Ohhh isn’t this is a fun-looking brunch… or in my case, I did eat them for lunch, but that’s not important. Initially I wanted to make ‘rainbow’ pancakes, but then I remembered the neon food coloring I had in the cabinet. Something about colored food just seems fun, no? But the best part is, you could use any colors you want! In addition to how pretty they look, they taste even better. The greek yogurt makes them puff up to these nice, thick pancakes. Also, no butter or oil are used in the batter, but they are sooo flavorful. Maybe my new favorite. I even made them for my husband the following day, without the food coloring, but added mini chocolate chips. They were unbelievable too.
You can just make them random colors if you want, or if you want to use the colors to make more of a ‘gradient’ like I did, it’s actually super easy. To make 5 (large) pancakes, I used 3 colors that transition into each other; neon pink-neon purple-neon blue. (Some other options could be yellow-orange-red, red-purple-blue or yellow-green-blue). Once the batter is made, divide it into 5 bowls. Bowls 1, 3 and 5 will have one color (I did about 2 drops in each). Bowls 2 and 4 will have a combination of the 2 colors before & after (*see photo above). To make an even transition between colors, just play with the colors from there, for instance I needed to add another drop of blue to bowl 4. But remember, you are about to eat them, so they don’t need to be perfect – it’s just for fun! See, easy as pie… or pancakes.
- 1½ cups All-purpose Flour
- 1½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 Egg
- ¾ cup Milk (I used Almond Milk)
- ½ cup Honey or Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Butter or Vegetable Oil for cooking
- Berries & Maple Syrup for serving
- Gel Food Coloring (use more if using liquid)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk and yogurt until combined. Add the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until just combined (do not over-mix, there might be lumps in the batter).
- Divide batter evenly among 5 small bowls. Add food coloring to batter as desired & mix lightly until even coloring (see notes).
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees to keep cooked pancakes warm. Then preheat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat. Once heated (test by sprinkling a few drops of water onto the griddle - if they sizzle up, it's heated). Coat the pan with about a teaspoon of either butter or oil.
- Drop circle portions of the batter (either 1 large from each color or 2 small) onto the hot griddle. Cook pancakes for a few minutes until bubbles form and start to pop on the surface, or until bottom is cooked and starting to turn golden. Flip the pancakes over & continue to cook the bottom for about another minute or so, or until cooked through and light golden brown. Repeat this process with the remaining batter. Place the cooked pancakes in the oven while you cook the rest. Top with fruit & serve with good-quality maple syrup.
Bowl 1: 2 drops of neon pink
Bowl 2: 1 drop of neon pink & 1 drop of neon purple
Bowl 3: 2 drops of neon purple
Bowl 4: 1 drop of neon purple & 2 drops of neon blue
Bowl 5: 2 drops of neon blue
* If you use plain greek yogurt, add about a Tablespoon of sugar to the batter
* Adapted from Chobani