Everyone loves pancakes as they are malleable, and you can make funny shapes with the batter, change the color, and add whatever you want into the mix. Pancakes are a blank food canvas waiting for your inspiration, and toppings are a delicious addition, and are so much fun to eat. These toppings will turn your pancakes into a heartier, more nutritious meal than any syrup would have — especially if you mix and match.
Fresh fruit: Yes, fruit can be high in carbohydrates, but that is what portion control is for. Even on the days that you have to switch to a different topping for that second helping of pancakes, the fruit is definitely worth it.
Fruit syrups: Sometimes you want something that will soak into the pancake. In that case, it is time to take the fruit a step further. Use the variety of syrup or sauce recipes available online or buy healthy options from the store, then improvise with the fruit and sweetener of your choice.
Chopped nuts: Granted, chopped nuts work best in conjunction with other toppings. But can't you picture it? A stack of pancakes with butter, berry syrup, a dollop of homemade whipped cream, and chopped nuts scattered across it all?
Nuts and seeds: If you love nuts or seeds, try them on pancakes at least once. Spread some on each pancake in the stack and then add any other toppings. It is a great way to boost the protein and micronutrients.
Sugar-free chocolate chips: Any adult who has eaten out with a child is probably familiar with those chocolate pancakes topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips. We are so used to seeing chocolate teamed with junk food that we tend to forget that the chocolate itself can be good for us. Once we remove the sugar from the equation, a small handful of dark chocolate antioxidants will help start your day.
Chocolate sauces: If you haven't made any chocolate chips lately, what about some chocolate sauce? Try a recipe that is easy to make or buy a good healthy brand from your supermarket; add extra cream if you need to thin the sauce.
Sugar-free whipped cream: This is so easy to make, and will keep for a week or two in the refrigerator. Plan one or two evening desserts that will also take whipped cream, then make those pancakes decadent.
Unsweetened yogurt: Some people prefer yogurt to whipped cream. Whether you are using regular or Greek, or even soy, adding a little sourness to your pancakes can be a great treat. If you can't stand Greek yogurt, add fruit to help with taste, or granola, or mix in sugar-free preserves with the plain yogurt. Also, you can try mixing some jams, honey agave or maple syrup. Brown sugar or a zero calorie Splenda type of sugar will do, and cinnamon is good too.
Cheese: Yes, cheese. Cheddar melted over almond pancakes is so very delicious. As is mild white cheese crumbled in with fresh strawberries.
Meats: Real pancakes, topped with sausage crumbles and cheese, sound much better than any fast food breakfast junk. Then, once you have gone that far, you can get really creative: chicken, ham, you name it. Sometimes savory, instead of sweet, is the way to go.