Pancakes Make Me Happy (Especially When They’re Gluten Free)

9 Nov


I remember when I was a little kid, having pancakes for breakfast was just as exciting as seeing presents under the tree. Our family made such an event out of it. There were blueberry pancakes, banana pancakes, and my absolute favorite childhood flavor: chocolate chip pancakes. And of course we made a batch or two of plain, only to smother them in butter and Maple syrup. Seriously, there was nothing like pancakes for breakfast. 

Then I developed a gluten/wheat sensitivity two years ago, and haven’t been able to enjoy pancakes ever since. Seriously, I had forgotten what they tasted like. Last year, our roommates hosted a winter day brunch, and all I could eat were the eggs, fruit salad and bacon. The pancakes just sat there staring at me, with all of their ooey gooey goodness. Grr. I cursed them for containing wheat, but then again, I guess it’s not really their fault. 

Well, it wasn’t until this morning that I was brought back to childhood with a bite of some damn good pancakes. Yesterday while strolling my favorite place in the world -Trader Joe’s – I stumbled upon a box of frozen gluten free pancakes, and thought I should give them a try. I didn’t expect them to taste like the real thing by any means, but I thought, why not?

Boy oh boy was I wrong. These babies knocked my expectations out of the ball park. They were heavenly, the perfect texture and extra warm and gooey in the middle. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been missing pancakes for far too long, but I even dare say they were better than what I remembered. Yup, I went there…better. I topped my three little guys (the perfect serving and 230 calories) with a little Earth Balance butter, sliced bananas and a drizzle of Maple syrup then dove right in. Wow…just wow. 

So next time your friends throw a festive brunch, and you have to sit out with a sad face due to an allergy, just remember…there is always a way! Have a happy Tuesday and make pancakes for dinner if ya want! : ) 


7 Responses to “Pancakes Make Me Happy (Especially When They’re Gluten Free)”

  1. glutenfreegimmethree November 9, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Love those pancakes! I like to toast them, then put some Better n’ Peanut Butter on them, then microwave them for 10 seconds. It’s the perfect snack! (Although I have to say that making them from one of the box mixes is a step up)

    • healthychicks November 9, 2010 at 10:17 am #

      mmm your method sounds delicious! And I agree, now that I’m back into pancake mode I think I shall pick up some box mixes to step it up : )

  2. Jenny Jen November 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Every Sunday morning at my house growing up was Pancake Morning. My brother, sister and I would each get to choose what we wanted in our pancakes and I always chose pink chipits. They were a hidden gem my mom found at a bulk food store in Toronto. To this day, I don’t know what they flavour they were, but they were sweet, perfect and pink.

    Nowadays, if I give in to my pancake craving I mix the batter with Skor bits. It sounds as perfect as it tastes.

    Thanks for reminding me about my fave childhood day of the week. Though I hope I don’t remember this blog post come dinner time. We all know what that means!

    • healthychicks November 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

      I always love reading your comments Jenny! Always so fun and cute! Pink chips? Skor bits? Never heard of them, but they sound lots of fun! What are Skor bits? And breakfast for dinner is TOTALLY OK in my mind : )

      • Jenny Jen November 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

        Do you have the chocolate bar SKOR in the US?

        Basically it’s a chocolate bar with hard, crunchy toffee on the inside and a thin layer of milk chocolate on the outside. But they now sell them chopped up into bits and I love throwing them into pancakes or waffles.

        By the way, still haven’t given into the pancake craving you created. I came close this morning.

  3. Carissa @ Fit To Indulge November 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Pancakes yum! If every I develop celiac the first thing I would crave is pancakes. And I heart Trader Joe’s too. I told myself the other day, I could never live somewhere that didn’t have a Trader Joes… or Whole Foods. Spoiled!!! 🙂

    • healthychicks November 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

      @Fit To Indulge I seriously could live at both Trader Joes and Whole Foods…not kidding haha

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