Antioxidant-rich, healthy, easy to make, and delicious! These beautiful red pancakes are perfect for your baby and toddler breakfasts, snacks, and baby-led weaning.
When I was in Croatia this summer we used this brilliant service that delivered farm fresh fruit and vegetables straight to our door. Seasonal, local and organic produce and not wrapped in plastic. The whole process felt so blissful, and we were also helping local farmers.
As we were buying seasonal we ate a lot of swiss chard, zucchini, tomatoes, kale, cucumber, and beets.
And I was thinking of more and more ways to add vegetables to my kid's food. Of course, he looovees all the different types of pancake recipes we make, so I thought let's just use a similar formula (because it is so simple) and add a different veg.
And it worked like a charm! With beets!
This is a perfect recipe for:
- Baby-led weaning
- Breakfasts for babies and toddlers
- Snacks at home or on the go
Easy Beetroot Pancake Ingredients
Eggs – I made this recipe with 2 organic eggs thinking it would last for 2 servings, but Max polished it off in one sitting.
Banana – adding natural sweetness to the recipe. The riper the banana the sweeter the taste. Look for a medium-sized banana.
Beets – such a beautifully colored vegetable. We use a raw beet in this recipe and just blend it in. It also has some natural sweetness and is packed full of nutrients. Worth noting that after eating beets, it's totally normal for your child's urine and poop look a bit red!
Oats – one of our favorite ingredients because it so easy to use in smoothies, baking, breakfasts and many more. We use rolled oats here but you could use instant oats too. Here they are used as our flour base. Here is the list of safest oats to use in the USA.
Water – just a few tablespoons of water to get the batter to the right consistency.
Coconut Oil – used for cooking the pancakes on. I have tried olive oil and it doesn't really work as well.
Easy Beetroot Pancakes Nutrition
Eggs – an excellent source of protein. They are rich in B2 and B12 (a vitamin only available in animal produce) so if you are like us and don't eat a lot of meat or fish, having a consistent amount of eggs in your child's diet (e.g. one a day) is very beneficial for their growth. Also high in vitamin D, selenium, iodine.
Banana – primarily made of carbohydrates so they keep your child full and give them lots of energy. Also high in potassium.
Beets – a great source of phytonutrients that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification benefits. However, the benefit of the phytonutrients decreases with the amount of cooking so the shorter you cook beets, the more nutrients you preserve. They are also very high in folate and manganese.
Oats – also a carbohydrate, so will give your baby long-lasting energy and keep them full. Rich in fiber, phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, and zinc.
How To Make These Pancakes
Peel the beet. You could use some reusable gloves because your hands may get very red from the beets. Once peeled, cut in quarters and pop into a blender.
Blend. Place the beets, oats, eggs, and bananas plus 2 tbsp of water in a blender and blend until smooth.
Check the consistency, it should be of a loose puree.
Cook. Heat the pan on medium heat and add a tbsp of coconut oil.
Once the coconut oil has melted pour about 2 tablespoons of batter to the pan and cook for several minutes, or until small bubbles start appearing on the surface.
Flip the pancake over and cook for 1-2 minutes until finished.
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Easy Red Pancakes
- 1 cup oats
- 1 banana
- 2 eggs
- 1 medium beet
- 2 tbsp water
- Cut the ends of the beet and peel the skin.
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend.
- Preheat a pan to medium heat and add a little coconut oil.
- Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter to the pan and cook for several minutes, or until small bubbles start appearing on the surface.
- Flip the pancake over and cook for 1-2 minutes until finished.