Heart Beet Pancakes

I’m not normally a big fan of the holiday of lovers, but what I’m about to show you is going to make your heart skip a BEET. I’m so excited I can’t even wait- let’s dig in to the Valentine’s Day Heart Beet Pancakes!

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YOU ROCK” “HUG ME” “BE MINE” “LET’S KISS”… Gross. Candy hearts and all things pink have never been at the top of my February priorities. Call me a Valentine’s Scrooge, but it just seems so tacky and not heart-felt.

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Negative Natalie thoughts aside, I now like to take this certain saint’s day to make sure I remind my man how much I love him. I won’t get sappy but, John, I love you. Thank you for being you and waiting forever to eat pancakes because I spend so much time getting THE shot of them.

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Guys, my heart is BEETing out of control! I succeeded at vegan pancakes! Finally! AND they’re heart shaped. AND they are packed full of vegetables. Say whatttt?!

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I wanted to make pink-colored pancakes for the holiday but sure wasn’t about to dump a bunch of toxic red food coloring into my batter. I worked from a few pumpkin- based recipes as inspiration, swapped in cooked beets, and came up with a perfectly RED batter. However, I was so sad when I cooked them, because the red fades big time… Not to worry. Nothing a little chocolate sauce can’t fix. 🙂

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Now you may think, “I just like my pancakes classic with a little syrup.” You are wrong. You are very wrong. It’s ok, you just don’t know it yet. You NEED the sauces. The yogurt is sweet and tangy and almost cream-cheesy. And the chocolate… Well. You know.

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I won’t pretend that this is a super-healthy, detox-smoothie, post-workout, kale-touting recipe. It’s pancakes with chocolate… But it is completely free of animal products (aka zero cholesterol), contains over a full serving of vegetables, and is a great once-in-a-while treat! So make your honey’s (or your own) heart skip a BEET and whip up these Heart Beet Pancakes!

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Heart Beet Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Vegan pancakes, colored red with a full serving of veggies, drizzled in delicious sauces. This Valentine’s recipe is sure to make your heart skip a BEET!!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup beet puree*
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup non-dairy milk + 1 Tbs. lemon
  • 2 Tbs. oil
  • Yogurt sauce
  • 2 Tbs. plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  • Chocolate drizzle
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbs. non-dairy milk

Instructions

  1. To make pancakes: Preheat oven to 250F. Combine milk and lemon juice in a small bowl, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients, flour through salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (including milk). Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet. Stir slowly and gently until just combined. Do NOT over-mix, a few lumps are fine.
  3. Place a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and allow it to heat while the batter rests. For heart-shaped pancakes, lightly oil the sides of a large cookie cutter and set in pan. Fill the shape about half full and allow to cook until bubbles appear, about 4 minutes. Carefully remove the cookie cutter, flip, and cook another 3 minutes. Alternatively, you can cook these free form in any shape you like! Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve. Drizzle with sauce and/or syrup and enjoy!
  4. To make the sauces: Combine all the ingredients for the yogurt sauce until smooth. You may need to add a bit of vanilla protein powder or powdered sugar if it’s too thin. In a small bowl, heat the chocolate chips and milk in the microwave in 5- or 10-second increments, stirring between, until smooth- no more than 30 seconds.

Notes

To make beet puree: Clean one or two beets, wrap with tin foil, and roast at 400F for about an hour. Allow to cool completely (overnight is best), remove skins, and puree in a blender until completely smooth.

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  1. […] February, I whipped up some Heart Beet Pancakes, which I used as inspiration for today’s muffins. Beets act similarly to applesauce or pumpkin, […]

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