We know Pancake Day is the perfect excuse to over indulge and gorge ourselves silly on all things sweet and sickly. But it got us thinking, what could we try instead so we can go pancake mad this year; but guilt free?
We’ve pulled together a list of our 10 favourite healthy alternative pancake toppings to help inspire you, along with vegan and gluten free options. We’ve also stepped into the savoury corner of Shrove Tuesday, so we’ve got your mains and desserts covered!
1. Apple & Cinnamon
The perfect combination and a delicious winter warmer. Prep your topping by cutting medium-thick slices of apple, add a sprinkling of cinnamon and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
2. Almond Butter & Bananas
Protein packed with natural sugars - perfect for all those sweet tooth’s!
3. Sweet Potato & Bacon
Everything in moderation is fine, so adding a few rashers of bacon to your pancakes is more than acceptable. Coupled with mini sweet potato roasties, peppers and red onion and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner time treat.
4. Mixed Berry Bonanza
Mix together blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in a saucepan, adding in a splash of water and a spoonful of honey to create a naturally sweet sauce.
5. Peaches & Cream
Minus the cream…Swap the calorific cream for smooth, fat free greek yoghurt and finish with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
6. Gluten Free
Not a sprinkling of flour in sight and they taste just as good (if not better!) You’ll need to mash up 2 large bananas, whisk 1 egg, add a pinch of cinnamon and baking powder and mix together to form the batter. Then add blueberries and maple syrup for the topping!
7. Strawberries & Dark Chocolate
Slice up some strawberries and top with some melted dark chocolate for an extra edge of indulgence.
8. Feta Cheese & Broccoli
Try something a bit out of your comfort zone and pack your pancakes with some tasty feta and roasted broccoli before moving onto dessert!
9. Vegan Pancakes Featuring Tomatoes & Mushrooms
Swap normal milk for soya milk (400ml), plain flour for self-raising flour (140g) and 1 teaspoon of soya flour instead of eggs. For the topping: chop up some tomatoes and mushrooms, cook in a pan and add 2 tablespoons of soya cream/milk to make a thick sauce and spoon over the pancakes.
10. Healthy Pancake Batter
The bulk of these pancakes are made from porridge oats which are packed full of fibre and are low GI so they release their energy slowly – great for a hearty breakfast to start the day off right. To serve 1, you’ll need 40g of porridge oats, 200ml milk, ½ an egg, ½ teaspoon of baking powder and 1 tablespoon of honey. To make the batter: add the oats and milk into a saucepan and cook over a medium-heat until the milk is absorbed. Transfer to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined…and you’re good to go. Slice up some strawberries and kiwis for a fresh finish.