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Rainbow Pancakes makes the perfect breakfast to serve on St Patrick’s Day or for any occasion. They colorful, tasty and are easy to make.

Rainbow Pancakes stacked topped with maple syrup and whipped cream
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These fun and festive pancakes are a fun twist on your classic pancake recipe. The bright fun colors make all my kids smile and so I make them for all the special occasions for an easy breakfast recipe.

Create a new tradition this St Patrick’s Day with these Rainbow Pancakes.

Why We Love This Recipe

Being a mom of 8, I like to find fun way to celebrate the holidays or birthdays that are budget friendly. Making holiday pancakes is an easy way to start the holiday and it gives my kids something to look forward to.

These pancakes are made from scratch and the colors can easily be changed to what you prefer.

Ingredients

Rainbow pancakes ingredients - flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, butter, vanilla extract, food coloring, whipped cream
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Large Eggs
  • Milk
  • Unsalted Butter, melted
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple food coloring
  • Whipped Cream for topping

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe and ingredients.

Variations Ideas

  • Different colors – Make these pancakes with your favorite colors or what you have on hand.
  • Pancake Mix – You can easily make these pancakes with a pancake mix instead of from scratch.

Step by Step Instructions

Combining the dry ingredients in a bowl

Step 1 – In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Mixing eggs, milk butter and vanilla extract in a bowl

Step 2 – In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract until well combined.

Combining the wet and dry ingredients together in a bowl

Step 3 – Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.

Separating the pancake batter into 6 bowls

Step 4 – Divide the pancake batter evenly into six different bowls.

Adding food color to the pancake batter in the 6 bowls

Step 5 – Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl to create the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Stir each bowl until the color is evenly distributed.

Heating skillet with butter

Step 6 – Heat a non-stick griddle or skillet over medium heat and lightly grease it with butter or cooking spray.

pouring red pancake batter into hot skillet

Step 7 – Pour ¼ cup of the red pancake batter onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form on the surface. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining colors of the rainbow batter, cooking one color at a time.

Rainbow pancakes stacked

Step 8 – Stack the cooked pancakes in rainbow order (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) on a serving plate. Top the stack of pancakes with whipped cream before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • Batter Consistency – The batter should be slightly thick but pourable. If it’s too thick, add a little more milk; if too thin, add a bit more flour. Make sure to not overmix the batter.
  • Food Coloring – Use gel food coloring for more vibrant colors without thinning the batter. Start with a few drops and add more as needed to reach your desired shade. Liquid food coloring can also be used, but you might need more to achieve the same intensity.
  • Pancake Griddle Recommendations – If you are looking for a new griddle to cook your pancakes, check out these Best Pancake Griddles.
Close up image of a bite of the rainbow pancakes on a fork

Pancake Topping Ideas

These pancakes are even better with your favorite toppings. These are some of our favorites.

  • Maple Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Butter
  • Sprinkles
Rainbow Pancakes stacked topped with sprinkles and whipped cream

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

Reheat leftovers in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until heated through.

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Rainbow Pancakes

5 from 2 votes
Rainbow Pancakes makes the perfect breakfast to serve on St Patrick's Day or for any occasion. They colorful, tasty and are easy to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 309

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Divide the pancake batter evenly into six separate bowls.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl to create the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Stir each bowl until the color is evenly distributed.
  • Heat a non-stick griddle or skillet over medium heat and lightly grease it with butter or cooking spray.
  • Pour ¼ cup of the red pancake batter onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form on the surface. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining colors of the rainbow batter, cooking one color at a time.
  • Stack the cooked pancakes in rainbow order (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) on a serving plate.
  • Top the stack of pancakes with whipped cream before serving.

Recipe Notes

– Batter Consistency: The batter should be slightly thick but pourable. If it’s too thick, add a little more milk; if too thin, add a bit more flour.
– Food Coloring: Use gel food coloring for more vibrant colors without thinning the batter. Start with a few drops and add more as needed to reach your desired shade. Liquid food coloring can also be used, but you might need more to achieve the same intensity.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 309kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 9g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 83mg, Sodium 456mg, Potassium 175mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 10g, Vitamin A 431IU, Calcium 222mg, Iron 2mg

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