And the BEET Goes On…

Oh yeah, I’m STILL singing!

Though I think Sonny & Cher had it all wrong…


Because it’s really ALL about the beets!

Beets with Shreds

They just can’t be BEAT! πŸ˜‰

Beets & Cocoa

ESPECIALLY when paired with chocolate!

Remember that time where I started throwing beets into all of my breakfasts?
Well, I may gave you guys tips on how to turn myΒ Blueberry Beet Pancakes into little red velvet ones, but since I was so enamored with parfaits and smoothies that week, I never actually got around to making them for myself…

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Until now!

But I’ll tell you, I learned quite a few things during this day-o-pancake-flippin’…

Beet Shreds & Greens

Beets are really pretty.

Beet Hand

But they’re kinda messy.

Beet Shreds

And they bring back haunting memories of a certain ghoulish invasion. πŸ˜‰

Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs are delicious and make for great snacking while taking 935,213 pictures of beets, chocolate, and pancakes.

Cacao Nibs Handful

Until one catches you in the roof of the mouth…then the munchin’ and crunchin’ comes to a screeching halt while you curse the heavens continue with your never-ending photo session.

Chocolate Cup

My tiny measuring is perfectΒ for drizzling chocolate sauce…AND it’s super cute!

Chocolate Fingers

But shouldn’t be confused with the bowl of cacao nibs.

Because even after you wipe your hands off on your yoga pants a towel, there will still be evidence of your momentary lapse of attention…

Chocolate Door Knob


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But in the end, it’s totally worth the flashbacks, nib laceration, and chocolate finger painting…

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Because these babies are flippin’ AWESOME!

Red Velvet Protein Pancakes

By:Β Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Keywords: fry breakfast high protein beets cocoa Pancake Sunday

Ingredients (Serves 1)

    Red Velvet Pancakes

    • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1 Tablespoon coconut flour (or ground flax, though the consistency will be a bit different)
    • 1/2 scoop protein powder (30g scoop)
    • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon sodium-free baking powder
    • 1 egg white
    • 1/4 cup raw, grated beets
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 5-7 drops chocolate (or vanilla) stevia

    Cocoa Drizzle

    • 2 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 Tablespoon water
    • 3-5 drops stevia or other preferred sweetener


    Red Velvet Pancakes

    1. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium heat and coat with cooking spray.
    2. Combine grated beets, egg white, almond milk, vanilla extract, and stevia in a small blender and process for 4-5 seconds (longer if you don’t want to see little flecks of beet).
    3. In a bowl, combine flours, protein powder, cocoa, and baking powder and stir with a wire whisk to break up any lumps.
    4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until flour is incorporated.
    5. Spoon batter onto skillet surface forming 3 medium-sized pancakes and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until edges start to crisp (batter will not bubble).
    6. Plate and layer with Greek yogurt, cocoa drizzle, and cacao nibs (or chocolate chips).

    Cocoa Drizzle

    1. Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth.

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    Red Velvet Protein Pancakes Nutrition

    And HELLO fiber…we meet again! πŸ˜€

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    Soft and fluffy velllllllvety cakes layered with sweet Greek yogurt and covered in chocolate?

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    The only question that remains is why are you still reading this?

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    Go make these CAKES!

    Just do me a favor and sing while you make them! πŸ˜‰

    What song can you not get enough of right now?

    Are you a messy/absent-minded/easily distracted cook like me?
    Please tell me my kitchen isn’t the only one that looks like a bomb went off in it after I finish preparing a meal!

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    37 Responses to And the BEET Goes On…

    1. katie says:


      Ok, I am so bad with beets! Do you just grate them with a grater? I am loving these and the mess, haha! Beets and chocolate are messy for sure!

      You seriously need a pancake cookbook!

      Also what whole wheat flour do you like? A certain brand?

      Favorite song right now, that new Britney song!

      Happy Sunday! <3

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        I’m not really partial to any particular brand when it comes to the whole wheat flour but I DO prefer PASTRY flour to regular whole wheat (makes for lighter, less chewy pancakes) and I usually get it from the bulk section at Whole Foods. And as far as the beets…I just grate them raw…no need to waste all that time cooking them! πŸ˜‰

        PS, your comments are always so sweet and never fail to make me smile! Love ya girlie! xoxo

    2. YUM! These look more like a dessert than breakfast. But I’m totally okay with that. πŸ˜‰

      Ever since yesterday I’ve had “All I Do is Win” stuck in my head because someone had it as a hashtag in their twitter status haha.

    3. Why, oh why, am I out of beets right now?! I WANT RED VELVET PANCAKES!!! Actually, I want you to come make them for me. Please… I’m too sore and tired. πŸ˜‰

      P.S. Your beeet smoothie was brilliant. I still make it. I bow to your #strangebutgoodness.

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Haha, half the time when I see a recipe on a blog and say that I want to make it, what I REALLY want is for THEM to go to the store, buy the ingredients and make it for me! I’m so lazy sometimes! Lol

        PS, I love that I can always count on you (and Sarah) to make me feel good about my strangeness! πŸ˜‰

    4. karina says:

      these look so good! i have to confess though….i’ve never cooked with beets before! I’ll have to change that….

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Hey, there’s a first time for everything! And since you can use raw beets in this, it’s so simple and takes hardly any time at all! Though I DO recommend you trying a roasted beet…they are SO good! Just wash them up, wrap them up in aluminum foil with a little oil, and throw ’em in the oven at 400F for about 45 minutes…the peel slips right off and they are sooooo tender and juicy! Perfect for topping a salad or just eating plain!

    5. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy. I’ve made chocolate cake with beets before and they do work really well. Really good for getting my bf and dad to eat veggies. Hehe.

    6. Ruta says:

      These might be my favorite pancakes yet! I LOVE chocolate for breakfast.

      Just one question: what protein powder do you use? I’ve been looking for a good brand, but it’s my first time buying and I’m not sure what to get

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Oh yeah, it’s always fun to have “dessert” for breakfast! Definitely a great incentive to get you out of bed in the morning! πŸ˜‰

        I’ve used several different kinds of protein powders, but I really try to go with ones that have the least amount of ingredients. I usually go with a a whey isolate (that is one of the best and easiest forms of protein for your body to digest). I like Syntrax Nectar Whey, Now Foods Whey Isolate, and Muscle Gauge Nutrition Whey Isolate. If you’re looking for a vegan protein, then Nutiva hemp protein is a good one, but it can be a bit earthy tasting so you may have to add additional sweetener when using it in recipes. A good website to purchase from is There’s a link in the sidebar over on the right side of my page that will take you directly to their website. They’ve got great prices AND flat rate shipping! πŸ˜€

    7. Lot-O-Choc says:

      Mmm you always make your food look so pretty and delicious!!
      Cooking with beets always gets me so messy..i always inadvertently seem to be wearing a white top too..not a good combo!

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Aww, thank you so much! And I’m the same way…that and whenever I’m making chili or anything tomato-based! haha

    8. I have no words left for your food Heather! I said it all before. You know what. Yumm, Queen, delicious, genius, and I could go on forever. I always see these perfect pics of other bloggers and ask myself, why my kitchen is the worst mess ever (I have leftovers on my CD player too because I ALWAYS sing in the kitchen) – it really looks like some housebreakers were looking for gold. Glad I am not the only one. I am crazy for ‘Drunk in the morning’ by Lukas Graham. THE perfect kitchen-sing-song.

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Aww, Lucie…stoppppp! You’re making me BEET red! Bahaha! And you are SO not alone with the messiness…I can barely make toast without it looking like a bomb went off in the middle of my kitchen! πŸ˜‰

        I hadn’t heard that song before so I looked it up on You Tube…it’s SO good! That guy has an amazing voice!

    9. You have outdone yourself again! Every week you amaze me with your pancake creations. And now it’s with beets? Wow! You are a culinary genius

    10. These look amazeballs, and the kitchen mishaps were HIIIIIIIIGH-larious!!!!! Toootally looks like something I would do!

    11. Sounds like a great photo shoot kind of day. The ones that involve creativity, music, dancing, inspiration, and snacking, because you know it’s going to be awhile before what you’re making, ends up being what you’re eating. Whew, that was one hell of a run on sentence. Happy Sunday.

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        And you can also add “when you know whatever you’re making is going to be cold by the time you finally get to eat it!” I swear I’ve eaten more cold pancakes than I ever have warm! Haha!

    12. First of all,! Second, I’m on my way for breakfast! Third, did I say YUM!?!

    13. I’m delighted that my spouse hooked up speakers in the kitchen so that I can easily hear my current fav–I call it Cooking Jazz. A pile of tunes, but I start with Love Foolosophy by Jamiroquai.

      The pancakes look delicious, sinful, and a perfect dessert. Can’t wait to try them. My grated beets went into chili the other day.


      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’ve never heard that song before…I just played it on You Tube and was shaking my booty within seconds! Totally adding it to the Kitchen Tunes playlist! πŸ˜‰

        Beets in chili? Brilliant! I’ve done pumpkin before, but I’ll have to try beets next time for sure!

    14. Calee says:

      those are some sexy pancakes.

      PS cacao nibs are my favorite thing right now. i cannot get enough.

    15. Kendra says:

      Those pancakes look delicious! I actually have a recipe somewhat similar to that on my blog–but without the lovely addition of beets:) I recently got the Phantom of the Opera movie soundtrack on my iPod, so all those songs have been stuck in my head for the last few days. I must say, they make awesome studying music, and make it more bearable to spend several hours doing Pre-Calculus homework:D

    16. purelytwins says:

      beets are the best! probably one of our favorites!!!
      we made a beet cashew donut with chocolate glaze – a few years ago, sooo good. beets and chocolate – heaven! yum

    17. I LOVE BEETS!!! This looks sooooooooooooooooo good!!!!

    18. Eric says:

      Not going to lie, I haven’t seen a post in a while where I was all like “get in mah mouf!” but today I had that thought. πŸ™‚

      mmmm pancakes

    19. Sami says:

      holy moley. i need these. now. haha.

    20. I am a mess. In all ways. But especially in the kitchen. πŸ™‚

      LOVE this. Thanks for the smile on a dreary Monday…the only thing that would be better is if you could come over and MAKE them for me. Thoughts?

      I really need to get some cacao nibs. I am lucky that they sell them in bulk at my Whole Foods, but I never think to pick them up! (Or should I say…pour them out?)

    21. Whats the difference between cacao nibs and chocolate chips? Just healthier?
      I don’t know how readily available they are in Australia so I wanted to know what the difference is before I start trying to hunt them down.
      xo Emily @ Hungry Delights

      • kissmybroccoli says:

        Cacao nibs are less processed and contain more antioxidants than chocolate chips. They are also unsweetened which gives them more of a bitter chocolate flavor…more like 100% (or baking) chocolate. On their own, they are a bit of an acquired taste, but when you use them along with other things that are sweet, they’re great…and SUPER crunchy! πŸ˜€

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    24. These look awesome!! And so pretty πŸ™‚ Usually protein meals like this always look kind of gross, haha.

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