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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  • Renee says:

    I love it! Well done.

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    You are so adorable.

  • Paula says:

    What a super colourful way to start off your Memorial Day. Enjoy!

  • Jessica says:

    Those are so stinkin’ cute! I bet your kids love meal time in your house. 🙂

  • Luciana says:

    I love your pancakes!
    And I’m glad you’re celebrating the sacrifice of your brave ones!
    Have a great day and keep on this lovely meal thing =)

  • TidyMom says:

    You always think of such fun things to do with food Amanda!!… this!…I stumbled it too!

  • Diane {} says:

    very patriotic!

  • Amy says:

    I am totally going to try red velvet pancakes now! They look so darn yummy! It’s giving me cravings right now… 🙂

  • Christina says:


  • libby says:

    What a great idea! I lOVE them. I’ll have to do that for next year. Thanks for the idea.

  • libby says:

    oh, and of course the pics look fabulous!

  • Kelsey{itsybitsyfoodies} says:

    These look so cool! What a unique idea for Memorial Day…I love it!

  • Maranda says:

    Those are so pretty! You are right, I can see these being very lovely on the 4th of July! Thanks for sharing!

  • Janis says:

    Looks great – I think Rebekah wants you for a mommy – maybe she would eat better! 🙂 lol

  • Gianna says:

    Cool! I am surprised you let your kids even have a bite! No no no! I’m totally just kidding! I love you and you totally know that! How cool!

  • denise says:

    love it…i think your rainbow cake is one of the images that really sticks out in my mind from back in the day so i got a chuckle when i saw these pancakes…i think it is awesome how much time you spend creating something so tasty and gorgeous to symbolize things…your family is lucky and we are lucky to join in with you!

  • blackhuff says:

    I sometimes wish I had the creativity you have to come up with all these delicious and appealing food. Well done.

  • Jess says:

    Lovely photos. I was thinking I should do a food post again just to work on my food photography. There is just something about a subject that doesn’t move, LOL! I also wonder if adding pulverized dehydrated strawberries would add enough color to avoid the dye?

  • Bethany says:

    Fun! My pancakes never end up the same size. They would never stack like this. Very cute idea. Hope your day was wonderful.

  • Jan@littleglimpse says:

    Love the pancakes….I am going to do this on July 4th for sure. My kids will love it! Thanks for the idea (as usual). Enjoy your day!

  • Melanie says:

    I just wanted to say what a treat it was to meet you at the Casual Blogger Conference last weekend. I enjoyed getting to talk with you and wish you the very best!!

  • says:

    You’re so cute! I love this! Great for 4th of July breakfast too!

  • Liz says:

    oooo, the red velvet pancakes sound SOO yummy!!

  • Maria says:

    Super fun breakfast!

  • CFMama says:

    Oh how dare you add so much food coloring to your family meals. LOL They look mouth watering good!!

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