Product Review: Julian’s Recipe Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes

Julian's Recipe Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes
Julian’s Recipe Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes

Product: Julian’s Recipe Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes – $3.99+

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, but it is also my favorite meal of the day.  If I have said it once, I have said it 456,793 times (or more)…I. LOVE. BREAKFAST.

And I don’t always even stick to traditional breakfast either at breakfast time.  That being said, you can also find me devouring breakfast foods at lunch and dinner.  At times, I have eaten breakfast food at every meal of the day.  Those are the best days.  Nothing makes me happier than a good, delicious breakfast…at any time of the day.

Lucky for me, this doesn’t always have to mean time in the kitchen.  Now, pancakes are one of the best food inventions in life.  You will find no shortage of pancake mixes, syrup, and toppings in my kitchen.  They are, positively, one of my most favorite breakfast foods to ever exist.  And I LOVE to make them…especially on Sunday morning so that they are hot and ready by the time my roomie decides to get up and join me for some coffee.

And while I think from scratch is the best, I do not scoff at gluten-free mixes and even frozen pancakes that have hit the market.  While Julian’s Recipe has put out a few other gluten-free pancakes in the past (Belgian Chocolate, Blueberry, Buttermilk)…this was their first foray into gluten-free savory pancakes.  And…it just so happens to be made from one of my second favorite things in life – sweet potatoes.

Enter Julian’s Recipe Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes to your grocer’s freezer.  I’ll be honest, I don’t remember where I might have picked these up.  Maybe Whole Foods.  Maybe Earth Fare.  Maybe even Rainbow Blossom.  I might have gotten them from Raisin Rack when I was in Columbus, Ohio…or I might have picked them up at Organic Harvest while in Birmingham, Alabama.  Where I bought them is unimportant.  What is important is how they taste.

On this cold morning, where I am packing to leave for Birmingham, Alabama just before noon…I figured it was a good day to break these out of my freezer and give them a try.  Nothing is more comforting on a snowy, cold, March morning…than pancakes.  Especially savory pancakes.

Don’t believe me?  Do it yourself.  HA!

So…let’s first talk about Julian’s Recipe.  Mostly known for their gluten-filled Belgian waffles and European-style breads, Julian’s Recipe has broken out a line of gluten-free pancakes.  Which, I have never tried…despite myself.  The company is named after founder Alexander Dzieduszycki’s son, Julian.  The recipes are ones he adapted from his own family’s recipes.  And the family tradition won’t stop there as Julian has developed a love of cooking and is often Dzieduszycki’s inspiration and muse for new products and recipes.  So, when they stepped up and began offering gluten-free pancakes…the gluten-free world got to see what all the fuss was about.  In addition to the sweet pancakes (chocolate, buttermilk, blueberry) offered for gluten-free consumers, this new line Julian’s Recipe introduced has three savory options…Vegetable Medly, Yukon Gold, and…naturally, the Sweet Potato ones that I am trying out.

Preparing these are easy.  You can do it two ways…via the oven or the stove.  I love cooking frozen pancakes in my oven, so that’s how I did it.  Simply put the pancakes on a baking sheet and into a 375°F oven for 10-12 minutes.  When they emerge, they will be toasty and warm, and smelling amazing.  I loved these at first whiff.

Savory pancakes are a different beast for sure.  And, my non-gluten-free roomie said that these tasted “odd” to her.  “They don’t taste like pancakes.”  Then again…savory pancakes won’t.  They are good though.  Crispy and golden on the outside with that soft pancake in the middle.  Sweet potato flavor throughout.  We ate ours this morning with some maple syrup, however, next time I might put some marshmallow fluff over them with some pecans and use the kitchen torch…take them to that next level of pancake goodness.  Overall…they were good.  Great texture.  All flavor.

The Julian’s Recipe Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes are made from potatoes, sweet potatoes, milk, gluten free flour (blend of white rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, organic brown rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum), egg whites, whole eggs, canola oil, brown sugar, onion powder, salt, garlic powder, and yeast extract.  These are kosher and gluten-free.

As far as nutrition goes, you are going to love these!  A serving of Julian’s Recipe Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes is 1 pancake.  But because these nutrition facts are awesome, my roomie and I each had two this morning.  Sticking to the serving size though, 1 of these savory pancakes will give you 70 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.  Stay with me…it gets better.  A serving has only 10 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, and 2 grams of sugar.  If you are a carb counter…only 13 grams of carbohydrates.  And, you get 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein per pancakes…so, yeah, doubling up makes it awesome…and filling.

Nothing is better than a breakfast that is delicious, filling, and not guilt-inducing (like donuts or muffins or the like).  While pancakes are not hard to make or cook from scratch, frozen pancakes, especially ones with savory ingredients, are nice to have on hand for those mornings, afternoons, and evenings where you are just short on time, patience, and money in your budget.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner, these new savory pancakes from Julian’s Recipe are sure to fulfill any breakfast or pancake craving.

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