Review: Wholesome Cravings Pumpkin Protein Cake
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Aug 13 2012

Review: Wholesome Cravings Pumpkin Protein Cake

A few weeks back I was able to sample a pretty cool product: Wholesome Cravings Snack Cake.  I had the pleasure of first sampling the Banana Chocolate Chip variety and loved it.  Now I am going to share my thoughts on the Pumpkin Spice variety.  With fall quickly approaching pumpkin will soon be the focus for many with their baking and lattes.  I know I get a little excited when I know that Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cookies and Pumpkin Bread are right around the corner! 

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This protein snack cake combines whey protein, pumpkin, spices and raisins for a powerful snack.  It was a great way to refuel after a long run on Saturday with my local running group.  We had a potluck to celebrate the Summer Olympics after our run and I brought along this cake to share.  There are several other gluten-free members of the running group and I knew they would appreciate having the option, as well as being able to share with the non-gluten-free runners as well.  Anytime I can show non-gluten-free eaters now good gluten-free food can be, I jump at the chance. 

Ingredients: Whey protein, flaxseed, oat flour, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, baking powder (sodium aluminum sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), baking soda, salt. Contains: milk/dairy.

Are your Protein Snack Cake Mixes and Protein Bars gluten-free?

Our 5 flavors of Protein Snack Cake Mixes are Certified Gluten-Free and are made in a Certified Gluten-Free facility in Vermont. Our 5 flavors of Protein Bars are made without gluten but are not baked in a certified gluten-free facility.

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The beauty of this mix is you get to choose the sweetener.  Wholesome Cravings recommends agave nectar, but also suggests maple syrup or honey.  I chose maple syrup as it is what I had on hand.  The mix took less than 10 minutes to whip up and toss into the oven.  It did take a little longer to bake then what the box said, but only a few minutes.  The cake set up perfectly!  I allowed the cake to cool before cutting, as the box instructed, and then sliced to serve the following morning after our run.  I really enjoyed the taste and texture of this cake and received lots of positive feedback from friends.   I like that the cake isn’t overly sweet and has 12 grams of protein per serving, making it a nice way to refuel after a run or workout.   I would say this cake was definitely a hit! 

The mixes can be purchased right from the website for $6.50 each.  There are also individual bars available for purchase on the website for $2.50 each.  Wholesome Cravings can be found in select stores in the state of Vermont.

**This cake mix was sent to me free of charge for review purposes.  The opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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