This year, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 16 February and, whether you like them savoury or sweet, a good pancake is hard to beat.
Happily, they can be adapted to suit different diets and loaded up with nutritious fruit, veg and protein to help fuel your cycling.
We’ve partnered with Olive Magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best pancake recipes for cyclists.
To make your pancakes delicious, ensure you’re getting the right batter mix.
Olive Magazine has the perfect pancake batter recipe as well as a guide to flipping. So be prepared and follow its guide to mixing and making the best pancakes.
Protein pancake mixture
Protein pancakes are pretty popular too and are easy to make by adapting a standard pancake recipe such as 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- 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.
Gluten-free buckwheat pancake recipe
So good, you won’t want to save it just for Pancake Day! These cinnamon-spiced discs 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!
Vegan pancakes with mixed berry compote
These vegan pancakes make a great breakfast or brunch idea and are simple to prepare and make.
The compote uses mixed frozen berries too, so you could always make extra for topping porridge or granola later in the week.
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.
More 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!
Salted caramel-stuffed pancakes
This recipe really is an indulgent treat with salted caramel in the middle and then even more caramel drizzled on top.
Finish off with the some raspberries and Greek yogurt to cut through all of that sugar. Yum!
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, all 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 it’s certainly delicious. And it’s just the one day, after all.
Our favourite pancake toppings
Stuck for ideas? Here are a selection of our favourite toppings:
- 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