Breakfast with kids, it can be a struggle. The next time you find yourself making pancakes for your child, and you actually want them to eat their breakfast, get creative.

We have an extremely picky eater at our house and completely understand the battle that is meal time. I swear, we have heard nearly every excuse out there for why she is just unable to consume her meal.

Sometimes it is just a food rut, but for other kids, like ours, it is a long-term pickiness. Dressing up an ordinary meal to be more visually appealing can sometimes do the trick.

Transforming an ordinary pancake into a lion, may just be the spark that gets your children to eat their breakfast.
We try to do this often, and most recently, we made 3 unique pancakes. The best news: our daughter devoured her breakfast.

The Sunshine Pancakemaking pancakes a strawberry sunshine

This sunshine masterpiece certainly brightens up the grind of making pancakes. Plus, it has plenty of healthy options for your kiddo to chow down on.

The Sunshine Pancake

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pancake Mix
  • 1 1/3 cup Water
  • 3 Strawberries sliced per pancake
  • 6-8 Blueberries per pancake
  • 2 Chocolate Chips per pancake
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pancake batter and mix thoroughly. Heat a griddle or frying pan to about 350 degrees and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour your pancakes onto the griddle or pan and cook using package directions.
  2. While the pancakes are cooking, slice strawberries lengthwise into small, flat, slices. 
  3. Once pancakes are cooked, place one pancake on the center of the plate. Place strawberries around the pancake to create the rays of the sun. Use the blueberries to form the smile and the two chocolate chips to create eyes. 
  4. Serve warm with syrup or whipped cream. 

The Lion Pancake

making pancakes a lion

This is a super cute way to liven up an ordinary pancake. The lion is playful and fun, yet surrounded with healthy options for your child to enjoy.

Lion Pancakes For Kids

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pancake Mix
  • 1 1/3 cup Water
  • 20 Mandarin Orange Slices per pancake
  • 1 Strawberry halved, per pancake
  • 2 Blueberries per pancake
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Ziploc Bag
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pancake batter and mix thoroughly. Heat a griddle or frying pan to about 350 degrees and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour your pancakes onto the griddle or pan and cook following package directions.
  2. Once your pancakes are cooked to your desire, place one pancake in the center of a plate. Around the pancake place your mandarin oranges to create the mane of the lion. Use the two blueberries for the eyeballs and the strawberry for the nose.
  3. To create the mouth, squeeze a little chocolate syrup into a Ziploc baggie. Make a small snip to the end of the baggie and use draw on the lion's mouth and whiskers.
  4. Serve warm with syrup or whipped cream.

The Jack-O-Lantern Pancake

making pancakes pumpkin

We hope these three pancake ideas help your kiddo eat, and inspire you make your own creative food masterpieces. Let us know in the comments what your go-to meal is that your child will eat.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pancake Mix
  • 1 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 Strawberry halved, per pancake
  • 6 Candy Corn per pancake
  • 2 Chocolate Chips per pancake
  • Whipped Cream
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray per pancake

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pancake batter, add 1 tbsp of canned pumpkin, and mix thoroughly.
  2. Heat a griddle or frying pan to about 350 degrees and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour your pancakes onto the griddle or pan and cook using package directions.
  3. Once your pancakes are cooked to your desire, place one pancake in the center of the plate. Place dollops of whipped cream on the pancake to create the two eyes and the smile.
  4. Use the candy to form the smile into the whipped cream, the strawberry to create the nose, and the chocolate chips to create eyes.
  5. Serve warm with syrup or whipped cream.

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