Brownies cooked in a microwave is an incredibly new concept to me. In fact, brownie mix in general is pretty foreign to me. Before testing out Pamela’s Chocolate Brownie Mix, I don’t think I have ever used a prepackaged mix to make brownies. I’ve eaten one too many boxed brownies from other people to know that the typical homemade batch of brownies is far superior to anything out of a box. (This is true of most foods as well. Whoever created mashed potatoes in a box was an idiot in my opinion.)
But aside from being a packaged mix, I was astounded when I read that Pamela’s Products offers a microwaveable, single-serving brownie mix. “Instant Gratification” the package reads, which, in a sense, is pretty true. In about just one minute, you can make yourself an extra large brownie in a bowl, just waiting for a scoop of ice cream to be placed on top.
What first caught my attention about the brownie mix is that it’s vegan. It’s also gluten-free, perfect for those who have wheat allergies, gluten sensitivity, or Celiac disease. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, possibly oats, and other grains, and can cause anyone who has the above conditions to suffer from a range of physical symptoms.
Since I’m not personally gluten-sensitive, I don’t tend to buy gluten-free products. However, that’s not to say that they aren’t as tasty or healthy as other standard versions. I’ve got to say straight up that I probably wouldn’t use this mix again, but for a gluten-intolerant individual, it’s definitely more than tolerable and is actually proves to be pretty chocolaty and tasty. The thing that threw me off was the texture. The brownies had a fairly chalky consistency, differing from what I’m used to. However, they were super moist, and with a little coconut ice cream thrown on top, they did make a nice “instant” treat.
Plus, if you’re looking for a healthier version of a brownie (something I don’t often focus on when treating myself to a dessert), this mix would definitely be a good candidate. One package (AKA, one serving), contains 5 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 15% of your daily value of iron. Those are facts I can happily get behind.
Bottom line: These are great for gluten-sensitive individuals or vegans looking for a quick fix. As a gluten tolerant individual, I’ll stick with making my own fudgy brownies, even if the health stats don’t nearly compare to Pamela’s.