St. Patrick’s Day Green Pancakes and a Fruit Rainbow

Will the leprechaun be visiting your house for St. Patrick’s Day?  Maybe he should leave a special breakfast for the kiddos.  These St. Patrick’s Day green pancakes and fruit rainbow are the perfect breakfast for that special day.

Try these St.. Patrick's Day green pancakes with a fruit rainbow as a special breakfast.

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

Miss M and J look forward to a visit from the leprechaun each year on St. Patrick’s Day.  That little rascal always makes a mess and leaves the kids some treats.  We try to trap him every year, but he always gets away.  We’ve tried many different traps over the years.  This year I think we’re going to try this awesome leprechaun trap from Fun Money Mom.  Maybe we’ll actually catch him!

A few years ago, J made a leprechaun trap in preschool.  He spent an hour setting it up perfectly before bed.  When he woke up, he was so disappointed that there wasn’t a leprechaun in his trap.  Yes, there were tears.  Only one thing turned off those tears – St. Patrick’s Day green pancakes.

I told J the leprechaun had left us a very special surprise in the refrigerator.  He opened the refrigerator door to find a blender filled with a green liquid and a note from the leprechaun.  The leprechaun had mixed some batter for green pancakes.  He even left us a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter.  J was so excited to make green pancakes that he forgot all about the missing leprechaun.  We’ve had green pancakes and a fruit rainbow every year since then.


St. Patrick’s Day Green Pancakes

The recipe for my St. Patrick’s Day green pancakes is super easy.  I even mixed up the batter in my blender the night before to cut down on prep time in the morning.  When I was planning my green pancakes, I knew I didn’t want to use food coloring to get the green color.  I prefer finding healthier ways to color foods.  I wanted something that wouldn’t change the flavor too much, but I wanted the bright green color.  Spinach was just what I needed.  The blender pureed the spinach so much you couldn’t tell what it had been.  It also gave it a beautiful green color.  Plus, I knew the kids would eat it, since the leprechaun made it.  If mommy made green food, it would be disgusting.  However, the leprechaun can do no wrong.

First, put a handful of spinach, a cup and a half of flour, 3 tablespoons of sugar, one teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in the blender.  Then, add one egg, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and 1 cup of buttermilk to the blender.  Blend until all of the ingredients are combined.  At this point, you can refrigerate the batter overnight.

Making these St. Patrick's Day green pancakes in the blender saves time and clean-up.

In the morning, you might need to pulse the mixture a few times to evenly distribute everything.  Then, you’re ready to make the pancakes.  Grease your griddle or pan.  Heat it over medium-low heat.  Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the pan.  Wait until bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancake.  Then, flip the pancake to the other side and cook for one more minute.

Cook the St. Patrick's Day green pancakes over medium-low heat until bubbles form.

You can serve the pancakes just like this.  Since the leprechaun brought us a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter, I use it to make shamrock-shaped pancakes.  With a little bit of syrup on the side, these are a delicious breakfast.

You can use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut your St. Patrick's Day green pancakes.

If you want to take your St. Patrick’s Day breakfast to the next level, you can add a fruit rainbow to the plate.  As I was grocery shopping for the ingredients, I had to sing the Cat in the Hat rainbow song to make sure I had something for every color.  Red (strawberries), orange (clementines), yellow (pineapple), then green (green grapes) followed by blue (blueberries), indigo and violet (purple grapes for both of these) – That’s a rainbow song for you!  J and I always used to sing that song together.  To assemble your fruit rainbow, just cut the fruit and arrange it in a rainbow shape.

Make a fruit rainbow to serve with your St. Patrick's Day green pancakes.

This delicious breakfast of St. Patrick’s Day green pancakes and fruit rainbow will set the stage for the rest of your St. Patrick’s Day fun.  Even if it’s a school day, you can quickly whip these pancakes up before sending the kiddos off to school.  If you don’t have time in the morning, you can even make this for dinner.  That’s my plan this year.  St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday during Lent, so I need a meatless meal.  Now I just have to convince the kids to wait until after school to have their special meal.  Check out my St. Patrick’s Day Make-Ahead Meals to find out how I still worked corned beef into our weekly menu.

Use this recipe to make St. Patrick's Day green pancakes.

These St. Patrick's Day green pancakes and fruit rainbow make a delicious breakfast.

What special treats do you make for St. Patrick’s Day?


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