St. Patrick Day Rainbow Pancakes

St. Patrick's Day Pancakes

When my children were smaller, I made “special” food for different holidays and occasions. We’ve had pancakes for the Christmas holiday (green pancakes, that we decorated with yellow star sprinkles, red candy sprinkles, and whipped cream.

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This time, I made rainbow pancakes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s day fell on a Saturday, so it was fun to experiment because I had the time.

You could probably use whatever food coloring colors you’d like, but I specifically remembering my daughter wanted purple, so I had to make a purple pancake to go with the rainbow…because you know there is a shade of purple in the rainbow.

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You begin with the traditional way of making pancakes.

St. Patrick Day’s Rainbow Pancakes

Easy and fun. Surprise your children with these rainbow pancakes on St. Patrick's Day that they are sure to love
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • Griddle or large pan
  • 2 large mixing bowl
  • 5 smaller mixing bowls
  • Spoons for mixing


  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • Food Coloring 4 different colors (**hint** combine red and blue to make purple
  • Whipped Cream for the clouds
  • Maple Syrup Optional
  • Cooking Spray


  • In one of your large mixing bowl whisk milk, egg, and oil together
  • In the other large mixing bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder
  • Slowly combine wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
  • Mix well to make sure there are no large lumps and all is combined
  • Next divide the pancake batter into 5 equal parts and place in the 5 smaller bowls
  • Then add the food coloring to the divided batter; One bowl for blue, one bowl for red, one bowl for green, one bowl for yellow, and the fifth bowl for the purple
  • Ensure it is mixed well
  • Spray your hot griddle or pan with cooking spray to make sure the pancakes don't stick
  • Flip the pancakes when the bubbles on the top are forming and popping
  • Add puffs of whipped cream to each side of the pancakes for the clouds


Cook until both sides are done and make sure your griddle or pan is nice and hot before you add the batter. Make sure the food coloring is mixed well in the batter. 
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Pretty simple right? It starts out just like making regular pancakes. The change doesn’t come until you need separate bowls to make the different color arches of the rainbow.

Easy St. Patrick's Day pancakes your kids will love for breakfast
St. Patrick’s Day Pancakes

For the different color arches, you’ll need 5 separate smaller bowls. I’ll explain why in a bit.

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I had a large griddle, so I was able to cook all of mine at the same time. If you do not have a griddle, you can cook each color separate.

Make pancakes whatever size you’d like. I made enough to make 10 small-medium pancakes.

Serve with whipped cream on either side to make the clouds.

Add maple syrup if you wish.

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These were so fun to make, because I knew they would love them. Your kids will think you’re a magical leprechaun when they see these!

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