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Not Your Everyday Baking Basics

We all know them well—sugar, butter, milk, flour—some of the baking basics. But what if you live a vegan lifestyle? What if you’re gluten intolerant? What if you’re allergic to dairy? What if you want organic? What if you just want to change it up a little?!? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, then take a look at some of these unique baking basics and not-so-basics: Earth Balance Natural Spreads
  • Natural buttery spreads free of  trans fats,hydrogenated oils and artificial ingredients
  • Vegan and organic options
  • Severalvarieties to suit all your cooking and baking needs:Whipped Buttery Spread, Buttery Sticks, Soy Garden Spread, Shortening, Soy-Free Buttery Spread and Original Buttery Spread
Want to win a year’s supply of Earth Balance products and a $400 Whole Foods Market gift card? Then enter your original recipe in the Earth Balance Holiday Bake-Off. Visit Earth Balance’s Made Just Right website for contest details. 365 Everyday Value® Organic Vanilla Extract
  • From vanilla beans grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides
  • Extracted at the coolest temperature possible
  • Add smooth, rich vanilla flavor to your holiday baked goods
365 Everyday Value® Chocolate Chips and Chunks
  • A high-quality baking staple available at an everyday low price
  • Made with the good stuff - cocoa liquor, sugar,cocoa butter, vanilla andsoy lecithin (which is anemulsifier)- no cheap ingredients like vegetable or milk fat and vanillin.
  • Vegan and organic options
  • Several varieties with cacao content that packs a punch: White Chocolate Chunks (24% cacao), Semi-Sweet Vegan Chocolate Chips (41% cacao), Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (45% cacao), Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips Semi-Sweet (49% cacao) and Dark Chocolate Mini Chunks (70% cacao!)
SunSpire Chocolates Organic Fair Trade Baking Bars
  • Made with organic, Fair Trade cocoa from a few select Central American growers
  • A delicate balance of high cocoa content with cocoa butter for an intensely rich chocolate flavor and a silky smooth melted texture
  • No hydrogenated oils and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Baking Mixes
  • Gluten-free status, third-party certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization
  • Produced in a dedicated facility guaranteed free of the “top eight” food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat
  • Lots of gluten-free mixes to choose from: Multi-purpose Flour, Bread, Pizza Crust, Pancake, Muffin, Chocolate Cake, Brownie and Cookie
Simply Organic Gluten-Free Baking Mixes
  • A perfect addition to a gluten-free, organic diet plus they’re vegetarian and certified kosher
  • Free of hydrolyzed vegetable protein, modified food starch and hydrogenated oils
  • A stellar line-up of very tasty mixes anyone would love, gluten-free lifestyle or not: Pancake and Waffle, Banana Bread, Carrot Cake, Chai Spice Scone, Cocoa Biscotti, Cocoa Brownie and Cocoa Cayenne Cupcake.
Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Crystals, Nectar and Flour
  • Crystals and nectar are low-glycemic sweeteners made from the “sap” of coconut blossoms
  • Coconut flour contains 40% dietary fiber and is gluten-free, unbleached and unrefined
  • Minimally processed at low temperatures to ensure a raw product
  • Use crystals and nectar as sugar alternatives in your favorite desserts
  • Flour can be used for baking, to thicken gravy or as a boost to smoothies
Minerve Chestnuts
  • A time-saving alternative for a classic holiday nut
  • For a twist try deliciously nutty, crunchy and mildly sweet chestnuts in your dessert recipes, like this Pumpkin Streusel Bread
  • Several varieties available, including Whole, Pureed and Natural Vanilla Flavor
Organic Adriatic Fig Spread
  • The concentrated flavor of Adriatic figs captured in these outrageously rich preserves
  • Made with handpicked figs from Croatia, which are sun-dried then cooked to preserve flavor
  • Only available at Whole Foods Market®, this artisan spread is perfect for enjoying with cheese and crackers, in baked tarts or as a pastry filling.  Try it as an unexpected filling in our Thumbprint Cookies this holiday.
What unique baking product is a staple on your shelf?