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This Valentine's Day, make Pink Pancakes for your loved ones for breakfast/brunch. It's a super easy recipe made in a blender with beets for natural color!


Pink Pancakes Recipe

If you’re looking for cute Valentine’s Day ideas that involve food, try making my Pink Pancakes! I mean, does it even get any cuter than that? Whether you’ve got a significant other, little kiddos or you want something different to celebrate Galentine’s Day, this recipe will impress everyone. The best part is that it’s a simple pancake recipe made in a blender with the help of one beet for natural coloring!

These beet pancakes are a great Valentine’s Day recipe that you can prepare the night before in a blender. Keep it in the blender covered in the fridge and then just fry them the pancakes the next morning when you’re ready. I love how the color comes out pink without using any artificial coloring!

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Pink pancakes stack topped with berries and maple syrup

How to make pink pancakes

Start by boiling or roasting a beet. Both methods work fine and it just depends on your preference. There’s no actual taste difference between each method. If you’re in a time crunch, you can actually just peel the beet and puree it raw. But I recommend cooking it and peeling after it’s cooked. To get that pink color, blend the cooked beet with milk.

Collage showing blender with milk getting blended with beets before and after

Right away, you’ll see that you’re in [pink] business! Add on the other wet ingredients and blend again until it’s smooth and looks like a smoothie. Next add the dry ingredients. This time, pulse until you don’t see any flour streaks but the mixture is still lumpy.

Collage showing blender with flour getting added and after image

And that’s basically the batter for these pink pancakes. Now you can store it in the fridge until you’re ready to make the pancakes or heat a pan/griddle and get cooking right away.

I usually prefer buttering my pan or spraying it with coconut oil. But in the case of these beet pancakes and my attempt at preserving their color, I would recommend not even greasing the pan. My husband, who is the official household pancake preparer, usually votes against ever using any oil or butter on the pan.

You’ll notice the color of the beet pancakes will become a light brown on the outside. This is perfectly normal after cooking

Collage showing pink pancakes before and after cooking

But when you slice open into the pancake stack, they will be bright, pink and absolutely beautiful! In my book, this is the best way to say I love you on Valentine’s Day. How fun is it to wake up to a stack of these pink pancakes, or as my son called them “pinkcakes!” 🙂

And you’re probably wondering, what do they taste like? For me they really taste like normal pancakes. There is a very small hint of beet flavor but it’s very subtle. After all, there is only one cooked beet for 6 servings, and it’s mixed with the delicious pancake batter.

Stack of pink pancakes cut with maple syrup getting poured

Tips for making pink pancakes

  • Make sure the batter is lumpy. It’s tempting to make the batter perfectly smooth since we’re using a blender. But make sure to only pulse after you add the dry ingredients to keep it lumpy. If you overmix the batter, the pancake will turn out more dense and less fluffy.
  • Use a cookie scoop or measuring cup. This helps to to make even uniform pancakes, but it also helps give the pancakes their perfectly round shape.
  • Use medium heat for cooking. We want to slowly cook the pink pancakes without burning them. So this is the right temperature from beginning to end for this pancake recipe and any other pancake recipe actually.
  • Flip when the bubbles form. Don’t check on the bottom for doneness. Look at the top for bubbles. This is the best signal that the pancakes are golden on the bottom and ready for flipping.
Stack of pink pancakes cut with fork on the side

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Stack of pink pancakes cut with fork on the side
Pink Pancakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This Valentine's Day, make Pink Pancakes for your loved ones for breakfast/brunch. It's a super easy recipe made in a blender with beets for natural color!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brunch, cute, Kid Friendly, pink, valentine's day, Vegetarian Quesadillas
Servings: 6 pancakes
Calories: 146 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 beet boiled/peeled
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree beet with milk until smooth with no lumps. Add egg, butter, vanilla extract and maple syrup, and blend to combine.

  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt to the mixture. Pulse a few times to combine, being careful not to over blend.

  3. Heat a nonstick griddle over medium-low heat. You can melt butter on the surface or spray with cooking oil spray or leave it dry.

  4. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into the hot griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until small bubbles start to form on the top and the edges firm up. Flip the pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the pancake is cooked through. Repeat for the remaining batter.

  5. Serve immediately with mixed berries and maple syrup, if desired.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Make Ahead Tips: You can make the batter ahead of time in the blender and store it in the blender in the fridge overnight. This makes for an easy breakfast the next day.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.

  • To make it gluten-free, you can use gluten-free flour mixes labeled All Purpose. However substituting only almond flour, rice flour or coconut flour 1:1 will not work and may need some experimentation.
  • To make it vegan, you can leave out the egg completely, and substitute the butter for coconut oil.
  • For a dairy-free option, you can use plant-based milk.

Equipment: I make the pancake batter in my Vitamix. It has a "smoothie" button that works well for blending the wet ingredients. When I add the dry ingredients, I pulse to lightly combine. You can also use a food processor, but you definitely need some type of blender for incorporating the beet into the mix.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one pancake without any toppings or maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts
Pink Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 154mg 6%
Potassium 397mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 15.3%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

  • Reply
    Amy
    February 22, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Breakfast had a new vibrant look with the pink pancakes. Love it that You use beets for color. Super delicious.

  • Reply
    Neha Diwan
    February 11, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Absolutely easy to make, this recipe is sure to turn heads as they look divine. I made this for my husband and he loved it. The menthod itself is quite easy to follow. Pure genius I would say. And the best part, it’s made of wheat flour which makes it super healthy.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      February 11, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and found it easy to follow! 🙂

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