Lion pancakes recipe

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Lion pancakes are a fun way to serve up breakfast. Kids will love the mane made from fruit, and it'll get plenty of healthy vitamins into them too!

Lion pancakes
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Preparation Time5 mins
Cost RangeCheap

If you’ve got an animal lover in your family then they’re going to love these fun lion pancakes. If you make them using ready-made Scotch pancakes you can have them up and on the table in minutes and they make a really fun weekend treat for little ones.

The best thing about this lion pancake idea is that it encourages children to eat a whole extra portion of fruit in the disguise of a mane. We’ve used melted chocolate in our version but to save on time and mess you could of course use writing icing, it will look just as good and give a little sweet hit to make kids think it’s a real treat. If your little one isn’t so keen on lions you could experiment with all sorts of animals, Scotch pancakes make good bunny faces, owls, and hedgehogs with the right use of accessories we’ve found. A fun pancake recipe for the whole family.


  • 2 tangerines, broken into segments
  • 1 strawberry, cut in half
  • 2 blueberries
  • Writing icing or melted chocolate
  • Scotch pancakes




  1. To make your lion pancake place a Scotch pancake in the middle of a plate, making sure you have enough room for his mane around the outside!
  2. Then take all your individual pieces of tangerine and line them up in the same direction all the way around the pancake to make the mane.
  3. To make his face cut a little triangle out of the wide end of your strawberry, to give you an almost heart-shaped strawberry for his nose.
  4. Put your strawberry in the middle of his face, dot the two blueberries either side for his eyes and draw a mouth and whiskers below the nose with either melted chocolate or writing icing.

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Rosie Conroy
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Rosie is an experienced food and drinks journalist who has spent over a decade writing about restaurants, cookery, and foodie products. Previously Content Editor at and Digital Food Editor on Woman&Home, Rosie is well used to covering everything from food news through to taste tests. Now, as well as heading up the team at SquareMeal - the UK's leading guide to restaurants and bars - she also runs a wedding floristry business in Scotland called Lavender and Rose.