5 Delicious Pancake Recipes for a Memorable Pancake Day
Written by: Lombe Mwansa
Published: 20 February 2023


Pancake Day is a fun and easy way to enjoy a special breakfast treat and make the most of quality time with family.

I know that Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is a holiday that brings joy to many families. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather around the kitchen and make a delicious breakfast together. However, before we dive into the pancake recipes, let’s take a moment to learn about the origins of this holiday.

Pancake Day is a Christian holiday that marks the start of Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and sacrifice leading up to Easter. Traditionally, on Shrove Tuesday, people would use up all the rich ingredients in their cupboards, such as butter, sugar, and eggs, before beginning their Lenten fast. Pancakes were a perfect way to use up these ingredients and were an easy and delicious meal to make.

Pancake Day Ideas

Nowadays, Pancake Day is more of a fun tradition than a religious observance, and families all over the world enjoy making and eating pancakes on this day.

Here are three kid-approved pancake ideas that are perfect for Pancake Day:

  1. Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Who doesn’t love chocolate chips in their pancakes? Just add a handful of chocolate chips to your favorite pancake batter and cook as usual. Top with whipped cream and more chocolate chips for an extra special treat.
  2. Blueberry Pancakes – Fresh or frozen blueberries are a delicious addition to any pancake batter. Just fold in a cup of blueberries to your batter and cook until golden brown. Top with maple syrup and more blueberries for a tasty and nutritious breakfast.
  3. Banana Pancakes – For a healthy twist on traditional pancakes, add mashed bananas to your batter. This adds natural sweetness and nutrients to your pancakes. Top with fresh banana slices and a drizzle of honey for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
cook pouring chocolate on fried fresh pancakes

Pancake recipes you can try

If you’re looking for healthier pancake recipes to try, here are three options that are sure to satisfy:

Whole Wheat1 cup whole wheat flourMix all ingredients together and cook as
Pancakes1/2 cup all-purpose flourusual on a griddle or in a frying pan.
2 tablespoons sugarTop with fresh fruit and a drizzle of
1 tablespoon baking powderhoney or pure maple syrup.
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Oatmeal Pancakes1 cup old-fashioned oatsMix all ingredients together and cook as
1 cup milkusual on a griddle or in a frying pan.
1/2 cup all-purpose flourTop with fresh fruit and a drizzle of
2 tablespoons brown sugarhoney or pure maple syrup.
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Protein Pancakes1 cup cottage cheeseBlend all ingredients together in a
1 cup old-fashioned oatsblender until smooth. Cook as usual on a
4 eggsgriddle or in a frying pan. Top with
1 teaspoon vanilla extractfresh

Vegan-friendly pancake recipes

My vegetarian daughter has decided to be vegan on Tuesdays so I had to include some vegan recipes, here are two you can try:

Vegan Banana Pancakes1 ripe bananaMash the banana in a bowl until it’s
1 cup almond milkmostly smooth. Stir in the almond milk.
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegarLet the mixture sit for a few minutes.
1 cup all-purpose flourAdd the flour, baking powder, and salt
2 teaspoons baking powderto the bowl and stir until just combined.
1/4 teaspoon saltHeat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
1 tablespoon vegetable oilAdd the vegetable oil and spoon the
pancake batter into the pan. Cook until
the edges are dry and bubbles form on
the surface. Flip and cook for another
minute or until golden brown.
Vegan Blueberry Pancakes1 cup all-purpose flourIn a mixing bowl, whisk together the
2 tablespoons sugarflour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
1 tablespoon baking powderIn a separate bowl, whisk together the
1/4 teaspoon saltalmond milk, apple cider vinegar, and
1 cup almond milkvanilla extract.
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegarAdd the wet ingredients to the dry
1 teaspoon vanilla extractingredients and whisk until smooth.
1 cup blueberriesFold in the blueberries.
1 tablespoon vegetable oilHeat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
Add the vegetable oil and spoon the
pancake batter into the pan. Cook until
the edges are dry and bubbles form on
the surface. Flip and cook for another
minute or until golden brown.

Pancake Cooking tips

When it comes to cooking the pancakes, my wife has a special pan and has mastered the art of making the perfect pancakes. Unfortunately I haven’t yet so here are some tips I have picked up for cooking the perfect pancake:

  1. Preheat your frying pan: It’s important to heat your frying pan before adding any batter. This will help your pancakes cook evenly and prevent sticking. Use a non-stick frying pan or lightly coat your pan with cooking spray or oil.
  2. Use the right temperature: Cooking your pancakes on medium heat is the sweet spot. Too hot and they’ll burn, too low and they’ll cook unevenly.
  3. Don’t flip too soon: Wait until the edges of the pancake start to look dry and the surface starts to bubble before flipping. This will help ensure that your pancake is cooked through.
  4. Use the right amount of batter: Use a 60 ml measuring cup or a ladle to scoop the batter onto the pan. This will help ensure that your pancakes are a uniform size.
  5. Keep your pancakes warm: If you’re cooking a large batch of pancakes, keep them warm in a preheated oven set to 95°C while you finish cooking the rest of the batch.
person cooking pancake on black frying pan

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to cooking the perfect pancake every time.

To all the dads out there, don’t let Pancake Day pass you by without taking the opportunity to create some sweet memories with your family. Whip up a batch of fluffy, delicious pancakes using the tips and recipes provided in this post, and watch as your family’s eyes light up with joy. By taking the time to cook a special breakfast treat, you’re not only indulging in a tasty tradition but also creating precious moments that your family will cherish for years to come.

Thank you for reading this post and if you found value in it please share it with others. If you have a kid approved pancake recipe other dads need to know about, please share it in the comments below.

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