Healthier Pancake Day Recipe Inspiration

stack of pancakes topped with fresh fruit

Pancake Day can be challenging if you’re following a weight loss plan. However, you can still enjoy a pancake or two if you plan ahead and factor them into your calorie count for the day.

Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, check out our tips for making some healthy swaps to your recipe and make this year’s Shrove Tuesday a little bit healthier, so you can stay on track of your weight loss goals.

savoury crepes with cheese, spinach and mushrooms

Top Tips for a Healthier Pancake Day

Here are a few top tips for a healthier Pancake Day this year:

  • When making your pancake batter, swap full-fat milk for skimmed milk
  • Use oats instead of refined flour to provide a source of fibre, helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer and less likely to snack
  • Have your pancakes as your main course instead of your dessert to keep your calorie intake lower
  • Swap out one large crepe loaded with high-calorie fillings for two 6-inch whole grain pancakes topped with healthier ingredients

How to Make Banana Pancakes

A clever hack for low-calorie pancakes is to use mashed banana in the batter mixture instead of flour. This banana pancakes recipe makes 2 servings, at 280 calories each, so you can easily factor these into your Shrove Tuesday meal plan.

homemade banana pancakes


  • 1 large banana, peeled and mashed
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 25g pecans, chopped
  • 1 tsp honey

Allergens: contains egg, pecans (nuts).


  • In a mixing bowl, mash three-quarters of the banana with a fork until you have a thick puree.
  • In the same mixing bowl, add the beaten eggs, baking powder and vanilla extract, and combine thoroughly.
  • Place a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat and brush with half of the olive oil.
  • Spoon half of the batter into the pan, making 2 pancakes and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Flip them over and cook for another 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and put on to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining olive oil and the rest of the pancake batter.
  • Top the pancakes with the remaining banana, sliced, the chopped pecans and drizzle over the honey.

Low-Calorie Pancake Toppings

Pancakes taste delicious whichever toppings you choose, so instead of tripling your calorie intake, give these lower calorie toppings a go:

  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice – a classic for a reason
  • Fresh fruit, such as mixed berries or sliced banana
  • A spoonful of fat-free Greek-style yoghurt
  • One tablespoon of low-sugar jam, peanut butter or chocolate spread – a little of what you fancy is fine, as long as you know you can get right back on track the following day
  • Go savoury and top with sautéed mushrooms and wilted spinach
  • Make an OPTIFAST Dessert sachet and pour this over the top for a sweet fix that feels really decadent

Allergens: contains milk; OPTIFAST Desserts also contain soy, fish (fish oil); if peanut butter is used, contains nuts.

How to Get Back on Track After Pancake Day

Pancakes are just one small part of your overall meals on Shrove Tuesday, but by making these small changes, you can still enjoy a treat and not derail your weight loss plan.

If you know that it’s hard for you to get back on track after a treat, one helpful tip is to plan your meals for the following day in advance. If you’re not a planner, you can also use one of your favourite OPTIFAST products as one of your meals or cook a low-calorie meal that you know you always enjoy. Find low-calorie recipe inspiration here.

To hold yourself accountable, be sure to tap into your support network and let them know your goals for the day. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support if you need a little extra help getting back on track. Remember that our closed Facebook group is full of people who know exactly what it’s like to be following a weight loss plan, so there’s plenty of support to be found.

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2020-02-27 11:07:08By Health & Nutrition Expert

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