Here in the UK BikeRadar office, Pancake Day (observed on Shrove Tuesday) is officially one of our favourite days of the year, and this year it falls on Tuesday 13 February.
Whether you like them savoury or sweet, a good pancake is hard to beat, and happily they can also be adapted to suit different diets and loaded up with nutritious fruit, veg and protein to help fuel your cycling.
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We've partnered with Olive Magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best recipes for cyclists. All the recipes are easy to follow and take you through step-by-step how to create everything from homemade nutrition products to tasty and hearty post-ride meals.
Olive has a whole load of tasty pancake recipes from savoury and sweet flavours to vegetarian, gluten-free and more, so if you're looking for more recipe inspiration, check them out!
Admittedly, the nutritional content isn't at the front of our minds when it comes to deciding what topping to pop on our pancakes, but for one day a year it's nice to sit back and enjoy one of the most fun dishes to make and eat! And, of course, if you do want to keep things healthy that's perfectly possible too.
Pancake mixtures and sweet toppings
To make your pancakes delicious, make sure you're getting the right batter mix.
Olive Magazine has the ultimate recipe as well as a guide to flipping and more. So be prepared and follow Olive's guide to mixing and making the best pancake recipes to make the recipes below even more tasty.
Protein pancake mixture
Protein pancakes are getting increasingly popular and are easy to make by adapting a standard pancake recipe like the one above.
Some examples include substituting half of the flour for a plain or appropriately flavoured protein powder — vanilla works well — or swapping out half of the eggs for cottage cheese or nut butter.
So long as you blend the mixture well to a nice smooth consistency, the end result will be tasty.
You may want to add a little extra baking soda if you are using lots of dense ingredients, such as nut butter, to make sure you have a nice, light consistency.
Gluten-free and dairy-free banana pancake mixture
If you don't eat gluten or dairy products, you don't need to miss out on the pancake-based fun!
These tasty and protein-rich pancakes blend together banana, peanut butter and eggs to make a dish that's substantial enough to fuel a day at work or on the bike.
Buckwheat pancake recipe
So good, you won't want to save it just for Pancake Day! These cinnamon-spiced discs of delight are light and fluffy, and form the perfect base for a scattering of raspberries and strawberries — and a splodge of natural yoghurt.
A drizzle of maple or agave syrup over the top adds a sweet finish too.
Vegan pancake mixture
Blend together a cup of flour of your choice, two tablespoons of baking soda and a pinch of salt in a bowl, then gradually add a cup of soy or almond milk, a tablespoon of sugar or maple syrup and a tablespoon of oil, mixing until the batter is nice and smooth.
Then add to a hot pan and away you go!
Dairy-free coconut pancakes with strawberry and lime syrup
If you're avoiding dairy, these coconut-based pancakes are a great alternative. In fact, even if you're not avoiding dairy and are just a big fan of that creamy coconut flavour, you'll want to give these a go.
We love the addition of the simple strawberry and lime syrup, bringing sharp and sweet together perfectly when drizzled over the top.
Our favourite toppings
Stuck for ideas? Here are a selection of our favourites.
- Classic lemon and sugar
- Bacon and maple syrup
- Spinach and ricotta cheese
- Nutella and banana
- Greek yoghurt, blueberries and strawberries
- Cinnamon stewed apples and crème fraîche
- Smoked salmon and cream cheese
Savoury pancake recipes
Japanese vegetable pancakes
Okay, we admit that these aren't quite your traditional pancakes. However, they are tasty, packed with veg, flavoursome and perfect for a quick and easy mid-week meal!
And, of course, you can have traditional pancakes for pudding. Two course pancake-based meal? Sign us up!
Sweetcorn, feta and spring onion pancakes
This recipe is another deliciously savoury option if you fancy making a meal of it.
These pancakes combine crunchy sweetcorn with spring onion and a dash of coriander and chilli that's smoothed out with some creamy feta cheese.
The serving suggestion — adding crispy bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup — may not be doing our waistlines any good but by gum it's delicious. And it's just the one day, after all.
Check out our other tasty recipes and get yourself fuelled for cycling from sunrise to sunset:
- 7 tasty, fast and light fish dishes
- 10 protein-rich meals for post-ride recovery
- 10 quick and easy post-ride dinners
- 5 delicious flapjack and breakfast bar recipes
- 10 hearty and satisfying vegetarian soups
- 10 simple and warming soups for winter
Article updated 12 February 2018