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25 Best Pancake Toppings

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Pancakes with Bananas and Chocolate Chips

Brighten up your dull mornings with pancakes loaded with fun, colorful, and lip-smacking toppings!

If you have a sweet-tooth like me, Sunday mornings are never complete without a high stack of flapjacks for breakfast.

I mean, who can say no to warm, fluffy, and buttery pancakes? These sweet hotcakes are heaven in a bite. They’re a breeze to make, to boot, making them such an ideal breakfast item.

Plus, it’s so easy to add personality to pancakes, too! Whether it’s classic, creative, sweet, or savory flavors, the possibilities are endless.

I consider myself a pancake topping expert, so I’ve got you covered. These pancake toppings are great on their own, but you can also mix and match to create even more spectacular combos!

Maple Syrup

1. Maple Syrup

I don’t know about you, but with pancake toppings, nothing stacks up to classic maple syrup. You can’t go wrong by drizzling this sweet and sticky syrup all over those warm cakes!

Drenched in maple syrup, every pancake bite will be guaranteed perfection.

Pancakes with Bananas and Nuts

2. Fresh Fruit 

Want a refreshing topping for hot pancakes? How about some fresh fruit?

The keyword here is fresh. The freshest, ripest fruits will elevate your pancakes to new heights!

And it doesn’t even matter what fruit you pick. Whether it’s slices of sweet bananas, juicy peaches, or tart kiwi, fruits and pancakes are always a hit. 

Or how about a combo of flavors? Feel free to let your creative juices flow! 

Whatever fruit/s you choose, be sure to arrange the slices nicely for a prettier presentation. Trust me,  nothing is more appetizing than neatly layered mango slices on top of your pancakes!

Pancakes with Whipped Cream, Bananas and Syrup

3. Whipped Cream

I have another classic topping up next: whipped cream. Mildly sweet and super creamy, it’s the perfect addition to your fluffy flapjacks.

While canned whipped cream is perfect for when you’re in a rush, nothing beats fresh. So, if you have time, whip your own batch! 

Homemade whipped cream is so easy to pull off. All you need is whipping cream and a mixer! And it’s a million times lighter, fresher, and tastier than Cool Whip.

Pancakes with Blueberries and Maple Syrup

4. Fresh Berries

Whether it’s strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, or raspberries – berries are the ultimate pancake topping. 

Berries make pancakes even more fabulous than they already are! Not only do they add a juicy burst of flavor to every bite, but they’re also colorful and nutritious. 

You even have the freedom to add berries post-cooking or into the pancake batter itself. For the most ultimate, berry-packed pancakes, do both!

Banana and Chocolate Chips Pancakes

5. Bananas and Chocolate Chips

We already know that bananas make a wonderful pancake topping. Not only do they add sweetness to the dish, but they’re packed with potassium and protein, too.

Bananas and pancakes are the perfect breakfast combo to get you going.

But you know what makes pancakes and bananas even more delightful? Add morsels of chocolate chips on top! Bananas and chocolate are such an iconic duo. They pair together perfectly!

Pancakes, bananas, and chocolate chips will give you such a powerful explosion of flavor and texture.

Pancakes with Peanut Butter

6. Nutella

Now, this one’s a no-brainer! Sweet, creamy, and hazelnutty, Nutella is one of the easiest ways to elevate your pancakes. Spreading it all over your cakes will make the most stunningly sweet breakfast-dessert!

The only downside to this topping is the calories. It’s impossible to have just one serving of Nutella pancakes! Consider yourself warned.

Stacks of Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

7. Blueberry Sauce

Got a hankering for blueberry pancakes, but all you have is frozen blueberries? Well, then make the next best thing: a blueberry sauce.

It’s sweet, sticky, and it looks stunning drizzled all over those flapjacks.

Assorted Nuts: Cashews, Pecans and Walnuts

8. Nuts

Add a crunch to your tender pancakes with some nuts. Whether it’s cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, or pecans, nuts taste great with pancakes, so pick your favorite!

Aside from that lovely crunchy contrast, nuts also add a creamy flavor to your pancakes. They’re nutritious too, so go nuts!

Just a tip: be sure to toast the nuts for 1-2 minutes beforehand. Toasting releases more flavor and aroma in the nuts, making them even tastier than before.

Scoop of Ice Creams

9. Ice Cream

Pancakes and ice cream: it’s every kid’s dream! 

Apart from the flavor and pop of color, ice cream also provides a contrast in temperature, giving you that perfect balance of hot and cold. 

And there’s no one perfect ice cream flavor here, so just pick whichever one’s your favorite! Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are popular choices.

Personally, though, I love butter pecan with pancakes. Its nutty and buttery flavor complements the cakes magnificently.

Bowl of Berry Compote

10. Fruit Compote

Want fruit and syrup on your pancakes? Well, I suggest a fruit compote!

Sure, fresh fruits on flapjacks are always great, but sometimes they can be too tart. Fruit compotes have all the fruity goodness, but they’re much sweeter.

They’re like fruit and syrup combined, which is perfect for pancakes!

And if you think fruit compotes require expert cooking skills, think again. For instance, a blueberry compote only requires you to cook blueberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in a saucepan. In 10 minutes, it’s done! 

Stacks of Pancakes with Berries and Blueberry Syrup

11. Blueberry Syrup

Boil frozen blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and water, and what do you get? This sweet, luscious, blueberry syrup!

Not only is blueberry syrup sweet and tart, but it’s also good for the body. Loaded with vitamins A and C, these tiny berries are definitely big on both flavor and nutrition.

And oh, that deep and gorgeous color. It adds such a stunning contrast to the cream-colored pancakes. 

Homemade Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

12. Strawberry Syrup

Apart from blueberry syrup, strawberry syrup also makes a fabulous topping to pancakes. The tartness of the red berries plus the sweetness of the sauce gives the most wonderful balance of flavors to your flapjacks. 

And yes, you can definitely make your very own strawberry syrup! All you need are strawberries, sugar, water, and a saucepan. Done in just 10 minutes, this syrup could not be easier to make.

Caramel Sauce

13. Caramel Sauce

Okay, so I may be biased here, but caramel sauce is the perfect topping for pancakes. There, I said it. And I won’t take it back!

There are just so many things I love about caramel sauce. The combination of butter and sugar gives it such a unique sweet flavor that you can’t get anywhere else.

Plus, its lusciously thick yet silky smooth consistency is absolutely to die for.

And then, when you mix it with a little bit of salt? Oh my goodness, you won’t believe the difference it makes! You’ll get this irresistible sweet and salty combo that is just phenomenal.

You can end there, but you can also add more elegance to it by adding a bit of bourbon. The simple infusion gives it such a deeper, more wonderful flavor!

And drizzled all over pancakes? It’s so good, I can eat it every day! 

Raspberry Jam

14. Jams

Just imagine jam-filled donuts, but instead of donuts, we’re using pancakes. That’s what this combination is all about! Because who has the time to make donuts from scratch?!

Tart, sweet, and fruity jam slathered generously on top or in between pancakes sounds incredible, doesn’t it? And it’s so much easier than making donuts, too!

All the sweet, fluffy donut goodness, minus the effort. Now that’s what I call the perfect breakfast!

Peanut Butter

15. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter and pancakes? Holy moly, how rich and creamy! 

It’s the perfect topping if you love a bit of saltiness and nuttiness to your pancakes. So go ahead, smear your pancakes with your favorite peanut butter for the ultimate breakfast experience.

Peanut butter can be a little too thick, though. To make things easier, melt it in the microwave with corn syrup or honey for 30 seconds, and you’ll transform it into an irresistible syrup.

Fried Bacon Strips

16. Bacon

I mean, how can you ever go wrong with pancakes and bacon? It’s the perfect combo of sweet, savory, tender, and crispy! It doesn’t get much better than this.

Bacon is already a spectacular topping to pancakes, but when you drizzle it with maple syrup? Oh my. It creates that sweet and salty combo we all can’t get enough of.

I also like topping bacon with grated cheese and scallions for the most mouth-watering savory breakfast. 

Whichever route you choose, one thing’s for sure: everything tastes better with bacon.

Apple Butter with Cinnamon

17. Apple Butter

Sure, butter tastes amazing with pancakes. But if you want to give your cakes the ultimate fall flavor, slather them with apple butter instead!

There’s just something about apple butter that’s so cozy and heartwarming. The combination of sweet apples and warm spices is so irresistible!

Apple butter on top of pancakes is comfort food at its finest.

Fried Sausage Links

18. Sausage

Savory sausage: it’s the smoky, meaty goodness you need in your pancakes.

Sausage is a great way to give your pancakes a little extra kick. You can use whole links for this, but I prefer crumbles because I like the crunchiness they add to the pancakes!

Oh, and I also highly recommend drizzling maple syrup over the sausage, too. It creates a sweet and savory combo that’s just way too good.

Fried Apples

19. Fried Apples

Fresh apples fried in butter, sugar, and cinnamon are pure ecstasy on their own. But pairing them with fluffy pancakes will definitely take you to eternal bliss.

Burger Patty

20. Burger Patty

Have you ever tried making a hamburger out of pancakes? If you haven’t, now is the time!  

What’s not to love? A juicy burger patty in between two sweet and fluffy pancakes makes the ultimate breakfast feast! And don’t forget to drizzle it with maple syrup, too, for even more lip-smacking goodness.

Mexican Salsa

21. Salsa

This might seem weird, but wait until you’ve tried it. Salsa and pancakes work well together!

You’ll need one tiny bit of modification, though. Instead of regular pancakes, make sweet corn pancakes instead. It’s what makes this combo so good! 

The sweetness of the corn plus the tanginess of the salsa is just fantastic. Plus, the crunch of the corn and the salsa adds a nice texture contrast as well. 

Shredded cheese on top makes this combo even more delightful. Ooh-la-la!

Blueberry Pancakes with Fried Chicken

22. Fried Chicken

I mean, fried chicken tastes amazing with waffles, so why not pair it with pancakes? Together, chicken and pancakes make the most drool-worthy, sweet and savory, tender and crispy breakfast. 

Drizzled in sweet maple syrup or savory hollandaise sauce, you really can’t ask for more.

Candy Pancakes

23. Crushed Candy Bars

I’m talking about Heath, Reese’s, and Snickers here. In fact, whatever your favorite candy bar is, just crush it into small pieces and sprinkle the pieces all over your pancakes.

It’s definitely an indulgent breakfast, so you may want to reserve this for a special occasion!

Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

24. Chocolate

Chocolate chips, chocolate shards, chocolate syrup, chocolate spread — chocolate, in any form, tastes awesome with pancakes!

And whether you drizzle or spread it on top, or infuse it into the pancake batter itself, you can’t go wrong. Chocolate and pancakes together are pure love. 

Pancakes with Fried Eggs, Bacon and Sausage for Breakfast

25. Fried Eggs

Last on our list is another iconic pancake pairing. A fried egg, with that perfectly runny yolk, is everything you need to make your pancakes savory and hearty. 

It may be a simple addition, but it makes a heck of a difference. I mean, just picture that golden yolk as it drizzles down the layers of pancake goodness. It’s pure heaven! 

25 Best Pancake Toppings

Ingredients

  • Maple Syrup

  • Fresh Fruit

  • Whipped Cream

  • Fresh Berries

  • Bananas and Chocolate Chips

  • Nutella

  • Blueberry Sauce

  • Nuts

  • Ice Cream

  • Fruit Compote

  • Blueberry Syrup

  • Strawberry Syrup

  • Caramel Sauce

  • Jams

  • Peanut Butter

  • Bacon

  • Apple Butter

  • Sausage

  • Fried Apples

  • Burger Patty

  • Salsa

  • Fried Chicken

  • Crushed Candy Bars

  • Chocolate

  • Fried Eggs

Directions

  • Pick and choose your favorite pancake toppings. Or combine a few of your favorites for the ultimate dessert!
  • Organize all the required ingredients.
  • Prep a delicious breakfast treat in 30 minutes or less!
Pancake Toppings

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