5 Unusual Fruits You’d Never Think to Use in the Best Pancake Recipe

Classic perfect pancakes from scratch are great, but fruit pancakes are even better! I am sure you have added all sorts of fruits into your batter and on top of pancakes. Nutella-strawberry, anyone? Coconut flakes? Sliced bananas on top? Yeah, I thought so.

But have you tried more unusual fruits? Barbados cherry, carambola, bael…do they sound familiar? Well, they do exist and if you are tropical and exotic food fan, these recipes are just for you.

#1 Barbados Cherry Pancake Recipe

Barbados cherry pancake

This fruit is widely known as acerola or wild crepe myrtle. It is native to South and Central America and is extremely rich in vitamin C, but it also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3, as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which provide important nutritive benefits and antioxidant properties.

Idea: prepare your standard fluffy buttermilk perfect pancake recipe and cover it in a berry compote that includes acerola. Prepare it at home by combining 1/3 cups each mulberry, acerola, and strawberry, plus 1/3 cup sugar, and1 tbsp. lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low-medium heat until sugar is dissolved and reduced.

#2 Perfect Moringa Pancakes

Moringa pancakes

Moringa is also known as African horseradish tree and is one of the healthiest plants on Earth. It is even more potent than the almighty spirulina, with an incredibly high iron content, as well as substantial amounts of vitamin A, calcium, and fiber. Moringa is usually added to sweet treats in the form of a protein powder.

Idea: to make extra healthy protein fluffy golden discs, mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 egg, 1 mashed banana, and 1 teaspoon moringa powder.

#3 Easy Bael Pancakes

Bael pancakes

Also known as Bengal quince, stone apple, or wood apple, this fruit is native to Bangladesh and India.It is considered sacred by Hindusand can be eaten either freshor dried. Its many health benefits include relief from, indigestion, ulcers, respiratory problems. It also fights infections, reduces inflammation, prevents cancer, and much more.

Idea: add the pulp (puree) of one Bael into your easy pancake recipe and complement with 1 tsp freshly groundpepper and 1 tsp fennel seeds.

#4 Awesome Carambola Pancake recipe from scratch

Carambola pancake

Carambola or starfruitis native to the Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. The fruit in cross-section resembles a star, hence its name. The entire fruit is edible and is can be made into jams and juice drinks.

Idea: prepare a carambola syrup from 1 cup carambola juice and 1 – 1½ cups sugar to put on top and garnish with some star-looking fruit slices and whipped cream.

#5 Kaffir Lime Pancake from scratch

Kaffir lime pancake

Kaffir lime, also known as makrut lime or Mauritius papeda, is a citrus fruit native to tropical Asia. It is widely used for its medicinal properties and the fruit and leaves are used to add an intense citrus fragrance to various sweet and savory dishes.

Idea: Prepare savory pancake from scratch with ½ cup grated carrot and 4 kaffir lime chopped leaves (or fruit zest) to a chickpea flour-based recipe. Complement with coriander, tomato chutney, salt, and pepper.