Vegan Pancake Day: Orgran Buckwheat Pancakes

Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix (gluten-free / vegan)

Gluten-Free pancake mix. It's Pancake Day next Tuesday and we're reviewing some tasty vegan options, starting today with a gluten-free pancake mix from Orgran. The aussie gluten-free specialists produce two pancake mixes - a maize-based apple & cinnamon mix, or a plain buckwheat mix. We picked up the buckwheat mix as we thought it would be more versatile and set about making some crispy egg-free pancakes.

You can mix the pack by hand, but we're currently testing a Magimix 4200 food processor, so we put in the whisk attachment and blended the mix in seconds. The box comes with vegan instructions as well as a less animal-friendly alternative using eggs.

The mix is completely unsalted, which we noticed after making the first pancake. We quickly added a half teaspoon of salt to the rest of the mix and the results were much improved. The recipe is also unsweetened, and we suggest you replace some of the mixing water with rice milk (which is naturally sweet).

The pack makes about 10 pancakes, depending on how thin you like them. You can vary the amount of liquid to get your preferred mix. The pancakes above were made with a little more liquid than the base amount in the instructions.

Egg-Free Vegan Pancakes with Golden Syrup

Buckwheat is quite a strongly flavoured grain. Galettes De Bretagne (eggless crepes from Upper Brittany) which are made with just buckwheat flour, water and salt are dark and earthy tasting. The buckwheat in this Orgran mix is very mild however, and whilst these pancakes are good, they're just a little on the bland side.

Adding flavour to pancakes is easy of course...just add some tasty fillings. One of the best is golden syrup - thick, sticky and intensely sweet. We'll be reviewing some more vegan fillings over the coming stay tuned. In the meantime, if you want to make gluten-free vegan pancakes with the minimum of fuss...we can recommend you give this Orgran mix a try.

Verdict: Mix it up for Pancake Day!

Veganoo Score: ★★★
Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix

Footnote: Ingredients
Here is the ingredients panel from the pack we reviewed.

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