This is the cutest way to eat pancakes—and go viral. They’re just like Pancake Cereal, which you’ve seen probably a million times, but with a twist.   Excerpted fromThe Unofficial TikTok Cookbookby Valentina Mussi. Copyright © 2021 by The Sweetportfolio Company, Inc.Photographs by Harper Point Photography. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Panda Pancakes [Vegan]

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  • 1 1/2 cups complete (“just add water”) pancake mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon black food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together pancake mix and water. Let batter rest 5 minutes.
  2. Preheat a griddle to its lowest setting and coat uniformly with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Pour 3/4 of batter into a squeeze bottle and set aside.
  4. Add food coloring to remaining batter, mix, and pour into a second squeeze bottle.
  5. Using black batter first, squeeze three small circles: two at the same level about 1 1/2" away from each other for the eyes and a third one in between, 1/8" lower. Cook 1 minute, then use uncolored batter to squeeze and create an oval 4" in diameter that covers the black circles and creates the face of the panda.
  6. Use black batter for a second time to create two ears at the two upper sides of the larger uncolored oval. If you need extra support for your hand during this process, you can use a damp cloth to rest your wrist on.
  7. Once all batter layers begin to rise slightly and uncolored batter starts to turn golden at the edges, carefully flip over using a small turner spatula. Cook 45 seconds, then remove from heat and place on a large plate. Repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Arrange pancakes on one large plate and drizzle with maple syrup.


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