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Delicious Toppings for Pancakes

Updated on November 2, 2014
Delicious Pancakes
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Pancake Toppings

It's pretty typical to top your pancakes with butter and/or syrup, but there are a lot of other alternatives out there to add flavor to this traditional breakfast staple.

Although I enjoy syrup myself, I find that I can't eat too much of it as it becomes too sweet for me.

In addition, if you have young kids around, syrup can tend to be pretty sticky and messy and getting it out of their hair is no fun.

Having kids, I enjoy looking for a variety of different toppings to add their pancakes, not to mention that I like the variety as well.

From healthy to decadent, I'll share with you some ideas to spruce up your breakfast meal. If you have ideas of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments section at the bottom.

Pancakes and Fruit

Pancakes and Fruit
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Healthy Toppings for Pancakes

If you want to enjoy some pancakes, but go a healthier route, I suggest topping them with some fresh fruit. Slice up some bananas or strawberries.

Add some fresh blueberries or raspberries. Should you be using sliced fruit and are making a stack of pancakes, you can place some between each pancake.

Prefer something smoother? You can spread some of your favorite fruit yogurt on top. In my home it happens to be strawberry that is favored, followed by blueberry.


Pancakes and Ice Cream

Pancakes and Ice Cream
Pancakes and Ice Cream | Source

Pancake Ideas

Now, if you just want to eat pancakes for the pure pleasure of doing so, there are many delightful toppings to choose from. How about some ice cream and chocolate syrup? If you like custard, try adding some on.

Of course whipped cream is a delight as is powdered sugar. You could also add some cinnamon and sugar or spread your favorite jam or jelly.

Try some honey or peanut butter. Now, if you're an adult, you might like to try a chocolate liqueur or some raspberry peach Grand Marnier.

Another idea is to top your pancakes with another breakfast food such as scrambled eggs or sausage.

How to Make Easy Pancakes

Pancakes for Kids

Pancakes for Kids
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Kids Breakfast Ideas

When serving kids, try adding some applesauce on top. It can either be regular or flavored such as cinnamon or strawberry. Another consideration is some canned fruit cocktail. If going the canned fruit route, you could also try pears or peaches.

My youngest is a big fan of Nutella, which is a hazelnut chocolate spread. You can guess what one of her favorite things is to spread on pancakes.

If you have toddlers, you could use some fruit baby food. This would also make the pancakes more nutritious.

Besides tasting good, you can also make the pancakes look fun such as in the photo above.

Mickey Mouse Pancakes

Set Of 2 Mickey Mouse Icon Silhouette Egg/Pancake Rings (Walt Disney World Exclusive)
Set Of 2 Mickey Mouse Icon Silhouette Egg/Pancake Rings (Walt Disney World Exclusive)

You can create your own Mickey Mouse pancakes just as they do in Walt Disney World. Besides cute pancakes, you can cook eggs in them as well.

 

Dollar Pancakes

 Dollar Pancakes
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Pancake Facts

Before continuing with more topping ideas, I thought you might enjoy some interesting facts about flap jacks.

I thought it would be interesting to see when and where pancakes originated. It seems they first came about in ancient times, although they were different than we eat them today.

Finding where they originated has been more of a challenge. Some credit the Romans, while others credit the Greeks. Even additional countries have been credited for their origins so at least for the moment, it's not positive where the first pancakes came from.

Most likely you're familiar with Aunt Jemima, but did you know there was a real person behind her? Her name was Nancy Green and she was a former slave who portrayed Aunt Jemima. She made her debut at the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois in 1893.

Have you heard of Pancake Day? Yes, it's a real holiday. You might know it by its other name which is Shrove Tuesday and it takes place the day before Ash Wednesday.

Where Aunt Jemima was "born."

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Vegetable Pancakes

Vegetable Pancakes
Vegetable Pancakes | Source

Good Pancakes

Looking to try something different? The pancake above is made with tomato, asparagus, cheese and peppers on top. If you like the idea of something with a kick, try some salsa.

Some people enjoy a flavored cream cheese spread. Kraft has several flavors that would work including pineapple, blueberry and honey nut.

Really almost anything can go if it's a food you enjoy. Some people like to add shaved nuts and i know one person who loves to add chili on top of his pancakes. Think of foods you really enjoy and give them a try.



Flavored Butter

Flavored Butter
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If you like to use butter, but want something a little more flavorful, you might opt for a flavored butter. There are endless possibilities here. It's really a matter of mixing butter with something else that you like.

Let's say, for example, you like the flavor of maple. Take 3/4 of a stick of butter, (softened,) and mix it with 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Once completely mixed, let it harden in the refrigerator and you now will have maple butter.

Now, you may be wondering why should you make maple butter if you can just put a dab of butter and pour some syrup over your pancakes. Here's the reason. Some people enjoy how the butter slowly melts, whereas with syrup, it goes all over the plate. Using maple butter wil have the same melting effect as regular butter does.

If you like this idea, but have a different favorite syrup, simply substitute the maple syrup with it.

Additional flavors of butter to consider include cinnamon, chocolate and your favorite nuts.

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Batter Dispenser

Norpro New 4 Cup Batter Pancake Cupcake Pastry Dispense Soft Grip Pull Handler
Norpro New 4 Cup Batter Pancake Cupcake Pastry Dispense Soft Grip Pull Handler

If you like to make pancakes, but hate the mess, then I suggest a batter dispenser. This is easy to use and will make cooking pancakes much easier and cleaner. It's particularly helpful if you have kids who want to help you cook.

 

Krusteaz Pancake Mix

Krusteaz Pancake Mix
Krusteaz Pancake Mix | Source

Easy Pancake Mix

I admit it. I don't make pancakes from scratch too often. I usually use a mix. If you have considered using one, the one I really like is Krusteaz.

It's very easy to make. Just follow the directions on the box. You will need to add milk, egg(s) and oil.

The amount you need is determined by how many pancakes you plan to make. Just follow the instructions on the box.

Want things ever simpler? They also make a mix where all you need to do is to add water. It doesn't get much easier than that.

I visited their website while I was writing this and found a very good tip I would like to pass on to you. If you don't have a pancake dispenser, use an ice cream scoop to drop your batter onto the grill. It makes just the right size of pancakes!

Krusteaz Pancake Mix for Sale

Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix, 10-Pound
Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix, 10-Pound

Just add water and you're all set to make fluffy and delicious pancakes.

 

Best Pancakes

Best Pancakes
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Flap Jacks

In case you haven't heard this term, flap jacks is another name for pancakes. No matter what you call them, this is a great tasting breakfast food. Of course some people, myself included, have been known to serve them for dinner. After all, there are quite good and filling.

I hope you were able to find some toppings that you like I'm always experimenting with new ones. Remember, too, that some of these toppings can be combined with others. If you are using any kind of fruit, you can add whipped cream or Cool Whip.

In fact, you can use either one of these as a stand alone topping or perhaps add some kind of candy sprinkles to them. My personal favorite is powdered sugar with a small scoop of ice cream.

Now, it's your turn. If you have a favorite topping, please tell me about it. I love trying out new ideas. You can tell me in the comment box below.

Pancake Griddle

Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles
Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

Make the best pancakes with this quality grill. It has a non-stick surface and can make many other dishes besides pancakes including eggs. Perfect for making a great breakfast.

 

What do you like on your pancakes?

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      The Mickey Mouse pancake shape is really cute. The Mickey Mouse pans would also make a great present. I'm pinning this and sharing it.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      My kids love pancakes and syrup, but I think I'll try a cute fruit topping. Thank you for the ideas!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Well of course I'm not a healthy pancake topper eater as I love mine drowning in maple syrup and icecream! But my kids would adore the koala/bear pancake arrangement in the picture above, and I think bananas and chocolate could be a great pancake topping. Voted awesome ;)

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      ologsinquinto,

      I really like it, too. Of course, I do happen to be a big fan of his.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Careermommy,

      I hope your kids enjoy their pancakes.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Chocolate and bananas sound really good.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      The toppings you suggest look delicious, I think I must try some of them.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I love this article! The veggie pancake looks really yummy, and I like your flavored butter recipe too. There are a lot of delicious suggestions here for jazzing up pancakes!

      Pinned to my 'Appetizers, Snacks, & Sandwiches' board. I'm not a breakfast person. I like pancakes any time for a meal or a snack.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Dave,

      If you do, let me know what you think.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Yes, they certainly can be enjoyed any time of the day. Thanks for the pin!

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      The combination of walnuts and chocolate is still my number one choice. But I am adaptable:)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your toppings sound interesting and delicious, WriterJanis! You've given me some great new ideas for pancake toppings. Thanks for sharing them.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Tolovaj,

      That's one I haven't tried before.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Alicia,

      I hope you enjoy your pancakes.

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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      YUM! Memories of IHOP (International House of Pancakes), one of the few restaurants my mother would take her load of kids to, as they serves all you can eat pancakes! Sharing this HUB to my Facebook foodie page. The pages was set up to support my spice website, but I try to recycle anything food-related. That vegetable pancake looks delicious!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Wow! So, rich and yummy. Never tried vegetable toppings on pancakes but looks interesting. Why not?

      Great hub! Up and sharing!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      amoneyspinner1tf,

      I can relate. When I was a kid we would go out to the local pancake restaurant each Sunday for brunch.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      CrisSp,

      Sometimes it's just fun to get creative.

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      Maria Castor Handley 3 years ago from Jacksonville, California

      Im gonna pretend that I am not hungry at all. :D

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      LOL castoriehandley93

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      We make pancakes every weekend for our grandkids. I'm going to definitely use some of these topping ideas! Thanks!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      I bet your grandkids love your cooking.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Had some chocolate chip pancakes for supper tonight, like the ones in my article with the recipe I published. Excellent. Yours look delicious here too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Janis, wow..you have my mouth watering. I have to try the flavored butter. I also like the looks of the strawberry banana ones.

      I make the dollar pancakes all the time, because I like then crispy.

      Voted up, UAI and shared.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Mmm sounds and looks delicious.

      Voted up and looking forward to many more.

      Eddy.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Au fait Those sound delicious. Wish I could have some for breakfast today.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Shyron E Shenko I make them, too, but I have never had them be crispy. That's a different way to make them.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Eiddwen!

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      YUM. Those strawberries and banana on that opening picture... now that is droll worthy.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      ilikegames Glad you think so.

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      Nero Walker 3 years ago

      I usually eat them with peanut butter and syrup. But I like them plain too. That apple topping and flavored butter look great (not together necessarily). good ideas.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Nero Walker That's an interesting combination.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Everything sounds and looks just delicious :-) My husband prepare pancakes every weekend and one of our cats begs to have some pieces of pancakes!

      If you have the chance to buy it in California, try the dulce de leche; it's a caramel made from milk. It comes from Argentina and it's delicious! I didn't have Argentina on my bucket list but I went there because my husband had to go there for his work.... and I discovered the dulce de leche.

      Enjoy your evening!

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      Nero Walker 3 years ago

      Yes, it's great Janis! Especially when the peanut butter gets all melted and mixed with the syrup. Great on waffles too. you should try it.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Great ideas for the toppings, I love using fresh fruits. Using flavored butter sounds great!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      kidscrafts, I'll check it out. Sounds like something my kids would love.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Nero Walker, I have tried peanut butter on waffles and loved it.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      VioletteRose, as pancakes tend to be heavy, I like the freshness and lightness of fruit.

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      I like berries or chocolate chips on my pancakes. I do think cinnamon butter would be delicious to try. I can literally taste it now!!! I don't eat pancakes often but I'm craving some now thanks to this hub!

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Torrs13,

      I hope you were able to get some pancakes.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      The photo here looks so yummy! I love peaches with ice cream and brown sugar and I'm betting that adding warm pancakes to the mix would only make it better.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Krusteaz Pancake Mix is very good. I like to add eggs for protein to the mix, and sometimes use Almond Milk instead of water. I love your ideas for toppings and flavored butter. My favorite 3 toppings for pancakes are butter, peanut butter and syrup.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Au fait,

      That does sounds delicious and right now I'm quite hungry.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      colorfulone, What an excellent idea that is to add almond milk. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      femi 2 years ago from Nigeria

      Pancakes I just love em........

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      These are all so yummy looking. I have some peaches and I'm thinking of adding ice cream and brown sugar. Wish there was somebody here to make me the pancakes, I'm too tired to make them myself, but they do look so delicious!

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Tony,

      They are quite good!

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Au fait,

      That sounds like a delicious combination.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your pictures are mouth watering and gorgeous. We always used Bisquick for our pancakes and waffles, but I have tried the Krusteaz bread mixes and they were delicious. I love fruit toppings of strawberries. Sometimes I spread peanut butter and honey on my pancakes for a change up.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Peg,

      I really like the idea of peanut butter and honey. I will have to give it a try.

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      Emmanuel 2 years ago

      That is so funny! I bet he would like these then! I hope you have a chance to try them out on him!Thank you for stpinopg by my blog and sharing your thoughts! Enjoy!

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      hannah cunningham 2 years ago

      chocolate pie fillings cinnamon jam nuts yoghurt and fruit also taste outstanding with pancakes. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 9 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Your photo of pancakes with ice cream took me back to sleep-overs when I was a kid. This was the first time for eating pancakes this way and I loved it!

      Thanks for ideas for toppings!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 9 months ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Mercie!!! I am so hungry for pancakes with fruit on top. My wife and I worked at a summer camp and for 4th of July breakfast we made Belgium waffles and made a concoction of blueberries, strawberries and bananas to go over the top. Whipped cream and syrup were also available. So good! Great hub!

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