It’s National Pancake Day, so here are some interesting ideas to gorge yourself

Happy National Pancake Day, everyone. Officially, this is a holiday brought to you by IHOP, but even if you’re not comfortable celebrating something promoted by a restaurant chain, look at it this way: it’s a day dedicated to pancakes. IHOP is even giving them away for free today.

Pancakes date all the way back to Ancient Greece, and pretty much every culture has a variation on them, sweet or savory, for breakfast or another meal. In the US, we’re most accustomed to sweet, breakfasty flapjacks and silver dollars, but there are a lot of different ways to make those.

Lasagna Pancakes: These could be either amazing or disgusting, but you make a savory pancake with spinach, then top it with cottage cheese and marinara sauce instead of butter and maple syrup.

Peanut Butter Pancakes: We all know chocolate chip pancakes are wonderful, but what about chocolate’s glorious, protein-laden partner, peanut butter? There’s nothing wrong with adding a little nutty goodness to your morning, or whatever time of day you decide to make them.

Crepes: Remember how I said most cultures have a pancake variation? This is the ever-popular French version, which can be made sweet or savory. You can look kind of classy while essentially having pancakes for dinner, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes: I’m throwing this one in there for those of you that need to feign some kind of healthiness schtick. It’s whole wheat flour instead of white, uses artificial sweeteners instead of actual sugar and adds in fruit. Go wild.

Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Orange Butter: I don’t really think I need to say any more than the title. These just sound like a cacophony of awesomeness.

Eggnog Pancakes: While they may not provide you with the buzz you need to get through a family holiday meal like regular eggnog does, these might make for a delicious Christmas breakfast. Or any time.

Those should make it easier to ignore the corporate side of the day and focus on the delicious flapjacks. You can feel good about your gluttony, too, because IHOP is collecting donations for the Children’s Miracle Network.