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Easy Animal-Shaped Pancakes

Let’s be honest here. Who doesn’t love good animal-shaped pancakes? I’m starting to realize I can’t feed my children cold cereal for breakfast and dinner every day.  I’ve told y’all about our ridiculous practice and sports schedule every night of the week. So with time being short, I’m always looking for ways to give my picky eaters nutrients. And when I can, I love to make dinners fun with easy animal pancakes.

Pig animal-shaped pancakes

Animal-Shaped Pancakes

I’m not talking pancakes in the shape of Captain’s America’s profile here. That would be nice, but mama lacks skills and time. These are easy animal-shaped pancakes that will make my kids laugh and appreciate my efforts, and only require standard geometric shapes.

To add some extra nutrients to our breakfast for dinner, I use PediaSure Sidekicks shakes where it calls for milk in our favorite pancake recipe. My kids like the Vanilla Shake in their pancakes for the added flavor.

When I first made them, they commented how good they were. I pretended not to be offended by their surprise. But come on, I can cook..sometimes.

Substitute Pedisure Sidekicks for milk in all your favorite recipes.

Each shake is a source of 7g protein and 3g fiber. When we’re home, I can use them in my cooking. When we’re on the go, then the kids can drink one right before practice to hold them over until dinner. Even though I find them in the baby section at Walmart, all my kids enjoy them!

PediaSure Sidekick shakes are great for kids on the go.

Pig-Shaped Pancakes

Pig-shaped pancake

A fan favorite ever since my youngest daughter ate them at Bob Evans. All you need is 3 circle pancakes, 2 half the size of the others. Cut two banana slices for the nose, add chocolate chips for the eyes and cut a small circle pancake in half for the ears.

Add some bacon for an extra touch if you’d like. But maybe turkey bacon, so the pig pancake isn’t offended.

Ladybug Pancakes

Ladybug pancake

All you need is 2 round pancakes and a half of a smaller round pancake for the head. Add some chocolate chips for spots. I just used chocolate syrup for the antenna (or is it antennae?). It came out looking a little Loki helmet-ish, but my kids dig Loki, so they thought I was cool.

Emoji Pancake

Emoji pancake

For the tweens I added an emoji pancake. Once again, bonus cool mom points. I just cut out hearts from strawberries with a paring knife, cut part of a pancake for the mouth and dipped it in chocolate syrup.  Instant happiness.

Add animal-shaped pancakes to the list of our favorite dinners and weekend breakfasts. They’re fun, really easy (like I said just simple geometric shapes and a knife), and the kids get a laugh.

Here is our favorite recipe for Vanilla Pancakes. If PediaSure isn’t your thing, then use milk. Bon appétit!

Vanilla Pancake Recipe

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/2 cups PediaSure Sidekicks Vanilla Shake or milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the PediaSure Sidekicks (or milk), egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

Heat a griddle, skillet, or frying pan over medium heat. Lightly grease griddle with cooking spray or oil covered paper towel. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle. Amount depends on desired size of pancakes. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

How to make easy, animal-shaped pancakes. Here is our family's favorite recipe for Vanilla Pancakes. Perfect for breakfast or dinner! With an extra 2 minutes, you can make pig, ladybug, and emoji pancakes for family fun.

This post was originally sponsored by PediaSure. All thoughts are my own.

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Tuesday 6th of August 2019

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Claudia Krusch

Friday 16th of September 2016

These are so cute!!! I can't wait to try some of them!

Hali @daytodayMOMents

Friday 16th of September 2016

Love how simple and cute these are. Especially love how minimal the needed ingredients are in making them look cute. :)

Dawn Lopez

Friday 16th of September 2016

I'm totally loving that cute piggie pancake! That would add so much fun to a family breakfast. :)

Janis @MommyBlogExpert

Friday 16th of September 2016

I love both your pig and ladybug pancake designs equally. What fun these would be for kids to help make and serve at a slumber party.