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Old 12-18-2011, 04:39 AM   #1
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Syrup Alternative

I know, I know, it is almost criminal to suggest pancakes without syrup, but I really love pancakes but cannot justify consuming that much syrup on that regular of a basis. So does anyone have any good fruit topping ideas or anything they use? The other thing is, when using sometime different as a topping do you generally try to change how you make the pancakes (i.e. fluffier, thinner, etc) depending on the alternative topping?

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:41 AM   #2
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Being a diabetic, I lightly sprinkle my pancakes with sugar and plenty of melted butter. And I could have all the maple syrup I want for free. Life is just not fair. My son works two weekends in Vermont. One of his co-workers has a farm and they do the maple syrup thing every spring. They always hold back some to give to friends or as gifts. My son knows I would just drink it right out of the bottle.
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:08 AM   #3
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What is it about syrup that you are trying to avoid?

You could drizzle with honey, just use less because it is very sweet. Sometimes I will put jam on mine, you can heat for a few seconds in the microwave and pour it over the pancakes.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:44 AM   #4
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I know, I know, it is almost criminal to suggest pancakes without syrup, but I really love pancakes but cannot justify consuming that much syrup on that regular of a basis. So does anyone have any good fruit topping ideas or anything they use? The other thing is, when using sometime different as a topping do you generally try to change how you make the pancakes (i.e. fluffier, thinner, etc) depending on the alternative topping?
I use some honey with crema de leche as a topping for my pancakes.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:03 AM   #5
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i make crepe-like pancakes most of the time, but whatever shape i make them, my mom will spread fruit jam on them. my dad usually preferred a generous sprinkling of sugar on his. myself, i like pancakes plain, with pure maple syrup, or lightly sugared--granulated sugared....:)
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:49 AM   #6
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I bought some Agave Nectar after a few people on here mentioned it. Agave Nectar tastes a bit like maple syrup and/or honey AND is sweeter than both but it has a LOW glycemic index.

Avoiding Sugar Shock

The primary sugar in agave nectar is a complex form of fructose, which gives it a much lower glycemic index than honey. Depending on the variety, honey's glycemic index usually falls in the 65-85 range. The glycemic index of agave syrup differs with variety and manufacturer, but usually falls between 11 and 30. This makes it less likely to raise blood sugar or trigger the body's fat storage mechanisms.

All About Agave - Agave Nectar vs. Liquid Sugars
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:50 AM   #7
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I know, I know, it is almost criminal to suggest pancakes without syrup, but I really love pancakes but cannot justify consuming that much syrup on that regular of a basis. So does anyone have any good fruit topping ideas or anything they use? The other thing is, when using sometime different as a topping do you generally try to change how you make the pancakes (i.e. fluffier, thinner, etc) depending on the alternative topping?
I actually prefer different toppings for different types of pancakes. I'll use molasses on buckwheat pancakes and honey on cornmeal pancakes.

If it's sugar you want to avoid, maybe try using a low-sugar fruit jam as a topping?
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:25 AM   #8
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If you are trying to cut back on the sugar I would heat some natural no sugar added applesauce in the microwave with a little cinnamon and or nutmeg. I would also plop a big dollop of sour cream on the top but, that is just me.

Crushed pineapple, packed in juice, thickened with a little cornstarch is another easy and inexpensive topping.
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How about topping it with heaps of fruit? Like sliced strawberries and a bit of whipped cream. Or assorted berries macerated overnight to pile on pancakes. Maybe even some slicked bananas with a drizzle of maple syrup topping the pancakes along with some walnuts! Sauteed apples and cinnamon with a teaspoon of brown sugar or splenda.

Mmm...now I want pancakes.

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How about topping it with heaps of fruit? Like sliced strawberries and a bit of whipped cream. Or assorted berries macerated overnight to pile on pancakes. Maybe even some slicked bananas with a drizzle of maple syrup topping the pancakes along with some walnuts! Sauteed apples and cinnamon with a teaspoon of brown sugar or splenda.

Mmm...now I want pancakes.

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