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No matter which food philosophy you subscribe to, sometimes you just want to eat something fun. It might be a birthday, it might be a holiday, or it might just be your cheat day. But you don’t want to go totally off the rails. You want some cake, but still don’t want grains, gluten, and garbage.

 

This is where businesses like Paleo Baking Company have jumped in to fill the gap. Gone are the days of dry, heavy paleo desserts. Now, baking your own fluffy, tasty, not completely unhealthy confection is as easy as opening a mix packet and adding a few of your own kitchen staples.

 

Flavors available:

  • Chocolate Cake and Muffin Mix
  • Hazelnut Cake and Muffin Mix
  • Spice Cake and Muffin Mix

 

All mixes are:

  • Gluten free
  • Grain free
  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Refined sugar free

 

 

How It Works

You might at first be underwhelmed by the fact that Paleo Baking only offers three flavors. But that would be a mistake and would entirely miss out on the magic of their product. Each one of their mixes is actually the foundation for a variety of possibilities. For example, with the hazelnut mix you can make lemon poppyseed cake, blueberry muffins, chocolate chip muffins, and more.

 

"There are also a few vegan recipe options for the mixes on the website, as well as a recipe for paleo bacon chocolate cake (based on the chocolate cake and muffin mix)."

The recipes for all of those are located on the Paleo Baking Company website, along with plenty of others - including frosting. Eight different types of frosting, actually. Now, the ingredients for the frosting do not come with your cake mix, of course, but what’s a cake without frosting? So it’s nice that the company provides these paleo options and ideas.

 

There are also a few vegan recipe options for the mixes on the website, as well as a recipe for paleo bacon chocolate cake (based on the chocolate cake and muffin mix). I just have to mention that because, really, bacon and paleo are pretty inseparable at this point, and just about anyone can appreciate a good sweet-and-savory dessert item.

 

 

Downside

The downside of these mixes is the price point. It’s not just the price of the mix, but the price of the ingredients you still need to add to get it to the finished product. One cup of coconut oil, six eggs, and one cup of honey need to be added to create the basic cake or cupcakes. If you choose to do one of the recipe variations off the website, you may need more ingredients than that.

 

"[D]o you want to stock your pantry with a variety of gluten-free flours and nut flours, some of which can be expensive, or would you rather have a ready-to-bake mix you can just pull out of the cupboard without too much fuss?"

But even just doing the basic cake - that much oil, eggs, and honey adds up to a pretty penny, especially if you are being picky about buying high-quality versions of those foods. That said, Paleo Baking Company does offer free shipping on all orders, no matter how few or how many mixes you buy. So maybe plan to order and eat a lot of cake and things will even out just fine? (I could be totally okay with that plan.)

 

 

Choose Your Adventure

So, the trade-off is, do you want to stock your pantry with a variety of gluten-free flours and nut flours, some of which can be expensive, or would you rather have a ready-to-bake mix you can just pull out of the cupboard without too much fuss? In essence you are trading convenience for money.

 

This is something we all do all the time - we just choose different moments to do it. For some people, these mixes are going to be a fantastic choice and the result will taste and look great. For others, the expense will drive them back to the grocery store to buy the elements and create from scratch. Neither choice is wrong. It’s just what you choose. Either way you end up with something tasty!

 

Paleo Baking Co. Cake and Muffin Mixes are available for $9.00 each at PaleoBakingCompany.com.

 

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