My Fave Guilt-Free Pancake Toppings

Toss aside that maple syrup guys, because, besides the tons of sugar it contains, its high in calories and has little nutritional benefits. Sorry Maple, you’ve got to go.
Enter these delectable alternatives that not only taste sooo good, they are low in sugar, low in calories and completely guilt free!

You’re welcome 🙂

Creamy Kefir Pancake Dressing

I love the tangy flavour of Kefir because it allows me to sample both sides of the sweet and sultry. 

I mainly drizzle this amazing probiotic all over my eggs – or pretty much any other meal – with some black pepper and a dash of sea salt….oh, so good!

In this recipe though, Kefir is sweetened to make a creamy dressing that you can pour all over your pancakes for a delicious, nutritious breakfast, snack, pre or post-workout meal.

What You Need:

1/4 cup natural, unsweetened kefir

3 tablespoons of cottage cheese

1 teaspoon of xylitol (liquid natural sweeteners will make it too runny)

 2 teaspoons of granulated stevia

1 teaspoon of peanut or almond butter (optional)

Directions:

Mix the kefir, nut butter and cottage cheese till you get a thick, creamy consistency. Do not mix too long or it will start to get runny.

Add your granulated natural sweetener and slowly stir to keep it thick and not watery.

Pour over your hot pancakes and enjoy.

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 95 calories

Carbs: 11

Protein: 9

Fat: 4

Sugar: 3

Peanut Butter Sauce


If you’re obsessed with nut butters, this is one treat you will enjoy. 

Nut butters are very high in calories and (good) fats, but dont worry, this recipe won’t break your caloric budget. A combination of complimentary ingredients will leave you feeling like you’re eating more nut butter than you actually are!

What You Need:

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

2 tablespoons of low-fat milk

1 teaspoon of caramel essence

1 teaspoon of caramel natural agave (or any other liquid natural sweetener)

2 sticks of stevia

Directions:

Ensure your peanut butter is smooth and flowing. If solid, warm slightly to achieve a smooth consistency.

Gently stir in the milk, keeping the consistency thick and smooth, not watery (start off with 1 tbsp milk and keep adding till you get a creamy texture)

Stir in the caramel essence, liquid agave and granulated stevia.

Once combined and creamy, pour over hot pancakes and devour!

Nutritional Info:

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Cottage Cheese? Yes Please!

I love cottage cheese. Besides the high levels of protein it carries, the clumpy, dairy-tasting delight is always a pleasure to cook and experiment with.

Make this simple dressing 20 minutes or so before you prep your pancakes, to allow it to stiffen a little.    

What You Need:

 4 tablespoons of cottage cheese

1 teaspoon of xylitol

1 teaspoon of granulated stevia

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

A pinch of cinnamon

Directions:

Mix up all the ingredients in a glass bowl, seal with aluminium foil and allow it to sit for 20 minutes of up to an hour, to stiffen a little.

Nutritional Info:

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Greek Yoghurt Trail Mix

Yet another tangy flavour food, loaded with powerful nutrients and high protein. 

Top it up with a sensible amount of your favorite nuts for a kick of good fats.

This sweet, simple dressing takes only one second to whip up as your pancakes sizzle on the pan.

What You Need:

1/4 cup of low fat, unsweetened Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon of xylitol (or any other granulated sweetener)

1 teaspoon of granulated stevia

2 tablespoons of any mixed nuts of your choice (I love to mix up cashews, sliced almonds and pumpkin seeds)

Directions:

Add your natural sweetener to the Greek yogurt and stir.

Pour over hot pancakes and sprinkle your trail mix.

Nutritional Info:

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Greek Yoghurt Chocolate-Chip Dressing


You must thing I’m playing yo on this one. 

How can chocolate be guilt free?

Despite its downward reputation as an alluring sinful temptation, chocolate -specifically, dark chocolate – has a mountain of benefits which include lowering cholesterol, improving brain function and fighting inflammation. Dark chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet!

Unfortunately, majority of the chocolate sold out there is not the real deal. Dark chocolate is locally expensive and only available at a few selected outlets.

This recipe calls for nothing less than pure dark chocolate chips. Don’t worry if you haven’t got any, simply buy a bar of dark chocolate (at least over 60% dark chocolate) and crush it into small-size chunks.

What You Need:

1/4 cup Greek yoghurt

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 teaspoon xylitol

1 teaspoon stevia

Vanilla extract

1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Mix together AB, xylitol, stevia and vanilla extract. Stir in Greek yoghurt.

Pour over warm pancakes. Sprinkle chocolate chips over your dressing. 
Smooth Chocolate Delight


Dark chocolate makes it’s entrance again, and because if all the health benefits, we’ll allow it!

What You Need:

6 cubes of dark chocolate (above 60%)

1 extra cube of dark chocolate, crushed 

2 teaspoons of liquid agave or stevia

1 teaspoon of granulated stevia

1 tbsp Hershey’s dark cocoa powder

1/4 cup of low fat vanilla milk 

2 tbsp cream cheese, low fat

Directions:

Place the 6 cubes of chocolate in a glass bowl, and put the glass bowl in hot water to melt the chocolate. Stir gently as it melts.

Add vanilla milk, agave & cream cheese to melted chocolate.

Finally, stir in the cocoa powder and granulated stevia.

Stir until it whips up into a mildly firm, creamy consistency. 

Let it stiffen in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Spread over pancakes.

Nutritional Information:

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Sweet Creamy Cheese Syrup

I love (low fat) cream cheese so much, I literally misbehave when I have some at home. Its not the kind of thing I always have lying around; Thou shall not tempt thyself.

This delicious, melt-in-your-mouth topping is one of my favorites, though I like to preserve it for treat-days. Even though its low in calories, I like to stick to a leaner diet through out the week, and this doesn’t cut to the list.

Note, the mixture will seem a little runny – that’s perfectly okay, that’s why we’re calling it a syrup.

Serve the cold syrup over warm, freshly made pancakes and let your palate sing Kumbaya

What You Need:

4 tablespoons of  low fat cream cheese

2 tablespoons of cold, low fat vanilla milk

2 teaspoons of xylitol

Directions:

Mix up the ingredients and serve over warm pancakes.

Nutritional Info:

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