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 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins
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. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

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