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I am so excited about the new Ryze Gluten Free Flour Mixes! They make two allergen-free gluten-free flour mixes that you can use for multiple purposes. One unique thing about these flours is that they do not contain any white starch such as tapioca, potato, arrowroot, or cornstarch or gum such as xanthan, guar, arabic, locust bean, or tara. I tested them both and share my results with you. I also created two recipes, one for each mix and share those with you as well.
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Why Avoid White Starch
While starches lighten baked goods, there are at least a couple of reasons why you may wish to avoid them.
Avoid Weight Gain: White starch is high in carbohydrates. Often people new to the gluten-free diet eat the same quantities of baked goods not realizing the difference in nutrition compared to wheat flour (all-purpose flour containing gluten). You can easily gain weight when you increase your carbohydrates.
Avoid High Blood Sugar Levels: Those with diabetes or borderline diabetes should watch their blood sugar levels. Food high in carbohydrates cause blood sugar levels to rise.
Avoid Inflammation: If you have an autoimmune disease (the body is attacking itself in some form), you may wish to avoid refined foods such as white starch and sugar, as well as processed food. Such foods are known to create additional inflammation. Autoimmune diseases are all about inflammation. Take a look at it! Alzheimer’s is inflammation of the brain. Multiple Sclerosis is inflammation of the spinal cord. Celiac Disease is inflammation of the intestine.
Ingredients: They keep it simple. The only two ingredients Ryze flour mixes contain are whole grain brown rice flour and white rice flour.
Are Ryze Flours Safe?
Certified Gluten-Free: Ryze flours are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) to be under 10 parts per million (ppm) gluten. The FDA standard is less than 20 ppm.
Rice From the United States: All of their rice is grown and processed in the United States.
Other Allergens: Ryze flours are allergen-free and Kosher.
Carbohydrates: I was shocked and am still baffled how these mixes are so much lower in carbohyrates than traditional white and white rice. I checked two brands of white and rice flour and they both ranged from 31 – 32 grams of carbs. Ryze mixes only contain 23 grams of carbohydrates! Could it be that they add more fiber than other flour manufacturers or precook and then dry the rice? Perhaps they grow a different variety of rice? It’s all a trade secret. So, we’ll never know their process. I’m just happy to know it’s true.
Blue and Yellow Bags: Both bags contain the exact same nutritional profile:
Serving Size: 1/4 cup (30g)
Total Fat: 0.5g
Saturated Fat: 0
Trans Fat: 0
Total Carbohydrates: 23g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Vitamin A: 0
Vitamin C: 0
My Experience with Both Varieties of Ryze Flours:
While you can use Ryze flour mixes as a replacement for wheat flour, there are necessary adjustments to make in recipes that you should know about.
Flour mixes that do not include gum need something else to hold the ingredients together. Consider adding egg or egg white to a batter or dough, homemade flax egg (see egg substitutes page), agar agar mixed with hot water (see egg substitutes page), or increasing existing egg in a recipe.
Without Refined Starch:
Recipes that do not contain starch such as potato starch, tapioca flour, arrowroot powder, or cornstarch are not as light and produce heavier baked goods. To counteract this lack of light ingredients, increase egg and quadruple baking powder, perhaps even double amounts of baking soda. (Just remember that baking soda has three to four times the rising powder as baking powder.)
In addition, because refined starch does not absorb much liquid, you’ll most likely need to increase the liquid in recipes that called for traditional all-purpose gluten-free flour.
Ryze Gluten Free Blue Bag
The blue bag is advertised to make cookies, biscuits, pastries, pie crusts, and less delicate items compared to cake.
I created this Graham Cracker Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe just for this product. My husband loves ice cream sandwiches. We make them as we eat them so that the cookie stays nice and chewy.
I tested one of the recipes on their site for the blue bag. It was the Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. I made one change, though. Instead of baking at 375ºF, I chilled the dough for 20 minutes and baked them at 350ºF. I used a spring-action scooper that held almost 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. They turned out heavenly! We have some in the freezer and can’t wait for them to defrost! It’s hard on the teeth though (laughing). We can’t stop eating them! Because of their nutritional profile, I can even fit them into my daily diet while on Weight Watchers!
The Blue Bag should work well for other cookie recipes too, especially those that contain lots of butter and sugar.
Ryze Gluten Free Yellow Bag
Ryze advertises that the Yellow Bag makes cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pizza crust, and such. I made the Cranberry Almond Muffin recipe on Ryze’ site. They are incredible! You have to try it!
I tried making my Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe but it didn’t turn out well. As stated above, I realized that mixes that are free of gums and starches need other ingredients to compensate for what it lacks. I should have added a bunch of additional baking powder. Next time I’ll know. Also, expect to bake cakes at a lower temperature for much longer, almost double the time and expect a heavier result.
You can also use the Yellow Bag to make my new Fluffy Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes recipe. They’re light and wonderful! There’s even a feather-light, melt-in-your-mouth version.
I also used this flour to thicken a gravy I was making. It worked just as well, if not better than using plain brown rice flour.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:
Well, there is definitely a lot of good about Ryze Gluten Free Flour as you’ve read in the above review. However, Ryze is a new, small division of a large rice manufacturer and going through growing pains. A mater of fact, they are largest rice manufacturer in California. They supply big chain stores like Trader Joes’ and Whole Foods.
Some of the recipes on their site are slowly being revised as they are not all at their best. I have been commissioned to contributed to those. If you have something in mind that you’d like me to create, please let me know.
The nutritional label has one error that I am aware of. It states 390mg of sodium (that’s mg, not grams). It does not contain any sodium. At first glance, I thought it read “g” for grams and was confused. That will be corrected on upcoming labels.
All-in-all, there is not a lot of bad, just good! It’s worth experimenting with! Try it!
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Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Ryze but in no way colors my review of their products.