Note that I am updating this review as we trial new gluten-free baking mixes from Zemas Madhouse Foods! A few years ago, when attending my first Gluten-Free Allergen-Free Expo, I sampled the wholesome delights of Zemas Madhouse foods for the first time. My friend AndreAnna (who follows a strict gluten-free, and mostly dairy-free diet) was fixated at the Zemas Madhouse table, causing me to inhale at least four or five samples of their Sunbutter & Jelly Bars (to this day, I have no idea which mix they used to make them!).
What AndreAnna and I loved most about this company, beyond the fact that their mixes produced very tasty baked goods, was their commitment to using whole food ingredients. Most gluten-free baking mixes are very starchy and primarily packed with “white” flours and/or heavy bean flours, but Zemas Madhouse Foods takes a multigrain approach, using teff, millet, and gluten-free oat flours along with omega-rich seeds like flax, chia, and hemp … perfect for those of us who like the actual taste and nutrition of grains. After the show, I took home a bag of the Cinnamon-Oatmeal Mix made with gluten-free dedicated oat flour. I followed the directions on the package for making Cinnamon-Oatmeal Flatbread (using a whole egg rather than egg whites), and the results were quite delicious. Rich with cinnamon, hearty, moist, and quite tender … this was a lightly sweet treat that went over nicely with a slathering of nut butter and a mug of hot tea.
Since that initial trial, Zemas finally went live with their new website, and has massively renovated their packaging and even some of their mix varieties. In fact, I believe the mix above has since transformed into their Cinnamon Oatmeal Apple Muffin Mix, which is likely even more delicious! To get up to date, I’m slowly sampling their current varieties, starting with the Multigrain Pancake & Waffle Mix. They actually have three pancake and waffle mixes, but this gem is what I would call “the staple”. Packed with teff, quinoa flakes, flaxseed, hemp seeds, and chia seeds, it is definitely hearty yet it cooked up into nice thick and relatively fluffy pillows. The flavor was delicious and “nutty”, even without any added sweeteners! In fact, I topped it with a maple / nut butter blend rather than straight maple syrup, to keep from burying the flavors in sugars.
Certifications: At last glance, Zemas Madhouse Ancient Grain Gluten-Free Baking Mixes were all certified vegan, certified gluten-free, non-GMO verified, certified kosher pareve, and labeled as an allergy-friendly product. Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Zema’s Madhouse Gluten-Free Baking Mixes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, 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. For More Product Information: Visit the Zema’s Madhouse Foods website at www.zemasfoods.com.