Breakfast,  Cooking for my Kids,  Recipe

Hidden Surprise Pancakes

Hold up! This is seriously going to up your pancake game! Weekend breakfast has never been more fun. On the outside, they’re just regular fluffy pancakes but cut them open for a splash of color! These are a great start to the day for birthdays and holidays.

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Hidden Surprise Pancakes

These are so fun! On the outside, they're just regular fluffy pancakes. Cut them open for a splash of color!
Prep Time12 minutes
Cook Time24 minutes
Total Time36 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon, pancakes
Servings: 8
Calories: 277kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil


  • Mix all ingredients except coconut oil together.
  • For three different surprise pancake colors, grab three small bowls and scoop 1/2 cup of batter into each. Color as desired.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of the oil.
  • Make small pancakes out of the colored batter, about 1 1/2 to 2" round. Flip when the tops are no longer glossy and they start to bubble. Set all the small pancakes aside.
  • Adding oil as needed to the skillet, pour the regular uncolored batter, making 4-5" rounds. Immediately set a small pancake in the center of each. Top with 3-4 tablespoons of batter. Flip the pancakes before they start to bubble.
  • Top with tons of maple syrup and enjoy!!!


Sodium: 685mg | Calcium: 143mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 276IU | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 133mg | Cholesterol: 22mg | Calories: 277kcal | Saturated Fat: 9g | Fat: 13g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 34g | Iron: 2mg

The trick to these, as you will see below, is to make the baby, colorful pancakes first. That way the insides are guaranteed to be cooked and fluffy as well as the outside pancake. If you are averse to food coloring, try mixing in fruit such as mashed blueberries or pureed strawberries instead.

Have you tried this recipe?? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please comment and rate! Peace & love, jenni

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The Nerdy Gourmet

Hi friends!! I’m Jenni, The Nerdy Gourmet. I love books and I love food. Combining the two with a splash of travel has become my passion. I am a self taught cook/baker and I believe that everyone can cook from scratch! I’m here with recipes and Nerdy Tips to help along the way.  
I review books, mostly ‘read’ via audio, and I create recipes inspired by the story lines. Sometimes if I am deeply moved by a story, I will travel and try my best to experience the book- and bring you along via my blog! I provide all the photographs and content for the Nerdy Gourmet (unless otherwise noted). 

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