When Lauren of Me and the Mountains began posting recipes and photos of a protein pancake mix with the old catch phrases of “all natural,” and “easy to make,” and “just add water,” my interest was piqued. I thought about buying a sampler pack, but FlapJacked beat me to the punch and offered to send me all three flavors to try and review on the blog. SCORE.
The first thing Crack did when I showed him the pancake mix I was going to force him to eat was check the ingredients. He is extremely critical of what he eats, but to my surprise, he gave the ingredients list a shrug of approval and wordlessly handed me the bag. (FlapJacked uses whole grain ingredients like oat flour, quinoa flour, coconut flour, etc.)
Banana Hazelnut was the flavor I was most excited about, thus the first flavor I tried. I mixed one cup of cold water with one cup of mix right in the measuring cup and let it sit for a couple minutes while I waited for my pan to heat up (I used medium-low heat, or a 3 on my 1-10 knob).
I sprayed the pan generously with PAM and poured the first round of batter. It was a little thin, and I could tell my cakes would look nothing like the ones on the package. I carefully turned it over and, damn I burned it already?! But the heat is so low and I barely had it on for a couple minutes! This was going to be a practice-makes-perfect type situation.
I got better as the batch went along, and ended up with a LOT of big and little and oddly shaped pancakes. It took forever for me to cook it all! Keep in mind I’m not the greatest cook in the world, so I wouldn’t blame the mix for my first try being a bust. I ate them plain along with a couple slices of turkey bacon for a very filling breakfast. The banana hazelnut was a subtle, but pleasing flavor.
The texture was like a normal whole grain pancake, and didn’t fall apart the moment I tried to pick it up. This mix would make for a great wrap or crepe type application.
I put the second half of the batch in the fridge to see how they would taste upon reheating. I used the toaster oven rather than the microwave so they wouldn’t get soggy. Still good! This is going to be helpful for breakfast-on-the-go.
My griddle skills got a lot better with the next two batches. Buttermilk was the next flavor to try, and this time I got Crack’s opinion. We both had them with pure maple syrup, and they were delicious! When Crack likes something, it’s a good sign. He tends to hate everything and everyone, unless they’re awesome and funny and adorable like me.
Finally, it was time to try Cinnamon Apple, the flavor I was least interested in trying. I like apples, and I like cinnamon, but I tend to not like apple-cinnamon flavored things. Is that weird? I half-heartedly prepared the batch. Ironically, as they were cooking, they smelled so good, and I grew more and more anxious to finish cooking the batch so I could get one in my belly.
I made six gorgeous, equal-sized pancakes! Third time’s a charm? And yes, I have to say they did end up being my favorite flavor.
After a bit of trial and error, I learned the following things about cooking the pancakes:
- You have to let the batter sit for at least 5 minutes while it thickens.
- Use the bare minimum lubrication on your pan.
- The heat has got to be super low. The 3 I started out with was too high, so I went all the way down to a 1.
- To get the same amount of pancakes each time, pour the batter in approximately 5″ rounds.
A serving size is half the batch, so about three pancakes. This comes out to 200 calories, between 15-17 grams of protein, and 21g net carbs or 5 WeightWatchers PointsPlus. I always have to have something salty at breakfast, so I pair it with turkey bacon or eggs with veggies to round out the meal.
But you know what this lazy girl’s favorite thing about these pancakes is? The cleanup is very minimal. I use exactly ONE measuring cup, ONE pan, and ONE spatula.
Interested in trying FlapJacked for yourself? Use coupon code REDUCEDFATGIRL for 20% OFF your entire order! They have 1-batch single sampler packs of each flavor, or larger bags of your favorite flavor. This discount is only valid through May 31, 2014, so get some now!
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of three FlapJacked flavors for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own.