Today is National Pancake Day! While this may not be a true national holiday in the US, for those that live in the UK Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is a truly traditional holiday. In the UK they celebrate Pancake Day with a variety of events including the “Great Pancake Race” which begins at the Tower of London and has teams racing across the city competing in a variety of pancake competitions.  In 2006 IHOP started bringing the holiday to the US by hosting their own National Pancake Day fundraiser to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. You don’t have to go all out like the Brits to celebrate this holiday, though pancake games and races do sound like fun. This year celebrate with some friends by trying one of these creative pancake recipes!

1. Peanut Butter. Make Elvis’ favorite peanut butter and banana pancakes. Thank you, thank you very much!
2. Chocolate. Add a little with chocolate chips or go all out with some chocolate, chocolate, chocolate (for those that are counting that would be 3 types of chocolate!!) pancakes.
3. Birthday. No matter your age these birthday cake pancakes will have you smiling from ear to ear just like when you were a kid. Who says you can’t have 2 cakes on your birthday?!?
4. Berries. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are just a few of the best fruits used to mix-in and garnish your pancake stack.
5. Pumpkin. For the person who loves pumpkin everything these pumpkin spice pancakes are for you. Enjoy these year-round to satisfy that pumpkin craving.
6. Colorful. Use food color to make your pancakes into your favorite colors. This colorful stack makes me feel like a kid again!
7. Cinnamon Roll. For those that can never decide what to eat for breakfast just combine two dishes to get cinnamon roll pancakes. I never said it was going to be healthy.
8. Nutty. Get a little nutty by mixing in some crushed up nuts into your pancake batter, like these toffee nut pancakes.
9. Veg Out. For those that want a healthy touch try mixing in some pureed vegetables into the pancake batter like these zucchini pancakes
10. Pancake Art. Have a little fun when you are making your pancakes. Create works of art like a Christmas reindeer, winter snowmen, hearts, snakes or other animals for your own pancake delight! This guy’s pancakes are amazing!!
So grab a few friends and get ready to make a few flapjacks to celebrate! After all today is your last chance to eat rich, fatty foods before Lent starts tomorrow (which is how it all began). What is your favorite pancake recipe?  


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