If you are looking for an easy wow factor this Valentine’s Day breakfast, look no further than these ombre valentine pancakes! Perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast or even your pink-loving birthday girl!
I am always hesitant to do fun breakfast dishes like this for a few reasons. First, my kids will then expect it every day, lol. Second, I always think it will require way more work and dishes than necessary for breakfast.
I do think my kids’ expectations will always be set high but I can tell you this was not hard and only added a few more dishes but was totally worth it!
How to make ombre valentine pancakes
To start we are going to make the chocolate toppers as those need a bit of time to harden/cool! I love to use the plastic squirt bottles for this! You can find them on Amazon or even at the Dollar Store!
Add a handful of candies to 4 different bottles and microwave in 1-minute increments. Between minutes, squeeze the bottles to help break down the candies! Towards the end, you may reduce to 30-second increments until melted!
Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet or your counter and use the bottles to draw designs. Hearts, love, whatever you wish!
When finished, allow to cool. The candy melts will harden as they cool. You can speed up this process by placing the designs in the freezer!
For the pancakes start by sifting flour, baking soda, salt and sugar in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, sugar, and butter.
Incorporate the milk to the egg mixture and whisk gently.
Create a well in the center of your DRY ingredients and add the wet ingredients to the center of the well and incorporate them together until smooth.
Separate the batter into 3 bowls leaving a part of the batter in the original bowl so you have 4 equal parts. Start with 1 small bowl and add a small amount of food coloring (a little goes a long way!) Add slightly more to the 2nd bowl and slightly more than that to the 3rd bow.
Mix well. Leave the original bowl as original pancake color.
Preheat your griddle to 375 degrees F (or heat your flat skillet on your stovetop to Medium-High) Once heated, reduce to 360 degrees f (or Medium). Lightly spray with cooking spray and pour 1/4 cup portions of pancake batter onto the hot surface.
Continue to cook until bubbles form on the top of the pancakes. Be sure not to let them get too brown as you want the colors to shine through!
Flip and cook on other side for a minute.
Remove from griddle and place on a plate with a foil tent to keep warm. Repeat with reaming batter until all pancakes are made.
To serve, stack on a plate in color order. Add some whipped topping (optional but helps keep candy decoration upright) and candy decoration. Enjoy!
More Valentine Treats You May Like:
- 3 Ingredient White Chocolate Fudge
- Valentine Pretzel Bites
- Heart Milk & Cookies
- Suprise Strawberry Cupcakes with Cheesecake Frosting
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
More Breakfast Ideas:
VALENTINE PANCAKE RECIPE
Chocolate Pancake Topper
- In each plastic bottle, add 1/4 cup of the candy chocolate melts, one color per bottle.
- Microwave in 1-minute increments, carefully squeezing bottle in-between minutes. Repeat as needed (may reduce time towards the end) until chocolate is all melted and smooth.
- Place a piece of wax paper on a flat surface such as a cookie sheet or cutting board. Squeeze your chocolate in heart designs or words. Double up on the lines to make them sturdy when hardened. It also helps to add a chocolate pick to the bottom of your design to help anchor the design in the pancakes.
- Allow your designs to cool. May place in the freezer to speed up the hardening process.
- In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Create a well in the center of your dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla. Add milk and whisk to combine.
- Pour wet ingredients into the center of your dry ingredients. Slowly combine the flour from inside the center of the well until you have combined all the dry ingredients.
- Separate equally into 3 small bowls, leaving a portion in the original bowl.
- Add a very small amount of food coloring to one of the small bowls. ( A little goes a long way). Add a drop or two more to the next bowl and a drop or two more than the 2nd bowl to the third bowl, mixing each bowl well. You want original color, light, medium and dark colors. The large bowl will remain the original color.
- Heat your electric griddle to 375 degrees F or turn on your stovetop to Medium-High for a flat skillet. Once the surface is heated, turn griddle down to 360 or stove top down to medium. Spray surface lightly with cooking spray.
- Pour 1/4 up pancake batter onto the hot surface. When bubbles start to form on top, use a flat spatula to flip the pancakes. Lift pancake to check doneness on the underside and when very lightly browned (not much brown at all to reserve color) Stack on a small plate covered with a foil tent.
- Repeat until all batter is used.
- Plate the pancakes in a tower layering them from dark to light or light to dark to serve.
- Top with whipped topping (optional but helps chocolate decoration stay put) and Chocolate decoration and enjoy!