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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Make This! Grainstorm Muffins

I’m just starting to get into the slow food movement. I like to know what goes into my meals, and to buy products that are healthy and fresh. But these days, it’s hard to be sure. All kinds of crap are added during production and it’s difficult to know how food gets from the farm to the table. 

So I was pretty pumped when Grainstorm asked me to review their product. I spotted their mixes at the Garden Market at Evergreen Brickworks last Fall, and was intrigued by their baking concept.

What’s so special about Grainstorm? All their mixes are made from organic ancient grains that are ground and blended just hours before it’s packaged. The grains are whole and fresh – manufactured without white flour or industrial milling. It also contains 50-70% less sugar and tons of nutrients and fibre. Just fresh, rustic flours from a local organic farming co-op and a handful of simple ingredients.
Setting up in my kitchen, all I needed was one bowl, one muffin pan, a spatula, and a spoon. So far, I liked the simplicity of this product. I opened a package of Ancient Grain Muffin Mix and noticed that the grains looked different – the flour was extra coarse and glistened a bit. 

I mixed in a few extra ingredients (eggs, yogurt, olive oil). After minimal prep work, I spooned the mix into the muffin cups and popped my tray into the oven. Within half an hour, I had a batch of warm, crumbly muffins...which my husband promptly devoured. 

Aside from its simplicity, I liked that Grainstorm is flexible. Modifications or substitutions are encouraged, and there are online recipe ideas for the ambitious baker. Next time, I might add blueberries into the mixture.

Grainstorm sells in over 225 stores across Canada, with mixes for pancakes, muffins, cookies, waffles, scones, and loafs. Pick up a package and bake like it’s 1869 – minus Victorian-era manual labour practices and today’s industrial food filler. 

VERDICT: Grainstorm strikes a perfect balance between fast and slow food. The mixes make healthy baking easy and convenient – even for the culinary challenged (like me). Recommended.

-- Lisa Jackson is a freelance writer and blogs at Eat Drink Travel Magazine. Find her online at @eatdrinktravels orwww.eatdrinktravelmag.com








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