First, thank you for visiting our site and reading a bit more about us! Many people ask us how Mancakes started and it has taken a long time to feel like I could write the full answer to that. After 3 years now since Mancakes first pancake flip it seems the right time to tell that story.
Mancakes was spurred by my own struggles with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which I came to learn is so prevalent and needs to be talked about rather than be ashamed of. After a series of difficult events beginning in my last year of college, I struggled with severe anxiety attacks and panic disorder. I felt like I was completely out of my own element; that something was terribly wrong with me, and I couldn’t stop these very real physiological reactions. It was scary and I was very confused, lost, and concerned. After many years of questions and confusion, my doctor suggested intensive weight training in addition to the cardio (mainly running and soccer) I was already doing. She told me to “push as hard as I could.” Finally listetning to this suggestion after a move to Denver made an unbelievable change in my life. Adding intense lifting was so empowering, both mentally and physically that the panic attacks have progressively become less controlling and now are the exception rather than the rule. The only problem I ran into was that I was always so hungry and bored of egg whites, oats, and cereal for breakfast.
We had been playing around with different pancake recipes for a few years when we suddenly realized that protein pancakes were the perfect solution to this new need for even greater sustained energy. Jared got to work on modifying a spice cake recipe of my great grandmothers’ and making it into our first flavor: Cinnamon Oat. The key nutrition we wanted was 20+ grams protein, high fiber, low sugar, and gluten and gmo free. It took a lot of trial and error to get it just right, but finally we had our first recipe.
We care very much about health through the classic staples of a clean diet & regular exercise and since we were able to create something that could help people achieve that we wanted to share this passion with the world and provide delicious tasting food to fuel people’s active lifestyles. Further, we have partnered with Military Muscle to create the Military branch of Mancakes. Their foundation provides support for those struggling with PTSD, a cause very close to my heart.
Another question I get a lot is where did the name “Mancakes” come from? That’s an easy one! It’s simply a play on the word “Pancakes,” but makes it a bit grittier and just makes sense for a high-protein infused product. We kept coming back to it after many brainstorms. It was the stickiest and is certainly memorable! What’s more is it provides us a lot of room for some fun and innovative marketing.
Kerry & Jared Flagg