The pros: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix is a good quality mix for those who can’t have gluten. Other than a mild textural difference, I probably would not have guessed that these are gluten free.
The cons: There is a price premium as compared to the non gluten free variety. No directions available for waffles.
The earliest gluten free products on most store shelves were not good. However, since I started noticing gluten free products there has been a leap in the quality of these products. There are even some where I believe that they are better than the originals, like Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownies. To me, I expect any gluten free item needs to be an equal substitute to the original where I don’t feel like I was missing out. That is the case here.
In preparing this, there is nothing really out of the ordinary that this requires: egg, oil, and water. This results in the same orange hued batter. Even looking at the mix, it doesn’t look anything out of the ordinary. The final result are pancakes that have a subtle pumpkin flavor. They also have the familiar pumpkin spice blend, but nothing that overwhelms the flavor here.
As a batter it cooks just as you would expect from a regular pancakes and the final result is a strikingly similar taste. There is a subtle textural difference perhaps from the rice/potato here in place of the more familiar wheat flour. It’s nothing that will make you not want to eat these. In fact, if someone put them in front of me and didn’t tell me that they were gluten free, I would assume the are just plain pancakes.
For $4.49 this is a smaller package and priced higher than Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix. I found the quality to be pretty equal, just the price was a premium. So while I wouldn’t reach for this again because of the price difference, I would recommend it for those where gluten free is a must.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being prepared you get:
Would I buy this again? For me, Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix isn’t a necessity. I would personally stick with the regular variety. However, if I couldn’t have gluten then I would absolutely reach for this mix.
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