You may have seen rainbow pancakes on my Instastories — they are a Zelda favorite! Now that she’s back in school, I’ve been recreating her favorite breakfast for lunch. I bought this cute little bento box at Target for $10 and we use it all the time.

A favorite lunch currently in rotation is “Breakfast for Lunch”. Zelda thinks it’s hilarious and comes home with an empty lunch box, which if you pack a lunch daily for your kid you know this is a great success.  Typically I make scrambled eggs, a few pieces of bacon or prosciutto, and last but not least, her favorite rainbow pancakes. If we have these at home I top them with whipped cream and sprinkles. If she’s off to school with her bento box, I make the pancakes a little smaller so they fit and pack a little side of syrup for dipping. She loves eating mini pancakes at school and comes home raving about how everyone loved her lunch!

 The best part is, you most likely have these ingredients in your fridge already, so you can whip it together at any time. Pancakes are super quick and easy to make, if you don’t have an electric griddle it’s time to get one. The griddle is an absolute game change with a total prep time of under 15 minutes, perfect pancakes, and basically zero cleanup.

What’s your favorite out-of-the-box (no pun intended) lunch to serve your babes? Tell me in the comments below! 

Breakfast for Lunch: Rainbow Pancakes Style!
  • 1 Cup Pancake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, Melted
  • 3/4 Cup Milk + 2 Tablespoons
  • Gel Food Coloring
  • 2-3 Slices Bacon or Prosciutto
  1. Turn the oven to broil on high.
  2. Place the bacon or prosciutto on a broiler pan.
  3. Allow to broil for 8 minutes and then flip. Broil for another 8 minutes or until the bacon or prosciutto is crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. Whisk together the pancake mix, 3/4 cup milk, 1 egg, and butter. Divide the mix evenly into smaller bowls and add the desired food coloring colors to each bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining eggs and milk.
  6. Spray two separate sauté pans with cooking spray.
  7. Place the eggs in one sauté pan over medium heat. Use a spatula to form the scrambled eggs.
  8. Place a 1/4 cup of pancake batter at time into the other pan. When the pancakes begin to bubble (usually 2-3 minutes), flip and allow the other side to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Assemble the bacon or prosciutto, scrambled eggs, and rainbow pancakes into the bento box.
  10. Top the pancakes with whipped cream and sprinkles if eating immediately.
  11. Enjoy!
shopping list
Dry Goods
  • Pancake Mix
  • Gel Food Coloring
Farm Fresh
  • Eggs
  • Bacon or Prosciutto
  • Butter
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