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STEPHANIE ZONIS focuses on good foods and the people who produce them.

 

 

November 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Cereals, Pancakes & Waffles

Whole Grain & Multigrain Pancake Reviews

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(1) Barefoot Contessa Pancake Mix
(2) Bette’s Oceanview Diner Pancake Mix
(3) Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix

 

You are reading part of a review of 99 different whole grain and multigrain pancake mixes from 44 different manufacturers. You can return to the index of all the pancake mix brands, go to Page 1 of the complete pancake article or continue to the next page of reviews.

Pancake & Waffle Mix Reviews:

All of these products are both pancake and waffle mixes.

Barefoot Contessa Hearty Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix

Grain mix: enriched wheat flour, buckwheat flour, corn flour, wheat bran. The mix and batter have a sweet, malty aroma (the mix contains malt powder). When prepared according to instructions, the batter is too thin. The pancakes have less rise than most, perhaps due to the thinness of the batter. The pancakes are light-colored and generally good, but with a very high sodium content (930 mg per 1/2 cup mix) that you don’t taste. StonewallKitchen.com

Bette’s Oceanview Diner Pancake and Waffle Mixes.

  • Buckwheat Pancake Mix. Grain mix: Buckwheat flour, all-purpose wheat flour. Mix requires more preparation than most, as you have to separate eggs and beat the whites. Package instructions direct you to stir the mix, egg yolk, milk and melted butter, but you need to whisk the combination vigorously to get the “few small lumps” consistency specified. When beaten egg white is folded in, batter’s very thin consistency is slightly improved. This batter is obviously not buttermilk! Very little rise on griddle. Finished pancakes have a milder buckwheat flavor that doesn’t smack you in the head. Good.
  • Oatmeal Pancake Mix. Grain mix: All-purpose wheat flour, baby oats. When the batter is first mixed, it’s too thin, but it thickens almost immediately to a better consistency. The pancakes rise higher than most and are light-colored and fluffy (almost too fluffy). The finished pancakes have a little texture from the oats in the mix. Good. BettesDiner.com

Bob’s Red Mill Pancake and Waffle Mixes

All mixes are certified kosher by Kehilla Kosher. BobsRedMill.com

  • 10 Grain Pancake Mix. Grain mix: whole wheat flour, corn flour, rye flour, triticale flour, oat flour, rolled oats, soy flour, millet flour, barley flour, brown rice flour, flaxseed meal. I used water to make this, as opposed to milk. The instructions on this package leave something to be desired. “Blend 1 cup mix, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon oil. Add water to make desired thickness of batter (approx. 1 cup).” Novice cooks may not realize that you can’t blend that quantity of mix, 1 egg and a tablespoon of oil before adding water, as you’ll end up with a mess if you do. I started with 1 cup of mix, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of oil and 1/2 cup water, and I needed only a couple additional tablespoons of water to get the batter to a good consistency. There is good rise and good browning. The finished pancakes are light in color and not at all gummy or heavy. They have a mild flavor, as well, but are too salty.
  • Buckwheat Pancake Mix. Grain mix: organic stone ground buckwheat flour, organic stone ground whole wheat pastry flour. When prepared according to package directions, the batter is a trifle thin, but not excessively so. The batter has a typical “buckwheat” appearance—brownish gray with darker flecks. There’s an excellent rise, but not much browning. The pancakes have a great velvety texture with a very strong buckwheat flavor. They’re too strong for me plain, but are fine with syrup.
  • Buttermilk Pancake MixButtermilk Whole Grain Pancake Mix. Grain: organic stone ground whole wheat pastry flour. I used water (as opposed to milk). When prepared according to package directions, the batter was much too thin; I had to add more mix. There’s very good rise and fine browning. The finished pancakes look and taste like white flour pancakes, so these would be great for picky eaters or whole grain phobics. They were very good with maple syrup.
    Photo courtesy Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Organic 7 Grain Pancake Mix. Grain mix: organic multigrain flour blend (organic whole wheat pastry flour, organic whole grain rye flour, organic whole grain spelt flour, organic whole grain corn flour, organic whole grain oat flour, organic whole grain Kamut flour (khorasan), organic whole grain flaxseed meal, organic whole grain quinoa flour, organic whole grain brown rice flour. When prepared according to package directions, the batter was so thin I had to add more mix. There’s good rise, but not much browning. The finished pancakes were light in color with just a little texture from the grains; they were somewhat gummy with a very mild flavor. They were good with maple syrup.
  • Organic High Fiber Whole Grain Pancake Mix. Grain mix: organic whole wheat pastry flour, organic Scottish oatmeal, organic vital wheat gluten, organic wheat bran, organic flaxseed meal, organic oat bran, organic wheat germ. When prepared according to package directions, the batter was so thin I had to add much more mix. They had a very good rise, with not much browning. The finished pancakes have a little texture from the grains and seeds, but not a strong grain presence. There was a slight bitter aftertaste if eaten plain, but syrup masked any bitterness.

 

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