Breakfast for dinner has long been a standard in my home, and tonight on National Pancake Day — a holiday created by IHOP in 2006 — I’ll be serving pancakes. I’ll throw some chocolate chips in the boys’ pancakes for a treat, and I’ll dig out some frozen blueberries for the grownups. 

When I make pancakes, I follow Mark Bittman’s Everyday Pancakes recipe from “How to Cook Everything” and use organic and local ingredients if I have them. It’s a great basic pancake recipe. I omit the sugar and add a little more milk (we like our pancakes on the thin side). 

I may be making basic pancakes, but who says you have go basic? You can make whatever kind of pancakes you want, and I’ve got five recipes for pancakes that are definitely not basic that you can use for Fat Tuesday.

  • Organic Oatmeal Pancakes – This recipe originated at Atlanta’s Flying Biscuit cafe, and the oatmeal in them ups the nutrition factor of the basic pancake by adding whole grain and fiber. The batter needs to be refrigerated at least two hours before using, so plan accordingly.
  • Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes – 283 people on allrecipes.com have rated this pancake recipe 4 ½ stars. I’d switch out the artificial sweetener for organic sugar or omit altogether.
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes – I had Sweet Potato Pancakes with cranberries once at a restaurant, and they were so good. It would be easy to add dried cranberries to this recipe for something totally different than the pancakes you’re used to.
  • Ricotta Cinnamon Pancakes with Sauteed Apples – Whole wheat flour and part-skim ricotta are the basis for these pancakes that have more protein than your basic pancake. If I wasn’t going to do basic pancakes tonight, these are the ones I’d probably try. 
  • Moby’s Vegan Blueberry Pancakes – Singer Moby shared his vegan pancake recipe with Epicurious. The recipe uses three types of whole grains plus soy or rice milk.
I’ll be serving up a side of local bacon and some fresh fruit with my pancakes tonight. If you’re making pancakes, how will you round out your meal?

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