Pancake Topping: 5 Healthy Ideas | WOMEN’S HEALTH

They have to be nice and thick, but at the same time super fluffy and just plain delicious – for many, pancakes are the epitome of the perfect Sunday breakfast, whether topped with blueberries, generously topped with fudge, or dipped in maple syrup. You definitely have to be able to enjoy something, even if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

Lose weight with pancakes? Of course it works!

If you’re trying to lose a few pounds, following a low-carb diet, or going “sugar-free” for a month, you may think pancakes are taboo. Are you kidding? Are you serious when you say that! The statement is not true because small American pancakes may well have a regular place in your weight loss diet plan.

On one condition, though: Swap out the wheat flour, butter, and sugar for leaner alternatives and you’ve got the perfect weight-loss pancake! How to make healthy low-carb pancakes yourself, plus 3 easy recipes, you can read here.

NOW is the best time to get your curves in shape for summer. You can also find healthy pancake recipes in our Beach Body Plan:

On the way: Made with protein powder or oatmeal instead of flour, protein pancakes are also great for a healthy breakfast. If you don’t like to cook, we recommend a fixed baking mix.

Delicious pancakes: healthy pancake topping ideas

If you’re part of “Team Nutella” and you basically want nothing else on the pancake then we don’t want to convert you, enjoy every bite! If, on the other hand, you make low-carb pancakes or protein pancakes, ideally, you should also choose the appropriate “side dish”. We’ve got just what you need: topping ideas that are healthy AND delicious at the same time.

1. Pancakes with cottage cheese and berries.

Quick to make and very high in protein: a low-fat quark-based topping (alternatively skyr) is always a good option. Quark is low in calories and fat, keeps you full for a long time, and wonderfully complements the taste with sweet berries. The type of berries you use is entirely up to you. Whether blueberries or raspberries: the small fruits contain little fructose and are therefore unreservedly recommended. You can find other low fructose fruits here.

Berries also contain many healthy ingredients, such as flavonoids. These secondary plant substances not only give them their intense color, but also have health benefits: the anthocyanins in blueberries, for example, are said to have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Advice: If you want to sweeten the low-fat quark a bit, add a dash of maple syrup or erythritol (a no-calorie sugar substitute!). You can also get a flavor boost with some aroma drops, like GymQueen’s Tasty Drops. They are available in numerous variations and do not burden your calorie count.

2. Salty pancakes with minced ham

In the US, pancakes are often served with bacon, optionally also sweet and savory with maple syrup. The flavor is certainly great, but in terms of calories it’s more of a dud, because the bacon and syrup aren’t lightweights.

The Lean Alternative: Use diced boiled ham or raw ham and process it directly into the batter or, tastier because it’s so much crispier, fry it and spread it on savory pancakes as a topping. A tablespoon of quark grass goes well with this. Skip the sugar when making the pancakes or make this quick and lightning recipe:

“Quark-Käulchen” (quantity for approx. 5 pieces)

  • 150 g low-fat quark
  • 1 egg
  • 30g spelled flour
  • oil for frying

Preparation: Mix the ingredients, spread a thin layer of oil on the pan with a spray bottle or a cloth and put small mounds of dough with a spoon, bake on both sides and you’re done.

3. Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes

The quintessential dream team: sweet banana and hearty peanut butter complement each other perfectly in terms of flavor. Not only as a pancake garnish, but also in muffins, milkshakes or porridge.

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Peanut butter and banana: a powerful duo

Simply spread your pancakes with peanut butter (the crunchy chunky version is particularly delicious), slice the banana, and add to pancakes. If you use this dressing, you can also slightly reduce the sugar content in the pancake batter and save calories. The banana provides quite a bit of sweetness, especially when they are already slightly golden and therefore very ripe. Here we will tell you what else you can do with (over)ripe bananas.

4. Cottage cheese topping with strawberries

Soon it will be time for strawberries, you should take advantage of it! Red berries are, like all other types of berries, low in calories, super healthy, and low in fructose, making them perfect for weight loss. Pair them with protein-rich cottage cheese for your pancakes, and add chopped walnuts or pistachios if you like.

Advice: You can also puree strawberries to make a sugar-free fruit sauce that you can pour over your pancakes.

5. Apple pancakes with almonds and almond butter

You can use apple pieces directly in the pancake batter or add them as a topping. Simply wash the apple, peel it or not, and cut it into slices or cubes.

Spread your finished pancake with almond butter (like KoRo’s) and add the apples. Whether you use brown or white almond butter is a matter of taste – both variants are delicious and high in saturated fat. Alternatively, you can also use a pistachio cream or peanut butter. Nut butter is always a good topping for your healthy pancakes, regardless of the variety.

If you haven’t had enough yet, chop up a few more almonds and roast them in a pan until fragrant. You can also use sliced ​​almonds or almond flakes from the supermarket. Why are almonds healthy? Here are 7 reasons to eat a handful every day.

It doesn’t always have to be maple syrup or Nutella – our insights prove that even healthy pancake ingredients can be addictive!

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Kathleen Schmidt-Prange

Kathleen Schmidt-Prange


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