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NOW Foods Allergen Friendly Giveaway

June 30, 2015 by Michelle

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I was invited to the headquarters of NOW Foods a couple weeks ago to learn about even more of their allergen friendly products, something I gratefully accepted. They sent me home with an awesome NOW Foods Allergen Friendly gift basket after our cooking class and gave me a duplicate version to give away to a lucky reader. Tasting things for yourself is such a great way to prove how yummy they actually are, and I’ve been having a blast with the products they so generously gifted to me.

NOW Foods has a huge line of allergen free products for any need

I’ve known about NOW Foods for awhile, partly because of Little Miss’s dairy allergy, as I’m always on the lookout for new substitutes I an use in cooking and baking. We also have friends with major allergies to just about everything who require ingredients that generally go beyond my pantry. Last year, when I used the NOW Foods mix to make chocolate chip cookies and banana bread for them, they were so over the moon that they could actually eat something at a party that I’m still hearing about it today.

Not only are the NOW Foods products allergen friendly (when you look at the major allergens out there), but they actually taste good and have a consistency that comes as close to traditional foods as I’ve seen. In the past year, NOW Foods has come out with even more items and product lines, and I’m so excited to be able to use them.

My personal favorite isn’t even out yet. NOW Foods has come up with an organic, allergen friendly pasta that actually acts like pasta. It has the same consistency as pasta and doesn’t get gummy the way traditional gluten free pasta does. With just three ingredients – amaranth, quinoa, and brown rice – it’s free of the pesky allergens that some of my friends have to common gluten replacements like chickpeas. It will be coming in August/September, with a $4.99 price for an 8 ounce package. I cannot wait to test this out!

Well, maybe that’s my second favorite. My complete, 100% favorite new item is from the Ellyndale Organics line. We cook with coconut oil all the time due to Little Miss’s dairy allergy. It’s the best substitute for most items, but there’s always that slight hint of coconut in everything we make. You get used to it, but it’s still there. Now there are Organic Coconut Infusions that come in two “flavors” – butter and garlic. Yes, the coconut oil actually tastes just like butter, yet it’s still vegan and gluten free. The garlic is perfect for cooking, sauteeing vegetables or adding to a couscous dish. Spread on bread, it is amazing. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to take a single photograph of these spreads before Little Miss opened them up and started testing. She gave them a huge thumbs up, and I immediately renewed my status as Best Mom Ever. They’re $10.99 for a 12 ounce jar, and it was amazing in the cookies we made.

Ellyndale Coconut infusions coconut oil that tastes like butter

That doesn’t even touch the line of oils that are perfect for every possible use in the kitchen, whether you’re doing a stir fry or making a salad dressing. The line includes organic sunflower oil, organic canola oil, rice bran oil, almond oil, avocado oil, organic coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and organic extra virgin olive oil. We did a taste test of them all, and it’s was fascinating to me how different they were and how we each had our favorites.

Now Foods oil line with Ellyndale Foods

And of course there are the baking mixes (and the all purpose flour). They are all produced in a dedicated allergen friendly facility to ensure that they’re free of all the major allergens. And they taste amazing. The gluten free baking and pancake mix is great for a variety of uses from pancakes to muffins and more. I love how you can so easily use it to customize your favorite recipe. The chocolate fudge brownie mix is to die for (yep, we used that one up already – yum!) and the chocolate chip banana bread mix isn’t too far behind, and I already got the thumbs up from my friends for the chocolate chip cookie mix. It’s hard to believe these are all free of gluten, soy, nuts, eggs, dairy, shellfish, and more. There is definitely some magic happening here.

NOW Foods mixes taste great

There are also so many other fun products from their Sugarless Sugar that is made from Better Stevia and minimizes the bitter aftertaste many people experience with stevia (I can still taste it a bit, but I’m hypersensitive to that flavor). The Better Stevia Lemon Twist interestingly doesn’t give me the same aftertaste when mixed in beverages, however. We had an amazing watermelon chiller flavored with jalapeno and the Better Stevia Lemon Twist that was a perfect complement to our dinner.

NOW Foods watermelon chiller

We used the black chia seed, tri-color quinoa,  and more to make an absolutely amazing “burger” that was surprisingly filling for our main course. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a hands on cooking class, and it was a hoot to each have a job to prep our meal that turned out beyond delicious. None of us could stop munching on the lime drizzled baked kale chips and sriracha aoli we made before the burgers were done, and that’s definitely something I’ll be playing with to recreate at home.

NOW Foods Allergen Friendly Dinner

Having allergies isn’t fun. For those who are living with them now, it’s heartening to see such great products available that aren’t just allergen friendly but also mostly organic and also taste the way they’re supposed to. I’m so excited to be able to offer one of you the chance to check out all this and more for yourself. The gift basket is identical to what I received and includes over $130 of Now Foods allergen friendly products. Check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win! (Yes, you get ALL of that!)

NOW Foods allergen friendly goodies giveaway bundle

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  • Anne

    I’d be trying the pancake or cake mixes first, to get the convenience of a mix without the worries about conventional ingredients.

  • Stephanie Precourt

    I need to try that pasta when it comes out!! I’m gluten-free along with my son and always looking for a decent pasta! Also- bring on the fudge brownies!

  • Becca Z

    I am most excited to try the slender sticks….anything that helps me consume me all my water every day and keep off weight is exciting!

  • Amy M.

    The infused coconut oil sounds very interesting to me! I would love to try those!

  • Marty C.

    I’m interested in trying the oils. We use a lot of different oils for cooking — coconut, sesame, and others — but I’ve never tried avocado or rice bran oil, or even almond and macadamia. They latter seem like they’d be great for baking.

  • Dandi D

    I can’t wait to try all their baking mixes–they look so yummy!

  • Kelly D

    I am excited to try the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread mix.

  • Elena

    I would love to try the banana bread mix

  • Becca F

    The ‘butter’ coconut oil really intrigues me! I’m trying to cut dairy out again, since I feel so much better without it. This would really help!

  • Andrea B.

    The brownie mix. Because Betty Crocker’s gf brownie mix is a favorite, so this must be amazing!

  • Kim Avery

    The chocolate chip banana bread sounds yummy!

  • Steph

    I want to try coconut oil

  • Heather S

    The coconut oil!

  • Ann

    I love my breakfast foods and the pancake mix would be awesome

  • DJ

    I would love to try the Avocado Oil.

  • JenniferK

    Excited about this! I’d be happy to try any of these (except for the nut and seed based oils – son has severe nut/seed allergies).

  • Victoria

    I’m excited about all of it really! My and my sister’s food allergies are an absolute pain to cook around. If its not sending me to the hospital, its giving me a rash.

  • Vanessa Madrigal

    I am really curious about the Avocado Oil! 🙂

  • Judith

    I’d love to try the baking mixes!

  • Jill S

    I am most excited to try their coconut infusions! I love NOW essential oils so I am excited they are making food products now.

  • Rom Kruse

    Im excited to try the coconut infusions

  • stacey grantham

    I am intrigued by the Coconut Infusions garlic butter. I would love to try that cooking chicken breasts.

  • NerdMom

    I already love many of your products but the oils are very new to me! I would love to try them!!!

  • joti

    the Avocado Oil sounds interesting!

  • Maria

    I’ve tasted the coconut infused oil and OMG – they are amazing! They are hands down, my favorite product. 🙂

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