. Rhiannon says:

    I’ve never tried their products, but that bread sounds great! I follow you on Facebook. It’s the easiest for me. I will certainly repost the giveaway there!

  9. I’d love to try this bread!

  10. Devorie Raitport says:

    I would love to try this flour. I bake lots of cookies and cakes for my kids but have not yey tried to bake bread for my GF kids. I love the fact that all the flour mixes are certified kosher!

  11. I’ve never tried their recipes, but starting in one week we’re making the transition to gluten free (my son is already mostly gf) to help with his medical problems.

  12. I have never heard of their products, but will be checking into them. Thanks for the tip!

  13. I am also a subscriber :-)

  14. I have never tried this before but will definitely check it out. The bread looks fabulous! I already subscribe by email, will tweet about it and post it on my facebook page.

  15. Catherine Cobb says:

    I subscribe!

  16. Catherine Cobb says:

    I have not tried their stuff, but I’d like to. Hope I win!

  17. I haven’t tried these, but they sure loook good! Doesn’t look like they are in stores in my area yet, so would be thrilled to win!

  18. Never tried these, but they look great :)

  19. I also subscribe via RSS :)

  20. Also posted about this on Facebook!

  21. Nancy Hardy says:

    I have been GF for 40 years. It’s only been in the last few years that rice flour and other GF flours have been easy to find. I enjoy trying the new flours and mixes.

  22. i would love to try this bread!

  23. Alexis says:

    I would love to try this bread. I’m an e-mail subscriber.

  24. I would like to try!

  25. I’ve never tried this brand but would love to.

  26. I also follow this blog on my RSS feed (via Google Reader).

  27. Susan Jacobs says:

    I have never heard of this brand but would love to try it. I am looking for a good bread for my husband to make sandwiches with. Can this be made in the oven because I do not have a bread machine. Thanks.

  28. And I included this contest in my weekly roundup of gluten-free topics.

    http://celiackitchenwitch.com/2011/04/weekly-round-up-april-10-2011/

  29. Vivian says:

    I’ll have to give this a try – but only their products without soy. I found out about a local company, Maninis, here in Seattle, just getting started. They have a similar story and have a multi-purpose flour mix without gluten, soy, and dairy – I have sensitivities to all three. The first thing I made was my aunts Wacky Cake recipe since it is a staple favorite in our house and the first thing I learned how to bake as a kid. The recipe is from WWII and has no eggs since they were rationed then. So, it actually qualifies as a vegan recipe.
    Anyway, back to the wacky cake with Maninis multi-purpose flour…It was great! In fact it was more moist and puffed up just like when I use wheat flour. Keep an eye on their web site, they may do some promotions, too.

    http://www.maninis.com/

    Cheers!

  30. Looks tasty! I’d love to try it!

  31. I subscribe via RSS.

  32. Theresa P. says:

    I have never heard of the company before. but that bread looks good! Thanks for the opportunity.

  33. Cara Goedecke says:

    I have never tried their products, but the yellow cake mix looks amazing!

  34. Cara Goedecke says:

    I subscribe to your RSS. :)

  35. Dawn Gray says:

    I am still new to gluten free, but have found a wealth of information on the internet. I was diagnosed only 5 months ago. Fortunately for me, the grocery chain I work for has a great seletion of gfree items. I like trying to find the gfree option for regular dishes. Haven’t heard of this website yet, but will look into it.

  36. Christine says:

    I have never tried this brand before, but if I won and loved it, would definatly buy more!! :)

  37. Christine says:

    I shared this on facebook, and would love to win!!

  38. Have not tried this, but it sounds great!

  39. I have to admit, I’ve never heard of this company before but I’m always willing to try a new bread recipe. I have yet to find *the* recipe that I think works best for breads.

  40. i’d love to try this bread!

  41. Never heard of this company. Thanks for posting about it. That bread looks great!

  42. I have never tried their products, but would love to, of course!

  43. I am already subscribed to your e-mails.

  44. I posted the giveaway on facebook.

  45. Heather Waller says:

    I would love to try their bread! I looks yummy!

  46. Stephanie Moore says:

    never tried it, but it looks good!

  47. I am a subscriber to your RSS.

  48. I have never heard of this company but would love to try this bread.

  49. I have posted on facebook.

  50. I have not yet tried their products.

  51. I have never heard of this company or its products, but I would love to try them!

  52. I haven’t tried any of their products, but I’d like to!

  53. Andrea says:

    Always want to try new GF stuff, especially before putting fourth the trial & error investment to see if its good!

  54. Jennifer says:

    Never heard of them, but their products look delicious!

  55. Brenda says:

    Looks great!! Always welcome more gf recipes!!

  56. Janell Ludwig says:

    I have never heard of this company before, but the products sound great!

  57. Barbara W says:

    I’d love to give your flour a try and winning the contest would be awesome!! The bread looks very good!! So far, I’ve been disappointed with the breads I have made or bought so far (GF 4 months). They just don’t compare to the “normal” breads we are used to.

  58. Hi Linda,
    That loaf looks lovely — especially for a whole grain bread. I have never tried their products, but I will certainly look for them in the future.

  59. I’ve never tried it, but might look for it.

  60. And now subscribing!

  61. kolpin says:

    i’ve never tried their products, but can’t wait to!
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  62. kolpin says:

    email subscriber kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  63. Raquel Cervantes says:

    looking forward to trying it!

  64. Susan Riley says:

    I haven’t tried any of their products, but they look good!

  65. Susan Riley says:

    I subscribe to your email!

  66. Susan Riley says:

    I also posted this on my Facebook page!

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