Van's Gluten Free Pancakes

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 | click here to comment

My husband thinks frozen pancakes are simply awful, but I don't necessarily agree.  I love pancakes in general and frozen pancakes are something of a novelty, but I like them because I can pop them in the toaster oven or microwave and be on my way.  When I saw the Van's GF pancakes at Whole Foods, I knew I had to try them.

Now, before I go into details about the taste I should let you know that these pancakes contain barley malt extract, which I know is not technically safe, but the Van's folks have assured customers that there is less than 20 ppm of gluten in the pancakes.  That being said, if you are super sensitive, you should stay away from these puppies.  The pancakes can only be microwaved, which is kind of a bummer because the frozen pancakes from Trader Joe's allow you to use the toaster oven, but that's another post. 

Anyway! You pop them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and you have warm pancake goodness at your disposal.  The picture above shows them cooked and plain, which is the way I've been eating them (with some coffee), but I recently discovered that a little butter and syrup goes a long way as far as taste is concerned.  They don't taste bad, but they aren't something I'd necessarily crave.  I guess they are more on the bland side and they are kind of chewy in a microwaved sort of way. Overall, if you're not super sensitive and you need breakfast on the run, you should give these a try.  Otherwise, it's probably best to buy some Pamela's Pancake Mix and make some tasty homemade pancakes.


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