When You’re Out Of Syrup, But You’re Making Pancakes: 5 Alternative Topping Ideas

 Pancakes on a plate - out of syrup? 5 alternative topping ideas

 

So, you’re in the kitchen; maybe its the morning, maybe it’s dinner time (yum breakfast for dinner!)  You want pancakes.  Pancakes are tasty and easy right?  You get the pan out, you pull the bowl out of the cabinet.  You’re measuring out your  flour into the bowl, mixing in some baking powder, salt and sugar, pouring in the milk and butter (or maybe you’re using a pre-mix. Hey, I’m not here to judge).  You start wiskin’  the mixture all up,  and then you realize… … …

‘effffff we are out of syrup!’

(or you forgot to buy it?)

“What am I gonna do?!” – you ask yourself.  Pancakes just aren’t pancakes without gooey, maple-y, drenched in sugary syrup right?  Ok, so maybe it’s not ideal but if you’re like me, you aren’t gonna drive to the store just for some syrup – and god forbid your husband go for you while you cook.  So, what do you do?  Here are some creative  and easy ideas of alternative pancake toppings… Honestly, you may even find one you like better than syrup:

You COULD just eat the pancakes plain – sometimes, they can be made well enough that they are good all on their lonesome with a little side of my best friend butter.

ok, you don’t wanna eat pancakes plain

I get it, me neither…

An Easy fix?  Cook an over easy or scrambled egg( bah, why do people like scramble eggs?) and put it on top of the pancake.  If you are having breakfast for dinner then its likely that you are going to be eating eggs too.  Probably with some bacon or sausage … so, just make a little sandwich out of it.  Put some cheese on there even – it could be like a Mcgriddle.

This is actually one of my favorite ways to eat pancakes, but I will usually have one with an egg and another one traditional style – drenched in the maple goodness that is syrup.

 

If you are thinking ahead you can buy this organic syrup from Thrive Market.  Right now you get it free when you sign up and order!

But wait, we are out of that right now…

Question:  DO you have any fruit in the house?  Fresh, frozen, canned,it doesn’t matter…

IF you do have some fruit, my NUMBER ONE recommendation is to make a fruit topping!  You could just put the fruit straight on the top of the pancake (fresh fruit or canned – make sure to thaw if you’re using frozen though).

If you want something a little more fancay, get out a little pan and throw some of that fruit in there.  Pour a little white sugar, brown sugar in with it with some vanilla and some lemon juice.  Probably like, half a lemons worth is good for starters and a couple tablespoon of sugar – or more of each depending on how much topping you are making.   A couple short pours of the vanilla will do – or cap fulls – or whatever, ’cause vanilla!

Let the mixture boil on the stove top… it’ll turn into sort of a fruit syrup. Definitely stir it regularly and keep an eye on it.  You just want the fruit to soften and not to burn the sugar or anything.

If you prefer it to be more of a smooth puree as apposed to a chunky fruit topping, just throw that tasty sh*t into a blender and pulse it up a bit.

so… story time

It’s fall and I just got my once a year peck of my favorite apples!  I can only get these apples once a year, in October, and I gotta be quick about it cause they sell out fast.  I buy them in “bulk” (about 30 in a peck) and HATE to see apples go bad so I try to use them for as many things as possible.  The other day I was making pancakes for dinner / breakfast for dinner.  I realized half way through that we didn’t have any syrup because we had used it all the LAST time we had pancakes.  Plus, whole30 really threw off my pantry(and probably rightly so).

 This is what came of my no syrup moment – and what prompted this super informative and creative awesome post!

 

“APPLE PIE” PANCAKES

(essentially)

Pancakes on a plate with Apple Pie Topping
Don’t mind the flat off color pancakes lol. I had also run out of baking powder so I didn’t use it = not fluffy. I also used coconut milk in them instead of regular milk. It’s good this way but it discolors the pancakes a bit fyi 🙂
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Apple Pie Topping
a sweet, apple pie-like topping for things like pancakes, toast, muffins, whatever else you want it on. - It could even BE filling for an apple pie or apple pie-esque food if you want. I like it on pancakes - obviously...
Cuisine Breakfast Food
Prep Time 3-5 minutes - to cut the apples and peel them
Servings
1/4 Cup to 1/2 Cup I had just enough to top 4 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 2 Apples peeled, sliced or chopped
  • 2 TBS White Sugar I didn't measure, I just poured some in there
  • 2 TBS Brown Sugar once again, no measuring I just scoop and pour what looks right
  • some squirts Honey I just swirled a little in there (skip it if you don't have it though- no biggy)
  • some squirts Vanilla Extract I poured some in... maybe a couple short pours or you could do like 2 or 3 cap fulls
  • Cinnamon just shake some in there
  • Nutmeg just shake a little in there, not as much as the cinnamon though
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juice of de-seed first or you'll be sorry
Cuisine Breakfast Food
Prep Time 3-5 minutes - to cut the apples and peel them
Servings
1/4 Cup to 1/2 Cup I had just enough to top 4 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 2 Apples peeled, sliced or chopped
  • 2 TBS White Sugar I didn't measure, I just poured some in there
  • 2 TBS Brown Sugar once again, no measuring I just scoop and pour what looks right
  • some squirts Honey I just swirled a little in there (skip it if you don't have it though- no biggy)
  • some squirts Vanilla Extract I poured some in... maybe a couple short pours or you could do like 2 or 3 cap fulls
  • Cinnamon just shake some in there
  • Nutmeg just shake a little in there, not as much as the cinnamon though
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juice of de-seed first or you'll be sorry
Instructions
  1. put all ingredients into a small pot and let it boil
  2. when the apples are soft remove the contents of the pot to a blender and puree leave it chunky if you prefer though
  3. set aside to use as topping on pancakes, filling, or whatever else you may want to use it for.
Recipe Notes

I like this on Pancakes (coming soon)

You can also use it as pie filling if you want to, though I have a better way to do that... (coming soon)

 

Ok, so now that my number one recommendation is out of the way, I gotta give you a few more.  Let’s see… 1) Over Easy Egg, 2) Fresh Fruit or Fruit syrup (that’s technically 2, but I’ll just call it a bonus)…

3rd Option) Good ‘ol honey… MOST people have some honey stashed away in their pantry for coffee or tea, or baking or whathaveyou.  This one is pretty straight forward, just pour it on there like you would with syrup, but I think a little goes a long way with honey IMO.

4th option) sprinkle some powdered sugar on that bad boy… ORRRR you can make a frosting.  If you have some powdered sugar, butter (giving that you didn’t use it all in the pancakes), vanilla, and some milk/cream/coconut milk/almond milk… you can mix that up to make a little icing for your pancakes.  I think a lot would go a long way here – but they do have the word cake in them so…. just sayin.

(see there I go giving out bonuses again… 2for1 – cheaper than Walmart!)

5th option) Similar Idea to the frosting but you could just whip up some cream and sugar and make whipped cream. Or heck, you may have some of that in your fridge and you just didn’t think to use it for this application.  This would be good to combine with the fruit option too actually.  #genius

 

Ok, so there are “5” ideas for pancake toppings that aren’t syrup, and actually MIGHT be better than syrup.  I have a few more in mind but you all know which one was my favorite I think.  Let me know if you try any out or if you have any recommendations to add to the list.

 

All of my ♥

Brit

 

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okkkk, I like you guys a lot so here goes a few more:  jam/jelly/applesauce (I know that’s sorta just the same as the fruit topping one), a nut butter of some sort – peanut/cashew/almond, or maybe some Greek yogurt with fruit. ♥

Pretty much just make sure you have fruit on hand all the time 😂

 

 



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