Halloween Pancakes are a fun and creative recipe! Get the kids leaping out of bed and running to the kitchen to get these cooking. Super easy to make, a lot of options for your creativity and enjoy it!
My Halloween Dip gives us an alternative idea for a fun themed recipe.
I have summarised the reasons why you (and the kids) will love this recipe and want to make it every year:
- Super fun: pancakes are delicious at the best of times, but adding food dye to them and making them special for Halloween is a great way to have some creative fun on the weekends!
- Easy: this recipe takes my basic pancake mixture and adds a few tweaks to make it relevant to the occasion.
- Creative: whilst I am showing you how to make these my way, please feel free (unless you are another blogger, ha!) to add your own unique creativity to the pancakes. You want to make them orange instead of green...sure, go for it!
- Kid-friendly: whilst the big kids will likely love these too, it is the little ones that these are intended for. Halloween doesn't have to be all scary and spooky, it can be a super fun and enjoyable non scary weird or non weird, friendly thing too!
- Option to add healthy toppings: if you want to add more healthy options to the recipe and reduce the sugar, for sure you can do that. Try adding banana, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries or your favourite pancake toppings!
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for exact measurements.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Self-raising flour: home brand, the cheapest you can find, budget friendly is fine, there is no need for a premium product for this ingredient!
- Milk: skim or regular work well. You can substitute almond or soy if that is your preference.
- Egg: almost always easy to get your hands on, we need 2 for the recipe, they help bind the pancake batter!
- Salt: only a small amount, this is the 4th ingredient in our basic pancake mix. For your info it is ¼ teaspoon or a small 'pinch' of salt.
- Food colouring: it wouldn't be as fun if we made regular pancakes for Halloween would it! When we can get creative instead. You can use which ever colours you like, I am using green for a 'monster/Frankenstein' type of theme.
- Nutella: you can use this or the cheaper 'hazelnut chocolate spread variety'. Both will work well and there is no need to break your budget for this one ingredient.
- Candy eyes: you will be able to get these in the baking aisle or a baking store. To save you the trip trekking around town, stores like Spotlight or Big W often sell these too, so before you head off on a special trip, check your local stores as it is highly likely you will be able to get them there!
- Halloween sprinkles: these won't likely be called that at the shops. They will be called 'galaxy' sprinkles or similar. Anything that you think reminds you of spooky times and they will do the job!
Top Tip: by all means if you want to use banana and other fruits like berries you can. Think strawberries, blueberries and raspberries to add some healthy choices to the recipe!
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by bringing together the pancake batter. You will need a medium size mixing bowl for this step and a wooden spoon.
- Add pancake ingredients to bowl (Photo 1)
- Stir to combine (Photo 2)
- Add food colouring (Photo 3)
- Stir to combine (Photo 4)
How to Make Halloween Pancakes
To make the pancakes, start by adding the flour, eggs, milk and salt to a medium sized mixing bowl.
Whisk or stir using a wooden spoon till the mixture is thoroughly combined.
Spray a crepe pan or fry pan with cooking oil and turn the stove onto medium heat.
Use a measuring jug to spoon and portion the batter over the hot pan, drizzle it onto the pan in the centre staying in the one space so that the batter will naturally flow out and form a circle.
Allow the pancake to cook for 2 to 3 mins. Once you notice that the bubbles on the surface have worked their way into the centre of the pancake, it is time to flip them.
Use a silicon flexible turner and slide it under the cooked side of the pancake. Raise it slightly at the edge to get all of the pancake under the utensil then flip the pancake to the other side.
Allow that side to cook for 1 to 2 mins, then use the same utensil used for flipping to remove the pancake from the pan and place on a plate.
Keeping cooking the pancakes to form a stack, decorate and make them the feature on the breakfast table!
Once the stack is complete use a butter knife to spread Nutella onto the top pancake, add the candy eyes and spread the sprinkles on top!
Of course, if you want to portion the pancakes onto individual plates and decorate (or get the kids to help) as individual 'monster', 'spooky', 'ghost' or other then go right ahead.
Have fun, tap into your creative side and enjoy the process!
All you need for these is a fork and to get ready to dig in!
But you also might like to consider the following ideas.
- Serve with fresh fruit for a healthy addition to the recipe.
- Fry some bacon and add it on the side for a savory twist.
- Make more than 1 colour of the pancakes and use your or the kids favourite food colours!
- Add some whipped cream, maple syrup or a dust of confectioner's sugar to the pancake toppings.
Here are my top tips and tricks to share with you for extra success with the recipe!
- When making the batter, stir vigorously to remove any lumps (they will be less lumps if you sifted the flour.
- When adding the food dye to the bowl, try to avoid dropping it onto the wooden spoon as it will stick to that and not colour the batter.
- You will need more than you think of the dye, add drops and stir as you go to get the right colour (or the shade you like).
- Have fun with this recipe!! Let your hair down and your creative juices flow, your pancakes don't have to look exactly the same as my pancakes.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What is the secret of fluffy pancakes?
The secret of fluffy pancakes is to ensure that you use self-raising flour in the batter. This will ensure that the pancakes rise as they cook resulting in soft fluffy insides.
What is the name for a thin pancakes?
Crepes is the name for thin pancakes.
The recipe for crepes uses similar ingredients to pancakes, however, crepes are thin and soft, whereas pancakes are thicker, can be fluffy and have crispy edges.
It is more common for crepes to have both sweet and savory fillings, whereas it is more common for pancakes to have sweet toppings as opposed to fillings. Although some people do like a side of crispy bacon with their pancakes.
Should pancakes be thick or thin?
Pancakes have a thickness about them which results in the centre being fluffy with a soft texture.
Using less of the batter can make thinner and small circumference pancakes, however a delight in eating them is their thick fluffy texture.
Is it better to make pancakes with milk or water?
Milk is the better ingredient to use when making pancakes.
Some store bought pancake recipes will indicated using water as a final ingredient to get the batter combined, however if you substitute milk for the water, you will get better results.
Should I add eggs to pancake mix?
Eggs are an almost essential ingredient in a basic pancake batter. They are worthwhile to add for the best results, enabling the batter to be bound together.
There are some pancake recipes that don't use eggs and these tend to me the more alternative healthy lifestyle super food type recipes where it is not necessary to add eggs.
What can I add to pancake mix for flavor?
There are a heap of sweet flavours that can be added to pancake mixture (before cooking) for additional flavour.
Some popular choices are listed below:
- cocoa powder
It is worth noting that food colouring as used in this recipe adds colour to the pancakes, but not additional flavouring.
😍 More Breakfast Recipes
If your favourite meal of every day is breakfast and you want to indulge on the weekends, here are some ideas for you to do that:
- Marshmallow Pancakes
- Sprinkles Pancakes
- Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Raspberry Pancakes
- Tinned Fruit Crumble
- Air Fryer Croissants
- Blackberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 1 Wooden spoon
- 1 Crepe pan or fry pan
- 1 ¾ Measuring cup optional, to portion the pancakes
- 1 Silicon flat utensil
- 1 Serving plate
- 1 Butter Knife
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 eggs free range
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 10 drops Green food colouring
- Nutella (Chocolate hazelnut spread)
- Candy eyes
- Halloween or galaxy sprinkles
- Make the batter: add the self-raising flour, milk, egg and salt to a medium sizing mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir till consistently combined.
- Add the food colour: add the food colour to the pancake batter, then stir to combine. Add more drops to your colour depth preference. Stir to combine.
- Cook the pancakes: turn the stove onto a medium heat, use cooking spray to coat a crepe pan with oil, then use a measuring cup to portion the pancake batter onto the pan. Once bubbles form in the centre of the pancakes (2-3 mins), slide a silicon turner under the cooked side and flip to the other side. Cook this side for 1 - 2 mins. Repeat to use up all batter and until all pancakes are cooked.
- Stack the pancakes: once the pancakes are cooked, use the silicon turned and transfer them to a serving plate. You can either make a big stack and top that one with the Nutella, candy eyes and sprinkles or individually plate them and decorate each one accordingly.
- Serve and enjoy: provide additional plates, forks and pancake toppings on the table. Portion the stack onto the plates and enjoy!