Breakfasts don't get much more festive than Santa Pancakes, and they are so easy too. Simply take a circular pancake (made from our easy pancake recipe) and then use berries, cream and chocolate chips to decorate it to look like Santa. The perfect Christmas morning breakfast.
During December, we try to put a festive twist on as many of our meals as possible. Pancakes are a must every weekend and during the festive season we make Santa Pancake Faces.
We all decorate our own and see who can come up with the most realistic Santa. Easy to adapt with different toppings and ready in under 10 minutes.
Why you will love them
- The best festive breakfast - What says Christmas more than a giant Santa face made from pancakes?
- Easy to adapt with different toppings - Take your favourite pancake toppings and find a way to add them onto Santa's face.
- Ready in under 10 minutes - Once you have cooked the pancakes, which only take a few minutes, then you just need to top them and create Santa Pancakes.
- Can be prepared in advance - You can prepare the pancake batter in advance, and get all the toppings ready and then just cook the pancakes when you are ready.
- Pancake batter - We have given the recipe for our favourite (and easy) pancake mixture, however you can use your own favourite. Just make sure that they make thick and fluffy American style pancakes, rather than thin crepe style.
- Cream - Squirty cream is used to make Santa's hat and beard. We used reduced fat to save some calories.
- Berries - We used raspberries and strawberries for the hat (although you can use just raspberries) and then bits of strawberries for the nose and mouth.
- Chocolate chips - These are used to make Santa's eyes.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Santa Pancakes - Step by step
One: Mix together the flour and baking powder. Whisk the egg, oil and milk together, then add to the flour and mix into a batter.
Two: Heat some butter or oil in a large frying pan and add a ladle of the mixture in to make a pancake (about 8 inch diameter). Cook for 3 mins each side. Repeat this 4 times.
Three: Use the squirty cream to draw a beard and the bottom of Santa's hat. Then use raspberries or strawberries for the hat, nose and mouth and then chocolate chips for eyes. You have now made a pancake Santa!
Berries and cream are what make up the toppings for these pancakes and they are what create the Santa face. We used strawberries and raspberries for the hat, however you could swap them for strawberry slices.
Save some calories on these pancakes by swapping the cream beard for slices of banana. You will still have a pancake Santa, just less indulgent.
What to serve with Santa Pancakes
If you are looking for some hot drinks to serve these with, then we have you covered. We think hot chocolate is the perfect side to Santa pancakes and you will love our Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate, Oat Milk Hot Chocolate, Snowman Hot Chocolate and Baileys Hot Chocolate (for the grown ups).
Yes, you can use your favourite pancake recipe, as long as it makes thick and fluffy American style pancakes rather than thin crepe style ones.
You could add some blueberries or chocolate chips to the pancakes, but it would change the way they look and make it look like Santa has spots.
If you use your favourite gluten free pancakes recipe, and make sure your toppings are gluten free, then this recipe can be gluten free.
Leftover pancakes can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. The toppings do not store well though.
• This recipe should make about 4 thick American style pancakes. But, depending on how thin you make your pancakes, you might get more.
• You could use slices of strawberries for the Santa hat instead.
• Save some calories and use slices of banana to make the beard instead of cream.
More Christmas recipes
- 200 g (1.5 cups) Self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 Egg
- 350 ml (1.5 cups) Whole milk
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
- Mix together 200 g Self-raising flour and 1 teaspoon Baking powder.
- Whisk 1 Egg, 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil and 350 ml Whole milk together, then add to the flour and mix into a batter.
- Heat some butter or oil in a large frying pan and add a ladle of the mixture in to make a pancake (about 8 inch across). Cook for 3 mins each side. Repeat this 4 times.
- Use the squirty cream to draw a beard and the bottom of Santa's hat. Then use raspberries and strawberries for the hat, nose and mouth and then chocolate chips for eyes.
- This recipe should make about 4 thick American style pancakes. But, depending on how thin you make your pancakes, you might get more.
- You could use slices of strawberries for the Santa hat instead.
- Save some calories and use slices of banana to make the beard instead of cream.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.