Have you ever eaten fluffy pink pancakes? These are the kind of pancakes kids love and they’re easy to make. Dye-free pink pancakes make a great breakfast for the little ones. They’re also perfect for a special birthday, Valentine’s Day, brunch with the girls, or a baby shower. Try this beetroot pancake recipe next time you’re in a pancake making mood! It is a great recipe that uses beetroot powder.
How to Make Dye Free Pink Pancakes
The special ingredient in these fluffy pink pancakes is beetroot powder. A recipe with beetroot powder is ideal for those who prefer to avoid non-natural dyes. You can change the amount of powder depending whether you want a pastel pink, a rich deep pink or something in between.
Ingredients for Fluffy Pink Pancakes
This beetroot pancake recipe combines eggs, flour, butter, buttermilk, salt, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and baking powder. You will also need beetroot powder for pretty pancakes kids love to eat. You probably already have most of those ingredients in the refrigerator or cupboards.
The baking soda and baking powder help makes the pancakes light and fluffy. They make bubbles in the batter. Using too much will give the pancakes a chalky taste and they will be too puffy, so don’t be tempted to use extra.
What is Beetroot Powder?
Beetroot powder, or beet powder, is a dye-free food colouring. It is bright pink or red in colour and is made from ground, dried beets.
You can mix it with water to make healthy beet juice, add it to a smoothie or juice recipe, or add it to baked goods to make them pink. Sprinkle the powder over your yogurt at breakfast time or stir some into sauces to add flavour.
This pancake recipe with beetroot powder is just one way to use this superfood. It’s a superfood because it’s good for you. Beetroot powder contains nitrates which are good for healthy blood flow and vascular function. It’s also thought to help control blood pressure and blood sugar.
Beetroot powder has iron, calcium and potassium, along with magnesium. All of these are important minerals for the body. It has a slightly sweet taste, making it ideal for a beetroot pancake recipe. The flavour is quite mild so it won’t overpower the dish you’re making.
How to Make Fluffy Pink Pancakes Batter
Once you’ve decided to make this recipe with beetroot powder, you need to make the batter. The dry ingredients are combined in one bowl and the wet ones in another one. Combine the two mixtures to get the dye free pink pancakes batter.
Add the beetroot powder a little at a time until you get the shade of pink you want to have. Only stir the batter until it’s just combined. Don’t over-mix it.
Cook these fluffy pink pancakes in a skillet gently and over a low heat. Keep the heat low and take care not to overcook them, for the very best result.
You will be able to see when they are ready to flip because they’ll be bubbling on top. Flip them over at this point and cook them briefly on the other side until they’re done. They should be very slightly golden (think rose gold not yellow gold!)
How to Serve this Beetroot Pancake Recipe
These are good sprinkled with powdered sugar. Fresh fruit or berries are another idea. Edible flowers, maple syrup, honey, and whipped cream are more options.
If you’re making this pancakes recipe with beetroot powder you might also want to make some breakfast staples like bacon, eggs, hash browns, and anything else you want. You can make these first and keep them warm in the oven while you make the pancakes last. That way everything can be served hot.
Why Beetroot Powder is So Popular
It’s easy to make pancakes kids love (and the grownups too!) and thanks to beetroot powder you can make dye-free pink pancakes. Some people are allergic to chemical dyes while others just prefer to avoid them.
Beetroot powder is a nutritious superfood, so it’s well worth keeping some in the pantry. Its earthy, slightly sweet flavour goes so well with many different recipes.
You might like to use it instead of pink or red food colouring the next time you make cookies or frosting. It’s a wonderful, all-natural alternative and you can use less or more to get a lighter or darker shade of pink.
Beetroot powder is even better for you than fresh beets because the nitrate levels are concentrated. So the next time you want a pretty breakfast or brunch dish, you can’t go wrong with yummy, fluffy pink pancakes.
Beetroot Light and Fluffy Pink Pancakes Recipe
Beetroot Light and Fluffy Pink Pancakes
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter and buttermilk.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir only until combined. Add the Beetroot powder until combined without over mixing.
- Heat a large skillet on low heat. Once the skillet is hot, grease with oil or butter. Pour ¼ cup of batter per pancake onto the surface.
- Cook until the surface of the pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst. This could take from 1 to 2 minutes. Flip with a thin spatula, and cook until barely browned on the underside.
- Garnish with icing sugar, fresh fruit or other toppings.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try these beetroot pink pancakes. They taste great and make breakfast just a little happier…don’t you think!?! If you are looking for some other healthy breakfast options, try these Carrot Cake Vegetable Crepes with Berries.