Pancake Day (Tuesday 5thMarch) is right around the corner and it’s time to get your ingredients ready for the sweet or even salty cravings! Whether you’re a classic lemon and sugar or searching for something new to try on Pancake Day, The Sphinx has created the ultimate pancake toppings list for everyone with vegan and nut-free options!

Pancake Recipe to follow (This makes approx. 4 medium sized pancakes):

Ingredients (We have included some gluten free and dairy free alternatives to use):

  • 1-1.5 cups of milk (for a vegan option, substitute cow’s milk for almond, coconut or even oat milk)
  • 2 cups plain flour (a vegan alternative: oats, almond flour or spelt flour and for a gluten-free option make sure to use gluten-free all-purpose flour)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 egg (for a vegan recipe remember to omit this or you can add a mashed banana for extra sweetness)
  • Butter or cooking oil (for a vegan option use a dairy-free butter or coconut oil)


  1. Sieve the flour into a bowl or glass jug (and add the sugar if desired), beat the egg (or mash the banana) in a separate mug or bowl, then add half the milk to the egg (banana) and beat together.
  2. Add the egg (or banana) and milk mixture to the flour and whisk together, preferably using a hand whisk or non-electronic. The resultant mixture should still be fairly thick. Add the rest of the milk and whisk. If the mixture is still a little thick, add more milk until the mixture is fairly runny.
  3. Next add a little oil or a blob of butter to a frying pan and heat until sizzling. Stir the mixture and then pour a little into the hot pan so that it covers the bottom of the pan. Cook for approximately 1 min on this side, then flip.
  4. Then cook on this side for around a minute then plate up and repeat with the remaining mixture.
  5. Top your pancakes with some of our ideas below!
  6. Eat and Enjoy!

For the original recipe click here.

Classic Topping Ideas 


Here are a few typical pancake toppings that will definitely not disappoint. We recommend:

  • Lemon and sugar
  • Maple syrup and fruit
  • Nutella and strawberry
  • Greek Yogurt and blueberries.


Nut-free Topping Ideas


It’s often hard to find nut-free topping ideas with Nutella being a lot of go-to in homes and restaurants. Here are a few of our favourite nut-free options which even includes a Nutella alternative! If chocolate is not your thing, don’t worry as there are still plenty of other nut-free options too! We recommend:

  • Bonne Maman Salted Caramel Spread, which is currently £1.50 at Sainsbury’s, and bananas – a great combination of sweet and salty!
  • Freedom Choc Shot, this is £2.75 at ASDA –  A nut-free alternative to Nutella and chocolate spread that tastes delicious.
  • Vanilla or chocolate ice cream and crushed popcorn – a strange combination at first but it definitely works, it is a great alternative to adding nuts if you want a crunch and different topping textures to your pancakes.
  • Whipped Cream and fruit of your choice.


Gluten-free Topping Ideas


Many supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda now have a free from range which means you can even pick up some pre-made pancakes. For toppings, there’s a number of options and a few of which you will probably have in your cupboards at home. We recommend:

  • Greek Yogurt, berries and granola – this is a classic breakfast option, so why not try it topped on a pancake? Just make sure the granola you choose is gluten-free too, choose brands such as Jordans Simple Granola which is currently £2 at ASDA.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup and banana – great for those with a sweet tooth!
  • Honey, chia seeds and mango – adding chia seeds is a great way to add healthy fats and omega threes to your diet and your pancakes.
  • Almond or peanut butter and blueberries – adding nut butter’s such as almond butter to your pancakes is a great dose of both healthy fats and protein.


 Vegan Topping Ideas


Living a vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate pancake day too. There are plenty of vegan pancake recipes (we have linked another one of our favourites here) and now it’s time for some vegan topping options too. From ice cream to fruit and even a honey alternative these are some great combinations to try! We recommend:

  • Maple syrup, cocoa nibs and flaked almonds –  a delicious mix of sweet and salty.
  • Vegan ice cream such as Halo Top Sea Salt Caramel Ice-cream, now on offer at Tesco for £3 and flaked almonds or desiccated coconut for a nice crunch!
  • Coconut yoghurt and agave – agave is a great vegan alternative to honey!
  • Pecans, maple syrup and banana – maybe even try coating the pecans in maple syrup and roasting them in the oven for a few minutes, the pecans will taste sweeter and crunchier!


Featured image: feature image taken from