Santa Pancakes are an easy way to bring holiday cheer to breakfast. Using fresh fruit and whipped cream, transform ordinary pancakes into a festive Santa Claus with just a few simple steps.
Whether serving on Christmas morning or just as a festive weekend breakfast, you will be sure to delight both the big and small kids by making these Santa Pancakes.
One of my all-time favorite things to do during the holidays is to serve simple, yet fun and festive, holiday-themed recipes.
When it comes to Christmas, I have endless ideas to add festive fun to the Christmas season. From Candy Cane Pizzas to Reindeer Cookies to Candy Cane Cookies to these Santa Pancakes, these easy ideas make meals a bit more fun--yet couldn't be easier to make. Because just like you, I am busy and the holidays are crazy enough!
With just a couple of steps and some fresh fruit, you can turn your favorite pancake recipe into adorable Santa Pancakes.
- Pancakes: You can use any pancake batter you like to create Santa Pancakes. Today I am sharing with you my simple Whole Wheat Pancake recipe, but you can use my recipe for Vegan Pancakes or Gluten-Free Banana Oat Pancakes if desired. Of course, you can also use pancake mix to keep this recipe super fast and simple.
- Strawberries: The strawberries are used to create both Santa's hat and his nose.
- Bananas: Banana Slices are used to form Santa's beard.
- Whipped Cream: Use whipped cream to add details to Santa's hat and his mustache. For simplicity, I use aerosol whipped cream, but of course, you can take the time to use my recipe for stabilized homemade whipped cream.
- Chocolate Chips: For Santa's eyes, chocolate chips are a perfect choice.
How to Make Santa Claus Pancakes
- Prepare the pancake batter by whisking together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and canola oil or melted butter. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined.
- Heat a large nonstick griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Grease with butter or nonstick spray.
- Place a pancake in the center of the plate. Add strawberry halves to form a triangle above the pancake, for Santa's hat.
- Ladle pancake batter onto the heated pan and cook until bubbles form on the surface of the batter. Flip and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes or until set and then remove from the pan.
- Add a strawberry slice in the center of the pancake for Santa's nose.
- Add chocolate chips above the strawberry slice to create Santa's eyes.
- Add sliced bananas in an upside-down triangle shape below the pancake to form Santa's beard.
- Use whipped cream to add embellishments to Santa's hat and to give Santa a mustache.
- Serve up Santa and deliver some smiles!
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If you enjoyed this adorable, yet simple, recipe for Santa Pancakes, I would love for you to share a comment and review below.
For Homemade Pancakes
- 2 cups flour whole wheat or all-purpose
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1-¼ cups buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or canola oil
- butter for greasing the pan
To Create Santa
- 1 pint strawberries
- 3 to 4 bananas
- 32 chocolate chips
- whipped cream
For the Pancakes
- In a large bowl, sift together the baking powder, flour, and salt. Lightly whisk together until everything is evenly incorporated.
- In a separate small bowl, mix together eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk together until well combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together until just incorporated.
- Preheat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat and grease well. Once heated, ladle ¼ cup pancake batter onto the skillet. Cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry. Flip pancakes and cook for 1-2 minutes before removing them from the skillet.
For Santa Pancakes
- Place one in the center of a plate to form Santa's head.
- Reserve 3 whole strawberries for Santa's nose, and then slice the remaining strawberries in half vertically. Arrange them in a triangle shape at the top of the pancakes for Santa's hat.
- Slice the remaining strawberries into horizontal slices and add one strawberry slice in the center of the pancake for Santa's nose. Add 2 chocolate chips above the nose to give Santa eyes.
- Slice up the bananas and arrange the slices at the bottom of the pancake in an upside-down triangle to represent Santa's beard.
- Outline the strawberry hat with whipped cream to replicate the white tassel and white trim on Santa's hat.
- Serve immediately.
My family just loved these, thanks for a great recipe!
You are very welcome Melissa! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
My kids loved this, especially adding the whipped cream to the hat and mustache! On some of the plates he definitely looked like he needed a trim. haha 🙂
LOL! Love it! So happy to hear you all enjoyed Kara!
Love this! Definitely a perfect Christmas morning breakfast! My kids LOVE this! So awesome!