Lion Face Pancake For Kids!

I feel like we are just getting into the “fun food” stage with my toddler, Lola. Up until a certain point, you can totally shape their meal into a face or make a sandwich look like a penguin or whatever, but you are going to get no reaction at all from them because they are still too little to even notice or recognize the effort! Lola is getting pretty good now at pointing at pictures or drawings of animals that she sees out and about and making the sound that corresponds with the animal. So I think it’s about time we got more into the decorative food category and Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect time to have fun with some heart-shaped pancakes for a V-Day family breakfast!

Lola eats fruit at pretty much every meal, so I wanted to incorporate some yummy fruit with the pancake. We partnered with Wonderful Halos on this post. Wonderful Halos mandarins are the perfect addition to my pancake face since they are sweet, seedless and easy to peel. They are a delicious, healthy and satisfying snack that both parents and kids love, and if you ask me, they are always a good snack choice!

To make my lion face, I used a heart pancake ring in a hot buttered skillet to make heart-shaped pancakes (you can use a mix or one of our yummy pancake recipes) and then peeled my Halo mandarins and separated the segments so I could fan them out like a mane around the face. I also made a few small circle pancakes to cut in half with the top “V” of the heart pancake ring to make the chin of the lion that fits into the upside down heart. It looks so adorable!

You can use whatever fruit you like to decorate the face, but I used strawberries for the cheeks, a banana slice and a chocolate chip for the nose, banana slices for the ears, and blueberries for the lion’s eyes. Now he’s ready to serve!

How adorable is that?! We love being able to have a meal all together during the weekdays, but it’s usually at dinner so it’s fun to plan a special breakfast for a change. I think doing fun presentations like this is also a great way to encourage kids to eat a fruit or veggie that they wouldn’t normally try, so feel free to sneak in whatever you’d like your kid to have more of. Lola had no problem finishing the fruit or her pancake, so this idea is a slam dunk as far as she is concerned. Hope this makes a little one in your life happy too! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • How old is Lola? My son’s two years and 3 months and still at the messy eating with kids’ cutlery stage 🙁

  • Ugh, this is SOOOO cute! Think the girls would LOVE this, so I am sure going to give this a try!

  • Oh my goodness, this is SO CUTE. I think my daughter would love this, lions are one of her favs right now!

  • This is super cute! I love how all the ingredients are healthy as well! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • These are such a cute idea! Definitely a great way to encourage kids to eat more fruit also! x

    Shannon |

  • How fun and what a cute idea! My kids love Halos. They are older now but I remember when my daughter was little I made a silly-face pancake, thinking she’d be surprised and love it, but it scared her and she cried!! I’m thinking if it had been a recognizable animal, like this one, she would have loved it. 🙂 It’s funny now when we tell the story but I felt bad when it happened.

    • Haha, that’s too funny! Yes, I would have felt bad in the moment too though 🙂


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