Product: Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten-Free Dreams Pancake and Waffle Mix – $5.99+
I should have known this pancake mix would be epic. Want to know why? Simple. I had previously enjoyed making waffles out of Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten-Free Dreams Chocolate Chip Pancake and Waffle Mix. I actually picked up the Gluten-Free Dreams Original Pancake and Waffle Mix while it was on Closeout at my local grocery store. Yep…it was part of that “purge” the store did that totally threw me into a panic and had me scrambling to buy at least one of everything that was marked that I was interested in trying. Thankfully, it seemed they were just getting rid of some overstock. But that meant a good deal on gluten-free items for me. Love a good gluten-free deal…and I don’t come by them often.
I loved the chocolate chip pancake and waffle mix in Cherrybrook Kitchen’s Gluten-Free Dreams line…so I shouldn’t be at all surprised with the results of the Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten-Free Dreams Original Pancake and Waffle Mix. I made waffles from that mix, so I figured I’d give a go at pancakes this time. But…not just any pancakes. Nope. I happened to have 6 ounces of delicious, ripe blueberries from my CSA bin. Blueberries are awesome. Especially for runners. Pancakes are awesome too. Especially after a long run. I happened to rock out a 10.9 mile run this morning, so blueberry pancakes seemed like the thing to make.
This mix is so easy to prepare. And, the best part is that it is naturally wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, and peanut free. COMPLETELY. Nothing to even worry about. All it requires, if you use the entire box (I did…I just kept rocking the pancakes until I was out of batter…a total of 21 all together, is add 2-1/4 cup rice milk (I used unsweetened almond milk in mine because that’s what I have), and 2 tablespoons of olive oil (I substituted unsweetened organic apple sauce instead). Easy as pie. Right? You simply mix everything together until it is just combined, then let it stand for five minutes. Since I was making blueberry pancakes, after the five minutes was up, I poured the freshly washed blueberries into the batter and gently folded them in.
With my skillet warmed and waiting, I started dropping 1/4 cupfuls of the batter onto the warm surface and let each pancake cook until the underside was golden brown. That took about 2-3 minutes. Then, once the pancakes became dry around the edges (this batter will not bubble to indicate doneness as regular pancake batter does), I flipped them over. Perfection. Another 2-3 minutes on that side and pancakes were ready for eating. Good thing too, because I was hungry.
I gave my pancakes a small drizzle of real (and local) maple syrup. I bought it yesterday at the Buy Local Fair that was held in Louisville yesterday. It was as if all the stars aligned perfectly. Gluten-free pancake mix…local maple syrup…yep. Breakfast was served.
Inquiring minds, I am certain, want to know how this pancake mix stacked up to the ones that came before. Well, much like every Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten-Free Dreams product…I was immensely happy with these pancakes. Light. Fluffy. And super delicious. I couldn’t believe how these cooked up to be so airy and light. Even with the fresh blueberries baked inside, these were some of the most amazing pancakes yet. And they even got that perfect golden crust on the outside. So you get that initial crispiness followed by that soft inside. Pancake perfection. Gluten-free pancake perfection at that.
Nutritionally speaking, it doesn’t get much better than this. One 4-inch pancake made the way I prepared them clocked in at 92 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, only 1.5 grams of protein, and less than one gram of fiber. So…they won’t be very filling…but they will taste amazing. Trust me. I think they would have been divine even without the addition of the fresh blueberries. Those…were just a garnish baked inside. The pancakes, on their own, were fantastic. And I, for one, am very happy to have another four days worth for my roommate and I. It is definitely going to make breakfast simple this week.
Looking for lighter, fluffy, delicious gluten-free pancakes? Look no further than Cherrybrook Kitchen’s Gluten-Free Dreams Pancake and Waffle Mix. Heavenly.