Pancakes - a simple food whose strengths lie in their flexibility. There is no occasion worth celebrating that can hide from the humble pancake. The best bit, of course, is in the pancake toppings! Whether your diet is gluten-free, vegan or you literally eat anything, there are lots of options for the perfect pancake pairing. The big question is... Do you go sweet or savoury? Here’s our guide to the best creative pancake toppings!

1. The Original

If you talk to your parents, chances are their idea of the best pancake topping is as simple as it comes. The original lemon and sugar might seem a bit boring when you’re scrolling through all those delicious Instagram photos and Pinterest pancakes, but don’t be fooled. This pancake is the reserved option in a world of excess and is as easy as pancake toppings come. When you don’t want to overwhelm your senses and you’re looking for a lighter snack, ‘The Original’ never fails to hit the spot. Trying to avoid processed sugar? Opt for unrefined options like coconut sugar or maple syrup instead.

2. Spiced Apple

There’s nothing more warming on a cold day than the smell of spiced apple on the stove. The best spiced apple contains cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and is stewed slowly to combine the flavours. This topping strikes the perfect balance of sweet and sharp and is one of the most perfect creative pancake toppings you can have on a winter's evening.

3. Nutella Sauce and Banana Slices

Forget peanut butter and jam! That’s toast! If you want a yummy indulgence, then Nutella sauce and sliced bananas are pancake breakfast heaven. This sweet pancake filling delights our chocolate cravings, gives us a fruity kick and delivers a delicious nutty taste, all in one mouthful. To make the Nutella sauce, heat up some milk and gradually whisk into a couple of tablespoons of Nutella until it’s thin enough to drizzle over pancakes.

4. Creamy Garlic, Spinach and Chicken

When it’s time to think of savoury pancake toppings, we look to France. This Parisian inspired savoury pancake topping idea contains a creamy concoction of garlic, spinach, and chicken to fill up your bellies and tantalize your taste buds. For those of you that recoil at the uber sweet pancake accompaniments, this savoury pancake topping delivers more filling and more flavour!

5. The Spicy One

We love a good curry and we love pancakes from around the world, so the spicy one is our idea of food heaven. You can choose any type of curry you like to suit your tastes. Keep it vegan with a chickpea masala or add some heat with Jalfrezi. Either way, it’s a great way to get creative on curry night. If you’re feeling a little more experimental, try making a traditional dosa – an Indian pancake made with fermented batter. When it comes to the best creative pancake toppings - the spicy one has crept into our favourites!

 Still wondering what to put on pancakes? Visit your nearest convenience store for all the creative pancake toppings you need. The only question left to ask is…sweet or savoury? Let your taste buds decide!