Lucky Charms Pancakes: Add some of your favorite cereal to pancakes to add fun flavor and color, especially with this optional white chocolate syrup!
Pancakes may just be one of our favorite breakfast recipes around here and adding one of our favorite cereals to it, takes them to a whole new level!
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
Lucky Charms pancakes are fun any time of year but they’re especially fun for St. Patrick’s Day! We love making those on the morning of and these Lucky Charms treats in the afternoon!
If desired, you can also drop a little green food coloring in your pancake batter, to make green pancakes for the holiday if you like! (Remember, a little goes a long way!)
We like to keep things easy around here, so we give two options for making the pancake batter, so you can pick which one is best for you!
- pancake batter – see notes below
- Lucky Charms cereal (you can use the leftovers for this Luck of the Irish Charcuterie!)
See the full recipe card for quantities and full instructions.
Homemade Pancake Batter or Pancake Mix
You can either make your pancake batter from scratch for a homemade pancake experience, using my favorite fluffy pancakes recipe (up until the point before cooking them) or you can use a pancake mix and make the batter according to package directions! For pancakes from scratch pancakes, you’ll need:
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1-1/4 cups whole milk or buttermilk for buttermilk pancakes
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoon melted salted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For pancake mix, my favorite is Krusteaz pancake mix, as it gives a fluffy texture and a flavor, close to that homemade pancake we all love! Plus, it only requires water, and that means it uses way fewer ingredients than a from-scratch recipe.
No matter which way you choose to make your pancake batter, this is where the fun comes in, to make the lucky charms pancakes!
- After you’ve mixed together your pancake batter in a large bowl, pour in 1 cup of Lucky Charms and mix together with a spoon. (You don’t want to over-mix the batter, as it can make flat pancakes.)
- In a frying pan, or on a hot griddle, melt butter over low-medium heat
- Next, scoop out a portion of pancake batter to pour on to the melted butter. (I like to use an ice cream scoop and scoop out about a scoop and a half, for one pancake.)
- Once small bubbles start to form on the top of the pancake batter while cooking, it’s time to flip to cook the other side.
- When the other side has cooked (about 2-3 minutes or so) the pancakes should be removed from the pan or griddle and on to a serving tray/plate. (If you’re new to making pancakes though, it may be best to check by gently lifting up on the bottom of the pancake with a spatula, to check that the bottoms are golden brown.)
If you can only make a couple of pancakes at one time, stack the cooked pancakes on top of one another, so it holds the heat in.
White Chocolate Syrup
You can of course stop here and use regular pancake syrup but if you’re wanting to really top off your pancakes with something fun, consider making this white chocolate “syrup” which is just melted chocolate with green sprinkles. When we made the pumpkin pancakes with white chocolate maple syrup, my world was changed so I knew it had to happen on these too!
This is super fun for St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re not making them for the holiday, you could even just use the white chocolate or you could add your favorite color of sprinkles in!
How to Make White Chocolate Syrup
If you’d like to make what we used, we simply melted Ghirardelli’s classic white chips and then added green sprinkles for St. Patrick’s Day.
However, you can absolutely skip the sprinkles or even use your favorite color of sprinkles! Lucky Charms have so many fun colors so any color that’s in the cereal would be a super fun color for sprinkles too!
Other Tested Chocolate “Syrup” Options:
You can absolutely use your own favorite white chocolate syrup or white chocolate sauce to top these cereal pancakes.
NOTE: I did try adding some milk to the chocolate chips to thin it out a bit but I just didn’t like the consistency. Then I realized that if you pour the melted chocolate on top of a stack of pancakes, the warmth of the pancakes with help keep the chocolate melted, and tastes absolutely incredible.
I also tried using the Ghirardelli White Chocolate sauce and although it was tasty, it just didn’t give the bright-white “look” of the syrup that looks so tasty, paired with those green sprinkles.
Cereal Milk Syrup
Or, if you want to get REALLY WILD and experiment… make a bowl of Lucky Charms (with milk) and let it sit for a bit. Then, reserve the cereal milk to mix with powdered sugar to create a Lucky Charms “glaze” to use in the syrup instead. It may just give it that extra flavor we all look forward to, after eating our Lucky Charms!
Top pancakes with extra Lucky Charms marshmallows and cereal pieces, if desired, and serve!
More Topping Ideas
Looking to add different toppings? Make sure to check out these 95+ pancake topping ideas that we have. Or here are our other specific favorite toppings for these:
- regular mini marshmallows
- crushed cookies
- mix in peanut butter with the white chocolate syrup
- cream cheese icing
- whipped cream
If you have leftover pancakes, it’s best to store them, without syrup, in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
More Pancake Recipes
I so hope you enjoy one of our favorite Lucky Charms recipes! Make sure to check out these other favorite delicious pancakes to add to your favorites:
Lucky Charms Pancakes
If Making Pancakes from Scratch:
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 3 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/4 cups milk buttermilk or regular, whole milk (2% or skim will be fine too!)
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons melted salted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
If Making Pancakes from Store-Bought Mix:
- 2 cups Pancake Mix We use Krusteaz but make according to your brand's directions.
- 1 ⅓ cups Water
Mix-Ins and Toppings
- 1 cup Lucky Charms cereal
- 2 tablespoons butter used for melting in frying pan or griddle
- 2 cups Ghirardelli white chocolate baking chips
- 1 tablespoon green sprinkles Optional, or desired color!
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and sugar.
- Next, add in the milk, egg, 3 tbsp. melted butter and vanilla.
- Using a whisk, lightly mix the batter blending the ingredients. Do not overmix. Lumps are good!
- Pour in the one cup of Lucky Charms cereal and gently stir to combine.
- Melt a tablespoon of butter in the pan over low-medium heat (unless using griddle and it's large enough to fit more pancakes, then you'll want to melt enough butter to coat the cooking surface.)
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out a scoop and a half of batter to make one pancake.
- When bubbles start to form on top of cooking pancakes, it's time to flip to the other side.
- Cook an additional two minutes until the bottom is a light golden brown, and the centers look cooked.
- Remove panakes from cooking surface and stack them on top of one another, on a plate or serving dish, to retain the heat while remaining pancakes cook.
- One all pancakes are cooked, you can top with your favorite syrup and serve.
White Chocolate Syrup
- Following the package directions, gently melt the chocolate chips. If melting in the microwave, it's usually recommended to place chips in a microwavable bowl, and cook for 2 minutes on half-power, stopping every 30 seconds to stir. DO NOT OVER COOK THE CHIPS as they'll scorch and burn.
- Once chocolate has melted and is smooth, pour in most of the sprinkles and stir to combine.
- Pour syrup over pancakes, quickly, before chocolate hardens, and sprinkle with remaining sprinkles and/or Lucky Charms.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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