Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes

Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes (all natural) - Healthy Dessert Recipes

Now THIS doesn’t look like a healthy breakfast.  I mean, Red Velvet Pancakes…  healthy?  And for breakfast?  Ummm, are you crazy?!?

Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes (all natural) - Healthy Dessert Recipes

Yes, I might be crazy and so might these pancakes, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing  😉

So what’s crazy about this dessert breakfast?  It’s free of refined sugar, contains no bleached white flour and has absolutely zero artificial food coloring.  These Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes are secretly good for you!

Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes (all natural) - Healthy Dessert Recipes

Oh, and another crazy thing about these pancakes?  They taste delicious (you don’t taste the secret ingredient at all)!!

Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes (all natural) - Healthy Dessert Recipes

This is the first version I made. I tried to make it vegan but the pancakes were a bit gummy from the oat flour and lack of eggs 🙁

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The flavor was good but I just wasn’t a fan of the texture. I’ll keep working on a vegan version!

I topped my pancakes with Soyatoo rice whip and mini dark chocolate chips.  Pure maple syrup also works but I like the extra hit of chocolate  😉

6 pancakes

Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes


  • 123g (½ cup) Roasted Beet Puree, cooled to room temp (see this post for directions)
  • 2 Organic Eggs, large
  • 6 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 4 packets Truvia (or packeted sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Natural Butter Flavor
  • 1 tsp White Vinegar
  • 28g (¼ cup) Coconut Flour
  • 15g (3 tbs) Unsweetened Regular Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • ⅛ tsp Salt


  1. Spray a pancake pan with cooking spray and place over medium-low heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the beet puree and eggs.  Whisk in the almond milk, truvia, vanilla, butter extract and vinegar.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Dump into the wet ingredients and whisk together.
  4. Spoon the batter onto the hot pan and spread slightly to form circles. Cook until edges are dry and surface is slightly dry (these pancakes take longer to cook than regular pancakes, about 3-5 minutes. I get impatient sometimes and increase the heat to medium or medium-high when I'm hungry and want the pancakes sooner).
  5. Flip and cook for about 1 minute on the other side.  Continue until all the batter is used up, then enjoy!

I thought I would compare my healthified pancake recipe’s nutrition label to the nutrition label of a popular recipe I found online to show you guys how different they are in terms of calories, fat, sugar, etc.  The RecipeGirl‘s nutrition label is on the left (does not include the cream cheese frosting),  the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right:

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FOUR unhealthy pancakes for 400 calories  vs.  SIX healthy pancakes for 400 calories.  Hmmm, I think I’ll go with the six pancake version.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not choosing my recipe because I am totally bias I made it…  I’m not choosing my recipe because it is lower calorie, lower fat/saturated fat, lower carb, sugar free, high fiber and high protein…  I am choosing my pancake recipe because it is secretly healthy and 100% nutritious.  My healthified Red Velvet Pancakes are all natural and makes for a balanced breakfast.  You won’t get hungry again in 20 minutes like you would if you were to eat the unhealthy version, you will stay full for hours due to the 10g of filling fiber and 11g of satiating protein!

Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes (all natural) - Healthy Dessert Recipes

^^ Plate full of tender pancake HEAVEN

This is the perfect breakfast to make on a special occasion (or no occasion at all!)  These pancakes look and taste decadent but the calorie count isn’t too abundant in any way.  Who wouldn’t want this for breakfast?!?

30 comments on “Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes

  1. These look so good!! I’m a huge pancake lover, I eat healthy protein pancakes almost every morning… this week I ate apple pie pancakes almost every morning (yes I’m always a huge meal repeator), so maybe next week I’m gonna eat only these 😉

    Thanks for the great recipe, cannot wait to try them out 🙂

  2. FOUR pancakes for 400 calories vs. SIX pancakes for only 200 calories. Hmmm, I think I’ll go with the six pancake version.

    Actually…isn’t it 200 calories for three pancakes?

  3. THese look really good but is there any substitute for the beet puree? I know the pancakes won’t be red velvet anymore but i have no roasted beets on hand 🙁

  4. Looking so YUM. I love this food. Great idea.

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  6. Do you need to add the tlb of lemon juice to the roasted beet purée as directed for the cake?

  7. Looks great but I’d not use truvia. It’s GMO

  8. What packets of Truvia? Do they sell the packets at the grocery store? I have a bag of Truvia so how much would it be if I didn’t want to go out and buy single packets? Thanks so much!!


    • Emily-
      Yes, Truvia is usually sold in packets, along with the “Spoonable” version and the “Baking Blend.” 1 packet of Truvia is basically the same as a packet of sugar or a packet of Splenda, which has the same sweetness of 2 teaspoons of sugar.
      Which Truvia do you have — The Spoonable or the Baking Blend? Because they measure differently. There should be a conversion chart on the back of your bag, but for right now, I believe 4 packets of Truvia is equal to 1 tbs of the Spoonable and 1.5 tbs of the Baking Blend.
      Hope this helps!

  9. Irina nsanity

    Jessica, have you ever tried to make red velvet waffles? I tried to make them this morning they turned out tasty but not red and too soft to my taste:) I wanted them to be a little bit more firm and crunchy outside and with brilliant red colour:) if you accidentally have a recipe for this I’ll appreciate it a lot:)))

    • Irina nsanity-
      I haven’t tried that yet but that’s a great idea! Mmmm Red Velvet Waffles sound soooo good 🙂
      I’ll definitely have to experiment because I’m not the best at making waffles… they usually turn out soft rather than crispy (which is my personal preference, but I know most people like their waffles crispy)
      Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  10. Do you think a flax egg would work out ok in place of the eggs? I might give it a shot. These just look so good!

    • Ashley-
      I’m afraid the flax eggs won’t work here 🙁
      I tried making a vegan version with flax eggs (pictured right below the recipe box) and it was dense, chewy, gummy and weird… I’m sorry!

  11. Hey,

    Is there any alternative to Eggs here?


  12. These are awesome. I did mine with 1/4 c egg white instead of the egg and threw it in the waffle maker. Thanks for the great idea!

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  14. So mine came out a complete disaster. Roughly how many beets make up a half cup? I had issues puree’ing and had to add almond milk which I think through off the measuring process.

  15. Hi Jessica! these photos are gorgeous!

    I’d love to include your Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes recipe in a beetroot roundup I’m doing for Parade Magazine. If you’re fine with that, could I use one of your photos with a link back to your original post (

    Let me know, thanks!

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