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Taste Test: Great Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

We taste-tested dozens of gluten-free baking mixes from the grocery store and picked our favorites.
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Best Pancakes

Kinnikinnick Foods Pancake and Waffle Mix

These slightly sweet, crepe-like pancakes are "as tender and fluffy as the silver dollars from my favorite diner," one taster praised. So what's the secret? The mix is made with pea starch. Who needs wheat? $5.95 for 22.8 ounces, kinnikinnick.com for stores

 
Best Brownies

Gluten Free Pantry Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix

These rich brownies strike all the right chords with a crackled top and a dense, fudgy interior sprinkled with chocolate chips. And with just eight ingredients, we weren't surprised that one panelist gushed, "All I taste is chocolate and more chocolate!" $4.79 for 1 pound, at most grocery stores

Best Yellow Cake

The Really Great Food Company Yellow Cake Mix

Mace adds a nutmeg-like flavor to this off-the-charts-delicious cake. Glossy on the outside and moist within, it won raves -- even unfrosted. (Cream cheese icing, however, would take it to new heights.) One taster, a skeptical 13-year-old with celiac disease, said it best: "We've got to buy this!" $6.99 for 23 ounces, reallygreatfood.com for stores

 
Best Muffin

Authentic Foods Blueberry Muffin Mix

While some competitors had a gritty texture, these vanilla-y, blueberry-dotted babies were smooth and cakey, thanks to superfine rice flour and rice bran. "I could eat one every morning!" one panelist enthused, reaching for a second muffin. $7.65 for 17 ounces, authenticfoods.com for stores

 
Best Pizza Crust

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix

Sure, this crust soaks up sauce like a dream, but it was the bready flavor that most impressed. "Finally, an option that tastes good!" one panelist cheered. Bonus: Each slice offers 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein, thanks to a blend of three whole-grain flours. $4.19 for 1 pound, at most grocery stores

 

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