Cherry Bomb Pancakes & Zema’s Madhouse Cocoa Teff Pancake Mix (Product Review)

Have you noticed that things have been a bit slow around here lately? What can I say… it’s been a lazy summer. And what I mean by that is that although I feel lazy for not coming up with a zillion new summer-inspired recipes and sharing them all with you, when I really think about it, I’ve actually been zooming around, here, there and everywhere. I know. With just a few weeks of *real* summer left, I should really slow it down. But you better know there is one thing I always make time for – and that, of course, is chocolate.

And although my brain keeps telling me “vegan ginger-chocolate cupcakes with mango buttercream” and “chia seed coconut fudgesicles”, the rest of me can’t seem to make it all happen.

So I thank my lucky stars for things like Zemas Madhouse Foods Cocoa Teff Pancake Mix. I first heard about Zemas when my friend Hallie reviewed their Rosemary Millet Focaccia. As she described the tender, yet sturdy bread with warm, fresh-baked appeal, I was delighted – but of course, thinking about chocolate. So when Jill Motew, Zemas founder, gave me the opportunity to check it out, I was right on it!

Jill’s eating philosophy has for a long time centered around clean and gluten-free ingredients, and with her allergen-free, ancient grains-based baking mixes, she is truly helping our families get back on track with healthy living (or make sure we stay there, if we already are!) In addition, all of Zemas products, incluing Cinnamon Oatmeal Apple Muffin Mix, Seeded Multigrain Pancake Mix and Rosemary Millet Focacaia, are refined sugar-free, vegan, soy-free, yeast-free and non-GMO (and maybe a few other -free’s too). I’m telling you, nothin’ but good stuff here!

Of course, I couldn’t just make pancakes. I needed to do something a little extra special to celebrate a lazy Sunday morning “just because.” And plain ol’ chocolate was not enough. With ripe local cherries in season and in my fridge, Cherry Bomb Pancakes were the way to go. I put my husband to work whisking up the pancake mixture (easy peasy directions right on the package, thankyouverymuch!) while I whipped up some “mascarpone” and cherry compote. No recipes here, kids, as there wasn’t a whole lot of measuring going on. But the creamy filling consisted of blended cashews and tofu sweetened with stevia and coconut sugar, with some vanilla extract and a touch of lemon juice for tang. And the compote was quick and easy; simply cherries simmered with a squirt of lemon juice and a tiny bit of stevia.

Not much later, breakfast dessert was served. If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth any time of day, you will not be disappointed with these pancakes. Oh, and if you’re like me and get giddy about fueling your body with wholesome superfoods like hemp, chia, flax and amaranth, preferably in the form of chocolate, you’re totally gonna love ‘em.

These cocoa pancakes had the taste and texture of classic devil’s food, fluffy and cakey with a sturdy crumb. When stacked up with my creamy frosting filling and luscious cherries, we may as well have been eating a black forest layer cake for breakfast. It was that good. (And it wouldn’t be the first time I ate cake for breakfast, but probably the healthiest one to date!)

Want to try Zema’s high-quality, wholesome gluten-free baked goods for yourself? Simply order online, or if you’re in Chicago, check out these local shops.

Disclosure: Zema’s provided me with product to review, but all opinions are my own.

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4 Responses to “Cherry Bomb Pancakes & Zema’s Madhouse Cocoa Teff Pancake Mix (Product Review)”

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — August 17, 2012 @ 9:27 am Reply

    You and I always seem to be on the same wavelength with foods! I was just thinking about chocolate pancakes (or waffles) to go with the last of the cherries I have in the fridge! These look delicious Cara!

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    Kate — August 17, 2012 @ 11:30 am Reply

    I almost feel like I’ve missed summer! I’ve been too busy to appreciate it.

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    Joanne — August 18, 2012 @ 3:27 pm Reply

    I love it when my chocolate cravings can be satisfied by something healthy. It’s so rare but so awesome.

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    Kerstin — August 19, 2012 @ 9:43 pm Reply

    Love how your dressed these pancakes up and I kind of love the name Cherry Bomb :)

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