Blueberry Beet Pancakes

If you are reading this post, then it seems sun gods had mercy on me and my beet-covered hands and decided to grant my wish…

Ahhh, perfect lighting at last!

Though it wasn’t for free. I made a promise that they would have their very own Blueberry Beet Pancakes
EVERY Sunday from now until my dying day.

I HOPE you guys are happy! 😉

As I mentioned on Friday, after making Lauren’s amazing Beet Burgers, I just could NOT get the “beat” out of my head. You see…I got a little overzealous grating my beetroot providing MORE than enough for my burgers and well, with Pancake Sunday only days away…

I just HAD to!

Pillowy soft pancakes that embrace the natural earthiness of beetroot filled with spicy cinnamon flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet “pops” of warm blueberries hidden within…

What do ya say…drooling yet?

I hope so…because remember, I’m gonna be flipping these babies for a LONG time! 😉

Now, how about that recipe?

Blueberry Beet Pancakes

by Heather Powers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg white (or 1 Tbsp ground flax + 3 Tbsp warm water, allowed to set for 5 minutes)
  • 1 small beet, grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5-7 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia (or other sweetener)
  • 1/3 cup blueberries

Instructions

1. Preheat skillet or griddle to medium heat
2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
3. Combine grated beets, milk, extract, and sweetener in a blender and puree until smooth.
4. Whisk egg white until frothy (about 30 seconds).
5. Add whisked egg and beet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
6. Fold in blueberries.
7. Pour batter into skillet or griddle forming two medium-sized pancakes and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until edges start to crisp.
8. Plate and top as desired.

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And JUST to further my act of self-lessness throughout this entire process, I even tried the vegan version using a flax egg and…

They came out PERFECTLY…you can barely even see the difference!

Layered with vanilla protein “pudding” (1/2 a container of Greek yogurt + half a scoop of vanilla protein powder) and topped with more blueberries, almonds, and unsweetened coconut…

It’s no wonder the gods were so quick to make a deal with me! 😉

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56 Responses to Blueberry Beet Pancakes

  1. interesting! hmmm…will Travis go for these? might have to call them red velvet pancakes.
    trickery.

  2. i just so happen to have beets in the fridge right now!

  3. blueberries and beets…that’s an insane combo. Love it. :-)

  4. These look so good! I’m glad Luvy is color blind so he maybe won’t realize his pancakes are red! :) Hopefully I can slip this by him!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! Playing off the hubby’s handicaps, huh? Well, if you want to try to mask the flavor, I’d definitely add some cocoa to the batter to help cover up that wonderful beety flavah! Ahh, they can’t ALL be beet lovers…but sometimes they just need a little convincing! 😉

  5. Beautiful!!! Such a wonderful idea.

  6. chelsea says:

    You should make a recipe book of nothing but pancakes <3

  7. Drooling indeed! These are so bright and colorful – I love that they’re beet based (I love beets).

  8. lindsay says:

    james loves beets. like too much. Peeing red perhaps?
    LOL

  9. You are SO freaking crafty, Heather. Always! I feel like this would be my favorite way to eat beets, haha

  10. Dear Heather,

    Why are you so amazingly brilliant? And can I crash your house next Sunday?

  11. Calee says:

    recipe to make me eat anything you make: add beets. YUM.

  12. You are so creative, I love love love it! These loook awesome, I’ve been waiting for this recipe since you started posting about it on instagram! I love how you did two versions too – one vegan as well. Great job dear <3

  13. Allie says:

    YUM! I love the color beets give anything/everything. And you can’t go wrong with hot pink/red pancakes. Or, well, ANY pancakes. So patriotic, too :)

  14. I love that you compared the flax and real egg!
    The pancakes look like one big delicious purple sandwich. Again I ask- why can’t you be my neighbor??

  15. amy says:

    you’re so creative! i think i need to try these…i have no excuse bc i just picked like 30 beets from our garden…beet pancakes it is!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Woo hoo! You gotta let me know what you think!

      And I’m soooo jealous you have a garden…especially one filled with beets! 😉

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    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Sabrina…they really were delicious! And the best thing about recipe testing? I’m STILL eating on the leftover “test batches” 😉

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  19. Carissa says:

    Wow! Those look great! I am afraid of beets and their mess so I’ve never cooked with them, but I love them. Did you just grate it raw? Any tips to stay clean and not stained?

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I didn’t have the patience (or the thought to plan ahead) to roast them so I just grated the raw beet. And I was surprised/super excited to see that using them raw cuts down on the mess too! Any of the beet “blood” that gets anywhere simply wipes up with a wet washcloth…no scrubbing/bleaching needed! Though, I still wouldn’t wear a white shirt while cooking these! 😉

  20. Kierston says:

    These look incredible!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Kierston! Just toasted up some of the leftovers the other morning…and they are still just as amazing! 😀

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  22. i gotta buy some beets! this recipe looks fantastic!

  23. How fabulous (and enormously gorgeous!)

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  25. This might be a silly question, but what’s the difference between “wheat pastry flour” and just wheat flour? This sounds yummy, but would wheat flour work just as well, so I don’t have to got buy anything else? Or try to track it down… Thanks!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      No!! Not a silly question at all! The difference between PASTRY flour and whole wheat flour is the amount of gluten it contains. Pastry flour has LESS gluten…think pastry, like tender cookies and soft bread. Gluten helps ingredients stick together and gives baked goods a chewy consistency. Once gluten comes in contact with liquid (and air…while stirring), it starts the binding process. The longer you stir, the stronger that bond becomes. That is why you see recipes that state not to over-stir your batter…the more you stir, the chewier and denser the end result will be!

      You can make any of my pancake recipes that call for pastry flour with regular whole wheat flour, just know that because they will have more gluten in them, they will be a bit denser/heavier. If you want more “fluffibility” you can use freshly ground oat flour instead (that’s my favorite). Just throw some oats in a blender or food processor, turn that baby on, and BAM you’ve got yourself some flour! 😀

  26. katy says:

    Just wanted to let you know – I saved this post for almost a whole year. Beets come ready in the garden here in June. Last June, our neighbor wanted to give us some but the way they said to cook it was to boil it – every one of my kids spit it out and I didn’t even want to try it, it smelled so bad…so we said no thanks to the beets. Then I saw this post a couple of months later and beet season was over 😛

    So THIS year when they offered us beets, I said YES! My husband is juicing so first we made beet juice. Then, with the pulp, we made these pancakes. YUM! The hardest thing about it is doing the math – I have 5 kids so I have to x8 your recipes to feed us all 😉 anyway, off to make the beet pancakes again this morning – got on to make sure my math was right – and wanted to shoot you a note to say thank you! they are amazing! 😀

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh my gosh, Katy! Thank you so so much! You really just made my day…I LOVE to hear when people try my recipes but the fact that you also made these for your kids…AND THEY LIKED THEM?!?! Seriously? I’m ecstatic!! And now…I want to make them for myself! Haha! Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

      Oh, and not sure if you saw my other beet pancakes, but these Red Velvet ones are NO JOKE! One of the man-friend’s favorites! http://www.kissmybroccoliblog.com/2013/01/13/and-the-beet-goes-on/

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