Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes

filed under: Pancakes + Waffles on October 20, 2014

These Ombre Pancakes are next level fun! Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Chocolate pancakes work together in a beautiful breakfast harmony. Don’t miss my Cinnamon Roll Pancakes if you love breakfast fun!


Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins

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!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vanilla cinnamon chocolate ombre pancakes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Base Batter
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs slightly beaten
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Vanilla Pancakes
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Cinnamon Pancakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Chocolate Pancakes
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  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 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

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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  • Becca Heflin says:

    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

    • Amanda says:

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

  • Tony Devine says:

    HEAVEN!!!!! Stack high on a plate

    • Amanda says:

      Love that description! 🙂

  • CakeSpy says:

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

    • Amanda says:

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

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    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.

  • Dani Meyer says:

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

    • Amanda says:

      Too cool… ha! Not even close. 🙂

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

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

    • Amanda says:

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

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    now this is breakfast!! yessss!

    • Amanda says:

      Ha… you make me smile. 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

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

    • Amanda says:

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


  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    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!!

    • Amanda says:

      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!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

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

    • Amanda says:

      Ha! I share, I share!!!

  • Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking says:

    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.

  • Nora @ Savory Nothings says:

    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!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    This is too fun!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

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

    • Amanda says:


  • Courtney says:

    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?

    • Amanda says:

      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!

  • Jessica says:

    How much baking soda should I use?

    • Amanda says:

      None! 🙂

  • Chichi says:

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

  • Tejashri says:

    I am a vegetarian please suggest egg substitute in cake .

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Tejashri! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Here are some egg substitutes you could try in your recipes. Have a wonderful day!