Beet Buckwheat Pancakes

The bright pink batter was a cause for alarm among my children at the start of a recent weekend pancake breakfast.

They expressed their concern as a stack of vibrantly coloured pancakes steadily grew next to my stove. “Don’t worry”, I assured them, “You love chocolate beet cake and you will love these too. I’m testing a new recipe for the blog.”

The first bite was hesitant; the second much more confident, and then: “Tell your readers they don’t taste like beets at all”Noah offered up, between enormous bites of fluffy pink pancakes.

Thanks for the tip, buddy. And so, readers? Today’s recipe is one hundred percent kid approved.

If you’re not in the habit of roasting off a mess of beets in the winter months, then I encourage you to do so. They are cheap, full of vitamins and can keep for several days in the refrigerator for salads and such.

I usually toss half of a batch into my food processor (once they’ve been peeled) and turn them into purée. Then I freeze the purée in 1 cup portions for my kid’s absolute favourite cake – the chocolate beet sheet cake in Brown Eggs and Jam Jars.

I also use the purée for my dark and delicious beet braised lentils, and now, the fluffiest buckwheat pancakes, perfect for Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

I’ve always wanted to be remembered for my creative pancakes and I’d say today’s beet buckwheat version are up there as a unique breakfast. The two main ingredients complement each other extremely well, with the earthiness of the beets playing off the nutty buckwheat flour. Maple syrup brings them together and a dash of cinnamon only enhances their appeal.

For the fluffiest of pancakes, I use cultured buttermilk instead of regular milk, and a very light hand when combining the ingredients. It’s also important to have the griddle hot and begin to fry the pancakes as soon as the batter comes together.


Fluffy Beet Buckwheat Pancakes
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Serves/Yield: 8 medium pancakes
Light and airy, these pink pancakes are as nutritious as they are pretty.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup beet purée
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • cooking oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. Preheat a griddle to medium and preheat the oven to 175F.
  2. Whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together egg and maple syrup until frothy. Whisk in the beet purée, followed by the buttermilk.
  4. Gently stir the dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined. Over mixing will toughen the pancakes.
  5. Heat a griddle or large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Grease lightly with cooking oil.
  6. Spoon batter onto griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Cook 1 1/2 minutes, then flip, and cook until light brown, about one more minute.
  7. Place the pancakes in a baking tin lined with a clean tea towel. Cover and place in oven to keep warm while you fry the remainder of the batter.
  8. Serve pancakes hot with plenty of butter and pure maple syrup.

More Beet Recipes

There’s something about the firm texture of beets and their earthy I-can-taste-the-garden flavour that satisfies my hankering for vegetables in February. Here’s a selection of recipes that proves just how much I love beets. These dive waaaay back into the archives and my old photos, so please be kind. The recipes are as rock solid as ever.

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Here’s to eating seasonally, even in the middle of winter.

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. I’m going to have to try both these and the cake from your book. Looks like I need to stock up on beets. Love your tip of batching the puree. So smart.

  2. I’m planning to add beets to everything this week! Love how bright pink these are! Have a fun valentines day!

  3. What a great tip! I need to freeze some beets/puree while they’re in season for sure! Also, I love the natural color of these pancakes!

  4. These just went on tomorrow’s menu! One quick question: do you have any thoughts on what to substitute for the WWF? My girls and I are gf. I plan on just using a cup for cup blend, but thought you or your readers might have a better idea.

  5. That’s so cute — I love your kids’ reaction! I’ve never tried beets in anything like cake or pancakes and truly need to change that. The color of these pancakes is just gorgeous and I love the nutrition boost!

  6. Just lovely! I think the color is fabulous! I made a chocolate beet cake not too long ago and my friends were hesitant when I told them there were beets in there. But they changed their minds as soon as they tasted it! These pancakes are so perfect for Valentine’s day! Stay warm, friend!

  7. ‘Roasting off a mess of beets’ is totally part of my winter routine. And I LOVE pancakes. Going to have to combine loves here.

  8. I love beets too! Just posted a chocolate beet cake–great minds think Valentines. These pink pancakes cook so fluffy!

  9. Sounds so nourishing and delicious! So festive too!

  10. Haha, kids have the best advice 😉 I’ve recently started making more pancakes for breakfast and I’m loving it. I’ll have to add these to my morning routine because they’re gorgeous!

  11. These are so fun! I didn’t get them made today but will have to try soon – for the color alone!

  12. Aimee, these are one of the most stunning stacks of pancakes I have ever seen. I just adore beets and love how you used them so creatively here. What a beautiful breakfast!

  13. Just mixed a batch of these up for tomorrow! I made a big batch of beet purée up this week, made beet hummus and roasted beets too. Such a versatile vegetable!

  14. Evelyn Jenkins says:

    What a charming little recipe, perfect for a special treat. I love cooking anything, so I’ll try it soon!

  15. What a wonderful idea! The pancakes are so beautiful, thank you for the recipe! 😀
    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day 🙂

  16. These were really good! I’m a big fan of buckwheat pancakes but never though to add beets. Since I haven’t got a food processor and my blender isn’t very good at pureeing solids, I blended the beets with the buttermilk and added them together.
    Beets + blueberries + banana makes a great smoothie, btw!

  17. Your photography is beautiful. Recipe looks delish!

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