There are quite a few pancake mixes on the market and today we have just sampled three; Bob's Red Mill, King Arthur and Maple Grove Farms. For the past seven years or so I have only used Pamela's Ultimate Baking and Pancake mix which our entire family, gluten free, or not loves. We never had the desire to switch but since I haven't tried these others that so many are raving about I thought it was time to do so. I put my brother-in-law on a mission to test the King Arthur mix as he is one of the most critical members of our family when it comes to gluten free products and loves to give me a hard time about my diet, all in good fun naturally. He rates Pamela's at the top of his list even over non gluten free mixes so that is saying a lot. I'm anxiously awaiting his critique on the King Arthur mix.
Comparing the ingredients on these three mixes... Bob's Red Mill is heavy on the potato starch and corn flour which you will notice in the taste. If I wanted a corn bread I would have made cornbread but I wanted a pancake so Bob's is out. Maple Grove Farms is heavy on rice flour and soy flour and I try to avoid soy flour as much as possible in my baking. King Arthur is heavy on the whole grain brown rice flour, is soy and nut free but has added sugar. Pamela's is a mix of brown rice flour, rice flour and almond meal that can be used for much more than just pancakes. It really is an all purpose gluten free flour mix.
If you are looking for the best taste closest to what you get at the local IHOP then King Arthur's mix should be your first choice but if you are comparing ingredients and want a mix that is a little more substantial then Pamela's is your healthy choice.