Better or Bust: Zemas Gluten-Free Baking Mix

I’m the in-house gluten-free expert at Make It Better, so when this product sample came, I was the natural guinea pig.

I tested the Gluten-Free Cocoa Teff Pancake & Waffle Mix ($9 for 226 grams, which makes about 14 pancakes) by Zemas Madhouse Foods.


  • Pancakes had a delightful consistency and texture (not runny) which is hard to find among gluten-free products
  • Easy to prepare, easy to bake
  • Cocoa flavor is sweet but not overbearing (I decided to forgo syrup and just added butter since they were already sweet; they were still delicious that way)
  • There are several alternate recipes available online if you don’t feel like pancakes

I will definitely try more products (I am especially looking forward chocolate pancaketo the Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Oatmeal Apple Muffin Mix and the Gluten-Free Rosemary-Millet Focaccia & Pizza Crust)


My only complaint is that some of the recipes call for hard-to-find or uncommon ingredients like coconut palm sugar or quinoa flakes. If you’re gluten-free, this isn’t a new concept. To my delight, the pancake ingredient list was short and I found everything I needed at my local grocery store.

Zemas Madhouse Foods is a local, Highland Park-based company. Their website is, and their products will be at Sunset Foods beginning in August.