5 alternative pancake recipes

Swap your regular pancake fillings for something a bit different – and get your kids cooking!

Written by Danna Wills

It’s Shrove Tuesday. Again. Wow, that came around fast! Last year, like everyone in the country, I had so much fun making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday that I thought “Pancakes are so quick and easy to make – why don’t we have them all the time? WHY?! Right, from now on we’re going to have pancakes every weekend as a treat. JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE!”

I take out the flour and see that it expired in 2015. Good start. I also ate an entire jar of Nutella in one sitting yesterday so we’re out of that too. But fear not! For those who have left pancake-making
a bit lastminute.com, try out the easy pancake recipe below, along with some great ideas for alternative fillings.

(Note: shop-bought pancakes are absolutely acceptable to use too!)

Looking for a healthy way to get kids cooking? This post has 5 wholesome ideas!

1) Easy pancakes: quick, simple and yummy!

What you’ll need: 100g plain flour, 2 eggs, 300ml milk, 1tbsp oil

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do the prep:

1. They can weigh the flour.
2. Then sift the flour into a bowl.
3. Then, they can pour the milk into a measuring jug.

Method:
Find the rest of the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

Now you have a super simple pancake recipe (or some bought from the shop), here are some easy and delicious alternative fillings!

2) Choc chip, peanut butter and banana: for those with a sweet-tooth or 10!

What you’ll need: your easy pancake recipe (or shop-bought pancakes),
6tbsp smooth peanut butter, 2tbsp icing sugar, 2tbsp milk, 50g chocolate chip, half a banana (sliced)

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do the prep:

1. They can spoon out the 6 tablespoons of peanut butter.
2. Then weigh the chocolate chips.
3. Then, they can break a banana in half for you to slice.

Method:
Find the rest of the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

For more ways to satisfy a sweet tooth, try these nostalgic no-bake treats.

3) Quesadilla pancakes: cheesy savoury filling with a Mexican twist!


What you’ll need:
your easy pancake recipe (or shop-bought pancakes), 2 red peppers, 140g Red Leicester, 4tbsp coriander, 1tbsp butter, 1 garlic clove, 1/2tsp ground cumin, 400g kidney beans, juice 1 lemon, 2 avocados, 2 little gem lettuces

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do the prep:

1. They can measure out the cheese on scales.
2. Then help you crush a garlic clove.
3. Then, they can help you squeeze the juice from a lemon!

Method:
Find the rest of the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

Check out more recipes kids can customise themselves.

4) Chocolate praline pancake cake: make a cake… out of pancakes!

What you’ll need: your easy pancake recipe (or shop-bought pancakes), sunflower oil, 100g caster sugar, 100g blanched almonds, half tsp sea salt, 250g dark chocolate, 50g unsalted butter, 175ml whole milk, 125ml double cream, 50g light muscovado sugar, whipped cream

What to do:
Get your kids involved with this simple prep…

1. They can measure out the sugar and almonds.
2. Then help you pour the milk into a measuring jug.
3. And squirt on the whipped cream at the end!

Method:
Find the rest of the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

5) Pancake cannelloni: a lovely hearty meal made from pancakes!


What you’ll need:
your easy pancake recipe (or shop-bought pancakes), 420g pork meatballs, 400g spinach, 2tbsp pesto, 250g ricotta, 1 egg, 1/4tsp nutmeg, 500g passata, 1 garlic clove, 125g mozzarella, basil leaves

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do the prep:

1. They can scoop out 2 tablespoons of pesto.
2. Then help you crush the garlic clove.
3. And help you weigh out the other ingredients!

Method:
Find the rest of the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

So, there you go! A few ideas to make this Pancake Day a bit different. Be gone, lemon and sugar! Bye bye, strawberry jam! See you later, ham! Who knows, maybe pancakes will actually actually actually be eaten more than once a year at home! Though I’ve now promised the kids that Saturday will forever be known as Pancake Saturday, so there’s no going back. Enjoy! Nom nom nom.

 

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