Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Funny Face Pancakes

I made my kids very happy last Saturday night when I took them to IHOP for dinner ( my husband was out of town and I really didn't feel like cooking). They loved having breakfast for dinner and got such a kick out of the silly "create-a-face" pancakes. So, for Monday's lunch, I decided to treat them with my version of this fun meal.

This homemade version is also a bit healthier than IHOP's. Theirs features one very large pancake with lots of Cool Whip and sugar syrup coated fruit. I used my favorite whole wheat buttermilk pancake recipe, fresh whipped cream, a variety of fruit and lean bacon. The kids loved this version just as much as the one from IHOP, if not more!!

I think these are a perfect way to do something special for the kids on those relaxed weekend breakfasts...or lunches...or even dinner:)

I let my son decorate his own pancake.

I think the whipped cream was his favorite part.

He was so excited and proud of his creation.

Coincidentally, it was "pajama day" at school in the morning. So, it was fitting that he had pancakes for lunch.

My daughter was just happy to dig in!


pancake batter (homemade or pre-made)
fresh whipped cream, Cool Whip or yogurt
assorted fruit, rinsed and sliced (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
lean bacon or taylor ham, cooked

Heat a large, nonstick skillet and spray with cooking spray. Add prepared pancake batter (about 1/2 cup for 1 large pancake) and let the pancake cook till edges become firm. Flip pancake and cook for a few additional minutes. Remove from skillet to a plate and decorate with the whipped cream, fruit and bacon. Serve with a pat of butter and syrup on the side if desired.

Source: Inspired by IHOP


  1. Such a great idea. Your faces are so cute!

  2. How cute!! What a great mommy you are! I would have loved these as a kid (and still now haha!)

  3. This is so gorgeous :)
    I wish someone would make this for me (even though I'm not a kid lol)
    and your kids are adorable!!