Brighten up your family’s day with these colorful rainbow pancakes! Serve on St. Patrick’s Day and maybe you’ll find that pot o’ gold. With the great taste of homemade pancake mix, you’ll be the lucky one either way!
One reason I love holidays so much are the traditions. Doing something unique on special days is what makes them so significant. These traditions can be big or small, but they’re always dear. And for me, they almost always center around food.
When I was a child, my mother used to make cinnamon rolls for Valentine’s Day breakfast. She is not a yeast-baker, so she always baked canned cinnamon rolls and we loved it and looked forward to this every year. It was a sweet start to a day filled with Valentine Jello Hearts and other memorable practices.
As I was thinking about St. Patrick’s Day, I thought making breakfast with or for your family would be a fun way to start the day. Why wait until later in the day to get the party started? And so these lucky rainbow pancakes were born.
I used Amanda’s homemade pancake mix to whip up these colorful hot cakes. All the convenience of a box mix with all the taste of homemade! As an extra mix in, I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter.
Once you’ve mixed the batter, you’ll need to evenly portion it into six bowls, about 1/3 cup per bowl. Add your food dye to each bowl creating red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
Follow the formula on the dye packaging to create non-primary colors if your dyes only include red, blue and yellow. Since every brand varies, you’ll need to add a small amount at a time until a vibrant color is reached.
You can make these rainbow pancakes any size you like, but since six pancakes equal one serving here, I like to make them dollar-sized. They’re so cute and remind me of the coins found in the pot at the end of the rainbow!
Tip: cook these on a dry nonstick pan over medium-low heat so they don’t brown and ruin the colors. The purple pancakes browned quickly for me! I served these colored pancakes with fluffy clouds of sweet whipped cream.
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- 2 cups homemade or store-bought pancake mix*
- 1 cup milk*
- 2 large eggs*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Food dye
- Whipped cream, for serving
- In a large bowl, whisk together master mix, milk eggs and vanilla until combined. Divide batter among 6 small mixing bowls.
- Stir in food dye to each bowl, starting with a couple drops until a vibrant color is achieved. Repeat until you have red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
- Heat a nonstick frying pan or griddle over medium-low heat. The pan is ready when a sprinkle of water lightly sizzles on the pan.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake. Cook for about 45-60 seconds or until the bubbles begin to pop. Flip and cook for an additional 45-60 seconds. Remove from pan and repeat until all the colors have been used.
- Pancakes can be kept warm in a 200°F oven until ready to serve.
- Stack the pancakes in the color order of a rainbow and serve with whipped cream clouds.
This recipe first appeared on Amanda’s Cookin’ where I am a guest contributor.