Mango pancakes

Tropical Twist: Classic Pancakes with Some Island Flavour

Nothing says “good morning” quite like a stack of warm, fluffy pancakes. This classic breakfast dish, beloved across the globe, offers a canvas for creativity and flavor. While traditional toppings like maple syrup and butter never go out of style, infusing your pancakes with the vibrant tastes of the Caribbean can transform them into something extraordinary. Imagine your favourite fruit – mango, pineapple, banana, or coconut—mingling with the warm spice of cinnamon. Here are a few recipes to spice up your pancakes.

The Base: Classic Pancake Recipe

Before we add our tropical twist, let’s start with a simple, foolproof pancake recipe that serves as the perfect foundation.


– 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
– 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 tablespoon white sugar
– 1 ¼ cups milk
– 1 egg
– 3 tablespoons melted butter
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and ground cinnamon.
2. Combine Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, beat the egg with the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
3. Make the Batter: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Lumps are perfectly fine; avoid overmixing.
4. Cook the Pancakes: Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Adding Some Island Flavour

Mango Bliss

Dice a ripe mango into small cubes and gently fold into the batter or use mango puree for a smoother texture. Top your finished pancakes with additional mango slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a tropical treat that’s both sweet and aromatic.

Pineapple Paradise

Incorporate crushed pineapple into your pancake batter for a juicy burst of flavor with every bite. For an extra Caribbean touch, caramelize pineapple rings in a pan with a little brown sugar and cinnamon, then serve atop your stack for a decadent finish.

Banana Cinnamon Delight

Mash ripe bananas and mix them into your batter, adding a rich moisture and natural sweetness enhanced by the cinnamon. Cook slices of banana in a pan with a dash of cinnamon and a little brown sugar until they’re caramelized, then layer them between each pancake for a warm, gooey filling.

Coconut Craze

Add shredded coconut to your pancake batter for a subtle tropical flavor and interesting texture. Serve your pancakes with a side of warm coconut milk mixed with cinnamon for drizzling over the top, embodying the spirit of the islands in every bite.

Toppings and Combinations

Don’t be afraid to mix and match your favourite fruits or combine them with traditional pancake accompaniments like nuts, whipped cream, or even a dollop of coconut yogurt. The beauty of pancakes is their versatility, allowing you to tailor them to your taste or whatever fruits are in season.

Try it!

While pancakes are traditionally served in the morning, they are the perfect comfort food for an evening meal. Transforming classic pancakes with the addition of your favourite fruits and the warm, sweet spice of cinnamon elevates your meal no matter the time of day.