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Friday’s Find, a Namaste Review, and a Giveaway!

44 Comments 29 July 2011

Friday’s Find, a Namaste Review, and a Giveaway!

Namaste Foods is not a new name to the gluten-free community.  We’ve been using their baking mixes for years to make gluten and allergen-free meals and treats.  In fact, Namaste just celebrated their 11-year anniversary last February.

Namaste was very helpful to me in the early years just after my diagnosis.  Today much of my baking is from scratch, but gluten-free baking took a long time for me to figure out.  In fact, I’m still trying to figure it out. Thankfully, Namaste is there to help newbies and veterans alike by providing easy to use, allergen-free mixes for cakes, muffins, cookies, bread, brownies, frosting, pancakes, biscuits, and so much more.  They even have three pasta dishes that can be whipped up in a snap.

And everything is made in a dedicated facility free of gluten, wheat, potato, soy, corn, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, and casein.

I recently tried three Namaste products that I’d like to share with you, and then you can enter to win the Namaste Giveaway in the comment section below!

Blondie Mix

I whipped up a batch of these cookie bars in a snap, and the only disappointment that came was when I found out that I was out of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips to stir into the batter. Namaste’s website has some great recipes to use with this product:

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Blondies
Tropical Banana Blondies
White Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Bars
Orange Ginger Bars

 But I didn’t use a recipe, because I wanted to taste the purity of the product.

Okay, and I was lazy, but that’s when a simple Namaste mix comes in handy.

Since I really was having a chocolate hankerin’, I squeezed a little chocolate icing on top before cutting the blondies into bars.

 I’m still trying to decide if blondies taste better fresh from the oven or right from the freezer.

If they tasted great with this simple preparation, I can only imagine how amazing they’d taste with a little forethought!

Sugar-Free Muffin Mix

I was really excited about trying this product because it’s one of eight of their sugar-free mixes.  The sweetness in this muffin mix comes from sweet brown rice flour and any other ingredients you wish to add.  That’s one of the best things about many of Namaste’s mixes. They provide a blank canvas on which you can paint your culinary heart out!

Sugar-Free Muffin Mix Ingredients:  Sweet brown rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, rice milk powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, salt, and ground vanilla bean

I chose to make Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Muffins, and I’ll share the recipe with you later this week.

Pasta Pisavera

I must say, this was the product I thought I would like the least as it reminded me of Hamburger Helper…add your own meat and you’ve got a meal in a box (or brown bag, in this case)!  But Pasta Pisavera turned out to be my favorite.  Another sugar-free product, this pasta meal is tasty on its own, or you can add your own flavorful flair.

Pasta Pisavera Ingredients: Vegetable pasta (brown rice, spinach powder, tomato powder, carrot powder, water), shelled hemp seed, tomato powder, salt, granulated garlic, Italian seasoning, granulated onion, silicon dioxide (to prevent caking)

I used this mix to make this delicious, fresh Greek Veggie Pasta dish.

The pasta held together through the boiling and the mixing of the other ingredients.  It had a nice consistency and a mild flavor on its own.  But with the spice packet and a few of my favorite ingredients, I had an entree worth tweeting about.  I could have played with the contents of my spice rack to come up with a flavor that I loved, but Namaste already did that for me.  The secret is truly in the spice packet.  And after refrigerating the dish overnight, the noodles were just as friendly the next day.  Often gluten-free noodles tend to stick together in leftovers, but these did not.

Again, this recipe is coming soon!

Have I convinced you to try Namaste products?  Or have I reminded you about how much you love them?  Then why don’t you enter my Namaste Giveaway?  One Gluten-Free Cat reader will win a Namaste Totebag filled with the following:

  • 3 Namaste Food Products
  • Simple Pleasures Cookbook
  • A copy of Living Without Magazine
  • Recipe Cards
One winner will be selected randomly using “And The Winner Is…” from the comments below.  Check out the list of Namaste products and leave me a comment telling me which products you’d like to win and what you’d make with it.  You can add extra entries by:
  • Sharing the giveaway on Facebook with a link to this post.  Leave a comment saying that you did.
  • Sharing the giveaway on Twitter with a link to this post.  Leave a comment saying that you did.
  • Following Gluten-Free Cat on Twitter.  Leave a comment saying that you did.
  • Like Gluten-Free Cat on Facebook.  Leave a comment saying that you did.
  • Subscribing to Gluten-Free Cat through RSS feed or email.  Leave a comment saying that you did.

Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Contest closes August 10, 2011.
Participants must be residents of the US or Canada.

Good luck!

Your Comments

44 Comments so far

  1. Jessica A says:

    I would LOVE to win! My 5-year old and I are both GF and I’m anti-candida as well so the sugar free mix would be great. :)

  2. Judy Borawski says:

    I have tried several of the Namaste prodicts and hey are very good! I am anxious to try your variations of their products1

  3. Susan W. says:

    I would love to try the sugar free muffin mix. And the Pasta Pisavera. And… You get the picture! LOL! Oh, I also subscribe by RSS.

  4. These mixes sound great. I’ll have to keep my eye out for them.

  5. Jess says:

    I wonder if this is available in Canada – anyone know?

  6. Hi Gluten Free Cat, I would love to win any of these products! I would love to try the muffin mix because I have to watch my sugar and I am gluten free due to celiac disease. I am sugar sensitive which relates to the CD. I hope I win!

  7. Dora Fisher says:

    So how do I enter to win?!!! I have never tried the Namaste brand but would LOVE to! Our whole family does GF and it would be great to find something new to try. Would also share with our support group! Everyone there loves something new also!

  8. Kathleen O'Connell Oliver says:

    Namaste, what a fabulous line of products.I am gluten free and also sugar free so it’s so wonderful to see so many differnt choice to live a normal life :) Bless you..I am posting this to my facebook page and I’d be delighted to win the basket of goodies :)

  9. mmmm pasta please!!! I’d LOVE to try out that pasta Pisavera!

  10. Pick me! Pick me! Those Namaste blonde mixes are the BEST (I jazz them up with shredded coconut, vanilla, and chocolate chips).

    I haven’t tried either the muffin mix or the pasta and would love to try them both. Yummy.

  11. Kristen G says:

    These all look amazing and I would love to win. My daughter has Celiac and I am gluten free as well for health reasons. Love the blog by the way :)

  12. Claire says:

    Id love to make the Tropical Banana Blondies

  13. Sarah says:

    My two children, one is 11 months, the other is 2 1/2, are both GF. Since I am still nursing my 11 month old, I am too. The blondie would be great for our evening dessert and the muffin mix would be perfect for our breakfast. Muffins are my 2 1/2 year old’s favorite breakfast food!

  14. bookladyDavina says:

    I’ve tried one of their pastas already (the cheesey one..) wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was very good. Would love to try more of there things, esp the sugar free items. I am trying to ween the rest of the family away from gluten (and sugar has long been on my “limit” list) and these would be a great help.
    also, I already follow you on facebook and your posts to gluten free planet there..
    and now off to twitter…

  15. Sarah says:

    Just posted the giveaway of fb!

  16. bookladyDavina says:

    you have been tweeted :)

  17. Janet says:

    I got a chance to sample a one of their cookie products at the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo in Chicago this spring. The couple of samples I tried all tasted good. I keep thinking I ought to buckle down and just buy some of their products but I find there’s a part of me that is hesitant to do so for fear of wasting money and time buying and preparing a product that I don’t like. But free is good. I’m always game to try a free sample of something.

  18. cakedarla says:

    I would love to try the sugar free pizza mix to make gluten-free home made pizzas. I’d also like to make some buttermilk biscuits with Biscuits, Piecrust & More. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  19. cakedarla says:

    I like Gluten Free Cat on Facebook.

  20. cakedarla says:

    I follow you on Twitter, I’m @cakedarla.

  21. cakedarla says:

    I’m an email subscriber (cakedarla at gmail dot com).

  22. Tara Marshall says:

    I’d be making a CHOCOLATE CAKE for a nephew’s birthday with it! I’ve got 2 chocolate-loving nephews and a chocolate-loving niece who are gluten-free and would love the extra-special treat, and one of them has a birthday coming up soon. I can’t still make Namaste’s mixes… I just can’t eat them personally since I’m sensitized to rice. Wah!

  23. Al Boudwin says:

    The muffins look great, and the sugar-free mixes intrigued my diabetic (type 2) girlfriend.

  24. Amanda says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  25. Kari Nash says:

    I am new to the gluten-free world and all of the gluten free products on the shelf are somewhat intimidating, not to mention expensive. This would be a great way to try a new brand of gluten free stuff without breaking the bank account. Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Anita says:

    We are new to Gluten-Free and I am anxious to find anything simply to prepare.

  27. Janet says:

    I follow Gluten-Free Cat on Twitter

  28. Janet says:

    I like Gluten-Free Cat on Facebook.

  29. Katherine D. says:

    I would like to try the biscuits, pie crusts, and more sugar-free mix!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. Chuck Stoltz says:

    Namaste sounds like a real winner. Now every Celiac who eats Namaste products will be a winner as well. So win or lose in this contest, we are all winners with Namaste!

  31. Cynthia Hood says:

    I’d love to try the Pizza Dough mix to make a great homemade pizza!

  32. helga jones says:

    I just ‘liked’ Gluten Free Cat on Facebook!!

  33. helga jones says:

    I would love to win 3 bags of your GF Four Mix….I go through bags of that stuff….I’m a baker for a small bistro and we have so many customers requesting GF desserts…your product kicks butt!! I make an amazing Chocolate Torte, a Hummingbird Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies, you name it, with your flour mix….it’s the BEST!

  34. helga jones says:

    I just subscribed to this blog using my e-mail address:-)

  35. Jackie says:

    Oooh! I just discovered you, Heather. Your blog is FAB!! I would love to try the Muffin Mix from Namaste….my Hub has celiac disease, and before diagnosis two years ago (he is 52, btw) we were muffin freaks. Since then, our hands-down favorite from Namaste has been the Spice Cake mix. We make a GF Carrot layer cake from it with cream cheese icing. It is SO GOOD!

    Jackie

  36. j meyer says:

    I was just diagnosed with celiacs, so I would love to win some products. I havenever tired any GF products before and I think I will miss pasta the most, so I swould love to try that one.
    Thanks

  37. Jennifer C says:

    I’d love to win the bread mix, so I could make a grilled cheese sandwich with fresh bread. Yummy!


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