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Recipe Adventure: 6 Ways To Take Pancakes to a New Level

Creative approaches can add some excitement and extra nutrition to a breakfast favorite

A stack of banana pancakes with syrup and slices of bananas on top

Think you know pancakes? Well, think again.


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Flip your expectations for this breakfast staple with six recipes that promise to turn your flapjacks into dramatically delicious discs. An added bonus? They bring extra nutritional value with all of that flavor.

So, grab your skillet and let’s get going.

Packing protein

cottage cheese pancakes with fruit and syrup

If you’re looking to bulk up your protein intake, try these cottage cheese pancakes to start your day. A serving of four small pancakes offers a whopping 20 grams of protein. Preparation is an easy lift, too.

Great gourds!

pumpkin pancakes with apple butter

Pumpkin offers an impressive nutritional ingredient. For starters, it’s off the charts in vitamin A, which is great for your vision. So, maybe it’s time to look into eating this gourd during seasons other than fall. Pumpkin pancakes are a good way to start.

Go bananas

Gluten free banana pancakes

You know how there always seems to be one ready-to-go-bad banana on your counter? Put it to good use by making banana pancakes. With only a few ingredients, recipes don’t come much easier.

Spice things up

Recipe: Ginger Sweet Potato Pancakes

Ginger adds a definite zing to any dish. Want proof? Try this recipe for sweet potato pancakes, which features this spice. These latkes are also a good source of dietary fiber plus vitamins A and C.

A nutty idea

Walnut Zucchini and Potato Pancakes

These potato pancakes include a healthy dose of zucchini, but let’s not kid ourselves: The toasted-walnut topping is what sets this recipe apart. Walnuts bring a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids to the dish, plus iron, magnesium and folate.

Chickpeas? Yes, please!

Savory Chickpea Pancakes

Savory-style pancakes bring a whole new taste experience to the table. This chickpea-and-spinach creation bursts with flavors that are enhanced by cumin, dill and green onions. These unique pancakes also are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber.


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