5 healthy pancake recipes
20 February 2017
Healthy eating can sometimes take its toll – especially when you feel like you are restricted to the types of foods that you can eat.
While you may think that pancakes are a no-go if you’re looking to lose weight or get into shape, you can, in fact, treat yourself to a delicious – and healthy – pancake. Below, we’ve put together five healthy pancake recipes that you should try out.
Mushroom and spinach savoury twist
Mushrooms are a great savoury staple and healthy meat substitute, providing a swashbuckling range of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. What’s more, they add a great depth of flavour to dishes too. Combine with spinach, and you have a classic taste combination and also a super-green addition to your diet, providing a great immune boost.
For a delicious savoury take on pancakes, sauté sliced mushrooms and spinach in a little olive oil, pour over your pancakes and for added tangy flavour, grate a little blue cheese to taste. Alternatively, top with a poached egg for some additional healthy protein. For a fat-free option, steam or microwave your vegetables and add a little fat-free fromage frais instead.
The banana is the UK’s favourite fruit with good reason. Not only does it taste great, but it packs a great nutritional punch too, containing potassium, vitamins B6 and C, plus fibre and carbohydrate. To add a little banana-ergy to your diet, try the following:
Top your pancakes with a mixture of sliced bananas, your favourite fat-free yoghurt, and then sprinkle with shavings of a high cocoa content chocolate for a decadent finishing touch. Alternatively, marry sliced bananas, crushed walnuts or pecans with a drizzle of maple syrup and yoghurt. A great way to start your day.
Saint Clements Citrus-zing
Up your vitamin C intake with oranges and lemons, then add cinnamon and ginger for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits respectively.
In an alternative to the classic pancake accompaniment, sprinkle your pancakes with a pinch of cinnamon, ginger and your favourite sugar substitute if need be. Pour over a little freshly-squeezed lemon and orange juice, then finish with a scattering of zest from the fruit.
Summer fruit boost
Summer fruits such as blueberries have long been lauded for their superfood properties, from lashings of vitamin C to antioxidant qualities.
Fresh summer fruit is always a winner on pancakes; but don’t worry if you don’t have any to hand, as frozen summer fruit is an excellent healthy standby and a great basis for a tasty pancake filling.
Pour your frozen summer fruit into a pan, heat through and then simmer, allowing the juice to reduce and thicken. Add fresh mint for a cool revitalising addition or sprinkle cinnamon and a little honey into the fruit to taste. Pour over your pancakes and finish with a dollop of fat-free yoghurt.
Peaches add vitamins, minerals and antioxidant elements to your diet, combine with oranges or raspberries, and you’ll be boosting your vitamin C intake too.
Combine sliced peaches, orange segments and crushed hazelnuts on your pancakes, then drizzle with reduced peach juice or a little maple syrup to finish. Alternatively, in a healthy twist on the classic peach melba dessert, combine sliced peaches, raspberries and vanilla flavoured yoghurt, finished with a scattering of flaked almonds.
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