Create a festive build-your-own pancake bar with these fun holiday themed pancake bar ideas! Great for a Christmas brunch, Santa breakfast, or delicious holiday family breakfast anytime. Plus, lots of festive pancake toppings and ideas for the best holiday pancakes!
Something I love about the approach of a holiday is planning the family dinner… or family breakfast, or even brunch! Spending time with those you love around the table just becomes that much more special when there’s something to celebrate, and sharing those moments over a good meal is always something to celebrate.
There are so many ways to enjoy a good pancake family breakfast, but when you can get to making them together in the kitchen, and find the most festive pancake toppings, well, the family breakfast just became that much more exciting!
As we ease our way from fall to Christmas and then into the new year, we have plenty of options for a pancake breakfast (or serving breakfast for dinner, another family favorite of ours), so I like to whip up a few festive toppings to have on hand, like whipped cinnamon pumpkin butter (Skylar’s top choice!) and whipped gingerbread butter (my top choice).
The Ancient Romans called pancakes ‘Alita Dolcia’ which means ‘another sweet’.Soft Schools
These festive butters are SO good on muffins, biscuits, dinner rolls, and of course, our Krusteaz pancakes!
If there’s one thing I know as a parent, it’s that we all want the best for our kids, even and maybe especially when it comes to mealtimes. That desire doesn’t always translate into real life though once our busy schedules start to fill and all the little taste and texture preferences come into play.
One of our favorites for busy mornings or even crammed weekends is a simple pancake spread with ALL the flavorful and seasonal toppings because everyone gets to choose exactly what they like AND fill their bellies.
I like using Krusteaz to brighten our family’s pancake routine… because I only have to mix with water (SO easy for me, and especially when I have a little helper in the kitchen!!) and I can count on their delicious, quality ingredients, no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
It is common in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and to make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.Mobile Cuisine
Festive Pancake Toppings for a Holiday Pancake Bar Family Breakfast
- Chocolate Chips
- Mini Marshmallows
- Cinnamon Apples
- Fresh Berries
- Fresh Sliced Bananas
- Candied Bacon Bits
- Homemade Whipped Gingerbread Butter (see below for recipe)
- Homemade Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter
- Maple Syrup
- Chocolate Syrup
- Whipped Topping
- Greek Yogurt (for a lighter topping and added protein)
Pancake Bar Ideas for Festive Holiday Pancakes
Hot Chocolate Pancakes
Top Krusteaz pancakes with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce.
Apple Pie Pancakes
Top Krusteaz pancakes with baked cinnamon apples (you can use canned apple pie filling topped with cinnamon if you’re short on time), and real maple syrup or whipped topping.
Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes
Top Krusteaz pancakes with homemade whipped gingerbread butter (see recipe below), chopped pecans or walnuts and real maple syrup.
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Top Krusteaz pancakes with homemade whipped cinnamon pumpkin butter, real maple syrup and whipped topping.
In the United States, southerners eat the most pancakes, accounting for 32.5% of the pancake consumption.Easy Food
Homemade Whipped Gingerbread Butter
- 1 stick Butter, softened
- 1 tsp Ginger, ground
- 1 tbsp Molasses
- 1 tbsp Brown sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Cloves, ground
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- Beat butter in a mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, molasses and brown sugar to whipped butter.
- Continue to mix until well blended, whipped and fluffy.
- Cover and chill until ready to serve.
This is a recipe you can easily double. Remove from refrigerator 20-30 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
What are some of your favorite pancake bar ideas? Let me know in a comment below!
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