Pancake day is hands down one of my favourite days of the year. It’s right up there with Christmas and Birthdays, and far superior to Easter. Don’t even get me started on Valentine’s Day! What could be better than a whole day devoted to celebrating and eating as many pancakes as you possibly can?!
I do realise that that’s not exactly the point…
My Instagram feed is constantly full of pictures of pancakes, after all, they’re the perfect post work out meal (or snack!). The beauty of the Pancake, of course, is that it’s simple, versatile and adaptable to suit almost any tastes.
I feel like I wouldn’t be able to call myself a true fitness blogger if I didn’t have at least one post dedicated to some form of pancake recipe. The trouble is, I couldn’t decide on just one. After all, you can’t have just one pancake on pancake day, right?
So whether you like your pancakes protein-packed, light and fluffy, short and scotch or melt-in-the-mouth thin, here are some stunning 2-ingrediant combinations that will completely transform your Pancake day.
Tempting Twosomes: The Ultimate Pancake Topping Combinations
1) Lemon & Sugar:
It’s a classic and it’s my personal favourite. I couldn’t not kick start this list with the tangily perfect citrus/sugar combination.
The Health Stuff: Fresh lemon juice is packed full of vitamins and minerals. Great for boosting the immune system, aiding digestion and improving energy levels.
2) Ginger & Honey:
Not as common as it’s lemon/sugar sibling, but if you like that spicy heat of ginger then this is an absolute winner. Grate some fresh ginger and stir it into some honey in a saucepan, over a low heat. Pour over your pancakes and enjoy!
The Health Stuff: Ginger helps to soothe sore tummies and is an effective nausea relief. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties, making it excellent for joint and muscle pain.
3) Nutella & Banana:
Need I say more? This is a classic combination, although that Nutella can sometimes be replaced with dark, milk or white chocolate for anyone who isn’t a fan of hazelnuts.
The Health Stuff: Nutella may seem like a luxurious treat, but taken in moderation it isn’t too bad for you! There is a decent amount of protein, calcium and iron per serving, which is good for muscle growth and bone strength. Paired with the potassium from the banana and you have yourself a pretty high energy breakfast!
4) PB & J:
Again, as a registered fitness professional, I could hardly write this post without including some sort of homage to Peanut Butter! It’s a classic and it works.
The Health Stuff: Peanut Butter is everywhere nowadays and there are plenty of options available without any added salt, sugar or palm oil. It’s full of your “good fats” (yes, fats can be good!) therefore it’s good for maintaining balanced cholesterol levels. I always replace the Jam in this combo with some fresh berries. The tartness of raspberries goes particularly well and the fructose from the fruit is natural, rather than processed like in many store-bought jams.
5) Cheddar & Apple:
This one may sound completely random, unless you’ve had this combination before. I was introduced to the melted cheese/apple combination by an American friend in a toasty. It works because of that whole sweet/salty thing – so if you’re into that then definitely give it a go!
The Health Stuff: Much as cheese is often blindly categorised into the ‘bad’ category, it also contains plenty of calcium, protein and even potassium. Everything in moderation, as my Grandma used to say. Apples, of course, contain plenty of vitamins, as well as a lot of fibre.
6) Greek Yoghurt & Blueberry:
This is the ideal breakfast pancake topping. Delicious and refreshing with that perfect contrast of tart yoghurt with sweet berries. If you can push it to 3 ingredients, add some flaked almonds or sunflower seeds for added crunch!
The Health Stuff: Greek Yoghurt is full of protein and calcium, and therefore is a great pre or post workout meal. Blueberries are your everyday superfood, full of antioxidants. Manganese, zinc and vitamin K are essential for bone growth, whilst potassium and magnesium can help to lower blood pressure.
7) Pineapple & Coconut:
Pina Colada in a pancake? Why not? This tropical duo is super refreshing and will take you right back to your beach holiday, instead of flipping pancakes in a cold, grey England. You can use desiccated, grated or chunks of coconut, whichever you prefer.
The Health Stuff: Try to opt for fresh pineapple, rather than the tinned stuff which is full of sugar. Pineapple is also full of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s been shown to help boost the immune system, digestion and is an effective anti-inflammatory. See my coconut water post for some of the benefits of coconut.
8) Pomegranate & Feta:
Without a doubt, one of the best things I have ever created. This is a winning combination every time and is no lessened with the addition of a good pancake. Crumbled, salty feta with bursts of fresh, sweet pomegranate kernels…honestly delicious.
The Health Stuff: Pomegranate is your original superfood. Copious amounts of Vitamin C, A and E, folic acid and antioxidants are all crammed into these tiny pink seeds. They’re anti-inflammatory, they lower blood pressure, boost the immune system. It seems that there is little that they can’t do! Meanwhile, Feta is a lower-calorie option than other cheeses (if that’s your thing) containing about 4 grams of protein for every 70 calories.
9) Spinach & Ricotta:
This is throwing it right back to the classics and is a staple Italian combination. Wilt the spinach before folding it into your crepe with a couple of dollops of Ricotta cheese. Absolute YUM. I like to throw in a few fresh leaves as well for an added crispness.
The Health Stuff: Like feta, Ricotta is a good cheese-option, containing fewer calories and more protein than other cheeses. Where to start with spinach? There are few minerals that it doesn’t contain, with zinc, iron, magnesium and copper being just a few. Cue immune system boosts, higher energy levels, better digestion, metabolism, the whole parade.
10) Avocado & Chilli:
There is so much that you could add to this if you wanted to, think baby tomatoes, spring onions, coriander, or a squeeze of lime. The fact of the matter is though, that even if you just slice an avo half and smash it into your pancake with a pinch of chilli flakes, it’s still super tasty.
The Health Stuff: Just like peanut butter, avocado is an excellent source of good fats, which help to lower that bad cholesterol. They’re also full of fibre and have more potassium than bananas! Chilli’s contain plenty of antioxidants and minerals that have been suggested to have disease preventing properties. They are also rich in B-vitamins which helps the body to replenish itself.
What’s going to be your pancake topping this Shrove Tuesday? Do you mix it up or always go back to the classics?