Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Today we have a recipe adaptation! Because who doesn’t love those!? 😉 This adaptation is from a recipe for Grain Free Pumpkin Pancakes from Real Food Enthusiast. I’m going to put the things I did differently from the original recipe in bold. You’re obviously more than welcome to check out the original recipe. It’s linked above. Let’s get started with my version, shall we?

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe Adaptation:

  • 4 eggs (I used 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of 2 of the eggs) 
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk or whole milk + more if batter is too thick  (I used Vanilla Almond Milk)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil + more for cooking pancakes (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour (I did 1/4 cup sorghum + more to thicken, and 1/4 cup brown rice)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (I used 1/2 of this amount; I’m not a big cloves fan)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • I added 2 tablespoons of Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • Heat a griddle to medium heat. (I did medium high) 
  • Whisk eggs, pumpkin, honey, milk (vanilla almond milk), butter, and vanilla together until well combined. (I added in the applesauce here as well)
  • In a separate bowl, mix coconut flour, baking soda, and spices together until combined. (This is where I put in sorghum, and brown rice flour opposed to coconut, and added the baking powder)
  • Mix dry ingredients in with wet ingredients.
  • The batter will be very thick, but you can add more milk if desired. (Add in more sorghum flour and almond milk to reach the consistency of normal pancake batter)
  • Grease the griddle with coconut oil or butter. Spoon the batter onto the griddle, flatten and shape the pancakes. (Greasing was unnecessary as I used a nonstick griddle. Also, you won’t have to shape them if you thin the batter out to the consistency of normal pancakes).
  • Try to keep them small (bigger than silver dollar pancakes but smaller than traditional pancakes). (I didn’t find this to be an issue)
  • Cook a few minutes until lightly browned, then flip and cook the other side for about a minute or until cooked through. Do not walk away; they can burn easily (enjoy with apple butter).
  • The original recipe has a cinnamon honey syrup to go with it. Find that here.

Hope y’all enjoy! These are PERFECT for fall!

Have a great Sunday!!

Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes!

Today we’ll be looking at three different Gluten Free baking/pancake mixes; comparing price, ease of use, yield, taste, and I’ll also give each mix a star rating based on price and overall flavor.

Let’s begin!

1) Glutino Gluten Free Instant Pancake Mix. 6.67 Ounces for $3.97 on Amazon or available at some groceries.

Ease of use: Impeccably simple. Add water, shake, pour onto a hot griddle. These took me fifteen minutes from start to finish.
Yield: According to the package, 10 – 12 three-inch pancakes. If you want human size pancakes opposed to bird size, there is NO WAY you’ll get twelve pancakes. I got 6 five-inch pancakes.
Taste: The flavor was terrible. They don’t cook like regular pancakes, and you end up with rubbery discs of pancake wannabes. There is nothing similar to regular pancakes. In fact, they’re exactly what I was worried all Gluten Free pancakes would be when I went Gluten Free.
Price:  Overall not terribly expensive for the convenience factor, but if you’re like me and prefer to spend your money on things that taste good. This is not your best bet.
Star Rating: 1/10

2) Gluten Free Bisquick. 16 ounces. Roughly $5 at Walmart/Kroger.

Ease of use: Simple.  Stir together mix, milk, oil and egg until well blended. Pour onto griddle. These took me about 25 to 30 minutes from start to finish.
Yield: According to the package, ten pancakes. I can usually get 12 though.
Taste: These pancakes are delicious. I add about a tablespoon of baking powder to make them fluffier, but other than that; these are fantastic! These are the kind of  pancakes that you wonder if they accidentally mixed up the glutenous mix with the Gluten Free Mix. Seriously yummy.
Price: I find it pricey for the amount. It’s baking mix — not gold.
Star Rating: 8/10

3) Aldi LiveGfree Gluten Free Baking Mix. 16 ounces. $2.99 at Aldi.

Before I start my review on this product, I’d like to say one thing. I think this product is identical to the Gluten Free Bisquick. So, if the reviews sound similar; it’s because the two products are VERY similar.
Ease of use:  Simple, Mix wet ingredients (oil, milk, egg) and add in a cup of baking mix. Blend well. Pour on to a hot griddle.
Yield: 10-12 pancakes.
Taste: Just like regular pancakes. Light, fluffy, and delicious. I prefer my pancakes super fluffy, and therefore add more baking powder.
Price: $2.99! TWO NINETY NINE!! That’s UNHEARD of for a Gluten Free baking mix. WOO HOO! Just one more peek into the treasure trove known as Aldi’s. More on that in a future post, I promise.
Star Rating: 10/10
(Update: This mix received the 2015 Fan Favorite Award at Aldi!)

Thats all for today! Hope this helps y’all find delicious Gluten Free pancakes at the end of what can seem like a convoluted Gluten Free tunnel.