Best Pancake Toppings 50+ Ideas

Imagine, a stack of perfectly fluffy pancakes piled high with the best pancake toppings ever… drool!

Also, just a typical weekend morning at my house. And while I’ve never in my life gotten tired of traditional pancakes topped with butter and maple syrup… sometimes it’s a go big or go home kind of day.

Not ready to go big? Make a batch of this Homemade Strawberry Syrup, that should get your morning going.

Pancakes are on repeat at my house for breakfast and even for dinner. In fact, if you watch my Instagram stories on any given week, you’ll see me whip some up at least once.

One instant thing that will upgrade your pancake experience is the syrup. While there’s nothing wrong with store-bought syrup, add a little something-something and now you get this:

Homemade Pancake Syrups

While everyone loves maple syrup, we like to mix it up at our house! Try one of these amazing homemade syrups the next time you make pancakes!

Best Pancake Toppings

There’s syrup, and then there are toppings. The best pancake toppings make syrup optional. Here is some pancake topping inspiration:

Fruit toppings:

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Bananas, sliced
  • Kiwi, diced
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Cherries, pitted
  • Pineapple, diced
  • Baked apples
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chopped cranberries
image: small bowls of fruit used for pancake toppings.

Healthy Pancake Toppings

There are other healthy pancake toppings that are not fruit. Want a little crunch? Add some of these for a change.

  • Flavored yogurt (anything from strawberry to coconut!)
  • Toasted pecans
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Almond slivers
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Granola
  • Cinnamon
  • Applesauce, unsweetened
  • Dried raisins
  • Carrots, shredded
image: three pancakes on a plate topped with cream cheese, and mixed berries. Dishes of pancake toppings are next to the plate of pancakes.

Sweet Pancake Toppings

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Powdered sugar
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Dark chocolate shavings
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Cereal
  • Graham cracker crumbs

Sauces & Spreads

  • Ice Cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Nutella or Nut-free sunflower spread
  • Almond butter
  • Fruit compote
  • Apple butter
  • Caramel sauce
  • Marshmallow cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Apple butter
image: stack of pancakes with a pat of butter on top and syrup being poured over top of them.

Savory Pancake Toppings

  • Bacon, crumbled
  • Fried Eggs
  • Hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • Ricotta cheese, spread over pancakes
  • Cottage cheese
  • Hashbrowns
  • Avocado slices
  • Spinach, chopped
image: overhead shot of a stack of banana pancakes topped with syrup, and chopped nuts.

Pancake Topping Flavor Combinations

  • Peaches & Cream – Sliced peaches & whipped cream
  • Cheesecake – Cream cheese, strawberry sauce and graham cracker crumbs
  • Apple Pie – Baked apples and cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Roll – Vanilla glaze and cinnamon
  • S’mores – Marshmellow cream, chocolate sauce and mini marshmallows
  • Turtle – Caramel sauce, chocolate shavings and mixed nuts
  • PB&J – Peanut butter and jelly or strawberry syrup
  • White Raspberry – Raspberries and white chocolate chips
  • Raspberry Cheesecake – Whipped cream cheese spread and raspberries
  • Triple Berry – Strawberries, blackberries and blueberry syrup
  • Tropical – Coconut flakes, crushed pineapple and whipped cream
  • Chocolate Covered Banana – Chocolate chips and banana slices
  • Pumpkin Pie – Pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup

After these epic pancake toppings and combinations, you might have wondered: “what about what goes IN the pancakes?” Find my favorite pancake batter mix-ins here, and then try one of these epic pancake recipes from my site.

image collage: four images of pancakes with various toppings

All of these recipes are tried, true and sure to please a crowd!

Pancake Recipes

If you love the toppings but need the base, below are some pancake recipes to get you started!

Best Pancake Toppings for EPIC Breakfasts | Double Chocolate Chip

The best pancakes need the best pancake toppings. Here, you’ll find the ultimate list of toppings from homemade syrups, to fruits, chocolates and more! Plus, this amazing double chocolate pancake recipe. YUM. 

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 12 pancakes 1x
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Butter, for the skillet
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Fresh berries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  2. In another bowl whisk the banana, honey, milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and combine until smooth, just until there are no dry clumps but careful to not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Heat a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat and grease generously. Add 1/4 cup batter for large pancakes or 2 tablespoons for silver-dollar pancakes, onto the greased skillet. Once the center is bubbly, flip and cook the other side for an additional minute, until cooked through. Repeat process with remaining batter.
  5. Serve hot, topped with homemade whipped cream & fresh berries.

Notes

  • If you are using an all-purpose gluten-free flour to make these pancakes, add 2-3 tablespoons of additional liquid as gluten-free flours are more absorbent.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 pancakes
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Sodium: 252.1mg
  • Fat: 16.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.9g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 9.9g
  • Cholesterol: 87.3mg

I have to know – which pancake & pancake topping combination will you try first?

3 thoughts on “Best Pancake Toppings 50+ Ideas”

  1. Kimberly says:

    WOW! All these pancake topping ideas are going to keep me busy for the next few months of Pancake mornings.

    Wait no, we’re having pancakes tonight. Cinnamon syrup and baked apples maybe?

  2. Cammy says:

    I love this! I’ve tried your pancakes before and they were perfect. I’d love to make them again and serve them with a few of these healthy pancake toppings! Thank you so much!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Thank you so much for continuing to make breakfast awesome by using my recipe!

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