Recipes on February 24, 2010 by

Perfect Pancakes

Just because they're delicious, doesn't mean they have to be bad for you.

Just because they're delicious, doesn't mean they have to be bad for you.

Yesterday was National Pancake Day and to celebrate we asked everyone their favorite pancake toppings. We got some pretty traditional answers with pure maple syrup and real butter topping the list, but we also got some pretty fun answers that I wanted to share with you.

Amy (@playknice) likes to top her pancakes with a fried egg and maple syrup for a “nice savory sweet mix.”

John Cave told us that he “likes to sandwich cream cheese between two pancakes and cover with walnuts and maple syrup.”

Brittany Mullarkey told us “chocolate chips, strawberries and whipped cream” were her toppings of choice.

Some people go above and beyond for their pancakes— Nicole (@Oregon_SuNsHiNe) says her favorite is banana walnut pancakes with homemade caramel sauce and several people told us about their sweet homemade fruit compotes and fruit butters. We actually got quite a few people who said “peanut butter and jelly” (my personal fav) or “peanut butter and bananas” were their favorite toppings.

No matter how you like to top ’em, pancakes are a great way to start the day and show your family how much you care. Contrary to logic, pancakes don’t have to be a an over-indulgence and can actually be a healthy start to the day if you follow these tips.

1. Dump the gummy mix that comes in that yellow box (you know the one) and reach for a mix made with whole grains (not to brag, but all of our conventional pancake mixes use high quality, whole grain flours). You don’t have to sacrifice fluffy for the sake of whole grains, either. To get fluffier pancakes out of a whole grain mix you can whip the egg whites separately or try using some sparkling water in place of the regular water called for in the directions.

2. Make your own from scratch. Really, the ingredients for pancakes are pretty darn simple- flour (we recommend whole wheat pastry flour), leavening, egg,  a little sugar and a little salt. The nice thing about making them from scratch is that it’s cheaper than buying a mix, you can control what ingredients go in and therefore create a perfect blend just for your family.

3. Add in some healthy ingredients like flaxseed meal, hemp seed, bran (wheat, oat, rice) to boost the nutritional benefits.

Of course we’d love if you tried one of our healthy pancake mixes, but just in case you like making your own we found some superb pancake recipes from our favorite sites.

Here is our collection of pancake recipes (Our favorites are Crunchy Double-Grain Pancakes and Gluten Free Fluffy Pancakes)
Whole Grain Pancakes recipe from 101
Gluten Free Pancakes from Gluten Free
Lemon-Blueberry-Ricotta-Buttermilk Pancakes from Bobby Flay
The Best Chocolate Whole Wheat Waffles Ever (ok, so they’re not pancakes, whatever) from
Easy Weekend Pancakes (Vegan) from
Savory Vegetable Pancakes from (they look so good, we couldn’t resist including them- even if they are not true pancakes)


Karen says:

Your gluten free pancakes are the best pancakes I have ever had. I made them for the 1st time last month after I saw pancakes on the Southern Living cover. I will never go back to gluten pancakes! Thanks!

Issac M says:

Pancakes are my familysfavourite meal, I cant eat many though!

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