Rainbow Pancakes

I decided I want to start a ‘Weekend Breakfast’ series of recipes to post here and on Our YouTube Channel.

So, to kick it off is a recipe I wouldn’t make super often with the kids, purely because I’m not a HUGE fan of food colouring 🤣.

However, as a treat (and my goodness do my kids love everything rainbow?!), they are FAB!

We already have gel food colouring hanging around, because it’s great for using in our 2 Ingredient Playdough, and although other food colouring will work, it’s usually quite runny, so you have to be careful not to make the mixture too thin!


Rainbow Pancakes


  • 2 x Cups Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Caster Sugar
  • 2 x Eggs
  • 2 x Cups Sunflower Oil (can sub for melted butter, but DON’T use olive oil, it affects the taste.)
  • 1 x Cup Milk (we use Oatly)
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream/Buttermilk (we use Oatly Creme Fraiche)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Gel Food Colouring*

* You can use other food colouring BUT, it tends to be more watery, which affects the consistency of your mixture. Add colour very sparingly if using liquid food colouring.



  1. Add all ingredients (except food colouring) to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk well, until smooth.
  3. Get multiple, separate bowls. You’ll need as many as colours you’re wanting to use.
  4. Spoon mixture evenly between all bowls.
  5. Add a drop of colouring to each bowl, and mix until the colour is evenly distributed.
  6. Pre-Heat a large, VERY GOOD non stick pan on LOW.
  7. Make sure you have enough spoons to keep each colour separate while scooping.
  8. Keeping the pan on LOW heat (so each spoon of mixture doesn’t cook before you add the next colour), spoon a blob of one colour mixture into your pan (small spoon).
  9. Add another spoon of each colour mixture directly on top of the first, until you’ve added all colours to your pancake.
  10. Use the end of a knife, or a cocktail stick to swirl the colours around into patterns.
  11. When you’ve scooped a few pancakes into your pan, then the heat up ever so slightly, and let them cook for a few minutes. (It’s really important you never turn your pan up high. The idea is a lower temp for a longer time, so you don’t burn the pancakes.)
  12. Once you start to see consistent bubbles on the top of your pancake, it’s time to flip!
  13. Allow the opposite side to cook for a couple of minutes.
  14. Serve!

We like ours with lots of brightly coloured fruit, nut butters, maple syrup, butter, eggs… anything! Haha!


As a side note, this recipe will work perfectly without the food colouring too, incase you’re not a fan, or you find it a bit strange eating rainbow food (I’m the same!)…

They’re just buttermilk pancake type pancakes!


Enjoy! And if you make them and love them, please leave me a like, comment or drop me a message!

I also love seeing your photos!

L xxx