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As much as I love a Valentine’s Day-themed feast, for me, February is all about pancakes. If you also go crazy for crêpes, you’ll be pleased to know that you can still enjoy your batter-based favourites and lose weight. We’re getting set for Shrove Tuesday with a simple step-by-step pancake recipe that fits perfectly into the Food Optimising plan.

Light, fluffy and totally tasty, these slimming-friendly pancakes will definitely hit the spot on Tuesday – or any day you fancy whipping up a sweet stack for breakfast. With this five-ingredient, five-step recipe, it’s easy to celebrate an on-plan Pancake Day with minimum fuss – and we’ve also got plenty of healthy topping ideas to help you get fully pancake prepped!

Slimming World pancake recipe

makes 6 
2 Syns per serving
ready in 25 mins, plus resting

What you need:

60g plain flour
75ml skimmed milk
3 large eggs
low-calorie cooking spray

What you do:

1. Put the flour, milk, eggs and 25ml water into a bowl.

2. Whisk until smooth and lump-free. Season with a pinch of salt, then put in the fridge to rest for half an hour.

3. Spray a 6in non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Pour one-sixth of the mixture into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes.

4. When bubbles start to form on the top of the batter, it’s ready to flip. Loosen the edges of the pancake, then flip it over (you can do this with a spatula, if you’re worried about getting your pancakes stuck on the ceiling!). Cook for a further minute.

5. Slide it out of the pan and keep warm while you cook the other 5 pancakes. Serve with your favourite Free toppings.

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Healthy pancake toppings

While these crêpes are perfect paired with any topping you fancy, piling them high with plenty of Free Foods will help you see a fantastic result on the scales.

  • A sprinkle of sweetener (1 level tbsp is ½ Syn) and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Plain quark mixed with vanilla essence and sliced strawberries. 
  • Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries with a blob of fat-free natural yogurt. 
  • Fat-free natural yogurt topped with chopped apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 
  • Colourful exotic fruit such as pineapple, passion fruit, mango, papaya and melon. 
  • Fat-free natural Greek yogurt topped with chopped fresh apricots, peaches and raspberries.

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