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These Easy Pink Beet Pancakes Are the Perfect Valentine’s Day Breakfast

pink beet pancakes with fruit on top
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
1h 15 min
YIELDS
4 servings

Waking up on Valentine’s Day to a fresh stack of pancakes is a must. These pretty in pink pancakes use a roasted beet puree to give them a naturally vibrant hue, meaning no artificial colouring whatsoever. The beets add a touch of sweetness as well, so the kids will love them too. OK — maybe just don’t tell them breakfast has vegetables!

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Like Marcella’s pink beet pancakes? Try her cinnamon streusel muffins or s’mores butter tarts.

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Ingredients

cup pureed roasted beets (2 beets)
1 ½
cups all-purpose flour
1
Tbsp baking powder
1
pinch fine salt
3
Tbsp granulated sugar
1
large egg, whisked
2
tsp pure vanilla extract
2
Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1
cup whole milk (can substitute oat or soy milk)
Butter or oil, for cooking
Fresh berries, for serving
Maple syrup, for serving
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Directions

Notes

Step 1 can be done in advance.

pink beet pancake ingredients
Step 1

To prepare the beets for the pancakes, simply wrap 2 beets tightly in foil and roast them at 400°F for about an hour. Once cooled, peel and puree until smooth. Add a touch of water to the blender or food processor if necessary. This step can be done in advance.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Create a well in the centre.

Step 3

Add the egg, pureed beets, vanilla, melted butter and milk. Whisk until the batter just comes together, a few lumps are okay.

pink beet pancake batter in a bowl
Step 4

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add a touch of butter. Swirl it around the pan to evenly coat the whole surface. Pour in a scoop (about ⅓ cup) of batter. Cook until the top begins to bubble, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional minute, until both sides are golden brown.

Step 5

Repeat until no batter remains, coating the pan with a touch of butter each time. Stack cooked pancakes onto a serving plate. Garnish with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup!

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