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40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

March 04, 2014
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40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

~by and Lindsay Livingston, RD

The way food, culture and religion intertwine has always been somewhat fascinating to me. The Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday, Latkes during Hanukkah....the list is actually quite long. The funny thing is I recall observing some of these food rituals as a kid and not really understanding their meaning... or knowing that frankly there was a meaning.

Pancakes on Fat Tuesday is a perfect example. I knew growing up that we always seemed to have a "pancake supper" at church on the day before Ash Wednesday. As a Protestant and member of The United Methodist Church, I can't really recall experiencing much "Carnival" type activity in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras didn't mean much in small town Alabama. But pancake suppers... yep, they were always there. I'm not sure when I finally made the connection that there must be a religious significance to the tradition (note to Methodist ministers everywhere... the whole Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday/Pancake Supper connection might be worth explaining to your younger congregation, you know?) But as it turns out, eating pancakes on the day before Lent has ties to "Shrovetide" -- more commonly observed in the UK and Ireland the week before Lent. (In case you aren't up on your words with Old English roots, the term is derived from the word "shrive," which means "to confess.") 

Anyway, back to the pancakes. The significance is one of basically indulgence before the "fast" associated with the 40 days of Lent. You know... 'cause eating pancakes is on a par with the debauchery in the streets of New Orleans tonight I'm sure (insert sarcasm here). Overall, I get it though... splurge before the sacrifice. Lent marks for those in the Christian religion a very real time of repentance and reflection on Jesus Christ's last days preceding the betrayal and crucifixion. I'm not sure I understand the whole "going out with a bang" idea of Mardi Gras, but it is what it is.

If you don't find yourself like me fascinated by these food-religion connections or inclined to observe the coming season of Lent, I understand. But these pancakes have a place at your table too. Consider this your guide to 40 different ways to enjoy a delicious breakfast for the rest of 2014. #You'reWelcome 

and if today does mark the eve of Lent for you, may you be blessed throughout the season with wisdom, reflection and bountiful blessings that aid in your Lenten journey.


(P.S. I confess. I'm as fascinated with religious numbers too, so we're showcasing 40 recipes to mirror the 40 days of Lent. A big thanks to Lindsay for all her help in digging through the piles of pancakes on Healthy Aperture (pun intended) to share this post with you. We hope you enjoy!) 

40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Quinoa Greek Yogurt Pancakes via Making Thyme For Health 
Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes via Coffee & Quinoa 
Greek Yogurt Peach Pancakes via The Kitchen Paper 
Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Pancakes via Running With Spoons


40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Vegan Pancakes

Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes via Running on Real Food 
Vegan Pancakes via Food Fanatic 
Vegan Blueberry Pancakes via Vegan Yumminess 
Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes via The Curious Country Cook


40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Grain-Free Maple Cinnamon Pancakes via What's That Smell
Buttermilk Cornbread Pancakes via The Roasted Root
Gluten-Free Struesel Pancakes via Kumquat 
Gluten-Free Buttermilk Oat Pancakes via Recreating Happiness
Gluten-Free Chickpea Pancakes via Food Recipes HQ 
Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancakes via The Healthy Maven
Gluten & Dairy Free Almond Pancakes via Naturally Sweet Recipes
Blue Corn Pancakes via Keepin It Kind 
Gluten-Free Pancakes via Three Blondes and a Tomas


40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes via Food Fanatic 
Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes via The Iron You
Protein Pancakes via Living Well Kitchen 
Protein Pancakes via Prevention RD 
Whole Grain Pumpkin Protein Pancakes via TexanErin 
Banana Cream Protein Pancakes via Oatmeal With A Fork 
Perfect Protein Pancakes via Running To The Kitchen 
Protein Pancakes With Frosting via Yeah...Imma Eat That
Chocolate Protein Pancakes via Super Sweet Life


40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Dutch Baby Pancakes

Apple & Pear Dutch Baby 
Blueberry Nectarine Dutch Baby via PopSugar 
Mini Nectarine Almond Dutch Babies via My Daily Morsel
Whole Wheat German Apple Pancake via It's Not Easy Eating Green


40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday


Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes via All Day I Dream About Food
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes via One Ingredient Chef
Whole Wheat Chocolate Pancakes via Hidden Fruits & Veggies
Dye-Free Red Velvet Pancakes via Chocolate & Carrots


40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Flavored Pancakes

Lemon Poppyseed Yogurt Pancakes via PreventionRD
Banana Pecan Pancakes via The Fitchen 
Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes via Pickles n Honey 
Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes via Meaningful Eats


40 Pancake Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Savory Pancakes

Mashed Potato Pancakes via Home Cooking Adventure
Spinach Dill Buckwheat Pancakes via Aapplemint




Healthy Aperture is a unique image-based recipe discovery platform. It is the only site of its kind moderated by registered dietitians and solely focused on healthy food blogs. Basically, we expose the best of what’s healthy to eat on the web. As the only food blog photo sharing site founded and hosted by registered dietitians, Healthy Aperture prides itself on publishing only the finest food imagery created by bloggers of healthy food.
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