Monday, February 29, 2016

Any Day Pancakes – Enjoy Life Product Review

Sometimes life gets in the way. Just before Valentine’s Day I received a goodie box from Enjoy Life Foods (complimentary) to do a product review of their new off-the-shelf Pancake and Waffle Mix.

But due to a family emergency (caused by a blizzard and a fall and surgery for my 81-year-old Mom) I got very distracted from pancakes. My Mom is now recovering and will eventually be walking again, thank-you.

So back to pancakes. Obviously, I missed Valentine’s Day pancakes, but since pancakes are indeed my favorite “special day” breakfast, I decided to post these for Leap Day. What could be more special than a day that only comes once every four years? Well, maybe these pancakes…

One of the things I love about the Enjoy Life baking mixes is that you only need to add water and oil. That’s right, no need to try to figure out the best substitute for eggs or which non-dairy milk to use. There is no need to use any refrigerated ingredients (hence making these perfect for college students or young adults with tiny apartments). And, of course there are no top allergens used in the mix.

The ingredients list is a bit longer and more varied than most off-the-shelf mixes. The Pancake and Waffle mix contains buckwheat, teff, rice, millet, and tapioca flours, along with leavening ingredients and probiotics.

Like the other Enjoy Life Foods mixes, this one boasts 5 grams of protein per serving, but I have to admit I am baffled about what a serving size is. The box says a serving is one pancake, with 11 servings per box. I made eighteen 4-inch (about) pancakes with one box, so I figure one serving is 1 ½ pancakes. Honestly, 3 pancakes is what I think most of us would consider a normal serving.

I found that I needed to add considerably more water than suggested. The instructions call for 1 ½ cups water, I used 2 full cups and the mix was still very thick. I might add even more water next time.

The pancakes fluffed up nicely and browned nicely (something that is not always true of allergen-free pancakes). They were a bit dry (even with the extra water), but nothing lots of maple syrup won’t solve.

Try them yourself, or make them for someone you love!

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