Memorial Day Breakfast

filed under: Pancakes + Waffles on May 31, 2010

As I was making our Memorial Day Cookies to bring to a friends, I realized they were a bit more campout cookies and a bit less Memorial Day like.

I decided to make a very special breakfast for the family, because we have a couple very special Veterans in our families and we want the kids to understand that this weekend is more about celebrating sacrifice then celebrating s’mores.

(and I think they would be great for July 4th celebrations too!)

Memorial Day Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins

Such a fun and delicious breakfast!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red velvet pancakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Red Velvet Pancakes
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Combine all dry ingredients (that includes sugar) in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. 

  2. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

  3. Pour about 1/3 cup onto griddle set to medium-high heat and lightly brown on both sides. (about 2-3 minutes per side)

Red Velvet Pancakes
  1. Combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cocoa powder) in a large bowl and set aside. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, sour cream, food coloring, and vanilla. 

  3. Add wet ingredients to dry, and mix until just combined.

  4. Pour about 1/3 cup onto griddle set to medium-high heat and lightly brown on both sides. (about 2-3 minutes per side)


Patriotic Pancakes

These fun pancakes are a regular pancake and a red velvet pancakes stacked to resemble the stripes in a flag. With a little syrup and blueberries on top, you have the perfect way to honor Memorial Day or July 4th!


Don’t forget the syrup!


This breakfast is as easy as it is delicious.


Thank you so much to all the Veterans and those currently serving…
and the amazing families supporting them.  You are appreciated!


The Red Velvet pancakes are a true red velvet recipe, but you could also add a little red food coloring to your regular pancake recipe to get the same effect.


Don’t miss my:

Apple Fritters

Glazed Donuts

Breakfast Strata

Blueberry Coffee Cake


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  • Medical Advice says:

    its called a real mommy!im happy to you be a being mommy..

  • Nicole Underwood says:

    red velvet pancakes!?!?!?

  • Cecilia says:

    Love the contrasting colors!

  • Londa says:

    I love pancakes! Like…could eat them We are going to go patriotic at our house!!! Thanks for another brilliant, delicious idea!

  • amanda says:

    what a cute idea!! i would never think of something like that!! thanks for sharing. :0)

  • carma says:

    there you go feeding your kids those “hazardous” pancakes again 😉

  • christy rose says:

    Yummmmmmy!!! What a great idea! You are such a creative and wonderful mom! 🙂

  • Americanpancake says:

    Lovely photos. This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” I love RVC and I am going try your recipe this weekend. Thanks for the post.

  • Cassidy says:

    these are so great ! i love it .
    much love ! <3

  • Jordan Flipsyde says:

    Chance to read your blog, I really like your blog, let me learn a lot! I will focus on your blog, refuels!

  • marks and spencer discount code says:

    This seems truly a memorial day breakfast.This looks so sweet and mouth watering for me as pancake is one of my favorite dessert.I will try for that Red velvet pancakes.

  • medizinische Fusspflege says:

    Looking at those photos truly made me hungry… So delicious and yummy! I want my mom to make me some. :(( I want that for breakfast. I’m definitely telling her about this blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great recipe – thanks for sharing some of the culinary delights.

  • Sarah says:

    I’m going to make these. I don’t really get why you only let your kids have a tiny taste the only difference is a tablespoon of sugar. lol.
    I’m going to switch out the sugar for honey!
    Thanks so much for a great recipe!!

  • Whitney W says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes! I am currently 31 weeks along with twin boys and am on modified bedrest. This will be something fun my Hubby and I can make together 4th of July morning!

  • Jodi says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I saw you on The Idea room. I can’t wait to make these!

  • Kim says:

    what a fun idea! i will be making these on the 4th. and you know, it’s okay to have cake for breakfast every now and then!

  • Emily says:

    hello! the recipe looks declicious! how much food colouring would i have to use for these if i have the liquid kind, not gel? i really don’t want them to turn out pink.

  • Heidi @foodiecrush says:

    Did you get crowned the smartest cook in the class? This is ingenious! My daughter’s current obsession is pancakes so this will be a fun diversion from her chocolate chip/banana cakes. Annnd, I may have to add some chocolate chips, just for old times sake.

  • anna says:

    such a fun idea!

  • marla says:

    These pancakes are gorgeous!!! I want to be at your house for breakfast…

  • Three Loud Kids! says:

    Love this! Ill have to give it a try for fourth of July.

  • Lauren says:

    These look wonderful!!!!!!

  • Linda Bradshaw says:

    This is such a great idea. I think the kids would enjoy this.

  • Ann says:

    This was such a delicious recipe memorial day breakfast and the way you describe its making is so easy and the ingredients are easily available even online, this breakfast is delicious and healthy also.