Kids love foods that have fun bright colors. We love to color our foods for different holidays – green for St. Patricks Day, pink for Valentines, red or green for Christmas – it is fun to have a reason to make our food fun! Instead of adding artificial colors and dyes, we like to color our food with natural colors from foods that are already brightly colored! Beets have one of the deepest and brightest colors and can turn any food pink! We love to add them to pancakes because they turn unbelievable pink! This Homemade Pancake Recipe with Pink Power is definitely one you will want for Valentines, and any other time you want a special breakfast. I couldn’t believe how PINK they turned out, just by adding beet puree. Coloring your food with vegetables rather than fake coloring is way better for your family! Plus, you really can’t taste the beets, I mean.. really!
Making beet puree is literally much easier that I would have thought. Wrap beets in foil. Cook at 400 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. (like you would a potato) I did this the night before I wanted to make the pancakes, and then let the beets sit out on the counter to cool all night. In the morning, I came back, unwrapped, peeled (the skin slid right off), and sliced. Put the slices in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. You can add a teaspoon or so of water to get it to blend better if you need to.
With two beets, I ended up with a little over half a cup of puree.
To make your pancakes, we like to use this homemade mix recipe. Then add 1/3 cup of the beet puree, plus a little extra liquid to make the batter a little more runny.
Pour pancakes onto a hot griddle, using about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake for a nice big pancake. If you like smaller pancakes, just use a couple of tablespoons for each pancake. The smaller the pancake you make, the less brown in will get and the more pink it will look!
Serve with fresh fruit and yummy syrup. If you want to make them extra fruity, use this homemade blueberry syrup.
These perfectly pink pancakes really pack a lot of nutrition. Beets are really high in antioxidants as evidenced by their deep color. They are also a great source of folate, and other micronutrients that have been shown to function as anti-inflammatory compounds. If you want to add veggies to your breakfast and the nutrition that comes with them, these are the perfect pancakes for you to make!