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!)

Patriotic Pancakes!

Memorial Day Pancakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Such a fun and delicious breakfast!



  • 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



  • Combine all dry ingredients (that includes sugar) in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. 
  • Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • 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

  • Combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cocoa powder) in a large bowl and set aside. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, sour cream, food coloring, and vanilla. 
  • Add wet ingredients to dry, and mix until just combined.
  • Pour about 1/3 cup onto griddle set to medium-high heat and lightly brown on both sides. (about 2-3 minutes per side)

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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.


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Reader Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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