Do you load your short stack up with butter and syrup? Or do you prefer your flapjacks with jam and whipped cream? Pancakes are just asking for fatty, sugary, sinful toppings. However, the delectably endless options don’t end there! You can get creative and forgo adding inches to your waistline by opting for whole wheat pancakes and equally yummy toppings that are actually quite good for you.

Try these 10 healthier pancake toppers…

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1. Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Skip the store bought jams and replace with your own home made sweetness! The secret ingredient is chia seeds which not only makes your jam okay to eat, but actually beneficial to your health!

2. Maple Syrup

No, Maple Syrup is not the same a Aunt Jemima’s! Once you go Maple, you’ll never be able to tolerate any other kind of syrup on your pancakes. It’s sweet, fresh and simple.

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3. Dark Chocolate and Bananas

Dark chocolate has so many health benefits and coats your flap jacks in the perfect layer of sweetness. Top off with some bananas and you’ve got yourself a new, unbeatable pancake topping!

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4. Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruit always wins! Toss your favorite berries on your pancakes to enjoy summer’s naturally sweet flavors.

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5. Maple Syrup, Turkey Bacon and Walnuts

Nothing satisfies a hungry morning tummy faster than the Great Canadian taste of bacon, walnuts and maple syrup—just substitute the greasy bacon strips for the low fat, lean turkey variety and use 100-percent pure maple syrup.

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6. Stilton and Spinach Pancakes with Soft Egg

What says brunch more than the protein goodness of a soft fried egg and some iron from sautéed spinach? Nothing! Top it all off with grilled mushrooms.

7. Hot Fruit Bake

Create this beautiful fruit bake to top your pancakes on a rainy Saturday morning to warm your body up for the day! Filled with your favorite fruits, this topping will take your pancakes to the next level.

8. Cacao Nibs and Greek Yogurt

Craving chocolate without the sugary calories? Cacoa Nibs are your best friend! When paired with Greek Yogurt, you still get your creamy, chocolatey fix while staying healthy.

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9. Sugar Free Apple Butter

The great thing about apple butter is that it’s made with fresh apples and a dash of cinnamon. So simple, guilt free and super flavorful!

10. Chocolate Avocado Icing

Enjoy a chocolatey dessert for breakfast—and whenever the mood arises—minus the refined sugar.

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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