Easy peasy teddy bear pancakes

Turn breakfast into a teddy bear's picnic

Bear pancakes
by Natalie Keeler

When we asked food writer Caroline Morrish to create us some tasty recipes for Pancake Day, we never expected anything as cute (or as easy to make) as these bear pancakes.

You don't need any impressive tools or wizardry to make this sweet snack – just a round pan, regular pancake ingredients, and a few simple toppings.

Give your kids something else to do while you're frying the pancakes (hot pans and little hands aren't a great combo), then bring them back to help with decorating. Bon appetit!

Got some pancake batter left over? Don't miss our unicorn pancakes recipe too.

Rather watch than read? Hit play on the video below to learn how to make these bear pancakes.


  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 medium egg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 banana
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Chocolate chips or raisins

How to make bear pancakes

Step 1

Beat together the self-raising flour, milk, egg, and baking powder with a whisk until smooth.

Step 2

Heat up the frying pan and add a splash of sunflower or vegetable oil, then add a ladle of batter to the pan (or two if you have room in the pan).

Step 3

Cook the pancake until bubbles form on the top and it's firm underneath, then flip and cook for 30 seconds or more on the other side.

Step 4

Remove from the pan and set aside to keep warm, then repeat with the remaining batter.

Step 5

Put a pancake on a plate and add two halved banana slices for the bear's ears, then put a whole slice of banana in the centre of the pancake.

Step 6

Add a nose and mouth using chocolate sauce, then raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes.

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Learning guide

While your child has fun making these pancakes, they'll also be using their maths skills to weigh out the ingredients – and witnessing the science of seeing the batter turn into a delicious treat. It's also a yummy way for them to work on their creativity skills as they decorate their snack with toppings.