Healthy and fun pink pancakes or beet pancakes! A Sure shot way to get your babies to eat their beets. Naturally sweetened and thanks to the beets for the gorgeous pink color, these pancakes will have your kids excited for breakfast!
These bright pink colored pancakes will be a hit with your baby. These are perfect babyled weaning breakfast pancakes.
Is your child obsessed with the color pink? My 4-year-old loves pink and wants pink everything. You can imagine why these beet pancakes became a hit with her.
I know some boys run away at the mere mention of pink. If you think you can’t give them these pancakes, hold on! I’ve got a solution for you too. All you have to do is mix some cocoa powder to it. Voila! The color is now changed and It tastes equally delicious! Chocolate does make everything better, doesn’t it?
My kids don’t love beets. I am not surprised because I never liked it growing up. I might have just started eating them recently so they would eat it too. But the wiser, older me has learnt to love it. But they don’t care for it. So, I try to get inventive and use them in recipes such as beetroot rice, beetroot flatbreads and beet pancakes.
These beet pancakes are easy to make, baby and toddler friendly, contains no processed sugar and is soft and colorful!
All you need is some beets puree (Roasted or steamed beets works), wheat flour, milk, Greek yogurt, eggs and other staples like baking powder etc. You have one healthy and fun breakfast that everyone will love.
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What makes these beet pancakes healthy?
Beetroot – Beets are super healthy and they are considered super food. They are nutrient dense and contain essential vitamins and minerals like Iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, B, C, K and E. They are also rich in fiber which helps in maintaining your children’s digestive health. Babies need adequate amount of iron in their diet to help make new blood cells. Since beets contain a good amount of iron, they help prevent anemia. Try pairing beets with food that are rich in vitamin C so it gets absorbed better by their body.
Wheat flour – Though pancakes with all purpose flour are common and taste good, I like to use whole wheat flour for my kids. Whole grains are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants. They are also a good source of folic acid, iron, vitamin B, magnesium, protein and zinc
Milk – A great source of protein and calcium which is important for growing children
Greek yogurt – Protein rich and very good for their bone health.
These pancakes do not contain any processed sugar. They are sweetened with honey or maple syrup. Note: please do no use honey if your baby is less than 12 months old. Only use honey if your baby is over 1 year old. Honey causes botulism in younger babies.
How can I make these beet pancakes VEGAN?
You can make this vegan by substituting the milk with plant-based options like almond milk, coconut milk, oat, soy or cashew milk. Greek yogurt can be substituted with plant-based yogurt or you can add apple sauce instead.
Eggs can be substituted with flax eggs. To make flax eggs, simply mix 1 tbsp of flax meal with 3 tbsp water.
How can I make this gluten free?
I have not tried it with gluten free flour or certified gluten free oat flour. But you could try using that instead.
How do I make my Beet puree?
To make beet pure you can either roast the beets or pressure cook/ steam/boil them.
If you want to roast them, bake them in the oven at 375 F for about an hour or more until they are tender. Beet puree made using roasted beets gives a much darker vibrant color.
If you want to boil/ steam them, place them in the pressure cooker or instant pot and cook until they are tender. It usually takes about 25 to 30 minutes in the instant pot
Puree the cooked beets and use as needed in the recipe.
I used 1 big beet in this recipe.
Don’t have beets? – Try substituting it with other purees like pumpkin, carrot or sweet potato puree.
You can serve these with –
- Fresh berries, yogurt and or maple syrup
- Banana and nut butter
How do we make these beet pancakes?
The first step would be to have the beet puree ready. Puree the beets by first cooking the beets. For that you can roast or boil them as mentioned above. Then you would mix the puree with the wet ingredients like milk, yogurt, egg, vanilla, oil. Meanwhile keep the dry ingredients like whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt ready. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Don’t over mix.
Add ¼ cup of the batter on a greased iron skillet and cook on both sides.
I love to make these beet pancakes during the weekends when the kids are usually around the kitchen a lot. I like to get my eldest to pour the batter in the skillet and I also let her decorate her plate with fruits and nuts.
Why should you make these beet pancakes?
Fun and colorful
Can be frozen for later use
Contains no processed sugar
Rich in iron and other nutrients
Kids love them!
BLW Pink Beet Pancakes Recipe
Prep time – 10 mins
Cook time – 15 mins
Serves – 15-20 pancakes
- 1 and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 2 tbsp oil (avocado/ olive/ coconut oil)
- 1 large beet roasted or cooked and pureed
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Butter or oil for frying the pancake as needed
- Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix. (wheat flour, baking powder, salt)
- To another bowl, add the eggs, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, oil, vanilla and whisk until they are well combined.
- Now add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently. Don’t over mix the batter.
- Heat a griddle or skillet and add some butter.
- Now take 2 tbsp of the batter and drop it into the hot griddle. Don’t spread the batter.
- Let it cook until you start seeing some air bubbles.
- Now flip and cook the other side. They are done when the other side is cooked as well.
- Serve warm with fruits, yogurt and honey.