I'm not sure if you've heard but It's PANCAKE DAY tomorrow! I'm actually far more excited about it than I ever get about Valentines or Halloween (not Christmas though, that's impossible). Do you prefer a fluffy scotch pancake, thin French Crepe, traditional British lemon & sugar covered cake, or big old stack of American pancakes? I'll happily eat any of the above. Fortunately for me, making pancakes has just been made slightly easier thanks to a delivery of samples courtesy of FlapJackedUK.
FlapJacked is an American brand, now available in the U.K, specialising in ready mixed protein pancakes and muffins. Their philosophy is to create "fibre rich products are made with only the highest quality ingredients such as whole grain oats and coconut flour" and are fortified with whey and pea protein. They're free from artificial colour, flavourings and preservatives to boot. Sounds good to me, but only if they taste as great as they sound..
Now for those of you who aren't aware, Flapjack is the American term for pancakes (they don't have our buttery, syrup laden oat bars the poor things). My parcel of goodies contained a selection of their 'Mighty Muffins' -review to follow- and a bag of their ButterMilk protein pancake and baking mix.
The bag informed me that to make a single serving of FlapJacked pancakes I simply needed to mix 1/2 cup (53g) of powder with 1/3 cup (78ml) of cold water and let rest for a few minutes whilst my griddle (read frying pan) warmed up.
The mixture was thicker than I'd usually make, but had a lovely scent of butter and oats to it. As suggested I cooked the batter for 2-3 minutes before I spotted bubbles appearing and the edges started to crispen. I then flipped them and cooked for the same amount of time. The only change I made to the method was to form 6 smaller pancakes rather than the recommended 3. They were then hastily topped with sugar free maple syrup and a dusting of cinnamon before I hurriedly tucking in.
Ooh they were certainly soft and fluffy. I think I expected a sweeter flavour but I liked the fact that they could be used to compliment savoury toppings too. I imagine maple and bacon would work particularly well with this Buttermilk FlapJacked mix. The smell of the pancakes was hedonistic, and the lingering aroma made me salivate for hours after.
I couldn't beat the ease of these pancakes, and their nutritional values are pretty darn good too. Each single serve contains 20g of protein and 23g of carbs with just 6g of naturally occuring sugar. The packet also gives recipes for using the mix to make waffles and chocolate chip cookies too! FlapJacked also sell a number of different flavoured protein pancakes including the delicious sounding banana & hazelnut, carrot spice and apple & cinnamon, all of which are available here.
Thank you to FlapJackedU.K for the samples!