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

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!


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


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

Vanilla Pancakes

  • Add in vanilla and stir until just combined.

Cinnamon Pancakes

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

Chocolate Pancakes

  • Add cocoa, vanilla, 1 tbsp sugar and mini chocolate chips to base batter. Stir until just combined.
  • Turn oven on to warm and line a cookie sheet with parchment to set completed pancakes on.
  • 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)
  • When pancakes are done place them on parchment lined cookie sheet and into the oven to warm while completing other batters.
  • To serve place chocolate chip pancake on plate, then cinnamon, then vanilla. Top with butter and maple syrup and enjoy!

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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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Reader Comments

  1. 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

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

  3. 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.

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


  4. 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!!

    1. 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!

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