Getting your kids up and out of bed during the school week can be a challenge in and of itself. But actually getting them to eat a healthy breakfast to boot? Not so much. Your kiddos might just make their way to the dining room table faster, though, if you serve these St. Patrick’s Day green pancakes. Not only are they super easy to make, but you just might have the luck o’ the Irish and get your kids to eat before heading off to school — for once.
You could whip up your own pancake batter from scratch, but that kind of defeats the purpose of the whole “5 minutes flat” deal. Instead, simply use packaged pancake or waffle mix. Once you’re done stirring all the ingredients, get ready to make it completely colorful. Grab some food coloring and add a drop or two (don’t use too much, as a little can go a long way), stirring after each drop to ensure that you get the right shade of green that will mimic the colors of the Emerald Isle itself. Be warned: the batter is going to look kind of like bile, which is not the color you might connote with a healthy breakfast. That’s why you’ll want to use as little food coloring as possible.
Of course, green pancakes on St. Patrick’s Day are cool all on their own. But if you’ve got a few minutes before the school bus is scheduled to arrive, you can decorate the pancakes (or have your kiddos do it, too). A dollop of whipped cream and some sprinkled Lucky Charms marshmallows will have your little leprechauns saying, “Sláinte!”