A Breakfast Favorite

Gluten-free pancake mix by Bob’s Red Mill

My son can never get enough pancakes. If I made them every morning for a year, he’d still ask for them every day! As a result, I’m always trying new pancake mixes, so that if one of our favourite mixes is out of stock, I have an alternative to fall back on.

Bob’s Red Mill makes a variety of wholesome food products, in addition to their allergy products. It seems their gluten-free line includes a pancake mix, as I recently discovered. So, I bought a package and took it home for what I like to call the “Attinger Kitchen Taste Test.”

The pancake directions were a bit fussier than other mixes I’ve tried. The pancake batter needed a hand-held mixer to really blend it properly, and I had to let the batter stand in order to ensure that I got the right consistency for the pancakes. However, the extra effort was well worth it. You can use virtually any kind of liquid to make the pancakes, and we used goat milk. However, the package indicates you can use soy, almond, rice or dairy with this mix.

My son and I liked this pancake mix - although not as much as the pancake mix by Arrowhead Mills, which reminds me more of the fluffy pancakes that my mother used to make. However, my husband sided with Bob, and preferred his pancakes over any other we’ve tried. The texture and taste was closer to what my hubby remembered from his European childhood. In fact, the batter tended to be less sweet than the Arrowhead Mills, and that was a real selling point for him. The texture also allowed for a thinner pancake, which he also prefers.

From the standpoint of price, I think that Bob’s might have been just slightly more expensive than Arrowhead Mills. The difference was not significant, as most of the gluten-free products will fall within a dollar or two of each other. However, gluten-free baking and cooking mixes in general are more expensive than their “regular” equivalents.

If you have corn allergies, this mix is not for you. It uses a combination of flours in order to achieve the texture of the pancake - and corn flour just happens to be one of them.

~ Monique L. Attinger

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