grateful ed’s pancake mix

“The Grateful Dead has a pancake mix? I hope it’s not like the grilled cheese I once bought in the parking lot at a Dead show…”

That was my initial comment to a friend last year when she was telling me about Grateful Ed’s pancake mix. Dead, Ed – you can see how I misunderstood.

I picked up some of the 100 percent whole grain, buckwheat pancake mix at Heinen’s. I’m a sucker for anything that’s actually whole grain. Plus Ed Wagner, as in Grateful Ed, is a local guy, which automatically makes this a must-try item

Luckily, the pancakes were significantly better than that grilled cheese from many years ago. The batter is very aromatic; with I believe hints of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. It smells a lot like the batter for toto’s (pronounced “dough dough” – an Italian cookie my family makes around the holidays).

The super thin pancakes were quite tasty and even a bit nutty. Topped with a little sour cream, my pancake topping of choice, and a dab of sugar-free syrup, they made for a healthy and satisfying weekend breakfast. And not nearly as dense and filling as the scratch pancakes I normally make, with wheat flour and oats.

This past weekend, we opted to try the mix in our waffle iron. We agreed the mix is much better as pancakes versus waffles. They weren’t bad, just not quite the same taste. Which is not what I would have expected since we didn’t do anything different to the batter.

I know this pancake mix isn’t necessarily new, I was just a little behind in trying for myself. In addition to Heinen’s, I’ve seen the mix at Miles Market.


  1. Ben
    Posted April 3, 2008 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the review! I’m also a fan of whole grain pancakes, and I’ll pick up a package of Grateful Ed’s the next time I’m at Heinen’s. My favorite recipe for them is here (from Bon Appetit). It specifies quick cooking oats, but I always just briefly pulse regular ones in a coffee grinder or food processor.

  2. michelle v
    Posted April 4, 2008 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Those look good, too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lyndsay Kingsley
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Can be found at Whole Foods too

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