Rainbow pancakes recipe

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Give your pancakes a colourful update by making an impressive stack of rainbow pancakes. You'll make a real show stopper that tastes as good as it looks.

Rainbow pancakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories437 Kcal22%
Sugar33.9 g38%
Fat17.4 g25%
Saturated Fat9.4 g47%
Salt0.15 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein8.9 g18%
Carbohydrates61.3 g24%
Salt0.15 gRow 7 - Cell 2

We've seen rainbow cakes and rainbow bagels, so now it's time for rainbow pancakes.

These rainbow pancakes are so easy to make, all you need is a little patience to do each of the separate colours. Unlike our classic pancake recipe which makes a thin French-style crêpe, these make thick, American pancakes. They are much better for stacking, and you can fit between two and four of one colour in a large frying pan simultaneously. Much quicker than cooking one at a time. To keep the stack together, we've sandwiched our pancakes with chocolate spread, but if you prefer you can use peanut butter, marshmallow fluff or even just melted chocolate. If your kids love pancakes (and rainbows), these make a really brilliant birthday breakfast treat, with a candle stuck in the top.


  • 1x portion of American pancake batter
  • Food colouring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
  • 60g butter
  • Nutella, peanut butter, melted chocolate or marshmallow fluff, to sandwich together (optional)




  1. Make up a large batch of pancake batter (we made 3 batches of our American pancakes batter). Split into 6 portions.
  2. Colour each portion of batter with a little food colouring. Add small drops to the batter until you have the desired colour.
  3. Melt a little butter in a frying pan. Cook in ascending order, for 2-3 mins on each side - so purple first, then blue, so you can arrange the rainbow straight from the pan.
  4. Sandwich the pancakes together with either melted marshmallow, Nutella or melted chocolate.

Top tips for making rainbow pancakes

Instead of dusting with icing sugar, you could spritz the pancakes lightly with spray on coconut oil, then pour rainbow hundreds and thousands over the top instead.

Once you mastered cooking the different batters, you can try making some batter art with your rainbow batters. Decant the batter into squeezy batter bottles, topped with a dispenser. Add a tiny dollop of batter to the pan. Surround it with a thin ring of another colour, so the batters meet. Add a third ring in another colour to the outside. You will need to work quickly so that the batters are all cooked at the same time. Flip very carefully so as to disturb the colours as little as possible, and serve with the side you cooked first upwards (it tends to be the neater one).

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies