Finally, after years of cooking gluten-free, I can use the words gluten-free and good tasting in the same sentence. These pancakes are one of my favorite gluten-free breakfast options. I even think they are better than any pancakes made with regular flour. They’re much lighter and healthier than traditional pancakes.
Although there are many packaged mixes in the market to make gluten-free pancakes, but none compare to this mix I make from scratch using a recipe from the original gluten-free gourmet, Bette Hagman. I make up a big batch ahead of time and all that is needed when ready to cook are eggs and liquid. The recipe uses a four-flour blend (garbanzo/fava bean flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, and cornstarch) combined with either milk powder or almond meal, shortening, and a few other ingredients. Trader Joe’s almond meal works well in this recipe, but Bob’s Red Mill almond flour does not. I think the latter was too “wet” and the pancakes don’t cook all the way through. Best to stick with Trader Joe’s or another dry nut meal. I sometimes add a teaspoon or two of flax seed meal to the batch for a healthy option. With a little butter and maple syrup, these are a weekend favorite. For variation, add blueberries or bananas, and during the winter holidays, replace the liquid with low fat eggnog.
This recipe is easy to adapt for dairy free diets. These pancakes keep well in the freezer, too..
When I don’t feel like making up my own batches of pancake mix, I have a few prepared mixes I like to keep in the pantry:
Kinnikinnik Pancake & Waffle Mix (contains soy)
Sylvan Border Farm Pancake & Waffle Mix (vegan)
Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix
Mixes that did not pass the taste test:
Trader Joe’s GF Pancake Mix*** (inedible)
Arrowhead Mills GF Pancake Mix (cannot believe they call this food)
My philosophy is that gluten-free food has to taste good. Some gluten-free manufacturers forget this very important criteria. Slapping “gluten-free” on a package is not enough of a reason to charge two or three times what a product is worth either, so I don’t buy products that I think are unethically priced.
***Even though the TJ’s GF pancake mix is not very good, TJ’s ready-made pancakes in the frozen section are excellent.