Posted by: thehungryrunner | August 19, 2011

Creative Toppings for High-Protein Pancakes

Sure, you COULD go the safe route and spoon some low-fat yogurt or drizzle sugar-free pancake syrup on your healthy hotcakes (for recipes, see my 2009 post, The Great High-protein Pancake Experiment).  But why limit yourself?  At least, that’s the rationale I use for my endless experimentation with this dish’s equivalent of the “frosting on the cake.”  And while some of my….um…concoctions…have proven more disappointing than delectable (“calorie-free fruit spread” really needs the word “spread” to be changed to “watery chunks”), there have been plenty of home runs to counter the foul balls.

So here is my top ten list.  Well, of the moment, anyway.  Catch me next week, and you’ll probably have another ten items to choose from.  Such is the musical-chair mind I live in.  But at least for today….

Ten Tempting Toppings for High-Protein Pancakes   (Note: These are amounts that I use for one serving of high-protein pancakes; feel free to multiply or divide the amounts if you prefere a larger or smaller yield.)

  1. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread:  Cream together 1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese, 4 packets of Sweet-n-Low (or your favorite low-calorie sweetner), and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon.  I prefer Philadelphia brand for this one, as the generic brands can sometimes have a funkier flavor.
  2. Berry Blueberry Pancake Syrup:  Microwave 1/4 cup frozen blueberries for 1-2 minutes to thaw.  Mix in 2-3 Tablespoons calorie-free blueberry syrup.  The syrup alone has a thinner texture, but “beefed up” with the blueberries offers a more satisfying (and healthy) texture.
  3. Nuttier-Than-Thou Honey/Nut Butter:  Mix together 2 tablespoons of  almond butter with 1 tablespoon finely chopped pistachios and 1 tablespoon honey.  Yes, it’s thick but soooo good as a spread on the pancakes.
  4. Cheery Cherry Yogurt Topping:  Get ready!  Mix 1/4 cup cherry yogurt with 1 tablespoon cherry jam, 4-5 chopped fresh cherries AND….a tablespoon of dried cherries.  Can you tell I love cherries?
  5. Savory Cheesy Cottage Cheese:  Mix 1/3 cup cottage cheese with an ounce of shredded lowfat cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.  A nice change from just the sweet toppings!
  6. Pineapple-Orange-Banana Delight:  If it’s good enough to be a juice, it’s good enough to top my high-protein pancakes!  Mix 1/4 cup crushed canned pineapple, 1/2 finely chopped ripe banana, and 1 tablespoon orange marmalade.  I’m drooling just typing this (sorry, overshare).
  7. Even More Protein Peanut Butter Yogurt:  If the protein in the pancakes isn’t enough for you, mix 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt with a half a scoop of whey protein and a tablespoon natural peanut butter.  Good enough to eat all by itself or on top of the pancakes!
  8. Creamy Strawberries:  Mix 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream with 1 tsp. brown sugar and 1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries.  So simple and so good!
  9. Just Sinful Enough Dark Chocolate:  FIRST top the pancakes with your choice of yogurt — vanilla, cherry, and even mango are the ones I usually choose for this.  THEN sprinkle about an ounce of either chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate morsels.  Either enjoy as is or pop into the microwave for 20 seconds to melt the chocolate.
  10. Warm and Spicy Stewed Dried Fruit:  Entails a little more work, but oh so WORTH it!  My favorite recipe is from  How much do I use for a serving?  I usually just make up a batch of whatever I have on hand, use what I need for the pancakes, and refrigerate the rest as an equally wonderful addition to yogurt, cottage cheese, or oatmeal.

So there you go!  I hope this has stimulated your creative juices and whet your high-protein appetite.  And please do share your own ideas for toppings in the comments, as the possibilities are clearly endless!

Evamarie Pilipuf is a yoga instructor and stretching consultant based in southern California, and the owner/operator of, a membership site where athletes stretch and do yoga online via Evamarie’s audio and video guidance.



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