A sweet and savory taste of the rainbow

Claire Gallam

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Sometimes the only way you can get your kids to eat anything is with food dye, and I'm 100 percent OK with that. That's why I created three fun and delicious rainbow recipes in fun colors your kids will adore.

Bright funfetti rainbow pancakes

I mean, what kid would turn down a big stack of rainbow-colored pancakes? Or a cake that's tie-dyed with fun colors inside? Plus, these are just as fun for adults to eat as kids.

Bright funfetti rainbow pancakes

Recipe slightly adapted from Betty Crocker.

Serves about 8

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • 1 cup white cake mix
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • Green, red, yellow and blue food dye
  • Fresh whipped cream of yogurt for garnish
  • Sprinkles
  • Oil for the pan

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the Bisquick, white cake mix, milk, vanilla and eggs. Stir until there are no more lumps.
  3. Separate the mix into 4 bowls and tint each bowl with the different colored food coloring.
  4. Pour about 2 tablespoons worth of 1 color of batter onto the skillet. Cook until 1 side bubbles up and then flip. Cook another 4 minutes. Repeat until all of the pancakes have been made in varying colors. Then serve stacked with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Healthy rainbow roll ups

Healthy rainbow roll-ups

Serves about 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 large lavash flatbread
  • 1/2 can (6 ounces) chicken in water, drained
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayo
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • 1 large plum tomato, sliced
  • A few fresh basil leaves
  • Blueberries
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 

  1. Unroll the flatbread. Mix the chicken, mayo and celery together. Add pepper.
  2. Layer the cheese, chicken, carrot, plum tomato, basil leaves, blueberries and additional pepper on 1 of the sides of the flatbread. Carefully fold over and roll up.
  3. Slice in half and serve.

Gluten-free rainbow cakes in a jar

Gluten-free rainbow cakes in a jar

Slightly adapted from Babble.

Serves about 4

Ingredients: 

  • 1 box white cake mix + ingredients listed
  • Red, green, yellow and blue food dye
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • Sprinkles

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Carefully spray Mason jars with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the cake mix with the ingredients needed and stir until lumps are out. Separate into 5 bowls and tint each bowl purple, blue, green, yellow and red.
  3. In each jar, layer the purple, green, blue, yellow and red. You only want to fill the Mason jars about halfway full since the cakes will rise up quite a bit.
  4. Bake for about 32 minutes. If the cakes overflow, cut off the tops so you have room for frosting. Let cool.
  5. While cakes cool, beat the butter, powdered sugar and cream until thick and fluffy.
  6. Frost each Mason jar and add sprinkles for garnish.

More fun recipes for kids

Jalapeño popper chicken
Fun with deviled eggs
Fun fruit recipes for kids

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.