5 healthier pancakes

Pancakes are fun to make as a family – kids can whip up the batter while adults do the flipping – and we’ve got a stack of ideas for a healthier batch.

Folded pancakes on a plate with lemon segments

Pancakes are always popular with children, but the traditional Shrove Tuesday topping of lemon and sugar doesn’t offer much in the way of valuable nutrition. If you’d like to use Pancake Day as a way to sneak a few extra fruits or veggies onto their plates, we have the inspiration you need. Do, however, keep in mind that adding fruit as a topping will up the amount of natural sugar in a recipe and also that pancakes should still be considered a treat as part of a varied, balanced diet.

If anyone in the household has an intolerance to gluten, you may also want to check out our 5-gluten-free pancake recipes.


Blueberry & lemon pancakes

American pancake stack with blueberries and syrup on a plate

These American-style fluffy pancakes incorporate a small amount of golden syrup and berries into the batter to give little bursts of fruity sweetness. A twist of lemon cuts through nicely.

Blueberry & lemon pancakes


Sweet potato pancakes with orange & grapefruit

Small pancakes with orange and grapefruit segments on a plate

Swap the traditional flour base for mashed sweet potato and ricotta to make these gluten-free pancakes. Orange zest, grapefruit and mint lend the dish a real punch of fresh fruity flavour. Great for breakfast or brunch.

Sweet potato pancakes with orange & grapefruit


Ricotta pancakes with winter fruit compote & vanilla yogurt

Small ricotta pancakes on a plate

A fruity winter compote of cinnamon-spiced apples, pears, dates and oranges makes this a really comforting recipe. And if your children are reluctant to try spice or dates, then a stack of these pancakes might just win them over.

Ricotta pancakes with winter fruit compote & vanilla yogurt


Almond crêpes with avocado & nectarines

Crepes with smashed avocado, pomegranates and nectarines

Made with a ground almond batter base and topped with avo, nectarines, pomegranate and lime, these gluten-free pancakes offer something beyond the standard stack and are also low in carbs.

Almond crêpes with avocado & nectarines


Spinach protein pancakes

Spinach pancake stack, topped with runny poached egg

High in protein and folate, and vibrantly green when you cut into them, these gluten-free pancakes do you good. (Leave out the paprika if your children don’t like spice.) A delicious savoury option that also works well for breakfast or brunch. 

Spinach protein pancakes

Like this? Get more pancake ideas...

5 ways with pancakes
How to make perfect pancakes
Alternative pancakes for Shrove Tuesday
Our 10 favourite pancake toppings
Pancake Day recipes
Pancake Day hub page

 

 

 

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