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Healthy Alternatives for Pancake Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday is a fun, annual tradition that can be enjoyed by the whole family but it can be very easy to make unhealthy choices on the day! Traditionally pancake batter is fried in oil and finished with a variety of tasty toppings – however the oil and toppings we choose can vary hugely in nutritional value, and drastically change the health benefits of our breakfast.

Pancake toppings often consist of refined sugars, and could set us into sugar overload first thing in the morning. We’ve listed out a selection of simple swaps, for both your batter and toppings, to ensure you and your family are enjoying a tasty but nutritious pancake this Tuesday!

The Pancakes

Pancake recipes have come a long way in the last few years! Whether you want less gluten, dairy or a healthier way to fry them, here are some simple alternatives:

  • Do you or your little ones find it hard to digest gluten? Try swapping out the flour in your pancake batter for flaxseed meal. Not only will you have lower carbohydrate and grain-free pancakes, they’ll also be full of minerals and essential fatty acids thanks to the seeds.
  • Want to keep things super simple and milk-free? Mash up large, ripe bananas in a bowl, and whisk in your eggs for healthy and delicious pancakes without the fuss or the dairy.
  • If you prefer the traditional recipe, why not try frying your pancakes in coconut oil? Packed full of healthy fats that increase the healthy cholesterol in your body, they’ll also add a mild coconut flavour to your pancakes – yum!

The toppings

This is usually where we go wrong! Pancake toppings are typically the least healthy part of the ‘meal’ and more often than not, are filled with sugars and unhealthy fats. Try some of these delicious alternative toppings instead of reaching for the sugar, and see what you think…

  • If you tend to reach for the more traditional topping of sugar and lemon, try swapping your white sugar for the coconut variety. Coconut sugar is less processed than the traditional version and more nutritionally dense, as it contains traces of magnesium, zinc and potassium.
  • Swap out chocolate hazelnut spread with a more healthy nut butter. You can find naturally sweetened almond, peanut and hazelnut butters in most health food stores.
  • Add fresh berries and honey to your stack of pancakes and feel the benefits of their immune-boosting properties! Blueberries are high in antioxidants, and when paired with raw honey you’ll have a delicious breakfast with plenty of health benefits.