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Rainbow Pancakes

Try this healthy and easy pancake recipe with your children for a fun filled afternoon.

For a tasty breakfast, try these fun, fruity, nutritious pancakes. Your kids will eat some of their five fruits or vegetables a day and the pancakes will taste good without adding a lot of sugar! When your kids help with the recipe, they’ll learn about healthy eating habits and cooking.

Rainbow pancakes are fun to eat and make! If your little ones get messy making this delicious breakfast, Persil will deal with any fruit or food colouring stains.

Kids might need help when cutting fruit or using a frying pan – be sure to supervise children in the kitchen.

When everyone’s rushing around in the morning, a few versatile, healthy breakfast recipes are what you need. Try different fruits (or add raisins or nuts), spices (cinnamon, vanilla or ground cardamom) or flour in this recipe. And why not try grating in some vegetables?


How to Make Tasty Breakfast Pancakes

The best breakfast recipes for kids are those that are so simple that your little ones can follow the instructions! For kids, often the trickiest part is measuring out the ingredients. For this pancake recipe, all they need to do is use a cup to get the right amount of flour and milk.

Basic Ingredients for Pancakes:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 25g butter

Ingredients to Create Rainbow Pancakes:

  • Different food colourings
  • Chopped or pureed fruit, like strawberries, bananas, kiwis, cherries or mangoes.

How to make it...

Step 1 - Prepare Your Pancake Batter

Put the flour and pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a hollow in the middle and crack the egg in. Beat together to form a thick paste and gradually add the milk to make a smooth batter. Put the mixture into the fridge to rest for 15 minutes.

Step 2 - Add the Colours of the Rainbow

Divide the mixture into several different bowls and mix in drops of food colouring, so that you have four or five different coloured batters.

Step 3 - The Pancake Breakfast Recipe

Heat a frying pan and add the butter, swirling it around the pan as it melts. Pour out the excess into a clean cup to re-use before each pancake. Take one bowl of mixture and pour a saucer-sized amount into the centre of the frying pan.

Step 4 - Make the Pancakes

Let the pancake cook for a few minutes until small bubbles appear on the surface. Flip the pancake and cook for a minute or so.

Step 5 - Add a Sprinkle of Fruit and Enjoy!

Place on a plate and repeat until you have used up all of the bowls of batter and have more than one stack of pancakes. Sprinkle a handful of fresh fruit of similar colours to the pancakes and serve with plain yoghurt or honey.


Two or three pancakes will be more than enough for each child. Any extra pancakes can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. This is a great healthy breakfast recipe that will help your kids eat different kinds of fruit!

Additional information

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