• vanilla cinnamon chocolate ombre pancakes

    filed under: Pancakes + Waffles on October 20, 2014

    One of my favorite cakes in my book is the Ombre Cake.  The main reason I love it is because it screams masculine to me, and that is not always easy with a buttercream flower petal covered cake!  I happened to catch a quick glance at it the other day (it’s on my sidebar of the landing page of the blog) and decided… that needs to be pancakes.

    Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes

    The flavors are a bit different than my original ombre cake, and this is not covered in gobs of frosting, but in my defense it is for breakfast.  I hope you will let my inconsistencies fly!

    Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes

    This was a great opportunity to have my little kids (Audrey and Eddie) in the kitchen helping.  They did great and learned about the difference between cake batter and pancake batter.  Because apparently I make a lot of cakes and this is what they are usually helping with.

    My husband and I decided that now is as good of time as any to really start our small kids on consistent chores and “life duties.”  It comes from Proverbs 22:6, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.“.  (NIV) If I want the kids to be knowledgeable and helpful in the kitchen, I really need to model those behaviors.  (Well, the helpful anyway.  I am still working on the ‘knowledgeable’ part!) So instead of my whizzing through meals just to get them done, I am going to slow down and include them in the process.  


    Note: This is a large recipe and makes at least 36 good sized pancakes.

    vanilla cinnamon chocolate ombre pancakes

    Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes


        • 1/2 c mini chocolate chips
        • 1 tsp. cinnamon
        • 2 tbsp. cocoa
        • 1 tsp. vanilla
        • 2 tsp. vanilla
        • 1/2 c vegetable oil
        • 3 1/2 c whole milk
        • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
        • 1/2 tsp. salt
        • 3 tbsp. baking powder
        • 1/4 c + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
        • 6 c flour
        • 1 tsp. vanilla

        Base Batter

          Vanilla Pancakes

            Cinnamon Pancakes

              Chocolate Pancakes


                1. Prepare the \'base batter\'.
                2. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
                3. In another bowl use a fork to combine eggs, milk and oil.
                4. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just moistened.
                5. Separate mixture into three bowls.

                Vanilla Pancakes

                1. Add in vanilla and stir until just combined.

                Cinnamon Pancakes

                1. Add cinnamon and vanilla to base batter and stir until just combined.

                Chocolate Pancakes

                1. Add cocoa, vanilla, 1 tbsp sugar and mini chocolate chips to base batter. Stir until just combined.
                2. Turn oven on to warm and line a cookie sheet with parchment to set completed pancakes on.
                3. Starting with the vanilla batter, prepare pancakes using about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. You should place batter onto a hot (about 300-325 degree) griddle. (baking spray works well if you need to grease the griddle)
                4. When pancakes are done place them on parchment lined cookie sheet and into the oven to warm while completing other batters.
                5. To serve place chocolate chip pancake on plate, then cinnamon, then vanilla. Top with butter and maple syrup and enjoy!

                Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes

                The kids were skeptical on eating these all together, but I insisted.  Turns out they loved it and demolished the entire recipe. My oldest, Colton, made a point of telling me that I needed to blog these and that I needed to tell everyone that he LOVED them.

                While it does take a couple more minutes to prepare, it is definitely worth it!  The flavor combination is fabulous and tastes like a really decadent treat for breakfast!

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                I adore this happy stack of ombre pancakes! I must have missed the creativity line when God was passing it out… and you apparently got a double dose of it! <3

                  You are so silly! Your creativity and charm is ALL OVER your blog girl!! 🙂

                HEAVEN!!!!! Stack high on a plate

                Love these! So toasty and fall-like. Elegant, too. Tell Colton thanks for the good review – he sold them to me ! 🙂

                  You know what? He is going to be THRILLED you said that! 🙂

                I attempted my very first ombre cake last year for Trevor’s 5th birthday – and it was a huge success. Certainly, not on an Amanda level, but it had the ombre and taste good, so I felt accomplished. LOVE you did it with pancakes. So clever! Pinned.

                OMG you made Ombre Pancakes?!? You are seriously way too cool.

                I could eat a whole stack of these by myself. 🙂 Love the addition of cinnamon!

                  I could too! But it really would be more fun if we indulged together. 🙂

                now this is breakfast!! yessss!

                I swear, you’re brilliant. What a great stack!

                  You know, I have always thought you were super smart and intutive. If you think I am brilliant I really can’t argue that. 😉


                you made vanilla cinnamon chocolate ombre pancakes?!!! This is why you are awesome!! These pancakes are so beautiful! and I love the verse you shared .. Proverbs 22:6, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.“. Chores and life duties. . that’s awesome.. my sister was here visiting last weekend and told me I don’t make P (my oldest) do enough 🙂 Guess I need to re-think her responsibilities and chores around the house. anyway, I love that you guys are doing this!!

                  It’s hard to stop and kneel, to teach with patience when I can just get it done. It is NOT my gift! But it’s worth trying, that’s for sure. Be blessed sweet friend!

                I want! I want!!!!!!!!

                Ha, too funny how you see ombré as masculine. I see it in completely the other direction— dainty, pretty, and girly.

                But let’s go with the masculine because pancakes are definitely fit for a burly man breakfast. Love.

                I can’t wait for my little one to help me in the kitchen!

                The pancakes look great – I love the ombré look with food but I never thought of making it with pancakes. So creative!

                Whoa, girl. I am in LOVE!! Definitely the prettiest way to stack pancakes. YUM!

                These look beautiful and delicious. However, I’m generally only cooking for 2, so I don’t think I’d need 36 pancakes! Would I be able to cut the base batter portions into thirds and use only 2 cups of flour and 1 egg to make 12 pancakes, with 4 for each flavor? If that works, what would you suggest I do to divide each flavoring mix?

                  That is a great question Courtney. I think your idea would be fine! As far as the individual flavorings, I would start by cutting them in half, then taste test to your preference. Happy pancake making!

                How much baking soda should I use?

                You are so creative. Love everything above this pancake. The vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate. I want it all. Pinned!!

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