Paleo Pancake Taste Test
It’s a pretty typical Saturday morning that I wake up craving pancakes. Growing up I had one of those wonderful mothers who made homemade pancakes and french toast almost every weekend. Last Saturday morning I woke up ready to tackle paleo pancakes and ideally vegan too! I found a few paleo pancake recipes online that looked promising and set to work.
The results were abominable. They were either too gummy or too eggy, or just bad. By lunch time I had wasted all of my expensive paleo ingredients and still hadn’t had my morning pancakes. Instead of wasting more ingredients, I ran to the store and brought back all of the paleo pancake mixes I could find.
And because sharing is caring: here I present you my paleo pancake taste test review!!
*Not a sponsored post. All products were paid for by me, and opinions are my own.*
Introducing: Birch Benders, Bob’s Red Mill, and Pamala’s paleo pancake mixes. These were the three that were at my local grocery store, so these are the three we’re going with! I have a good feeling about these, I’ve had great success with Pamala’s gluten free pancake mix and Bob’s Red Mill always tends to be reliable.
First off, let’s compare ingredients.
Cassava flour, organic coconut flour, almond flour, eggs, leavening (monocalcium, phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), salt, monk fruit, spice.
Bob’s Red Mill
Almond Flour, Arrowroot Starch, Organic Coconut Flour, Organic Coconut Sugar, Sea Salt, Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda.
Almond Flour, Organic Coconut Flour, Cassava Flour, Tapioca Starch, Pecan Flour, Grainless & Aluminum-Free Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Potato Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate), Walnut Flour, Thickener (Potato Starch and Psyllium), Gluten-Free Vanilla Flavor, Psyllium, Cellulose, Sea Salt. (Nut flours appear as brown flecks.)
All sounds fine decent to me!
Birch Benders is a little concerning because of the egg already in the mixture. I just don’t like the idea of powdered egg. Reminds me of powdered dairy that diners and cheap hotels have. Eww right? Life’s too short to eat that!
I’m the most excited to try Bob’s Red Mill, the ingredients sound on point, simple, clean, healthy.
Also Pamela’s sounds dope! I like the idea of all the different nut flours in there, sounds tasty at least!
To make the pancakes
For my first go round I followed the recipe on the box exactly. Which means we are eating eggs today, sorry stomach! But I need to see how they’re supposed to be before I try to alter them to be vegan.
Let’s get cookin’!
3/4 cup mix
2/3 cup water
These defiantly look pretty. Makes about 4 very small pancakes, or 2 medium size pancakes. While cooking they didn’t bubble like your average pancake, making it hard to know when to flip, but they did flip easily and looked very appetizing! I was excited to try these babies.
Bob’s Red Mill
(I halved the recipe)
1/2 cup mix
1/2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp water
This made about 3-4 thin pancakes. I followed the recipe to the T and man were they thin!
They cooked up nicely, didn’t abnormally stick to the pan. They cooked how you would expect a pancake to, bubble up and pop then flip. Looks like a pancake, will they taste like a pancake?
1/2 cup Mix
1/2 cup water
1 TBSP oil
These mixed up well, looked like a nice thickness. Once cooking they didn’t seem to be setting up, no bubbles and stayed pretty wet on top. I flipped them once I could see the bottom was browning, but these were defiantly harder to flip because of the wetness.
THE TASTE TEST!
Inedible. That’s all I need to say, inedible! But for the sake of the review I’ll say more. These were nasty, my husbands first words were “really awful”. The worst part was the fake sweetener taste, you know what I’m talking about right? These had a nasty fake taste. I really didn’t want to take a second bite but I felt committed to having a better review. So on second bite these were, gummy texture, weirdly salty, eggy, the flavor was first stale tasting then the fake sweetener hit. So while they look pretty, don’t even go there!
Bob’s Red Mill
First impression was: too much salt. On second bite, the texture is nice, little too eggy/spongy, but close to a real pancake. I appreciated the texture of these compared to the other two, but they were still not as good as a “normal” pancake. The flavor was a little lack luster, but not off putting.
I’m not sure about these. I love the taste, they taste like the gluten free Pamela’s pancake mix, which I love! Has a sweet smell, and sweet flavor but not overpoweringly sweet. The problem is the texture. They stayed very wet despite cooking for a long time. On top of the wetness they were also grainy, like a chunky nutty grain. Normally I like that, but it’s not what I want from a pancake. Lastly they were a little bland, so while the other mixes were too salty, these needed salt!
We can obviously take Birch Benders out of the mix. Between Bob’s Red Mill and Pamela’s the one I would reach for to make again would be: Bob’s Red Mill. It was all about the texture! They are the closest to what I would expect from a pancake. While I preferred the flavor of Pamela’s over Bob’s I feel I can tweak Bob’s Mix to make it taste how I want.
Keep reading if you want to know how them make it vegan!
Oh boy am I excited! With the help of Bob’s paleo pancake mix, I have created the BEST vegan paleo pancakes! I even like these better than the original recipe on the box.
The first thing I wanted to fix was the flavor. Like I mentioned before the flavor was not bad but just a little lake luster. To combat that I’ve added vanilla and cinnamon.
And to make vegan, simply remove the egg and we’ve added some replacements. Check it out below!
- 2 flax egg 2 tbsp flax and 5 tbsp water
- 1 cup Bob's Paleo pancake mix
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
In a medium bowl mix your flax meal and water, let sit for 5 minutes (to let the flax meal gum up). In the same bowl add in the rest of your ingredients and mix until just combined. The mixture will be thick, but don't worry they cook beautifully.
Scoop 1/4 cup batter onto griddle, because of the thickness manually spread the mixture out just a little bit. Flip once.
They should be fluffy, with crispy edges and the best flavor.
Has anyone else struggled with vegan paleo pancakes like myself? If you have any successful recipes send them my way, I’d love to give them a shot!