Gluten Free Bagels : Pamela's Mix Review

Updated on July 24, 2013
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Kim is a board-certified holistic health coach, healthy living and cleanse consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.

Quick and easy gluten free bagel recipe!
Quick and easy gluten free bagel recipe! | Source

Pamela's Bread Mix Review: Gluten Free Bagels


Some of my friends who are required to eat gluten-free foods are exploring the idea of cooking their own foods. Fortunately learning to cook gluten-free food does not have to be intimidating, time consuming, or tricky. And that is what Pamela Bread Mix is all about.

Let me start off by making sure that you understand that I do not work for this company. Pamela does not pay me to write this review. This review is written with the intention to introduce you to a gluten-free bread mix that will make your life that much easier. I simply want to share with you a great product that has helped some of the people who are on gluten-free diets.

Eating healthy and cooking is hard enough. Add a gluten-free diet restriction and it can almost become impossible. Buying gluten-free foods is usually also expensive and can add up quickly. I can understand your frustration. With this pre-made bread flour mix, that is completely gluten-free, you can now whip up a loaf of bread, bagels, pizza crust, or pancakes and save some money. Foods that are freshly baked also taste so much better!

5 stars for Pamela's Bread Mix (Gluten Free)
Gluten Free Bread Mix from Pamela's
Gluten Free Bread Mix from Pamela's | Source

What Does It Taste Like?


Let's face it: store-bought gluten-free bread doesn't always taste fresh. In fact gluten free bread, in general, may taste dry or bland. That is not the case with Pamela's Gluten Free Bread Mix. This is the best-tasting bread mix for making fresh gluten-free bread, bagels, or pizza crust at home.

If you are familiar with gluten-free bread, it is usually slightly more dense than the "normal" bread. The texture is chewy, dense, but very moist. The bagels tasted a bit on the sweeter side. That means you don't have to over dress it with an excess amount of cream cheese or butter. In fact, they taste delicious on their own.

Ingredients: Pamela's Bread Mix

Sorghum flour, tapioca flour, white rice flour, sweet rice flour, brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane sugar, chicory root, millet flour, molasses, honey, rice bran, sea salt, xanthan gum, active dry yeast packet.

Sorghum flour is a common flour used in the gluten free kitchen. When mixed with tapioca starch/flour, baked foods results in better volume and texture. It also adds a natural sweetness.

Brown rice flour and millet flour both contains protein and fiber, while xanthan gum brings the dough together and gives it that lift. Xanthan gum is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and is great for cooking and baking in recipes that are restrictive of eggs, dairy, or soy.


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Gluten-free dough is usually more sticky.Oil your fingers up really good to shape the dough. You can make your bagel as big as you want. Gluten-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, and low fat! Gluten-free bagels are done!
Gluten-free dough is usually more sticky.
Gluten-free dough is usually more sticky. | Source
Oil your fingers up really good to shape the dough.
Oil your fingers up really good to shape the dough. | Source
You can make your bagel as big as you want.
You can make your bagel as big as you want. | Source
Gluten-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, and low fat!
Gluten-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, and low fat! | Source
Gluten-free bagels are done!
Gluten-free bagels are done! | Source

How To Make Gluten Free Bagels with Pamela's Bread Mix


For this particular review, I decided to make gluten-free bagels. Why? I wanted to prove to you how easy it is to use gluten-free bagels with Pamela's Bread Mix. Although I've made gluten free bread many times, making bagels is another story. I've never even attempted to make gluten-free bagels before. So if you are a beginner at baking gluten free goods- don't fret. It can be done and it is quite simple. Thanks to Pamela, of course!

*Yields 7 large bagels or 10 small bagels

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Pamela's Gluten Free Mix
    (comes with yeast packet)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of WARM water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable/olive oil

Instructions:

  • Activate the yeast by dissolving the yeast in warm water for 5 minutes.
  • Combine the dry mix, oil, and yeast in a mixer. Mix the dough on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  • Oil your hands and form the dough into round ball shapes. Use lots of oil because the dough is very sticky. let the dough rest in a warm area for one hour.
  • Use your thumb to create a hole in the balls of dough, and drop it in boiling water for 25 seconds. Place the dough on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F.


Quick Overview of Pros and Cons for Pamelas Gluten Free Mix

PROS
CONS
Wheat-free AND dairy-free
Slightly expensive
You don't have to add a lot of additional ingredients
Sweet (9g sugars/slice=144g per bag)
Easy instructions to follow
Dough is sticky (make sure you oil your hands before shaping the bagel)
Flour mix is consistent
 
Tastes amazing
 

Overall, it's a good product for the money, considering how much a gluten free diet costs. From my personal experience, finding the perfect mix of gluten-free flours can be the difference between a favorite bagel (or bread) and a disastrous treat. Pamela's bread mix has now become one of my favorite instant flour mix.

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      • Nettlemere profile image

        Nettlemere 

        5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

        Useful to know there is a good gluten free mix out there - as you say - it is so expensive to buy the ready made breads and they are never freshly baked either.

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        Christin Sander 

        5 years ago from Midwest

        Having been more than underwhelmed with store bought gluten free breads, I have been reluctant to try the mixes. Your review has convinced me to give it a shot. thanks :)

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        Martin Kloess 

        5 years ago from San Francisco

        I have seen this product in the market. Thank you for encouraging me to take the next step.

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