Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mixes: Which Brand is Best?
We tasted over 70 packaged gluten-free pancake mixes to find the best-tasting and easiest-to-make gluten-free pancakes and waffles money can buy.
Regardless of how you make them or top them, everyone seems to love pancakes and waffles. With a variety of gluten-free mixes on the market, it’s easy to make these favorite breakfast foods allergy-friendly.
We set out to find the best gluten-free pancake and waffle mixes on the market—the ones with the best taste and the perfect rise and texture. We also wanted to find the top picks for those who eat vegan or grain-free and those who must avoid other common allergens, such as dairy or eggs. After weeks of tasting, what’s our conclusion? There’s a perfect pancake mix for just about everybody!
How We Found the Best GF Pancake Mixes
We tested 71 gluten-free pancake and waffle mixes to find the best for our readers. Many of them were also dairy-free, egg-free or grain-free and ready to fit most specialty diets.
Our gluten-free pancake chart is not a complete list of all pancake mixes on the market but it contains as many as we could find that are readily available in grocery stores or online.
We were amazed by the number of companies that offer gluten-free pancake and waffle mixes. Some companies, like Pamela’s, have up to eight varieties—from grain-free and buttermilk to non-dairy and buckwheat!
We tasted buttermilk, multigrain, sprouted grain, grain-free and high-protein pancakes. Some require very few additions to make the mix—just a little oil and water—while some require everything but the kitchen sink.
Some mixes are made mostly with white and brown rice flour, while others are made with more complex flours like sorghum, buckwheat, millet or almond. These alternative flours add extra flavor and nutrition.
Some mixes contain flavorings such as cinnamon or vanilla (or the instructions ask you to mix in vanilla extract). Unless you love the taste, be careful when buying mixes that include strong flavors like cinnamon or pumpkin; some can be overpowering.
Many mixes feature directions to make both pancakes and waffles. Sometimes the mix preparation is the same, though typically waffles require more oil or butter to keep them crispy.
We especially appreciate mixes that have instructions for making smaller servings and don’t require you to use the whole box. Sometimes you just want a few pancakes—not a whole platter!
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Gluten Free & More Readers' Favorite Mixes
We polled Gluten Free & More readers about pancakes and waffles, and over 1,400 of you wrote in on your favorites!
If we learned one thing in our reader survey and our editors’ taste testing, it’s that we love pancakes and waffles! If you had to choose one, you’re definitely pancake fans. Fortunately, no one is asking you to choose.
Gluten-free pancake and waffle mixes are readily available at most traditional grocery stores and more than 50% of our readers shop for mixes there. However, shelf space often limits varieties and brands. You might need to visit a natural grocery store (like 40% of you do), or order your favorite mixes online (like 20% of you do).
Our reader favorites were pretty clear. Note that mixes that are readily available scored higher than those that are less widely distributed.
Components of a Great GF Pancake Mix
It’s no surprise that you want your pancakes and waffles to taste good (66%). According to our survey, you also want mixes that are certified gluten-free (50%). We applaud companies that have taken the extra effort to achieve gluten-free certification! In our chart, we also include companies that manufacture their mixes in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
Here’s what you want from a pancake mix. See our full list of pancake reviews to find a mix that best meets your needs.
|CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE||50%|
|EASY TO BUY NEAR ME||37%|
|EASY TO MAKE||29%|
|PRICE OF MIX*||26%|
|EASY TO SHIP||4%|
|ADD-INS INCLUDED IN MIX||1%|
*Don’t forget to look at the number of servings per bag, not just the overall cost.
Best Toppings & Fillings for Gluten-Free Pancakes
Almost half of you are purists who add nothing to your pancake mix—you just mix it up, cook, and serve.
But what about the rest of you? You’re spicing up your mix by adding fruit (30%), such as blueberries and pumpkin, or by tossing in chocolate chips (20%). Adding spices to the mix is popular, with cinnamon and vanilla being the favorites. Looking for more fiber? Toss gluten-free granola or purity-protocol oats into the pancake batter. Looking for more protein? Stir in gluten-free protein powder.
The fun doesn’t stop with fillings. We asked you how you top your pancakes. Most choose traditional maple syrup (83%) and butter (56%).
Fresh/frozen fruit, jam/jelly, honey and peanut butter/nut butter/seed butter are also popular topping choices. Applesauce appeared in the write-in comments enough to warrant mentioning too.
Don’t forget about the whipped cream! One of our favorite reader responses was “all of the whipped cream that can be structurally supported.” Our taste-testers definitely second that thought. Can’t do dairy? Try So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip!frozen dessert topping.
If a mix is highly rated for pancakes, it will be just as great for making waffles. The real difference between a good waffle and a sensational waffle lies in how it is prepared. Yes, the oil and the waffle maker do make a difference.
The Best Oil for Waffles
If you are adding oil (instead of melted butter) to a mix, vegetable oil works fine. For nicely browned pancakes or crunchy waffles, try using an oil with a higher smoke point, like avocado oil or refined coconut oil. Here are two that we tried and loved in both pancakes and waffles:
The Best Waffle Makers
We tested mixes using different waffle makers to see which ones cooked waffles perfectly, without burning the waffles or the taste-testers! We tested budget waffle makers and high-end machines that doubled as grills. We love waffle makers with removable dishwasher-safe plates for easy clean-up. Here are some of our favorites:
Krups 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates, $49.96
Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates, $99.95
All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker, available in 2-square or 4-square, $280-$300
Lagrange Premium Waffle Maker, $229.99