Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes

By Deanna Dorman August 25, 2015

These special pancakes have a secret ingredient, making them not only vibrant and delicious, but a superfood in disguise!

Fresh beets give these Red Velvet beauties their bright color without adding any artificial ingredients. Raw cacao powder adds to the superfood benefits, making these one of the healthiest breakfast you’ll ever crave! 

Reasons to ♡ Beets!

♥ Keeps you Healthy – Beets contain betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, and has been known to help fight inflammation, that can cause allergies, heart disease, cancer, and even depression.

♥ Nutrient Rich – Beets contain a large amount of vitamin C, which helps fight off illness, potassium, which helps with bloating, manganese, which keeps your bones healthy, and folate, which helps prevent birth defects.

♥ Helps you Lose Weight – Beets are full of fiber, which not only to helps prevent heart disease but also keeps you feeling fuller for longer, which can help you on your weight loss goals.

♥ Detoxes your Body – Beets contain phytonutrients that support detoxification in the liver. A healthy liver helps your body balance hormones, cholesterol and energy levels more efficiently.

Ingredients (serves 2)
For the Pancakes
1 medium beet, washed & trimmed
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup milk of choice
1 cup oat flour
1 egg
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
squeeze of lemon juice

For the Cream Cheese Frosting
2 ounces Neufchatêl or low fat cream cheese (room temperature)
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

For the Pancakes
1. Cut your beet into quarters and place in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Add a tablespoon or two of water and cover with a plate. Steam the beet for 5-7 minutes, rotating halfway through.
3. Carefully uncover (watch out for the steam!), and place in a blender or food processor.
4. Add banana and milk and blend until smooth.
5. Add remaining ingredients and blend until fully mixed and smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
6. Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a nonstick skillet over a low to medium-low heat.
7. Pouring about a 1/4 cup of batter at a time, cook pancakes for 2-4 minutes per side. They are ready to flip when the edges become dry and slightly bubbly.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting
1. Mix ingredients together until smooth.
2. Serve over pancakes.
*If you want your frosting to be a bit thinner you can add a tablespoon of the milk of your choice.

*This post was originally published on Deanna’s website, The Live Fit Girls. For more from The Live Fit Girls visit
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