Who doesn’t love waffles?!? That’s right, no one! Now combine everyone’s fave breakfast food with a fantastic array of colors for a double rainbow of fun! Double rainbow. All the way.
This rainbow waffle recipe is sure to make any kid, GBFF, or leprechaun go crazy! Whip up a batch today and you will be ready to celebrate gay pride week, have brunch with Lisa Frank, host a unicorn tea party or just have a color-fun breakfast with the kiddos. They are almost as magical as waffles made of glitter (though certainly more edible).
Don’t worry, these rainbow waffles are easier to make than they might seem. Start with your favorite waffle recipe or boxed mix. We recommend this classic buttermilk waffle recipe from Averie Cooks or if you are looking for a healthier alternative try these dairy-free Belgian waffles from Tastes Lovely.
Really the hardest part will likely be trying to remember the correct order of the colors of the rainbow. FYI the correct answer is: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet/purple. You’re welcome. So grab your waffle iron and let’s do this!
- Waffle batter mix (plus any required ingredients to make it - eggs, milk, oil, etc)
- Food coloring (in as many colors as you want to make)
- Whipped cream and/or syrup
- Small candies, cereal or sprinkles (optional)
- Using your favorite waffle batter recipe or boxed batter mix batter, prepare the waffle batter as directed.
- Divide your batter into 4-6 (depending on how many colors you would like to work with) small mixing bowls or cups.
- Add several drops of food coloring to each bowl, whisking until you've reached your desired color and brightness. I personally prefer gel coloring over liquid food coloring because the colors come out richer and more vibrant.
- If you are working with limited colors (like your basic 4 color pack), don't forget to consult your elementary school color wheel (or the back of the food coloring box) for the secondary color combo formulas so you can literally mix a rainbow of colors!
- Transfer your colorful batter mixtures from the bowls into several different food safe decorating squeeze bottles or piping bags (alternatively you can use several plastic baggies with the corners snipped off).
- Heat up your waffle iron and spray generously with non-stick cooking spray. A round waffle iron will work best in this case, for making rainbow shapes, but we won't judge you if you want to make rainbow squares or circus animals.
- Starting on the inside of the iron and working out, take your first color and make a small circle of batter in the center of the iron. Then repeat with the next color, tracing a circle around your first color, working outwards. Assuming you are doing a traditional rainbow, you would start with purple on the inside and end with red on the outside. Honestly you can just do whatever pattern you'd like because really, these things are going to look pretty awesome either way. Tie-dye waffles anyone!?
- Cook as directed according to the directions on your recipe or box.
- Once the waffles are cooked completely, pop them out of the waffle iron and onto a plate. Cut the waffle in half to create a rainbow arch shape and add some fluffy whipped cream clouds at the bottom to really make things festive! Top it all off with sprinkles, small candies, colorful cereal or fruit for the "treasure" at the end of the rainbow!