UPDATE: Gelatin is a wonderful alternative to xanthan gum to prevent crumbly outcomes in baking - it helps all the components of the bake mix to work together nicely and cohesively. It's healthy as can be, however, I started leaving out both xanthan gum and gelatin recently, but had issues with a couple of recent recipes being a bit crumbly. To be honest, the xanthan gum worked so well (but hubby banned it in the house as it causes tummy issues for him!) and the gelatin worked well most times, but sometimes I found the baked goods to be too dense, plus I figured the math was confusing some people. So recently, I've started using GELATIN again, but now I'm making it simpler and using much less with pretty good results so far. I use a GLUTEN-FREE gelatin (click to see).
NEW RULES FOR ADDING GELATIN TO THE BAKE MIX (UPDATED July 14, 2014): (See full instructions below with recipe) Add to the wet ingredients as per usual, however, now to figure out how much to use: Less than and equal to 1 cup bake mix, use 1/2 tsp (2 mL) gelatin. More than 1 cup bake mix, use 1 tsp (5 mL) gelatin. 2 cups bake mix and more, use 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) gelatin. That's it. It's very little gelatin and should not contribute to a denser texture for the baked goodies. Hope some of you out there will experiment with this. I think it is much simpler, and I'm liking the idea, but it's early days yet! I think I was too quick to quit using the gelatin altogether. I mean the bake mix without xanthan gum and without gelatin will work in many recipes, but not all, and it's the few failures that have made me rethink that strategy. Of course, my tried and true recipes without either are fine to use, but you take a chance on your own. Xanthan gum and gelatin are not usually required for pie crusts (other than my single pie crust which mimics a pastry crust) and won't be required for crumb toppings, etc. Just use common sense where needed. ALSO PLEASE NOTE: add an extra egg with all recipes, except cookies! Withhold at least 1/4 cup of the wet ingredients/liquid, just in case it is not needed. If you make a mistake and the batter is too wet, add more dry ingredients, a little at a time, and visa versa, if the batter is too stiff, add more of the wet ingredients. Most of my recipes are very simple and the recipes are very forgiving in that way.
VERY IMPORTANT LATEST FINDINGS: If a baked good contains only butter for the wet ingredients (as in for brownies or blondies or cookies), gelatin will not work (crumbly mess!) well unless you follow the new rules. The way around that is to add an extra egg (and first combine the eggs and gelatin well in your food processor or mixer to dissolve the gelatin - then add your butter, etc.) or you can use the original Gluten-Free Bake Mix. I'm happy with the amount of gelatin used above, but I'm now fast coming to the conclusion that it would be better just as with my original bake mix with xanthan gum to add an extra egg with all recipes, except cookies! I've updated the instructions below in the recipe.
Health Benefits of Oat Flour
Update on more experimenting with this bake mix using gelatin. CLICK HERE.
And more experimenting: CLICK HERE.
NOTE: I have received a few questions via email. The biggest concern it seems is that many people are using the original Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix with xanthan gum and they love it but wonder how to use it when I'm using gelatin in recipes. Here is how (for recipes earlier than July 1st, 2014, otherwise do not add an extra egg - I've already changed how I do things. I have discovered that the two gluten-free bake mixes are fully interchangeable. That's convenient.): Skip the gelatin in the recipe. Add another egg and you may occasionally need another egg and perhaps more liquid to get the right batter consistency for say, muffin batter. Do not add any more eggs for the cookie recipes - copy the recipe exactly - as I don't use gelatin or xanthan gum in the new cookie recipes (that may change! I've discovered the gelatin is actually quite nice in cookies and keeps them more stable and less crumbly). Baking experience is always handy so that you know what a muffin batter should be like (not too sloppy) and a cake batter (more liquid than a muffin batter usually). Cookies - no problem - as you will just simply copy the recipe using the old bake mix. NOTE: Nowadays, in newer recipes (from July 1st, 2014 onwards), I would already have added another egg, so to be on the safe side, add your extra egg at the end of mixing...really, it won't make a difference, as we're not baking with regular flour /gluten here.
A word about GELATIN (click for Netrition NOW brand, which is what I use): I have not verified this personally, however, it is possible that if you get a cakey result as one person did instead of a denser product (which is what I like BUT try the other gelatin if you prefer a lighter texture) that it is your gelatin. Gelatin that you buy in the store is likely to do that, however, I've given the link of the gelatin that I buy in bulk (cheaper that way), that provides great results for me. In fact, baked goodies using gelatin should be left out of the refrigerator 1 to 2 hours before serving because the texture changes in the refrigerator, becoming too dense, even with the other bake mix using xanthan gum. Nowadays I use much less gelatin as detailed above.
PLEASE NOTE: Below are simply alternate suggestions. I have not tested the bake mix with those alternatives, so it will be an experiment for you. Take one of my easier muffin recipes and use that as your "test recipe" to get a baseline of how your preferred alternate product works.
If you are not needing to be gluten-free, but you are needing to be off all grains...try Carbalose flour....find it at Netrition.com at the right hand side of my blog. You could possibly use it in place of the oat flour. Worth a try!
Why the small amount of oat flour over time should help lower cholesterol: READ ABOUT IT HERE
The virtues of my bake mix - READ ABOUT IT HERE
Quote from a fan on our Facebook page and a nurse by profession: "I am a 20g or less low carber. Live in ketosis. I use Jen's bake mix often and never have any problems, never go over on my carbs, never knocks me out of ketosis. And it has opened up a whole world of amazing dishes, from low carb breads/rolls, even to veggie dishes (ie yellow squash casserole). Look at her carb counts per serving, very low...
3/4 cup certified GF oat flour*, (175 ml; 100 g)
Adding Unflavored Gelatin: Less than and equal to 1 cup (250 mL) bake mix, use 1/2 tsp (2 mL) gelatin. More than 1 cup (250 mL) bake mix, use 1 tsp (5 mL) gelatin. 2 cups bake mix and more, use 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) gelatin. The gelatin is added to the wet ingredients.
Cakes and Cupcakes: They tend to be more dense than normal. Use half to three quarters less butter in cake recipes – rather add more liquid, if necessary, and do add an extra egg.