We were sent a sample of Nicole’s Naturals Gluten Free Waffle & Pancake Mix a few weeks ago. I just got around to messing around with it last week. Since I don’t own a waffle maker I had to rely on my pancake pouring skills to make for a decent photo. Not only is the mix gluten free, but it is wheat, dairy, and soy free as well. Each serving is 150 calories with only one gram of sugar.
All you need is butter, eggs, and milk or water, and before you know it, you will have your mix ready to go. This is what it looked like after I added the butter and eggs. I liked how chunky it was with the oats clumped together.
For the liquid portion I added low fat milk.
Here’s my attempt at a healthier pancake with minimal toppings and just a little powdered sugar instead of syrup or honey. I pretty much followed the directions to a tee and the pancake came out relatively dense compared to most pancakes, which I liked. You can’t really tell from the picture, but I made smaller sized pancakes and the blueberries and bananas did a great job complementing the slightly sweet pancake. The pancake itself gave off a nuttiness and slight spiciness with a tiny bit of nutmeg or cinnamon. I also made a plain stack of these pancakes and didn’t even need any toppings to enjoy them!
So remember how I told you I made a healthier version? Well, this would be my attempt at making an unhealthy version. It’s not like I wanted to make a bad for you pancake on purpose, but I did want to make it taste good. Say hello to Kirbie’s Ultimate Cookie Butter. I came across it while I was searching for inspiration on toppings and it was a no brainer. The spread calls for equal parts cookie butter, nutella, and peanut butter with oreos mixed in it. I did make a slight modification. My peanut butter on hand was a little strong so I ramped up the nutella and cookie butter, and crumbled Biscoff Cookies on top. Hi, my name is Darren, and I am a cookie butteraholic. In order for the spread to get the right consistency I put it in the microwave so it would easily drip over the sides of the pancakes. What came of this glorious combination of strawberries, bananas, Kirbie’s Ultimate Cookie Butter, and Nicole’s Naturals Mix? Pure breakfast bliss. I had to stop myself multiple times from consuming the entire plate.
I don’t have any allergies nor do I typically eat gluten free, wheat free, or dairy free products. But boy this pancake stripped down is just plain delicious. I’m not going to lie and say the toppings didn’t put it over the top, but the pancake itself stands on its own. And because it is so dense, it holds up to pretty much anything you throw on it. If I cooked breakfast more often I certainly would have this in my rotation. The pancakes are hearty but not heavy, and don’t weigh you down afterwards. If you feel inspired by anything in life and want to try Nicole’s Naturals yourself, they sell them on Amazon or in select local San Diego stores such as Keli’s. Check their website for more information.