St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Pancakes

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Pancakes

I absolutely love St. Patrick’s Day! Today I’m going to share how to make these crazy easy St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Pancakes! These only take a few minutes longer than regular pancakes, and are guaranteed to be a perfect breakfast surprise for your kids. These would also be great to make on birthdays or special occasions! Here’s what you’ll need.

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Pancakes


  • Pancake mix. Use your favorite or make them homemade, but I like the add water mixes for fast mornings.
  • Food coloring in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. You can use liquid or gel food colorings, both work well. 
  • 1 big bowl for mixing up your batter
  • 6 small bowls for your individual colored batters

Start by putting your pancake mix in the big bowl and preparing as directed on the instructions. I like the kind that just needs water, as morning tend to be my busiest time of day. Mix up your batter, and divide it evenly into your 6 small bowls.

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Now you’re going to add 2 drops of food coloring to each bowl. If you’re using gel coloring like wilton’s, just add the small amount that clings to the end of a toothpick. Now go ahead and mix up each bowl until the coloring is fully incorporated.

I use an electric griddle for my pancakes, but you can use a standard pan if you have a smaller group to feed. I use a 1/4 cup measure to scoop my batter so my pancakes are all uniform size. Go ahead and pour your batter onto your hot pan or griddle like you would with traditional pancakes.

And let them cook, flipping when the bubbles coming to the surface break open and take a second to fill back in. Keep in mind that the tops and bottoms of your pancakes will brown like normal, but the outside edge and the inside will retain those beautiful colors!

Stack them up super pretty, and you’re all done!

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They’re gorgeous to look at, and delicious to eat! Plus, the small amount of coloring we use doesn’t affect the flavor. This is also a great way to entice those picky eaters (yes, I’m looking at all 3 year olds) to ask for more! I hope you and your kids have a blast making and eating these St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Pancakes!

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