Green Pancakes for St Patrick’s Day

Green Pancakes for St Patricks Day Apron Strings & other things

It is March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day and that means Green Pancakes! It’s Tradition. Even though I am not sure there is even a drop of Irish blood in them, my kids are all about green today. And it starts right from the time they open their eyes. They show up at the breakfast table wearing green (who wants to be pinched that early in the morning!) ready to feast on Green Pancakes.

Although I’m usually not a fan of adding coloring to our foods, it is a holiday, and making things fun and special makes for lasting memories. I use my favorite pancake recipe, adding green food coloring and I’m all ready to serve up pancakes fitting for any leprechaun!

Basic Pancake Recipe Apron Strings & other things

 Linda’s Basic Pancake Recipe

You will need:

  • 3 cups flour (I use a combination of whole wheat and unbleached white)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (other sweeteners or substitutes could be substituted)
  • 3 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil (veg, canola, olive, etc)
  • 2 1/4 milk

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Make a well in center and add wet ingredients. Beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon.  If needed (my cast iron griddle does not) lightly coat surface with oil or cooking spray. Pour batter onto hot griddle or skillet, cooking as you normally would.

St Patricks Day Pancakes 2 Apron Strings

To make our green pancakes this morning I added a few drops of green food coloring to the milk. When combined with the dry ingredients, the color seemed to fade a bit, but the it brightened up a bit once the pancakes were cooked. You can adapt this to any holiday/theme – pink for Valentine’s Day or red/blue for Independence Day. What about rainbow pancakes for the 1st day of Spring?

St. Pats Day Pancackes 1 | Apron Spring other things

And now that my brood has had their fill of green at breakfast they are ready to dance a little jig and  get on with the day. Top o’ the Mornin’ to ye!

St Patricks Day Pancakes | Apron Strings other things

What traditions does your family keep on St. Patrick’s Day? Are there special foods you serve to celebrate? Are you even Irish!?

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  1. Looks like fun to add colors to your pancakes. I like sharing the story of St. Patric with our chidlren each year in the spring. *smile* Have a great day and a wonderful week. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

  2. It’s corned beef and cabbage every year! My oldest daughter brings Irish soda bread. Dessert varies, but it’s usually green. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Barley makes a natural greenish color & pancakes from barley flour are yummy. You could also blend up a handful of spinach with the wet ingredients to give green. It doesn’t hurt that flavor at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ YUM!

    • thank you, Dawnita – we are looking for good alternatives to some of our not-so-healthy habits and traditions. We will have to try barley. I grind our wheat flour, I suppose I could grind barley? spinach is a great idea too! will have to remember that here soon.

  4. What fun, Linda! I feel luckier already. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m totally making these for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, especially since it falls on a Saturday this year–and that’s normally pancake day at our house. Thanks so much for the inspiration AND for always so graciously hosting Encouraging Hearts & Home.

    • Saturday is pancake day at our house, too, Elizabeth ๐Ÿ™‚ I missed last year’s green pancakes because we were traveling, so this year I’ve had reminders from the kids, just in case ๐Ÿ˜‰ May you have a lucky and blessed week!

  5. Oh, these look so fun and yummy! I think we may have to try these on St. Patrick’s Day! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I love all things green. It’s one of my favorite colors. We like to make Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patties Day. This year I made it in my Instant Pot I won from TOS ๐Ÿ™‚


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