I Love Pancakes.
Pancakes have always been there for me. Like a shoulder to cry on or a friend to tell good news to, pancakes were always fuckin' there. When I received my diagnosis & a strict order to cut everything gluten, gluten-like, and gluten-adjacent out of my diet I thought I'd lost pancakes forever. *insert ugly crying here*
I was deep into the 7 stages of grief when I stumbled upon a grain-free pancake option in the isles of a Whole Foods. Since that glorious day, pancakes have again become my salvation.
But now I want to know if I have the best mix out there. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there are TWO grain-free pancake mixes out there.
*I know what you're thinking - what did we do to deserve such spoiling?!* #spoiledasfuck
Here are the contenders, ladies & gentlemen:
1) Pamela's Gluten-Free Pancake Mix
Ingredients: Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, Cassava Flour, Tapioca Starch, Pecan Flour, Grainless & Aluminum-Free Baking Powder (Sodium Pyrophosphate, Potato Starch, Baking Soda), Walnut Flour, Thickener (Psyllium & Potato Starch), Gluten-free Vanilla Flavor, Psyllium, Cellulose, Sea Salt.
2) Simple Mills Almond Pancake Mix
Ingredients: Almond Flour, Arrowroot, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Coconut Flour, Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda, Sea Salt
Now, if you're trying to keep on a similar diet like me *check out my current nourishment here*, you'll notice that mix number 1 has a couple of problematic ingredients up in there. I did take my gut shield before eating and didn't experience harsh pains, but it's not the greatest on my digestion and that's definitely a factor.
Since both mixes have a decent amount of almond flour in them, I'm going to share a secret with you! If you let the batter sit for a few minutes, your end product will be a much better consistency.
You can see clearly here that the two batters are completely different! And trust me, they taste just as diverse. I did add Enjoy Life *on-diet* dark chocolate chips into my pancakes, but really are they "pancakes" without them??
I thought both mixes would cook similarly, but mix number one ended up being thinner and took longer to bake all the way through. *and I couldn't achieve full done-ness without a slightly burned exterior*
With mix number two, I followed the directions for the 4 servings option, but I really only got two pancakes. Long story short, if you're making pancakes for more than just you and your cat, you're better off making one of the larger serving sizes.
Here are the results!
Once the pancakes were finished and my neighbor Ruby and I dug in, it was clear that both mixes had a very different taste & texture profile. Mix number 1 (Pamela's) was sweet-smelling & tasting but barely done in the middle. Very floppy even though I'd cooked them to the point of almost burning on the outside. *hard to keep on the fork in one piece*
Mix number 2 (Simple Mills) was really everything a pancake should be. The deep richness and amazing texture created a perfect symphony of flavor & mouthfeel. And the best part is, I can actually eat all the ingredients in this mix! *she types as she eats the same pancakes while writing about them at 1 am*
We tried to remain unbiased through the whole meal, but from the first bites, there was a clear winner of the Pancake Mix Showdown.
Major props to Simple Mills for creating bomb-ass totally eatable products for people like us to enjoy!
Coming soon: My Seattle Pancake Showdown - which Gluten-Free & Allergen Adapted Pancakes are the best in the city? I'm gonna find out for you!