Red Velvet Pancakes

When I was growing up, I remember always wanting special meals all day on Valentine’s Day.  I always wanted to start with something sweet like donuts.  My mom usually didn’t indulge me with this treat (especially on school days).  So I got to thinking about an indulgent breakfast that could still be healthy, yet feel special for my sweeties.  

For a fun, nutritious Valentine’s Day breakfast, I decided to break out those beets again.  I made these pancakes full of fiber (whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and flax seed) and those yummy beets added all sorts of vitamins and their lovely red color.

Red Velvet Pancakes
An Amy Original

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp wheat germ
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cups vanilla almond milk (or regular lowfat milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey
½ cup beet puree

Whisk together the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, flaxseed, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, honey, and beet puree until well blended.  Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Heat a large non stick skillet to medium-high heat. Pour the batter onto the hot skillet, using a heaping 2 tablespoon scoop.

Cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface of the pancakes and the bottoms turn pink, about 3 minutes.  Flip and cook until pink, an additional 2-3 minutes.

Serve with powdered sugar or your favorite syrup.

Makes about 20 pancakes



  1. You do such a great job of adding veggies to things! I have been planning some Valentine's pancakes too! Did your family notice the beets (other than the color?)

  2. I forgot to mention that! No, they did not! The honey and chocolate chips were able to camouflage any beet odor or flavor. And my son and his friend were super excited about the bright red pancakes!

  3. Love your heart pancakes.....and adding in the veggies is something I've been wanting to do in my pancakes too.

  4. Thank you! I love experimenting with pancakes and hope to play with some more veggies soon!

  5. I'm not a fan of beets, but I love red velvet anything, so I may need to try these soon. I might add some of my organic cocoa powder to add some more chocolate-ness and even more antioxidants.

    Another great heathy, but indulgent breakfast is my carrot cake pancakes I do. I'll have to post the recipe soon, but it's pretty much exactly as it sounds, with grated carrots, apple sauce as a the fat, nuts, and raisins.

  6. These look wonderful! What a great idea for a special Valentine's day breakfast :)


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