Looking for an easy way to celebrate going back to school? This easy back to school breakfast is just the fit. Add these festive first day pancakes to your back to school traditions! Pair my fluffy buttermilk pancakes with whipped cream or sugar free frosting to make a fun treat.
The first day of school was always my favorite as a kid. A new outfit and backpack, exactly the lunch I wanted in my new lunch box, and the chance to see all of my friends again.
I think my favorite part was, though, that on the first day of school, my parents made my brother and I pancakes. Pancakes were special in our house.
But on the first day of school my parents would make us a big stack of pancakes with the inevitable tower of bacon because, you know, bacon.
It was a fun and easy way for my mom and dad to make the first day or school a little more special. In some ways was a little bit of a goodbye party to summer days spent together.
It’s a tradition I wanted to continue myself. And, because I can’t let anything just be, I thought about taking it to the next level.
Which brings us to these first day of school pancakes. What kid doesn’t love a giant stack of pancakes layered with whipped cream and sprinkles, shining with a candle to blow out and make a wish for the upcoming school year? It’s a simple way to let your kids know that this is an exciting day!
First Day of School Pancakes
This breakfast is super simple – pancakes, cream, sprinkles and a candle are all you need! You can even make your pancakes ahead of time and cool them to use in the morning.
Prep your ingredients
First, start with your family’s favorite pancakes. (You can find some of our favorite below!)
Before stacking, you’ll want to cool your pancakes down a bit so that you don’t totally melt the whipped cream. I just let mine sit in one layer while I made the whipped cream.
I made homemade whipped cream – you want thicker whipped cream that will hold up a bit. Another option is using my sugar free frosting recipe or something like Cool Whip would work well.
When you’re all ready to go, layer a pancake, a large thwack of whipped cream, and then gently press another pancake on top. Repeat, alternating whipped cream and a pancake until you’ve got a nice tower.
Next, take your fruit and using a small letter-shaped cookie cutter to make your letters. Then skewer them onto a toothpick and place them on your pancake next to a number candle to denote grade your kiddo will be entering. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th – you get the picture.
Top with sprinkles, light, and serve!
Super quick version
In a rush in the mornings but still want to make the first day of school special? Use defrosted Cool Whip and layer with store bought frozen waffles or pancakes or frozen homemade pancakes.
So there you go – an easy way to make your kiddos first day back to school a little more magical! I think this would also be a super fun way to celebrate birthday mornings or even an easy smash cake for a first birthday.
Also, if you ever think I have it all together (HA. HA. HA. HA.) here is what happened just a few minutes after these photos were taken…
Okay, so tell me – what are your first day of school traditions? Would your kids enjoy these first day of school pancakes? Let me know in the comments!
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