Like most people born in the 70s, I grew up devouring Maya pancakes. Back then, my daddy used to make me these incredible breakfast treats topped with a generous amount of syrup and butter shavings. I didn’t know when it started; but, somehow I’ve begun to associate the Maya brand with bonding time with dad.
Today, Maya may find itself in stiff competition with other pancake manufacturers like San Miguel Purefoods, but Maya has managed to maintain old customers like me and attract new ones through its innovative media campaigns. On a personal note, somehow I feel closer to my daddy- who passed away when I was ten- just by continuing with our family’s own Maya tradition.
During one of our weekly grocery escapades, I discovered Maya’s newest variant: ThinkHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix. I must admit though, that the product had me at Whole Wheat which is in fact healthier than white, refined flours. What’s more, it uses Muscovado sugar which is deemed a healthier alternative to table sugar.
The Nutrition/Food Label seemed to confirm this fact too that was why I bought the new variant: Calories: 150
No, they aren’t burned!
At home, I mixed in the flour with a little bit of water and Rice Milk from Healthy Options plus added in a single free-range/organic egg. I prefer using Rice Milk over cow’s milk or soy because Bala and I are both lactose-intolerant. I also like using free-range eggs for several studies have shown that they are indeed much healthier because they have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B and beta carotene over the conventional ones.
After frying them in a tablespoon of olive oil, the pancakes came out looking darker than usual not because they got burned but because of the presence of whole wheat flour and Muscovado sugar. They also tasted much granier than the regular pancake mix perhaps because whole wheat flour retains more grains such as the bran, germ and endosperm, which are exactly the components that make whole wheat flour a tad nutritious than refined flour.
Maya ThinKHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix