Review: Zema’s Madhouse Foods


Review of Zema’s Madhouse Foods Gluten-Free Multigrain Pancake & Waffle Mix

Hey everyone! This is Aaron, Rebecca’s husband and I wanted to write a review of Zema’s for her because I used the product while Rebecca was off visiting all of you in Chicago! I’m not great a picture-taking and all the fancy stuff Rebecca does to make Pretty Little Celiac fantastic, but I tried my best to make it a great review for you!

Every once in a while I like to make pancakes, and typically I like them for dinner.  Traditionally, pancakes are not dinner food, so I decided to make cheese burgers with pancake as the bread!    I wasn’t sure how this would go, so I asked my brother to help me with the taste test.  I did not tell my brother that the meal he was about to eat was gluten-free as every time we cook him something gluten-free his face scrunched up with look that says ‘it’s not going to taste good, right?’.

In order to pull the pancake off right, I needed hearty pancake mix, so I pulled out Zema’ gluten free multigrain pancake and waffle mix.  I love having meat with some sweetness added to it, so I tweaked the Zema recipe slightly to make the pancakes a bit sweeter, and served them hot with the burgers and cheese.

For the burgers, I used a pound of grass-fed beef, added two free range organic eggs and some gluten-free bread crumbs.  I combined those all in a bowl and used my hands to knead it into 4 consistent meat patties about a half-inch think.  I used a skillet and a about a tablespoon of grass-fed butter to cook the burgers on medium – low heat until they were medium to medium well.

Before putting the burgers in the pan, I made the pancake mix.  I started with the package from Zema’s and placed all the contents in the bowl.  I add one egg, half cup of organic coconut milk and melted 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil.  I also added just a dash of vanilla extract for a little extra sweetness. I mixed the batter in mixer for two minutes.  The batter was a little thicker than cake batter.  Zema’s grains were noticeable in the batter.

I used a flat frying pan over medium high heat, added some grass-fed butter and place a third of a cup of batter to the hot pan.   At this point I was cooking the burgers and the pancakes at the same time.  The pancakes needed to be wide enough to fit the width of the burger, but the batter spread easily on the pan, so I was able to add more easily if needed.  About 60 – 90 seconds on each side for the pancakes and they were ready.

Once the burgers were done, we took a slice of american cheese and put it on the burger, wedged it between two pancakes.   My brother quickly ate the first burger and asked immediately for a second.   Before he got the second, I told him that the burger was gluten-free.  He pushed me out-of-the-way for the second helping!

Gluten free can be delicious, if you have a little bit of creativity!  Of course, I had to have a couple myself!  I was very happy with the consistency and moistness of the pancakes and would recommend Zema’s to anyone look for a good tasting and easy to make pancake recipe.

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Zema’s Madhouse Foods are sold at many locations around the US. You can find a list of stores here.

Thanks for reading!