Green Pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day first thing in the morning with tasty green pancakes! My kids love it when we add coloring to regular pancakes. Such a simple way to be festive!

Last night before bed I remembered that the 17th is St. Patrick’s day.

With no Irish blood in our family that I know of and quickly realizing that green beer is out of the question, what with me being 6 months pregnant and all, I decided that we would be having green pancakes for breakfast!

I mean, I had a box of Bisquik and some food coloring. How hard could it be?

We followed the instructions for coloring cake batter and came out with a lovely shade of shamrock.

Now we just had to flip them and…..wait a minute!

They look like normal pancakes!? What the WHAT!? How did that happen?

Honestly, I still don’t know, but as Jerry said, well I guess when you brown them they still get brown.


We powered through like any good leprechaun would in search of a pot of gold. Or in our case, a delicious breakfast.

Thankfully, I discovered the secret to keeping your green pancakes green. 

And thankfully, our lucky charm didn’t mind being our guinea pig one bit.

Green Pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Over the years I discovered that the trick is using gel food coloring instead of water-based. 

If you do that and flip the pancakes often, you’ll get a better shade of green. Who knew? 

Green Pancakes for St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

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  1. So… somethings green are brown. Go it!
    How fun that you even attempted to make green pancakes. We just rearrange the furniture around here! It was fun.

  2. Actually, our Scottish family Blake comes from the ‘Lamont’ Clan (rhymes with Rampant not Savant) which if traced back far enough (way back) originated in Ireland šŸ™‚ Love the pancake pic with O in the background!