Purple Pancakes Are So Healthy With a Surprising Ingredient

These pancakes are a lot of fun to make and serve because they have a weird ingredient that you can’t taste once they’re cooked, so people can never identify it, but it’s so healthy!

I first started making these with my now adult and teen kids were small. I was always looking for ways to incorporate more veggies and this was such a genius idea that I actually came across while making a red velvet cake.

A lot of red velvet recipes will use tablespoons of red food colouring, but my granny always showed me to use beet puree because not only was it actually a healthy ingredient to add to your cake, but it made the cake such a deep, beautiful red when it combined with the chocolate.

One afternoon while whipping up a batch of red velvet cupcakes it occurred to me that I could add some beet puree to my usual homemade pancake batter and they’ve get a boost of vitamins and fiber (folate, manganese, vitamins C & A, potassium and nitrates).

Beet Pancakes

Beets are a weird ingredient for pancakes, but they turn a brilliant magenta and they're healthy!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 5 pancakes


  • cups all purpose flour
  • tsps baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar granulated
  • cups cashew milk use any milk you like
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • ¼ cup beet puree


  • This recipe does not include roasting your beets. Just cut off the stems, rinse them off, cut off the roots and roast with a little water at 425°F for an hour and twenty minutes. Then puree them with whatever water is left.
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
    1½ cups all purpose flour, 3½ tsps baking powder, ½ tsp salt, ¼ cup sugar
  • Add the egg, milk, and butter. Whisk until combined.
    1¼ cups cashew milk
  • Add the beet puree, whisk, whisk, whisk. Set aside for 2-3 minutes. The batter will rise a little from the baking powder.
  • Grease your frying pan however you like. I use a little Becel. Once the pan is hot enough for water to bead up, but not so hot that it's smoking, add your batter.
  • I measure out ¼ cup of batter per pancake, but of course you can make them much bigger or smaller!


I use 1/4 cup per pancake. You’ll get more or less depending on how much batter you use each time.
Keyword beets, breakfast, pancakes

Beets are so good for you, the list goes on and on. The vitamin B9 can help prevent heart disease and stroke, the nitrates help lower blood pressure, the fiber helps promote good gut bacteria, and that in turns helps your immune system and the potassium is excellent for your heart. So when I need some pink, purple or red dye, I try beet puree first!

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