Cooking with Kids: Elephant Pancakes Recipe

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Is your family studying elephants? Got an elephant loving person in your house? Are you looking for something fun to cook with your little people? If the answer to any of the above is yes, then this elephant pancakes recipe is for you. It’s not as easy as sheet pan pancakes but it’s a fun mom moment not an efficient mom moment. Make some oven bacon to go with it so you can feel efficient too.

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Elephant Pancakes

You will need 2 mixing bowls for these pancakes. Use a bigger one for combining the dry ingredients. In a separate one, whisk together the wet ingredients. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients to pour the wet ingredients. Mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes.

Let’s Cook!

While the batter is resting, heat your griddle to 300 degrees. Spray griddle with non stick spray or melt additional butter on griddle. To make the elephant head, pour 1 cup batter onto the griddle. To make the ears, pour 2/3 cup batter onto griddle then spread into a rectangle. Cook until the bubbles start to pop on the pancake. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.,

Elephant Pancakes

Let’s make the elephant! After all, it’s not elephant pancakes if there is no elephant. Place one ear pancake on each side of the plate. Place a head pancake on top. Plop a blueberry on each side of the head for the eyes. When ready to eat, use whipped cream to make a trunk. Serve immediately.


Cooking with Kids: Elephant Pancakes Recipe

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Pancakes
  • Method: Griddle
  • Cuisine: Breakfast


For pancakes:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted but cooled slightly

For elephant:

  • whipped topping
  • chocolate chips, blueberries, or raisins (2 for each elephant)


  1.  In medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking soda 
  2.  In a separate bowl whisk together eggs,milk, and vanilla. Slowly add the butter last.
  3. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the well then stir the batter until well combined. There may be small lumps. Allow batter to rest 5 minutes.
  4.  Heat griddle to 300 degrees. Spray with non stick cooking spray or melt additional butter on griddle.
  5. For the elephant, pour 1 cup batter on griddle for the head.  For the ears, use 2/3 cup batter and spread into a rectangle on the griddle. 
  6. Cook until the bubbles begin to break on the pancake. At that point, flip pancake and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. To decorate, place 2 ear pancakes on both sides of a plate. Place the circle head pancake on in the middle of the plate overlapping the ears.
  8. Place 2 blueberries as the elephant’s eyes. When ready to eat, use the whipped cream to make a trunk.
  9. Serve immediately.


Your little people are sure to squeal with delight when they see these at breakfast. If you don’t have time to make all the pancakes in one morning, split them up. Cook all the heads one morning then do the ears on a different morning. Heat them up then add the whipped cream trunk. You could even have a different child help you for each step. Do what works for your family and enjoy your fun mom points. #momwin

Elephant biscuits are a fun activity too!

Elephant Pancakes

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