With no room for fluffy breakfasts in my meal plan, pancakes and waffles rarely emerge from my kitchen. But, Bob’s Red Mill Baking Mixes deliver for those of us who like a little power in their first meal of the day, combining the indulgence of pancakes with hearty whole grains.
And we are not talking about a Nabisco version of “whole wheat,” with a single whole grain flour falling three steps behind on the ingredient list, dwarfed by enriched white flour and sugar. Bob wouldn’t make such a paltry claim. He only stamps his whole grain label on a truly whole grain product, and organic nonetheless. Yep, these mixes are hearty through and through, not a single white processed ingredient made the cut …
It was as if Bob was thinking of me when he created this pancake mix. Just 1 gram of sugar per serving, and how did he know that my favorite homemade bread is 7-grain? I was finally ready to kick-start my day with pancakes! While I was confident that I would love the flavor, I certainly didn’t expect these pancakes to turn out so unbelievably perfect. They were beautiful, tall pillows of whole grain goodness. I am not kidding; all I could do to possibly mess these up was to burn them, which of course I managed to do with one batch. But no matter, they were still delicious.
These pancakes had a definite whole-wheat taste, accompanied by a very, very mild sweetness. Pastry lovers will want to reach for a generous douse of maple syrup, as my husband did. However, I loved the versatility to use these as a sweet or savory breakfast treat. Opting for a touch of indulgence (it was Sunday after all) I mixed a dash of maple syrup with some cashew butter for a lightly sweet cream to spread atop each pancake. Upon first bite, I did notice that these weren’t quite as fluffy in texture as their distant white flour cousins, but consequently they didn’t instantly turn to mush as the maple syrup soaked in. They were a bit more confident and assertive than your ordinary flimsy pancakes.
Pleased with the pancakes, I decided to whip up some waffles the next morning … and they too came out picture perfect. They were a bit lighter in texture than the pancakes, calling for two eggs rather than one, and I had a bit of trouble getting them to brown. I persisted for a few minutes past the green light, but they wanted to remain soft to touch with only a lightly crisp exterior for some reason. Since I like my waffles with that crispy edge, I preferred these as toaster waffles (perfect for freezing!). But they really were quite tasty still, just a bit more bread-like than I was anticipating.
“High Fiber” isn’t the most appealing name, evoking images of Metamucil, but I was still excited by the whole grain factor. The resultant pancakes were an interesting mix of totally fluffy and a fiber rich taste. I wouldn’t recommend that the whole grain phobic jump into this one right away, but if you already have a taste for whole wheat and oat-based foods (as I do), then this might be the perfect breakfast treat you are seeking.
I added 1/3 cup frozen wild blueberries to the mix, and my husband gobbled them up. He loved them! While this mix seems to be similar in general content to the 7-Grain, I tasted a very (very) light sweetness in the 7-Grain, but the High Fiber mix was not sweet at all. Of course, who needs added sugar when you are topping them with syrup? Plus, this is an excellent mix for making savory waffle sandwiches. I like this feature, since I prefer not to tempt my taste buds with sweetness too early in the morning.
While I liked both mixes, and would be pleased as punch if restaurants started serving pancakes like these, my heart and palate belong to the 7-Grain mix. But, whichever your preference, I think these Bob’s Red Mill Baking Mixes are far and above any other I have seen on the market in both quality and taste.
Beyond these two pancake & waffle options, Bob’s Red Mill Baking Mixes include additional pancake and bread varieties (like the 100% whole wheat bread pictured below) that are dairy-free (see the sidebar). But take note that several of their wheat-based mixes do contain dairy.
Certifications: Bob’s Red Mill Baking Mixes are Certified Kosher Pareve; Many varieties are also Certified Organic and Certified Vegan
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these Bob’s Red Mill Baking Mixes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free*, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based*, and vegetarian. Select varieties are soy-free. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
*Though these Bob’s Red Mill Baking Mixes are produced without eggs, several do call for eggs in the instructions. We tested the products with eggs, if called for.
For More Product Information: Visit the Bob’s Red Mill website at www.bobsredmill.com.