Fat Tuesday Debunked: Healthy Pancakes

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Avoid those decadent Fat Tuesday pancakes without breaking tradition!

Fat Tuesday marks the end of Mardi Gras (which, in French, translates to ‘Fat Tuesday’) and celebrates a day of gluttony. Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday as it’s called in England, has been in practice for hundreds of years across the globe.

Traditionally, the day is filled with decadent meals and treats so that pantries will be emptied of meats, milk, eggs and butter – all foods prohibited during the period of Lent.  So, the milk, eggs and butter were whipped up into frenzy and delivered in the form of pancakes.

We were convinced that our readers could practice this timely tradiation, while still being aware of their health! So we went on the hunt for a delicious, decadent, yet healthy pancake.  We found a banana applesauce pancake.  The only thing is…you may just want to toss out the butter – you won’t be needing it in the recipe.


Banana Applesauce Pancake Recipe


Nutritional Facts from www.recipes.sparkpeople.com

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/3 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 ripw medium banana


  1. In a mixing bowl ( one with a spout works great) mix together the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the egg and milk, mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the banana and the applesauce.
  4. Add applesauce mixture to the batter, mix well.
  5. Pour onto greased griddle or frying pan.
  6. Cook until bubbly, then flip.


Makes approx 10 4″ pancakes. One pancake is one serving.