Pancake Day 5 ways

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Brynna Gabrielson

Banana pancakesPancake Day, aka Shrove Tuesday, is fast approaching on 9 February. If pancakes are a must-do, but you're tired of the same old recipe, why not give one of these alternatives a try? Each of these recipes puts a healthy spin on the traditional pancake, some cutting down on calories and fat, others upping the nutritional value!  And even better, some of them are so easy to make you'll barely have time to notice you're cooking!

1. Banana Pancakes
Perhaps once of the simplest and healthiest pancake recipes around, this easy to make recipe has just three ingredients - 1 banana, 2 eggs and a dash of cinnamon. The method is quite simple too. Break your banana into chunks and drop into a blender, add the eggs and cinnamon and blitz until you have a smooth mixture. Next, ladle your batter onto a hot skillet and cook as you would a regular pancake. You may need a spray of cooking oil here to prevent sticking if you don't have a non-stick pan. If you prefer a thicker pancake, you can use a masher instead of a blender to combine your ingredients.

2. Oat pancakes
Oatmeal pancakeOat based pancakes are a delicious and healthy way to get your pancake fix! As they've not been processed and stripped, whole oats offer many nutritional benefits. In addition to containing a wealth of nutrients, oats are also high in protein and fibre1. A 50g serving of oats has over 5g of protein and over 4g of fibre2. Oats have been linked to lower cholesterol and are good for those with diabetes who need to regulate glucose3.

There are dozens of oat based pancake recipes out there. Some replace all flour with oats, while others contain both flour and oats. We love this Apple-Banana Oat Pancake recipe from the Telegraph, and we're also a fan of these Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod. 

3. Potato pancakes
Potato pancakeAlso known as latkes, these pancakes are made with grated potatoes and egg and taste delicious with a dollop of Ketchup or some sour cream.  Some even eat them with apple sauce!

To start you need about 1 kg of potatoes and a large onion, all peeled and then grated.  You'll find the potatoes are quite moist, and so you'll need to squeeze as much water out of them with paper towel as you can.

In a large bowl combine 3 beaten eggs with the shredded potato/onion. Salt and pepper to taste. You may want to add a couple tablespoons of flour or breadcrumbs to help combine the ingredients.  Heat a layer of oil (we like to use olive oil) in a heavy bottomed frying pan.  Now transfer your potato mixture into the pan using a heaping tablespoon. Use the backside of spatula to flatten the pancake. Turn and cook on the other side once the edges are golden brown and crispy. It can take 3-5 minutes on each side.

4. Cottage cheese pancakes
Cottage cheese pancakeCottage cheese is a great addition to your pancake recipe as it's low in fat and calories, but packed full of protein. 100g of 0% fat cottage cheese contains just 65 calories, but a whopping 10+ grams of protein4

While there are various types of cottage cheese pancakes out there, we favour this simple recipe.

Combine 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with 2 eggs and 30g of flour. Blitz the mixture in a blender until smooth and then cook as you would a normal pancake, browning evenly on both sides!

These may be thicker and more like a Scottish pancake, so they may take a bit more time to cook through.

5. Sweet potato pancakes
Sweet potatoes are delicious and can be quite versatile. With their sweet flavour they lend well to the creation of baked goods such as bread, cakes and brownies, and can even form the base of a tasty pancake.

Like the banana pancakes, you can make a simple sweet potato pancake just using mashed sweet potato, eggs and bit of cinnamon.  To accomplish this, roast one sweet potato and remove the skin. Mash and then add 2 eggs and cinnamon. Blend until smooth and then cook like a normal pancake.

If you'd like a slightly more exciting sweet potato pancake then we recommend this great recipe from Deliciously Ella.