Over the last few years, I’ve noticed (gluten-free) magazine ads for a company called Mixes from the Heartland. The company produces one of the largest gluten-free product lines in the U.S., in a 100% gluten-free facility. The company is one of the only gluten-free businesses producing bulk size mixes for commercial use. Their versatile mixes are sold in many parts of the world and is based in Texas.
I’ve never seen Mixes from the Heartland products in stores in our area, but the company contacted me about trying some of their products. Needless to say, I was excited for the opportunity. The company recently created a Gluten Free Buying Club. You can join for a year or a lifetime. The fees are nominal and being a member gets you lower pricing on the already reasonably priced mixes. For non member purchases there is a flat rate for shipping of $10 on orders under $99 and FREE shipping on orders over $99.
When my mixes arrived, I immediately noticed that many of them were for things I’d never seen gluten-free mixes for. Things like Tropical Coffee Bars, Impossible Coconut Pie (a revolutionary product!) and Sweet Potato Brownies. Since we love sweet potatoes, we had to make those next. The name itself it just too intriguing – we had to find out what Sweet Potato Brownies tasted like!
The brownies call for ½ stick of butter and two eggs. That’s it – super simple. However, mixing it up took a bit of elbow grease even using a sturdy bamboo spoon and the batter is too thick to pour so ignore that part of the instructions. Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, the batter can be spread – not poured – into the pan. It took about 28 minutes for the brownies to cook completely in our oven. They bake at 325 degrees instead of 350, but luckily I didn’t automatically turn the oven on without reading the package first.
Once the brownies cooled for about half an hour, I could not resist trying at least a tiny piece of one of them. They smelled delightful – a hint of cinnamon and vanilla wafted through the kitchen. The brownies were moist and unlike any other brownies we’ve ever had in terms of texture. The taste of them was simply delicious! I don’t think I can convey what they really tasted like but it wasn’t that much like sweet potatoes. Maybe a touch of sweet potato flavor was there, but it wasn’t overly obvious that the brownie mix contains sweet potatoes.
In the future, I might add chopped pecans to the mix and someone else suggested topping the brownies with a cream cheese frosting or glaze. One night, we topped the brownies with a tiny bit of canned whipped cream and love them that way too. It would be hard to imagine messing up these hard to describe incredible treats! I also recommend trying the magical Impossible Coconut Pie from this line. Anything that has a crust that I don’t have to create separately is right up my alley!
More information from the Mixes from the Heartland website:
- No eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, oats, barley, rye, or wheat in the factory.
- No bean flours are used in any products.
- Factory is allergen controlled.
- Every raw product that enters the factory must be certified by the producer that it can pass an Eliza Test.
- This means products in our plant test 5 parts per million or less for wheat.
- The University of Nebraska does our Eliza Testing. All reports are sent to the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA)
- Mixes From The Heartland Inc. is CSA certified and we are very proud to say that all our products carry the CSA seal.
- All natural, no preservatives, most products are low sodium, cholesterol-free, and low calorie.
- Beans and fruit are all freeze dried and contain no preservatives. Makes cooking soups and meals easier.
*Special thanks for Mixes from the Heartland for my incredible mixes and for donating 50 mixes for my event in Chattanooga tomorrow!