Pink Pancakes

4.91 from 11 votes

Check out these Pink Pancakes for a festive family breakfast/brunch. It's a super easy recipe made in a blender with beets for natural color!

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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!

Pink pancakes stack topped with berries and maple syrup

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!

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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Pink Pancakes

Check out these Pink Pancakes for a festive family breakfast/brunch. It's a super easy recipe made in a blender with beets for natural color!
4.9 from 11 votes
Servings 6 pancakes
Course Breakfast
Calories 146
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins

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

  • In a blender, puree beet with milk until smooth with no lumps. Add egg, butter, vanilla extract and maple syrup, and blend to combine.
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt to the mixture. Pulse a few times to combine, being careful not to over blend.
  • 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.
  • Pour ⅓ 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.
  • Serve immediately with mixed berries and maple syrup, if desired.

Video

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

Calories: 146kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 154mg, Potassium: 397mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 165IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 153mg, Iron: 1.1mg

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Stack of pink pancakes cut with fork on the side

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  1. Hi Yumna, great recipe! They pancake turned very tasty! The only issue they came out brown rather then pink. Any suggestions why? Your batter also seems to be very red, and mine was light pink.

    1. Thank you – I’m glad you enjoyed the pancakes! You’ll notice the color of the beet pancakes will become a light brown on the outside, and this is perfectly normal after cooking. Also, while I usually prefer buttering my pan or spraying it with coconut oil, in the case of these beet pancakes and my attempt at preserving their color, I would recommend not even greasing the pan.

      1. 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.

  2. The recipe is amazing! The pancakes are really smooth and yummy with just honey or with any toppings really!

  3. IT looks delicious.I haven’t made it yet but I wonder does it taste beet or just the color,?my daughter doesn’t like beet

    1. Actually I really don’t think you can taste the beets. Even my kids didn’t notice. It’s one beet that divides into 6 pancakes, so I think it’s worth it to try!

  4. 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.