In this blog, I'll explore ten exciting twists on pancakes that will inspire you to venture beyond the ordinary. From a simple English pancake recipe to healthy and indulgent toppings, let's make this Pancake Day a bit special. If you need a simple pancake recipe then read on to the bottom of the blog. 

Healthier toppings for pancakes 

1. Greek yoghurt and fresh berries:  Make your pancakes healthier by adding a dollop of protein-rich Greek yoghurt.  Finish with handful of fresh strawberries, raspberries or blueberries for a boost of vitamin C. 

2. Banana and almond butter: Spread a generous amount of almond butter (or a nut butter of your choice) on your pancakes.  Take one banana and slice over your pancake for a satisfying and healthy twist. 

3. Orange zest and ricotta: Simply mix orange zest with a large spoonful of ricotta and spread over your pancakes, for a creamy and citrusy treat. 

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Indulgent toppings for pancakes 

4. Nutella and strawberries: Indulge your sweet tooth by spreading a layer of chocolate hazelnut spread over your pancakes.  Finish by topping them with fresh strawberries - at least you are getting one of your five a day! 

5. Maple syrup and walnuts: Drizzle maple syrup over your pancakes and sprinkle with chopped walnuts (or pecans) for a rich and crunchy treat. 

6. Squirty cream and golden syrup: This is almost certainly a favourite with my kids, although it is so unhealthy I usually make them have a fruit one first! Start with a generous amount of whipped cream with a little drizzle of golden syrup on top. Roll up and enjoy 

nutella strawberry pancakes

Savoury toppings for pancakes – because not all of us have a sweet tooth! 

7. Ham and cheese: Slice Emmental, cheddar or any of your favourite cheeses and top with a slice of ham. Roll up and enjoy! 

8. Smoked salmon and cream cheese: Start by spreading cream cheese on the pancake, followed by some smoked salmon. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of black pepper. If you can get a pack of smoked salmon trimmings from the supermarket, it is a more budget-friendly option. 

9. Avocado and fried egg: For a brunch-worthy twist, layer slices of avocado over your pancakes and top with an egg fried the way you like it! 

10. Pesto and cherry tomatoes: Spread a thin layer of basil pesto on your pancakes and finish with halved cherry tomatoes for a burst of freshness.

Savoury pancakes

Classic English pancakes recipe


120 g plain flour 

2 large eggs 

300 ml milk 

Pinch of salt

Butter for cooking 


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, eggs, milk, and salt until you have a smooth batter. 
  2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add a small amount of butter. 
  3. Pour a ladle of batter into the pan, swirling it to coat the bottom evenly. 
  4. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.  
  5. Repeat until all the batter is used. 
  6. Choose one of the tasty toppings above and enjoy your pancakes! 
frying pancakes

This Pancake Day, don't settle for the ordinary. With these top 10 twists on pancakes, you can transform a simple breakfast into a culinary adventure. Whether you want something healthy, indulgent, or savoury - these fun toppings will satisfy your taste buds. So, gather your ingredients, whip up a batch of English pancakes, and let the pancake fun begin! 


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Jessica Holloway Swift

Employability & Skills Marketing Manager

Jess is an experienced marketing manager with a special interest in employability marketing and learner engagement.