If you love homemade cookies but don’t have the time to make them from scratch, Among Friends Hand-crafted Baking Mixes are the perfect product for you. The company was started by two moms who wanted a cookie mix that was easy and nutritious. They have three gluten-free cookie mixes, one crisp mix, and even one for a moist chocolate cake.
Each of the baking mixes is named for a specific person in the life of the Among Friends creators and best friends Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson. Their mixes are super easy to make as you only have to add an egg, vanilla, and butter (or substitutes). Among Friends uses premium cocoa and chocolate with espresso to make CJ’s Double Chocolate flavor whole grain, low calorie, and of course, certified gluten-free. Phil’em Up is an oats, cranberry, coconut, and Callebaut chocolate flavor that is supposed to keep you energized throughout the day. Shane’s Sweet-N-Spicy is made with gluten-free oat flour, cinnamon, and lemon zest. It is soft and chewy thanks to molasses and won’t be in your kitchen for long before they are gobbled up.
The crisp mix is a great shortcut to turn any fruit into a healthy and tasty dessert. Trish the Dish has 2g of fiber per serving and won’t make you feel guilty for having a sweet tooth. As an added bonus, this mix also works wonders in the morning as a breakfast dish.
The last of their GF mixes is the Liv it up Devilishly Chocolate Cake Mix. The cake even comes with a recipe for a tasty, gluten-free frosting.
It’s hard to find healthy products that can easily past the kid taste-test, but all items from Among Friends are put to the test against Suzie and Lizann’s six kids before reaching the shelves.
All of these mixes are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization as well as the Non-GMO Project and the Whole Grains Council. All products are free of peanuts and “the bad stuff”like gums, starches, and fillers. If you plan on picking up a bag, please make sure to check to make sure it’s gluten-free. Among Friends does have a few mixes for cookies, brownies, and blondies that are not gluten-free and would not be safe to eat if you have an allergy. They do however have a dedicated facility to manufacture their line of mixes that require gluten-free certified oats.
While they are not in all stores yet (they are still a relatively small company), you can order their mixes online from their website or Amazon. Each package yields about 30 cookies and sells for $5-$7.