• Serves: 4-6 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: EASY

What’s better than pancakes and rainbows? Why, mini rainbow pancakes of course! These little treats are so easy to make but the result is great fun and delicious too.

These pancakes use a basic egg, milk and flour batter, but are made fluffy and light with self-raising flour, and given flavour with vanilla.

Then you’ll just need some good quality food colouring, the help of your little ones and you’ll be eating rainbows for breakfast in no time.


  • 3 medium free range eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g self raising flour
  • A selection of good quality food colouring (the 100% natural kind is best)
  • A little butter for frying

ingredients needed for mini rainbow pancakes



If you make too many pancakes simply place them in an airtight container in single layers with greaseproof between each layer. You can then pop them in the freezer and microwave or toast them later to enjoy rainbow pancakes anytime!


Stack of mini rainbow pancakes



  • 1

    Measure the milk out into a large jug, then add the vanilla extract and stir.

    Next crack in the eggs one by one. This job is great fun for little hands.

    how to make mini rainbow pancakes - step one

  • 2

    Start whisking the milk mixture while adding the flour. Beat until everything is really well combined.

    how to make mini rainbow pancakes - step two

  • 3

    Set up bowls with about half a teaspoon of food colouring in each. We used five colours (blue, red, pink, green and yellow) for this, but you could be really exact and try for the seven colours of the rainbow, it’s up to you and your little ones! Divide your pancake mixture evenly between each of the bowls.

    Give each bowl a really good mix with its own spoon, don’t share the spoon between bowls or you’ll end up with muddy looking pancakes.

    how to make mini rainbow pancakes - step three

  • 4

    Melt a little butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. The frying stage is a job for grown ups.

    Once the butter is bubbling, carefully spoon 2tsp of mixture per pancake on to the pan. Fry for about 60-90 seconds until the tops bubble, then carefully turn over and fry the other side for 30-60 seconds or until just firm.

    how to make mini rainbow pancakes - step four

  • 5

    You can store your pancakes on a baking tray lined with greaseproof as you go along. Put the oven on low to keep them warm.

    Stack your pancakes colour by colour and add any syrup or sugar you like. We had ours with runny honey. Delicious!

    Mini rainbow pancakes on a fork

    I think these pancakes would be perfect to enjoy on Pancake Day; what’s your favourite way to enjoy pancakes?


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By Emily Leary on 04.03.19

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