Memorial Day weekend, the gateway to summer, calls for a breakfast celebration that sets the tone for a day of remembrance, relaxation, and gathering with loved ones. Whether hosting a backyard brunch or enjoying a leisurely morning at home, kick off the long weekend with a delectable spread of classic Memorial Day breakfast options. And, don’t forget to check out my colorful and patriotic Memorial Day pancakes, which is featured in the recipe at the bottom of the page.

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Patriotic Pancakes!

Memorial Day Pancakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Memorial Day weekend, the gateway to summer, calls for a breakfast celebration that sets the tone for a day of remembrance, relaxation, and gathering with loved ones. Whether hosting a backyard brunch or enjoying a leisurely morning at home, kick off the long weekend with a delectable spread of classic Memorial Day breakfast options.

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1 ½ cups (187.5 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Red Velvet Pancakes

  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Pancakes

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  • In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Let the batter rest as you heat the skillet or griddle.
  • Spray a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray. Heat over medium-low heat, about 300°F.
  • When hot, pour ⅓ cup of batter into the skillet. Spread the batter out to about a 4 to 5-inch diameter.
  • Working in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan, cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top.
  • Gently, but quickly, flip over the pancakes. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer doughy.
  • Between batches, wipe the skillet or griddle with a paper towel to prevent sticking.

Red Velvet Pancakes

  • Combine dry ingredients 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.
  • Spray a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray. Heat over medium-low heat, about 300°F.
  • When hot, pour ⅓ cup of batter into the skillet. Spread the batter out to about a 4 to 5-inch diameter.
  • Working in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan, cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top.
  • Gently, but quickly, flip over the pancakes. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer doughy.
  • Between batches, wipe the skillet or griddle with a paper towel to prevent sticking.
  • Serve with blueberry syrup or your favorite toppings.

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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!

Stack of Red and white pancakes with blueberries on top.

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

Stack of Red and white pancakes with blueberries on top.

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.

Stack of Red and white pancakes with blueberries on top.

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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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