February 15, 2021


It’s a common misconception that pancakes are purely a ‘treat’ meal, to be reserved for special occasions, or the annual Pancake Day in February.

However, leading dietitian Susie Burrell is here to quash that myth and prove that pancakes can be a nutritious meal without the added sugar, for kids and adults alike, all year round.

“The best thing about pancakes is that they’re incredibly versatile and can be topped with a range of sweet or savoury toppings,” Susie says.

Rather than dousing our beloved pancakes in maple syrup or sugar on Pancake Day, Susie advises to reconsider healthier options to keep them nutritionally balanced, and just as tasty! Toppings like fresh fruit, greek yoghurt, sautéed vegetables and 100% natural peanut butter spreads with a touch of sweeter toppings can provide the right balance for you and your kids.

Susie says, “Toppings like Greek yoghurt and 100% natural nut spreads like Mayver’s Peanut Butter provide a great source of protein, which will help keep you fuller for longer and provide you with the energy you need to get through the day.”

Below are Susie’s five recommendations of simple, healthy recipes to transform your Pancake Day. 

Susie’s Peanut Butter Oat Pancakes

All this recipe requires is to substitute the flour that’s typically used in pancake recipes, for half a cup of oats and half a cup of Smooth Peanut Butter to increase the nutritional content of your favourite pancake recipe.  Serve with fruit and a drizzle of syrup such as honey or rice malt syrup and enjoy!

Chocolate spread pancakes

For those fellow chocoholics out there, swap choc-chips for Mayver’s Hazelnut, Cashew and Cacao Butter spread to give that much desired choccy fix, but with all natural ingredients and no added sugar. This can be paired with banana slices on top to add more substance.

Gluten Free PB Pancakes

With Coeliac disease affecting 1 in 70 Australians, this recipe is perfect for those who need a gluten free alternative on Pancake Day. Simply use gluten free flour of your choice with baking powder, milk and for a rich, nutty texture add Mayver’s Dark Roasted Peanut Butter. Top these pancakes with extra Peanut Butter spread, Greek yoghurt and honey, to provide a perfectly tasty GF alternative.

Banana peanut butter pancakes

By simply mixing banana into the recipe, Susie says it’s a “great way to sneak in an extra serving of fruit and if you add oats and peanut butter, the extra protein and fibre will help keep you fuller for longer too.”

Vegan peanut butter pancakes

Celebrations can be difficult for those following a plant based diet, but these Vegan PB Pancakes are a great solution. Susie suggests using wholemeal flour combined with coconut oil and almond milk. Toppings like coconut yoghurt and berries can be a delightful plant based addition to enjoy on Pancake Day.

What pancake toppings do your family love? Share in the comments below.

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  • I love making pancakes on the weekend and often try new recipes out on the family


  • Pancakes are definitely a treat for us, specially when camped out and it is a cold winters day.


  • Those photos tho! Makes.me hungry


  • Vegan pancakes are pretty good as we had them at a Cafe in Newtown.
    Pana chocolate have also taken to creating a spread which is vegan which can be a good substitute for things like Nutella.
    Also, you can make flourless pancakes out of banana and egg!


  • These all sounds lovely to try


  • Never would have thought of any of these combinations.


  • I must admit, I just buy the Buttermilk Pancake Shaker mix and we love it. My fave topping is yoghurt, blueberries and strawberries, with a small squirt of maple syrup. Yumm.


  • Too busy for pancake day today, but usually we have them with bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup.


  • I don’t have pancakes often so when I do it’s an indulgent topping or two.


  • Some great ideas always feel regular pancake toppings are too sweet


  • Hmmm but why would you want to? Sugar is the whole point they should be a treat!


  • we make the 4 ingredient cinnamon pancakes and add apple to the batter. Then as our topping we have berries, banana, whipped cream and maple syrup


  • Yes , I see pancakes as a nutritious meal. I never add sugar to the batter and use nutritious and wholesome flours like lentil-chickpea-, buckwheat or green banana flour.
    Savoury pancakes with veggies are very much lived here too and the good thing us they can make a lovely breakfast lunch and dinner !


  • Oh, oops, I totally missed pancake day. I love them too


  • My kids love Nutella with banana on the top


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