Now that I’ve been on a bit of a fitness kick, I’ve been looking for things to help me get my mornings started. I’ve talked about protein powders before, but sometimes you get tired of the same old shakes. I’ve come across lots of recipes for protein pancakes, but it always seemed like a bit of a hassle to go through all the steps to make it. Luckily for me, I found Mancakes, a protein mix that delivers on some big breakfast promises.

Now, I’m a bit of a breakfast buff, and I’ve always been obsessed with pancakes. Once, when I was about 5 years old and in kindergarten, I challenged my 6’3” basketball-playing cousin to a breakfast challenge. Whoever could eat the most pancakes won — and yes, I was your tiny champion.

I was thrilled with the team over at Mancakes agreed to send over some samples. They were kind enough to ship over the traditional Buttermilk, and the sassier Cinnamon Oat. Both of which I absolutely loved.

These are loaded with 21-23g of protein, 9-10g of fiber, and have no gluten, no soy, no GMOs, and no added sugars. All the good stuff to really get you going. The ingredients include whey protein isolate, almonds, egg white powder, flax seed, whole grain oats, and garbanzo & fava beans.

I had the single serve packets, and it’s like making any other pancake mix. Just add water, whisk, and pour into your pan. Super easy stuff here, and the texture of the pancakes really are great, and like any other pancake I’ve had. One packet makes about 2 man sized cakes.

On the buttermilk pancakes I used a bit of butter and some orange blossom honey, to try and keep things a bit healthier. I wanted to change things up and really test them out, so I whipped out the waffle maker and made the cinnamon oats mix into waffles. And it was great — I added a bit of syrup and thought it was great.

$3.99 for a single serving packet, or $23.99 for a bag that will make 30 pancakes.

Purchase online at the Mancakes website.

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