Pancakes are a staple food that is almost universal and almost always includes animal products. These starch-based, flat pancakes can be baked or fried on a hot plate. Because pancakes are usually made from a batter instead of a denser dough, they require a liquid—traditionally milk or water.
Some pancakes have a leavening agent, which means they contain ingredients such as eggs and baking powder. These ingredients give the pancakes a light, fluffy texture. Others do not contain any leavening agents. Pancakes can be made with animal fats, such as butter and lard (a pork byproduct). Toppers can also contain animal products like cheeses and creams. Pancakes, as Americans know them, are usually not vegan because they contain eggs or dairy.
The best kind of morning is one where you can pull a packet of pancake mix out of the pantry. Hot coffee is served in clean mugs. Other breakfast staples like eggs, bacon, or large colorful fruit salads can be prepared or kept on the counter.
A few key nutrients are important to remember when selecting a pancake mix. You should consider the ingredients of the pancake mix and the ability to stick to your budget.
Pay Attention to Fiber
You will feel fuller and more satisfied if you choose a mix with 3 to 4 grams of fiber. Mixes with 100% whole grain and/or added seeds like chia, and flax, tend to contain the highest levels of this essential nutrient. To get fiber, choose blends that contain almond or coconut flour when you are choosing to eat grain-free.
Whole Grains are Recommended
Before lunch, you can protect yourself against type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and weight gain. Yes, please! You should choose whole-grain mixes over-refined. However, you shouldn’t simply buy any package that says whole grains on its front. Check for the word whole in the ingredient listing and make sure it’s first. If fiber is very low (1 gram), then the product may not be whole-grain.
There are many sweeteners available. Below, you’ll see the most relevant ones to the lifestyle of the person who is buying the pancake mix. You should choose a brand with low amounts of added sugars, such as brown sugar, brown rice syrup, and cane sugar.
These sugar substitutes might not be suitable for all people, even if they’re non-nutritive sweeteners such as erythritol, monk fruit, and stevia. Although sugar replacements are not going to make or break your diet, it is a good idea to include it in a balanced meal.
To balance out the sugar in your favorite baking mix, you might replace the maple syrup topping with a nut/seed spread.
A pancake mix that is high in protein (either whey, pea, or soy) will help you stay fuller longer. Protein provides key amino acids to aid with muscle repair and recovery after a workout, but it also provides important amino acids. If you are feeling hungry after a pancake meal, make sure to choose a brand with at least 14g of protein. This makes a great post-workout snack that provides quick carbohydrate and protein replenishment.
The best pancake mixes have a “just add water” edge over the rest. This is especially useful if you don’t have access to fresh milk or eggs, like during a camping trip, power outage, or other similar situations. You can also make your own homemade baking mix if you don’t want to melt butter or break out the eggs.