Carbquik Review · Low Carb Zen

Carbquik Review

Sep 09

People regularly ask about Carbquik Baking Mix: it is really low carb, is it a good idea, how does it taste?

Here’s the scoop: while some people adore the stuff and no doubt go on to name their dogs “Carbquik?” I have some reservations.

When I first started low carb, I bought lots of specialty foods, including Carbquik, by the pound. I had a tendency to overeat what I made with Carbquik–totally on me!–but I didn’t always feel so good after eating a lot of it.  It has wheat and soy-based ingredients, so if you are gluten-free or don’t do soy, it would be a no-go. And maybe that’s where my reaction from eating too much came from. Once you stop eating much wheat or soy, your body notices when you load up on it, you know?

I am in no way a science geek, but I always get a little itchy about the advertised processes I don’t really understand, like “enzyme-modified wheat” that are supposed to spare us the carbs. Some of this is just from experience, though–lawsuits have ensued over these types of claims with other products. Whereas when you make something yourself with natural ingredients, you know exactly what’s in it. And most of the time, it’s going to yield better results in terms of weight loss and overall healthiness, too.

For me personally, Carbquik and it’s ilk were transitional foods as I adjusted to my new way of eating. They mimic traditional products pretty well, so folks feel less like they are missing out. I found Carbquik tasted fairly close to the real thing, although some baked goods made with it tasted slightly “off” to me. But just a smidge and easy enough to overlook if you’re jonesin’ for some cake, you know?

What people don’t always remember is that these sorts of products are NOT tolerated the same by every person who eats them.  For some, it works out fine! For others, it can create a stall. Labels don’t mean much if it your body doesn’t dig it, you know? You must pay attention to how your body likes what you’re eating to decide if you want to continue eating it.

Like everything else about your eating plan, it’s a personal choice. Some people love the stuff and report no problems with it. Others won’t touch it. I would suggest if you do use it, do so in moderation as an occasional convenience and not as the pillar of your daily dinner. It’s more likely to work out for you that way.

Any specialty product you eat –okay, really anything at all you eat, pay attention to how it agrees with you personally and make adjustments if need be. That’s how this works best, you know? Respect your body and it will respect you!

Note: If you are going to buy Carbquik, prices on Amazon vary so shop around. It’s also sometimes cheaper on Netrition. Those are the only places I’ve found it, although of course other places may carry it.

And good luck out there!

  • Darlene says:

    Thank you, I have been thinking of trying this but I avoid soy so it is now off my list!

  • Marsha says:

    It’s far too expensive. I really can’t afford it.

  • Frank weir says:

    i found it to have an unpleasant taste. I tried to dilute it with almond flour but that taste still came through…sour-like…from the soy flour I think.

  • Barbara says:

    I could have a miniscule amount, but didn’t like the soy. I could maybe have 2 pancakes, if I had a third, it would spike me. Tried making a pizza crust and it was awful. For pancakes or biscuits, it’s adequate, especially for those transitioning to low carb.

  • Kaitlyn says:

    I absolutely ADORE this stuff!!!
    I have made three batches of cinnamon rolls, which came out greatly successful and delicious. I have also attempted chicken fried steak with Carbquik, the breading seemed to have a hard time sticking, but that could of been due to the dredge I made. But it was very delicious!!

    I found it has the texture of biscuits more than anything, I also didn’t think there was too much of an after taste. There is slightly, but it’s not off-putting or anything.

  • Diana says:

    i don’t like it at all but then i didn’t experiment with flavoring. i tried their recipe on the back of the box for biscuits and they were not good. they rose ok but they were slightly bitter

  • CK says:

    In the end, nothing really substitutes that great for the REAL carbs of actual BREAD.

  • Tina Wilson says:

    I purchased a box from Amazon. I baked some yeast rolls. They were terrible. I followed the recipe exactly as it was written. I didn’t like the smell while itbcc was cooking or the taste. Yuck. Just don’t eat breads and baked goods. No since in buying something that will be set aside for waste.

  • glen says:

    no soy now?

    • Dix says:

      I’m not sure what you’re asking, Glen. I’m aware some of my folks avoid soy. I don’t personally worry over it, although I don’t eat a bunch. But mentioned it because of that. Hope that helps clarify.

  • Maggie says:

    I tried it when it first came out. I made some biscuits which were fairly authentic, but it jacked up my blood sugar, so I threw it out. Just like “PipeDream” pasta which came out around the same time. I’ve never had much luck with this sort of product.

  • Mary says:

    I do not like cloud bread nor fathead breads. This carbquik was a good low carb substitute for bread. I ate a hamburger on one tonight! It was so good!

  • Kat says:

    After two days of eating carbquick mini pancakes (2) with my sausage for breakfast, I dropped to “light Ketosis” and feel bloated. The only other new addition were some roasted soybeans in place of my usual pumpkin seed snack. This led me to find reviews on Carbquick to see what was up. This product is not for me. I’m reminded of that horrible fat free oil they marketed in the early 90’s. Some things are just meant to be left alone. Ick!

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