Shrove Tuesday is upon us, and in addition to marking the day before Lent begins for Christians around the world, it also is known by another name — Pancake Day.
As the 40 days of repentance and self-examination starts with Lent (that's March 5 in 2014), the day just prior is meant for indulgence. And how better to indulge than by eating what is essentially cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Of course, it's not just Pancake Tuesday that encourages debauchery. The entire Carnival and Mardi Gras season (most notably in Brazil and New Orleans) all lead up to this one day, with plenty of partying, drinking, parading and dancing as an "act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh," according to Rio's Carnival site.
But for those of us who couldn't make it down south, eating pancakes seems like a fine way to indulge and overwhelm our senses. Whether you're gearing up to honour Lent or not, pancakes for dinner sounds like a delicious tradition to us! Here are 17 recipes that look way too good to eat.
Banana Sweet Potato Pancakes With Honey Nut Yogurt
These pancakes sound like an ideal way to start the day, combining everything from fruits to veggies to calcium to protein. Why can't every day be pancake day? Learn <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Whole-Wheat-Pancakes-Made-Sweet-Potato-31570129" target="_blank">how to make these at Fit Sugar</a>.
Best Ever Apple Pancake Recipe
These pancakes don't just taste like apple — they have real slices of apple inside, making for a more interesting textural (and of course, tasty) experience. The cinnamon kick doesn't hurt either. Find out <a href="http://pounds4pennies.com/recipes/apple-pancake-recipe/" target="_blank">how to make these at Pounds 4 Pennies</a>.
Macaroni And Cheese Pancakes
If the thought of plain old pancakes for dinner doesn't quite suit you, these pasta-filled macaroni and cheese pancakes should be just right. You can serve them with syrup or hot sauce, depending on your taste buds. Find out <a href="http://www.piarecipes.com/2013/09/macaroni-and-cheese-pancakes.html" target="_blank">how to make these at Pia Recipes</a>.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes With Cinnamon Cream
Indulgent? Yes. Tasty? No doubt. We'd suggest serving these as a dessert option at dinner, because that much sugar to start the day could lead to an 11 a.m. crash. Learn <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/chocolate-chip-pancakes-with-cinnamon-cream-recipe.html" target="_blank">how to make these at the Food Network</a>.
Carrot Cake Pancakes
We expressed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/25/carrot-cake-recipes_n_4855800.html" target="_blank">our love for carrot cake just last week</a> — so naturally, it makes sense to lend some of that adoration to pancakes too. Find out <a href="http://www.cookinglight.com/food/top-rated-recipes/best-pancake-recipes-00412000074355/page3.html" target="_blank">how to make these at Cooking Light</a>.
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
How do you combine two of the best breakfast treats into one? By making cinnamon roll pancakes, of course. Our mouths are literally watering at the thought of this stack, complete with cream cheese drizzle. Learn <a href="http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/03/01/cinnamon-roll-pancakes/" target="_blank">how to make them at Recipe Girl</a>.
Vegan Grasshopper Pancakes
Beyond looking amazing, these mint-flavoured pancakes will make for a delectable way to end your meal. And yes, these are both mint pancakes — one batch just has green food dye, Find out <a href="http://mylittlecelebration.com/vegan-grasshopper-pancakes/" target="_blank">how to make these at My Little Celebration</a>.
Greek Yogurt Pancakes
We were already well aware that yogurt could replace oil or sour cream in baking, but we love that one of our standard breakfast foods can go into a yummy treat like pancakes too. Plus, bonus protein with Greek yogurt! Find out <a href="http://www.recipegirl.com/2012/08/15/greek-yogurt-pancakes/" target="_blank">what goes into this recipe at Recipe Girl</a>.
Whole Wheat Oat Gingerbread Pumpkin Pancakes
Don't let the number of ingredients in the name scare you — these massive pancakes (two makes for a solid serving) are filling, healthy and definitely delicious. Learn <a href="http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/01/whole-wheat-oat-gingerbread-pumpkin-pancake-recipe/" target="_blank">how to create them at Cookin' Canuck</a>.
Paleo Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
If you want to get your day off to a protein-packed, superfood-loving start, these pancakes (made with pumpkin, egg whites, almond flour, flax, honey and a smattering of yummy spices) will become your go-tos. Learn <a href="http://deliciousbydre.com/paleo-pumpkin-protein-pancakes/" target="_blank">how to make these at Delicious By Dre</a>.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes
Eating what taste like chocolate chip cookies for breakfast can't be bad if they're made with whole wheat flour and rolled oats...right? That's exactly what we're telling ourselves. Learn <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/05/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-pancakes/" target="_blank">how to make these at Chocolate-Covered Katie</a>.
Powdered Doughnut Pancakes
Feel like reliving some summertime carnival days in the middle of winter? These powdered doughnut pancakes should do the trick. Learn <a href="http://madamedeals.com/powdered-doughnut-pancakes-recipe/" target="_blank">how to make these from Madame Deals</a>.
Weekday mornings (or heck, weekday nights) can give you limited time to pull tons of ingredients out of the cupboards — so why not have your flapjacks made in advance? Learn <a href="http://beafunmum.com/2010/11/easy-pancake-recipe/" target="_blank">how to make these at Be A Fun Mum</a>.
Sourdough Pancake Recipe
These sourdough pancakes are a little time-consuming, but they're also very filling, with tons of whole grains, and a nutty, yummy taste. Learn <a href="http://www.gwens-nest.com/family-favorite-recipes/sourdough-pancake-recipe/" target="_blank">about their health benefits at Gwen's Nest</a>, and <a href="http://www.grainmillwagon.com/sourdough-pancake-recipe-sugar-free-thm/" target="_blank">get a printable recipe at Grain Mill Wagon</a>.
Banana Spinach Pancakes
Don't let the green colour turn you off — in fact, let it inspire you. These pancakes combine banana, spinach and blueberries for pancakes that taste delicious, but have an extra healthy element or two. Find out <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Blueberry-Banana-Spinach-Pancakes-32081497" target="_blank">how to make these at Fit Sugar</a>.
Swedish Raspberry Pancakes
This stack of flapjacks might look like a cake, but they do consist of separate thin pancakes that come together in one delicious serving. <a href="http://www.joseetchris.blogspot.in/2013/03/svensk-pandekagelagkage-med-hindbrskum.html" target="_blank">Learn how to make at Jose et Chris</a> — the recipe up top is in Danish, but go down to the comments (<a href="http://joseetchris.blogspot.ca/2013/03/svensk-pandekagelagkage-med-hindbrskum.html?showComment=1364893331811#c8090089534422568837" target="_blank">or click here</a>) to find the English instructions.
There's something about blueberries — perfect their size, or their tanginess, or even their colour — that makes them the perfect fruity addition to breakfast pancakes. Learn <a href="http://www.thehowtocrew.com/2013/08/how-to-make-fresh-blueberry-pancakes.html#.UxSyz_ldXh4" target="_blank">how to make these at The How To Crew</a>.
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