On my quest to find wheat-free, sugar-free, and chemical-free food products, I happily stumbled on the waffle and pancake mix made by Namaste Foods. It is the only mix I have found that in addition to being safe for me to eat with my fructose malabsorption, does not contain sugar or instruct that sugar should be added. Namaste Foods is certified gluten free and additionally their facility is free of wheat, soy, corn, potato, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and casein. Their food is safe for those with nut allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and people on the FODMAP diet. At this point, I can only vouch for the taste of the waffle and pancake mix since it is the only mix I have tried, but based on my last pancake breakfast, I am planning on trying more of their products.
Now, I like to cook and normally I am the type to pull out the recipe book and not use mixes but sometimes, a mix is the perfect answer to a fast and tasty breakfast. Directions for this mix include adding eggs (so you will need a substitute like flaxseed meal if you are vegan), either water or rice milk (I prefer almond milk), and oil. You do not even have to wait to melt butter – it’s that easy. It is a great base to add whatever you want. I tend to add flax or chia seeds for omega-3, pecans for protein, and blueberries for a nice flavor. If you have no digestive issues with sugar or are not against having sugar in your diet, then you can always add your favorite maple syrup. Since I try to avoid processed sugar for digestive reasons and I prefer to not have it in my diet, I slice fresh bananas on top and that provides me with the sweetness I crave. I really like these pancakes. They have a great flavor, texture, and they are so easy to make. I found this mix at my local Stop & Shop but in case you do not have a Stop & Shop near you or they do not sell this product then Namaste Foods provides a list of where you can find their products.
Ingredients for Namaste Foods Waffle & Pancake Mix:
Sweet brown flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, rice milk powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and ground vanilla bean.
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