Way back in May, I got to know the lovely Tanya from Sweetpea Pantry, as the company began to support the charity I work for (more on this later). It didn’t take me long to fall in love the what Sweetpea Pantry is all about, and I started thinking about all the things we’d like to try.
You see, Sweetpea Pantry was set up by two friends,Tanya and Phillipa, when they had children and discovered that the range of baking mixes available was extremely limited. And so they decided to create their own!
You know what it’s like – you want to bake with your kids but you just don’t have all the ingredients you need. And if you’re stretched for time, having a range of baking mixes in the cupboard could be super helpful. However you also want those mixes to be as healthy and wholesome as can be.
Sweetpea Pantry mixes contain a wealth of grains including barley, buckwheat, oats, quinoa and rye. You can find out all about these, and many more, on their website, which will explain exactly why these mixes are so very special.
Grainy Brainy Pancakes
One of the things that most excited me about the range, was that it included a gluten-free pancake mix, which I was desperate to try. I am unable to tolerate wheat, and so a pancake mix made without it was right up my street.
I mentioned my excitement to Tanya upon seeing it, and she kindly sent us a free box to try. Here’s how we got on…
The mix contains everything you need other than some milk, a couple of eggs, and whatever options you want to flavour your pancakes with. We decided to try the pancakes for dinner one day, so we went for a savoury option of cheese and ham.
Making the pancakes was super quick and easy, we simply put all the ingredients in a bowl, mixed it up, and then off we went. Pancake after pancake came out of the frying pan without a glitch, and we even managed to melt the cheese on top of the pancakes as they were cooking, which was great fun.
After eating our fill of the savoury pancakes, we decided to turn some of the remaining ones into pudding with the addition of some chocolate spread, cherries and bananas. It’s not often you can get a main course and pudding from the same ingredients, but we managed it this time and it was simply delicious.
The package says that the mix will produce around 12-18 pancakes, and they aren’t kidding! We had a massive stack of thick, filling pancakes some of which we had to stick in the fridge and eat for breakfast the following morning. I can honestly say that these pancakes are just as delicious cold the next day as they are freshly cooked.
As the pancakes are full of healthy grains, we found that they kept us going for hours (unlike some of our previous attempts at pancakes which have left us hungry for more an hour or so after dinner). And despite the ease and simplicity of this meal, it was a nutritious option to feed my family, meaning it is a suitable option to have in the cupboard for days when we need a quick meal at short notice.
Little Man may not have been as interested in the preparation part of this meal, as I had hoped, but he very much enjoyed trying the different toppings for our pancakes! Next time I think we’ll try Tanya’s suggestion of adding ingredients into the actual mix… mashed banana and ricotta cheese, anyone?
If you’d like to try any of the Sweetpea Pantry mixes yourself, you can order them direct from their website. Tanya and Phillipa are kindly supporting the charity I work for, Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS), if you use the code bigbrew at the checkout. This will give you a 10% discount and a further 20% will be donated to PSS. So why not give them a go and support a good cause at the same time?
If you do try them out, do let me know. I’d love to hear how you get on.
Disclaimer: a box of Grainy, Brainy Pancakes were provided free of charge by Sweetpea Pantry. The charity I work for will also receive donations if the code “bigbrew” is used when ordering mixes from their website. However no other financial incentives were offered for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.