Only a few more days until Christmas! Are you excited? I am.
But I’m one of those people who’d spend the entire year looking forward to Christmas and New Year and then find myself completely unprepared for it. So every year I always end up in a mad rush trying to get things organised before everything sold out for Christmas.
Thankfully this year things are a lot simpler. Because I’m going away to celebrate Christmas in New York, yay!
That said, I’ve had five Christmas events already, most of them are catered for (thank goodness) but last week I had a team lunch where I had to bring a plate. It was on a weekday which means I didn’t have much time to prepare. But luckily, I have a packet of Love Life & Gluten-free: Activated Buckwheat Brownie Mix that’s been sitting in my pantry, just waiting for me to try it.
I love cake mixes. I use to love making Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownie for special occasions until I realised how unhealthy it is!
Since then I’ve been making my own cakes from scratch which have been great, when I have the time.
But I do love my mixes for the days when I don’t feel like messing around in the kitchen, or when I simply don’t have time.
And so I have high hopes for this brownie mix.
And boy did it rise up to my expectation.
This Activated Buckwheat Brownie Mix doesn’t taste ‘activated’ or ‘buckwheat’ or ‘healthy’. It tastes perfectly normal, which is pretty incredible. Like a real chocolate brownie! You know, not the kind that you’d eat because it’s ‘healthy’ but the kind that you’d bring to the dinner party to impress the in-laws. It’s that good.
But there’s more!
Here are a few other reasons why I love this brownie mix:
- It’s made with stoneground activated buckwheat flour.
- It comes with a reusable wooden peg from rescued pallets.
- The packet is made Earth Bags and will fully compost in the compost bin, green waste bin or even just in regular rubbish.
- 50c from every packet sold will go directly to OzHarvest making one meal available to one vulnerable Australian.
- It’s gluten free, grain free, and dairy free.
What’s not to love?
The mix is also easily veganised. The packet instruction actually calls for eggs but you can replace it using 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons of water (or store bought egg replacer like .
I also added 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder for extra lift and 1/3 cup of chopped walnut for that extra texture.
The result is a delicious, decadent chocolate brownie that smells and tastes divine!
I have to say, I haven’t been impressed with a gluten-free, vegan, cake mix until now! I’m a total convert and will definitely be including this on my shopping list – because you just never know when someone might call a last-minute get-together!
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Happy holiday everyone!