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A couple extra minutes is all you need to whip up this delightfully green and rainbow breakfast for St. Patrick’s Day! See how we made green pancakes and milk, finished with rainbow garnish!
Last year my memories are so vivid surrounding St. Patrick’s Day and the days leading up to it. Of course, if you experienced 2020, you know what I’m talking about. The kids were just beginning their foray into distance learning and we were still foolishly believing that schools would close down for the proposed 2 weeks and then all would be back to normal.
Building Leprechaun Traps
One of the first major school events that Landon missed out on was the coveted Kindergarten Leprechaun Trap Project. Every year at our elementary school, the kindergarten students all construct traps at home and get to bring them to school on the day before St. Patrick’s Day.
And no matter how hard they try, and how CERTAIN THEY ARE that they will catch a leprechaun, every. darn. year. those leprechauns outsmart them. Oh, they play all sorts of silly leprechaun tricks all over the classroom! But alas, not a single leprechaun has ever been caught.
So last year, the kids were so disappointed to miss this event at school. So I, feeling ever-so-adventurous in my very first week of “homeschooling” my little darlings, gave them free rein over my craft supplies and let them each build a wild monstrosity of a trap.
Despite their best efforts, we did not catch a single leprechaun. The kids were pretty excited, however, to find that their traps had been silly stringed and sprinkled with candy!
St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast
So since the kids were home and since I found myself with a little extra time on my hands, I decided to make them a fun holiday themed breakfast. They were thrilled and between you and me, it really didn’t take much effort.
When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a green or rainbow theme. I went with both!
See how this breakfast came together easily and quickly.
Green Milk with Rainbow Garnish
How to make:
1. Fill glass with milk and add 2-3 drops of green food coloring.
2. Use scissors to put a small notch on one side of one piece of the Airheads candy.
3. Place notched slit over the glass rim, so that it looks like a drink garnish.
4. Add straw and enjoy!
Green Pancakes with Whipped Cream and Rainbow Sprinkles
Not only are these pancakes GREEN in color, the added rainbow toppings really make this breakfast dish scream “St. Patrick’s Day!!”
- Pancake mix (plus any required ingredients to make pancakes, per box instructions)
- Green food coloring
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Airheads Xtreme Bites Rainbow Candy
- Heavy Whipping Cream (or store-bought whipped cream if you prefer!)
How to make:
1. If you are making your own whipped topping, I suggest making that first. If you have never tried making whipped cream from scratch, it is SO super easy! Simply add 1-2 cups of heavy whipping cream to a large mixing bowl. Grab your electric mixer and whip the cream until it changes consistency from a liquid to a whipped topping. Place bowl in the refrigerator to keep it chilled until you are ready to serve the pancakes.
2. Prepare pancake batter according to package directions.
3. Add several drops of green food coloring and stir it into the batter. If you want the shade of green to be a bit darker, add another 2-3 drops of food coloring. (I also added some rainbow sprinkles to the pancake batter!)
4. Cook the pancakes according to the directions on the box of mix. (We almost always cook up our pancakes on our electric griddle.)
5. After your pancakes are cooked and ready to be served, it’s time to add your toppings! Stack pancakes on plates and give each stack a dollop of whipped cream. Add rainbow sprinkles and a few Airhead Xtreme candy pieces to the top of each stack.
Delicious, fun, easy and totally festive.
If you end up giving one or both of these ideas a try, let us know how it goes! If you post a picture to social media, feel free to tag us. We’d love to see it!