Want to make your family’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast extra special without completely destroying your kitchen making rainbow waffles? Three words: Lucky. Charms. Waffles. Even better, Lucky Charms Shamrock Waffles. These, my friends, are magically delicious.
Even better, they are really easy to make! No need for a gazillion little bowls of technicolor batter or anything complicated. Nope, you can throw these suckers together faster than you can say “They’re after me Lucky Charms!” My super-simple, light and fluffy waffle batter comes together in no time, but if you’re really in a hurry, you could sub in your favorite mix (personally, our family loves Kodiak Cakes).
Going Green and Getting Lucky
Next, simply stir in a few drops of food coloring and about 1 cup of Lucky Charms cereal. No need to separate out the marshmallows. Mix it all in! The oat pieces give the waffle batter a slight nutty crunch while the marshmallows melt in and create little sugary rainbow-colored molten bites.
Now you simply drop the batter into your waffle maker. You can use any type of waffle maker of course, but to make mine extra festive, I used a heart shaped waffle maker. If you’re confused, take a look at the way the hearts are arranged:
The hearts make shamrock shapes. Isn’t that clever? And Jon thought I’d get limited use out of the heart-shaped waffle maker. Ha!
Be mindful of how long you cook the waffles. You may need to make a “test” waffle or two to determine just how long to cook them to get them crisp while still maintaining that lovely green color and to keep the melted marshmallows from sticking to the iron. In my iron, I found 2 minutes to be the perfect amount of time.
To serve, stack your Lucky Charms Shamrock Waffles on plates and add a layer of whipped cream and a sprinkle of extra Lucky Charms between each one. Don’t skimp on the whipped cream! Its the perfect compliment to the light, crisp waffles. I didn’t even need syrup with these.
Don’t Be a Cereal Killer
Each bite really tastes like Lucky Charms, but also really, really tastes like waffles. Full disclosure: I made this batch while the kids were at school so that I could concentrate on photographing them without little hands reaching into every picture. So, I was the one who got to eat them. I intended to just take a bite or two, but found myself sitting in our basement in the dark inhaling these things like a crazy person. My photo studio is in the basement if that makes me seem like less of a serial (well, in this case, literally cereal) killer.
Point being: the waffles are damned good and I know the kids are going to freak out when I surprise them with these on St. Patricks Day. Your kids will too. And maybe continue freaking out from all the sugar they just ingested, but its a holiday so who cares? Plus this year its on a Friday, so that means I get to send one of my leprechauns to burn off her sugar high at kindergarten. That’s what I call lucky.
Lucky Charms Shamrock Waffles
Makes 8 waffles
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 drops green food coloring
1 cup Lucky Charms cereal
Garnishes: Sweetened prepared whipped cream (such as Redi Whip) and more Lucky Charms
- Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until blended.
- In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup combine egg, vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract.
- Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Add food coloring to reach desired green color. Add Lucky Charms and toss until mixed.
- Drop by scoops (apx. 3 tablespoons depending on your waffle iron) into a preheated waffle iron and cook for 2 minutes or until waffle is cooked through and slightly crispy on the outside but still has a green color.
- Serve warm, topped with whipped cream and more Lucky Charms cereal.
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