Monday, October 18, 2010

Orgran Buckwheat Pancakes

I find pancakes to be one of the toughest foods to make allergen-free, second only to rising breads. I long ago gave up trying to find a pancake mix that I could use to make waffles – without wheat, butter, eggs, or milk. Usually the gluten-free mixes (when made without eggs) stick like crazy to my waffle maker, which is why this buckwheat pancake mix from Orgran was a bit of a surprise.

Those who are used to eating wheat-free already know that buckwheat is not made from wheat. Buckwheat is actually a seed, not a grass, and is gluten-free. It is possible to be allergic to buckwheat, but for those who aren’t, buckwheat is yet another alternative to wheat.

The flours in the Orgran mix include rice flour, maize (corn) starch, and tapioca, in addition to buckwheat. The mix suggests adding water, milk, and eggs. I used unsweetened hemp milk, and Ener-G egg replacer.

The verdict on these pancakes was that they were quite good. They do have a distinctive – not quite nutty – taste. They don’t fluff up like traditional wheat pancakes do, but overall they satisfied the troops. The most surprising aspect of this product to me was that the pancakes don’t stick to the pan like most gluten-free pancakes do. I was actually able to make the entire batch without ending up with scrunched up messy pancakes. Yeah!

Disclosure: I received a free sample of this product from Organ.

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