Pancake toppings are the best part of the pancakes! But did you know your serving of maple syrup tacks on about 50 grams of sugar!!!! Yeah, NOT GOOD. That’s why I’m going to show you three healthy ways to ditch the syrup.
Start With a Healthy Pancake
You can still enjoy pancakes in a healthy lifestyle, woohoo! The key is to avoid using recipes that have refined flour and refined sugar. These foods are highly processed and don’t contribute to overall good health, so it’s best to avoid them as much as possible. Thankfully, you don’t even need them to make delicious pancakes! To prove that you can have your healthy pancakes and want to eat them too, I created a ton of healthy pancake recipes for you to choose from!
- Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes
- Single Serve Protein Pancakes
- Banana Pancakes
- Fluffy Diner Style Pancakes
- Find even more on my breakfast page
Fake Syrup vs. Real Syrup
Unfortunately, just because it’s natural doesn’t make it good for you. Hopefully you’ve swapped your high fructose corn syrup maple syrup (specifically the one from the famous Aunt) for real 100% pure maple syrup. Don’t get me started on fake syrup!
Isn’t Maple Syrup Healthy?
Back to the question.. sure, maple syrup is a great natural sugar that I use all the time to replace refined sugar in my recipes. It’s a much better alternative to refined white sugar because it’s less processed. I actually use it a lot when I make desserts because a little sweetness goes a long way. But, just because it’s a better sugar doesn’t mean it’s an appropriate topping for pancakes.
Ditch The Syrup
1/4 Cup Has 53 Grams of Sugar!!!!!
Unfortunately, even if you are buying pure maple syrup, the only ingredient is sugar! It’s weird to imagine, but putting maple syrup on pancakes is pretty much the same things as putting spoonfuls of sugar on them. So when you drown your pancakes in maple syrup, you are actually drowning your breakfast in sugar!
It’s Way Too Much!
To put it in perspective, the average person probably pours about 2 tablespoons on their pancakes. Since 2 tablespoons of maple syrup is equal to 26 grams of sugar, this means they’re maxing out the daily recommended sugar limit (which is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men) before lunch time!
Healthy Pancake Toppings
By swapping your maple syrup for more nutrient-dense toppings, you are creating a more balanced breakfast. The swaps I suggest add protein and healthy fats to your meal, which help keep you fuller longer and support high energy levels throughout the day!
1. Plain Greek Yogurt
Besides adding a creamy texture and delicious flavor, greek yogurt is a great protein boost for pancakes! I recommend 2% or full-fat instead of non-fat because it tastes so much better and is a lot less tart.
My favorite fruits to add are strawberries, blueberries, and banana slices! Fruit is a great way to naturally sweeten your pancakes without a ton of sugar. Since the sugar in fruit also comes along with fiber, the sugar gets metabolized a lot slower and therefore won’t leave you with a big crash after breakfast! Try my 1-ingredient Blueberry Sauce Recipe!
3. Nut Butter
Almond butter (and even peanut butter) is a great topping for pancakes! It adds a yummy flavor that also adds healthy fats and protein to your stack of pancakes. Just be sure to use nut butter that are made without added oils, preservatives, or sugar. The only ingredients should be nuts and maybe salt!
Whats your favorite healthy pancake topping? Comment below!