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Basketballs for Breakfast

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

Celebrate with these basketball pancakes! With just a few ingredients, you can make some special pancakes to get in the spirit! Practice cooking skills like measuring ingredients, mixing, and flipping pancakes. You may need an adult’s help with flipping pancakes and using the stove to be safe! Enjoy a fun breakfast with these delicious pancakes while learning more about basketball and the teams that are playing in the finals!

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  • Pancake mix

  • Water

  • Orange food coloring, or red and yellow food coloring

  • Nutella


Step 1: Mix pancake mix.

First, prepare pancake mix according to box instructions or make your own pancake batter with your favorite recipe. We used a box mix, so all we needed was 1 cup of mix and 2/3 cup of cold water.

Whisk mix and water together.

Fun Fact: Do you know what year basketball was created? 1891, about 130 years ago!

Step 2: Add food coloring.

Second, add drops of orange food coloring until it is orange enough for your liking. We added about 8 drops of orange food coloring until we got the shade of orange we wanted. If you’re using red and

yellow food coloring, we found that more yellow

was needed than red! Whisk food coloring and

pancake mix together.

Step 3: Cook pancakes.

Third, use butter or cooking spray to coat a frying pan and turn on the stove to about medium. Ask an adult for help with this and remember stoves are very hot! When the pan is warm enough, scoop however much batter you want and pour it into the pan using a ladle or measuring cup.

Let one side cook until you see little bubbles start to pop on the surface. Then, carefully flip the pancakes with a spatula. We found that it was easier to flip smaller pancakes, but if you want to try making bigger ones, then try it out!

Step 4: Nutella basketball lines.

Once the pancakes are cooked, add some Nutella to a piping bag or a plastic zip-top bag. When using a plastic zip-top bag, cut a small part of a corner off for the Nutella to come out. Pipe the lines of a basketball on

each of the pancakes.

Now they’re ready to eat! Enjoy!

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