Backpacker Essentials: Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes

Our take

No, Neanderthals didn’t eat pancakes. But if they had this mix, they might not have hunted mammoths to extinction. Based on a blend of cassava, coconut, and almond flours, these paleo flapjacks are totally gluten-free and boast a respectable 6 grams of protein per two-cake serving. Birch Benders flavors its mix with low-calorie monkfruit, which let us skip loading them up with messy, sugary toppings. “As the chef, I usually eat my pancakes like cookies while I’m making the next round,” says one tester. “These have a really nice texture and little hint of sweetness that doesn’t leave me missing the syrup.” Tip: These don’t bubble in the pan, so they’re easy to overcook.

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