Make Breakfast for Dinner on National Pancake Day

You don’t have to wait until the major holidays, like Halloween or Fourth of July, to have cause for a celebration. We think you should find something every day worth celebrating – whether it be pushing a mile further in your normal run, completing an entire to-do list, a co-worker’s birthday, or pancakes. Yes, pancakes, the fluffy breakfast that almost demands to be eaten while wearing pajamas.

Today is National Pancake Day, which is typically observed on Mardi Gras in preparation for Lent; however, since 2006 IHOP has declared the Tuesday following Mardi Gras as National Pancake Day. On this day, they serve up free short stacks of their classic buttermilk pancakes. It’s for a good cause; in lieu of charging customers they just ask for donations to Children’s Miracle Network, an incredible organization that grants wishes of terminally ill children.

We think you should make a donation directly to CMN and make your own pancakes. At 490 calories per short stack, before you add syrup and butter, these ultra-white, processed, nutritionally-void pancakes’ only redeeming quality is that a wonderful organization will receive a few bucks from you.

Switch things up and serve pancakes for dinner tonight – but do it at home where you can control the ingredients, toppings, and sides.

Make ‘em From a Mix. This isn’t really much different than what IHOP is serving. However, you can “healthify” it by using half regular mix and half whole grain pancake mix. This reduces the enriched, bleached ingredients and increases the fiber.

Make ‘em From Scratch. Don’t be put off by the idea of making your own pancakes from scratch, it’s really pretty simple. We like using half regular flour and half whole grain flour which maintains the texture of a great pancake with more fiber and nutrients than white flour. Try these:

Pumpkin Pancakes

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes

Top ‘em With Honey. Go ahead and skip the syrup. If you’ve ever read one of those labels, you’ll know that standard pancake syrup doesn’t have any real maple in it and has just a bunch of chemicals, preservatives, and additives. Either grab the 100 percent real maple syrup, or try something you probably already have in your cupboard – honey! It’s sweet, just as sticky, and has some great vitamins and minerals.

Fill ‘em With Fruit. Increase the nutrition concentration of your pancakes by adding blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or walnuts to your pancake batter. Not only do they taste even better (and may not even need syrup), but you’ll add a healthy dose of vitamins, fiber, and protein from the nuts.

Don’t Serve ‘em Alone. A pile of homemade pancakes is pretty tasty, but like any meal, round-it out with some healthy sides to keep this breakfast (or dinner) balanced. Add a combination of scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, Greek yogurt, and a fresh fruit salad to complete the meal.


Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

I often have breakfast for dinner!

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago

do not like pancakes

Tanya W.
Tanya W4 years ago

Yummy I love pancakes - thanks.

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago


Brianna B.
Brianna B5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Rick P.
Rick P.5 years ago

The best pancakes I have ever eaten were the ones I ate last Sunday at Cracker Barrel. They were so yummy. Was Sunday the 28th? My wife makes waffles with butterscotch chips in them. Those come in first in my most favorite breakfast list.


Rick P.
Rick P.5 years ago

National Pancake Day which was celebrated on February 28! I was too busy worrying about gold bullion to get out there and eat my share of pancakes! I remember that that day was really fantastic as many families on my father side were all in our house.


Carolyn Dakin
Carolyn Dakin5 years ago

Looking forward to trying these out. Thanks

Ra Sc
Ra Sc5 years ago

Why not just use real maple syrup? It's delicious. I quite like pumpkin pancakes, so it's nice to see them recommended.