Growing Chefs! Ontario Colourful Pancakes

Colourful Pancakes

Breakfast just got a whole lot more colourful and fun! These pancakes are a really great way to get creative and artsy in the kitchen, and are coloured naturally with fruits and vegetables.
Difficulty
Beginner
Yield
2 dozen
Ingredients
3/4 cup rolled oats1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour1 tablespoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons butter, melted2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla1/4 cup honey1 cup Greek yogurt1/4 cup milk, plus more needed to thin the batter Non-stick cooking spray Add-ins (per ½ batch) Yellow pancakes - add 1 banana, plus 1-2 teaspoons turmeric Orange pancakes - add 1 small carrot, peeled and diced, plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg Green pancakes - 1 cup of spinach, plus ½ banana, plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon Pink pancakes - add 1 small beet peeled and diced, plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg Blue/purple pancakes - add ½ cup blueberries
Equipment
Measuring cupsMeasuring spoonsBlenderBowls of various sizesCutting boardParing knifePeelerGriddle, or large nonstick frying panSmall frying panSqueeze bottles or ladles, one for each colourSpatulaFlipper spatulaBaking sheetDish towel
Equipment
Measuring cupsMeasuring spoonsBlenderBowls of various sizesCutting boardParing knifePeelerGriddle, or large nonstick frying panSmall frying panSqueeze bottles or ladles, one for each colourSpatulaFlipper spatulaBaking sheetDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Measure flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

Measure oats and add them into the blender. Turn on the blender to pulverize the oats and make a finely textured oat flour. Add the crushed oats to the flour mixture.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small pan over medium heat.

In the blender combine eggs, vanilla, honey, Greek yogurt, milk, and melted butter, and blend until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients to the blender and pulse ingredients until well combined. Pour half of the batter into a bowl, and select an add-in and add those ingredients into the blender. Turn the blender on high to incorporate the add-in ingredients into the pancake batter and adjust the consistency with a small amount of additional milk if needed. The batter should resemble a thin, smooth pancake batter.

Repeat this process with the second half of the batter with a different add-in to make another colour. To prevent washing the blender in between, it is easier to start with a light colour such as yellow, and work your way to darker colours.

Repeat this batter process as many times as you would like to make all of the colours you would like.

Fill squeeze bottles with pancake batter by pouring it right out of the blender into the bottle. If the squeeze bottle end is quite narrow, you may need to cut the tip of the bottle to make the pancakes flow out easier.

Get Cooking!

Preheat an electric griddle over low-medium heat, or a nonstick frying pan over low-medium heat. Let pan preheat a few minutes and grease the pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Squirt the pancake batter directly into the pan or onto the griddle, and feel free to experiment with colours, and shapes. Try to keep your pancakes the size of your hand or smaller for the best results, and for beginners, try to make simple shapes and patterns without intricate details.

When pancakes are set on the bottom they will have air bubbles that have popped thorough to the surface, and have cooked about 3 – 4 minutes. Gently flip the pancake with a spatula and cook on the other side another 2 – 3 minutes.

Serve the pancake immediately or transfer to a baking sheet to an oven set to 200 F to keep warm until ready to serve.