Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes
THIS sure doesn’t sound like your typical good-for-you breakfast… I mean, Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes?? You CRAZY?!?
Yes, I might be crazy, and so might these pancakes, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. These are the softest, fluffiest, sweetest guilt-free pancakes in all the land! It’s hard to believe these are sugar free, low fat, low calorie, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, and dairy free… try saying that 5x fast with a big mouthful of this decadent deliciousness.
If you’re in the market for a super indulgent, yet guilt-free meal, you have found THE ONE.
Unlike typical Red Velvet Pancakes, these HEALTHY Red Velvet Pancakes are made without the white sugar, white flour, oil, butter, and artificial food coloring.
Yes, these pancakes are naturally red. But HOW??? Oh, a secret ingredient, my dear friends… a secret ingredient…
Trust me, y’all, it works.
So go ahead, have some dessert for breakfast. Top it all off with natural whipped cream (I used Soyatoo Rice Whip), Homemade Chocolate Syrup (pure maple syrup also works but I like the extra hit of chocolate), and mini dark chocolate chips. You will be in HEEEAAVENNNNN.
Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes
- 90g (⅔ cup) Sweet White Sorghum Flour
- 10g (2 tbs) Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum
- 8 packets Natural Sweetener (stevia, Truvia, etc.)
- pinch of Salt
- 123g (½ cup) Roasted Beet Puree (room temp; see this post for Directions)
- 4 Large Egg Whites
- ½ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Natural Butter Flavor
- 1 tsp White Vinegar
- Spray a nonstick griddle with cooking spray and place over medium/low heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sorghum flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, xanthan gum, sweetener, and salt.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the beet puree and egg whites. Whisk vigorously, until the egg whites are completely incorporated. Whisk in the almond milk, vanilla extract, and butter flavor.
- Dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk vigorously.
- Scoop ~¼ cup of the batter onto the griddle. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and the edges appear dry. Flip and cook the other side (If the pancakes appear to cook too fast, reduce the heat! These need to cook on a slightly lower heat than typical pancakes, for a longer time. Too high and too fast will make them brown). Continue this until all the batter is used up.
- Serve immediately with all natural whipped cream, Healthy Homemade Chocolate Syrup, and mini dark chocolate chips!
Daaaaaang! Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself.
Just 270 calories and 2.5g of fat, plus 7g of fiber and 13g of protein. BOOYAH.
To see how my nutrition label stacks up to the competition, check out the nutrition label for a typical (aka unhealthy) Red Velvet Pancake recipe here. Yeah, 4 unhealthy pancakes for 400 calories and 15g of fat vs. 4 healthy pancakes for just 270 calories and 2.5g of fat. Um, yeah, I think I’ll go with the healthy version, thanks.
And I’m not choosing my recipe because I am totally bias cuz I made it, I’m not choosing my recipe because it’s lower calorie, lower fat/saturated fat, higher fiber, higher protein, and sugar free. I am choosing my pancake recipe because it is secretly good for you and 100% nutritious. These Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes are all natural and make for a balanced dessert-for-breakfast. You won’t get hungry again in 30 minutes like you would if you were to eat typical pancakes, you’ll stay full for hours thanks to the 7g of filling fiber and 13g of satiating protein!
This is the perfect breakfast to make on a special occasion (or no occasion at all). These Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes are basically a health food masked as a decadent diet buster. Who wouldn’t want this for breakfast?!?
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 🙂
Mmmmm can I come over for breakfast? Apple pie pancakes sound AMAZING!
I repeat my meals too… I mean, if you like it a lot, why NOT have it a few days in a row? 😉
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?
Oh wow *smacks self in head* thanks for catching that! I just fixed it, thanks so much!
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 🙁
You can try using unsweetened applesauce or canned pumpkin puree instead of the beet puree 🙂
Hope you like the pancakes!
Looking so YUM. I love this food. Great idea.
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Do you need to add the tlb of lemon juice to the roasted beet purée as directed for the cake?
No, you don’t need to add the lemon juice for the pancakes. Sorry for the confusion! Hope you like the recipe 🙂
Looks great but I’d not use truvia. It’s GMO
You can use any packeted sweetener of choice 🙂 I recently started using organic/non-GMO stevia packets from the grocery store and they taste great! Much better than Splenda!
I just contacted the Truvia company and was surprised to find out that Truvia does not contain any genetically modified ingredients! I did, however, ask them to make an organic variety 🙂
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!!
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!
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:)))
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! 🙂
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!
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!
Is there any alternative to Eggs here?
I’m afraid not. I tried making this recipe eggless but it didn’t work. They turned out gummy and flat and rubbery and weird 🙁
These are awesome. I did mine with 1/4 c egg whites and threw it in the waffle maker. Thanks for the great idea!
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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!
Feel free to feature these pancakes along with a link back to the post so readers can find the recipe 😀
Your roundup sounds DELICIOUS!!
Just wanted to let you know that the Beetroot round up is now live here:(http://communitytable.parade.com/438820/felicialim/the-8-best-beetroot-recipes-ever/)
Would love for you to share it with your followers as it’s getting pretty good response!
Thanks so much for letting me include your recipe once again!
These pancakes look incredible! Your breakfast recipes never fail to look just as delicious as the unhealthy counterparts!
Looks yummy.. ?
I think the red velvet pancakes would taste really good.
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Hii, these pancakes look sooo delicious and I have to try them out. But I can’t find the sorghum flour anywhere, so is there any substitute that would work good?
I love your cookbook 😍😍
You can try brown rice flour, quinoa flour, whole wheat pastry flour, or buckwheat flour! I’m sure other flours will work, but all I know that WON’T work are coconut flour, almond meal, and oat flour.
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Hi, these pancakes look verry verry delicious, I have to try them next week-end For valentine day!!!
Thanks for the good idea