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.
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
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.
Sweet potato pancakes with orange & grapefruit
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.
Ricotta pancakes with winter fruit compote & vanilla yogurt
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.
Almond crêpes with avocado & 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.
Spinach protein pancakes
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.
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