Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes with Coconut Cream and Berries

Earlier this week in the deli where I work, an adorable little girl in a pink dress was peering into the salad case.  She got a big smile on her face, started clapping and yelled "Yay!!!"  I couldn't imagine what a five year old would be so excited about in the salad case...but then her Mother, who was standing behind her said "She is exited about the beet salad.  She loves beets."  It was about the cutest thing ever.  A child getting excited about veggies, even better that it was beets!  It was a really beautiful delicious beet salad she was exicted about that my friend Gabrielle made which she was excited about though, so I don't blame her.   But still, I wouldn't have touched a beet with a ten foot pole when I was five, so it made my day to hear her get excited about the beets!  Thank goodness as an adult I can't get enough of beets and I don't hold a grudge against any veggies. 

If you read my blog frequently, you know that it is no secret I love beets and I love to include them in everything including desserts.  So when I decided that making a batch of red velvet pancakes the other day seemed like a good idea, you know where my food coloring was going to come from.  Beets of course, since I am not a fan of fake red food coloring.  And why use it when you can use nutrition packed beets? 

I didn't exactly have a recipe, but what I did was use a simple vegan banana pancake recipe I have been making for a long time, swapping out the bananas for beets figuring they have a similar texture.  It worked wonderfully! 

I served the pancakes with whipped coconut cream and fresh berries.  They were beautiful, and they were delicious!  You would have never known they had beets in the by the taste, but it made me happy to know they were there.

If you would like to know more about me, Javelin Warrior was kind enough to include me in his Featured Foodie post with an interview!  Check it out on his blog, and check out the rest of the site as well! http://cookinwluv.blogspot.com/2012/06/food-fetish-friday-featured-foodie_15.html

Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes with Coconut Cream and Berries

Serves 2-3
 
Pancakes:
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (gluten free all purpose may be used as well if you want gluten free)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup pureed cooked beets*
1 1/4 cups coconut  milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp maple syrup


Cream:
1 cup full fat coconut milk chilled until very cold (only the thick part from the top of the can)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
coconut oil for cooking pancakes
2 cups fresh berries for serving
maple syrup for serving


In a food processor, combine all pancake ingredients and process until just blended, pour into a bowl and set aside. 
To make coconut cream, chill a medium bowl and beaters in the freezer until very cold. Place coconut milk in the chilled bowl and beat until stiff peaks, about 1-2 minutes. Add syrup and vanilla and beat until combined. Set aside in the fridge to keep cold. 
To cook pancakes, preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add a little coconut oil to coat the bottom.  Once hot, add the batter in 1/4 cup amounts (I did 3 at a time, but it depends on your pan), and let cook for about 2-3 minutes on the first side until set and starting to brown, then flip with a spatula and cook another 2-3 minutes on the other side.  When cooked, place on a plate and keep warm in the oven while you repeat the process with the remaining pancakes. 
To serve, top with the coconut cream, fresh berries and maple syrup if desired! 
*About one large beet, I cooked mine by wrapping it in foil and roasting it in a 450 degree oven until tender (about an hour and 15 minutes).  I then let it cool and peeled it, cut it into chunks and pureed it. 
About the Author

I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

63 Comments
  1. June 16, 2012 at 12:39
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    I am with you on beet love:) I think it's wonderful that 5 yr old is a beet lover. Super delicious and decadent pancakes. I think it's even more wonderful that they are vegan.

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:31
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      Thanks Lora :)! The little girl was too cute! I am glad you love beets as much as me, if only everyone did ;)!

  2. June 16, 2012 at 13:31
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    Smart little girl! And your so fantastic with your colourful photos and creative recipes...making :)

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:31
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      Thank you :)! If only all children got so excited about beets ;)!

    • March 11, 2014 at 21:57
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      Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, see the links on the right side of the screen.

  3. June 16, 2012 at 13:48
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    That's a great idea to get the red coloring from beets! I'm going to have to try this! I love the sound of that coconut cream, too!

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:32
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      You definately should! It is a good way to get the nutrition from them and enjoy something delicious :)!

  4. June 16, 2012 at 15:03
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    Now that's a great breakfast to wake up to! The toppings sound delish, Amy!

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:33
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      Thanks so much :)!

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:33
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      Yes, if anything is red in my baked goods, you can pretty much guaruntee it is beets haha!

  5. June 16, 2012 at 20:29
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    These look so good! So glad you started following me on Twitter, or I may never have found you! Your blog philosophy is very similar to mine, and I love the look of your blog! Glad to 'meet' you!

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:34
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      Thank you for the follow as well :)! I love meeting foodies that are passionate about the same things I am :)!

  6. June 16, 2012 at 20:32
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    And I have a lot of family in MN! Too cool!

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:34
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      That's awesome!!

  7. June 16, 2012 at 22:39
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    I still can't get on the beet bandwagon. They have a beautiful color, but they just taste like dirt to me. I wonder if it's a gene like how cilantro tastes like soap to some people?!

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:35
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      I bet you would if you tried these ;)! Can't taste them at all...my Mother doesn't like beets either, but I shared these with her and she loved them :)!

  8. June 17, 2012 at 01:06
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    I love the colour of your pancakes. Beets are a great alternative to food colouring!

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:36
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      Thank you :)! I agree, and they add nutrition ;)!

  9. June 17, 2012 at 16:25
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    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:36
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      Thanks Michelle :)! I felt the same way ;)!

  10. June 17, 2012 at 16:44
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    These are just gorgeous. I do believe you have outdone yourself! I confess to being lazy and using food coloring the few times I've made red velvet things--I must try the beets. I love them! :)

    • June 17, 2012 at 19:37
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      Thanks Cathy :)! You have got to try the beets! Especially when the really sweet local ones become available!

  11. June 18, 2012 at 03:52
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    These look amazing! What a beautiful color!

    • June 19, 2012 at 00:10
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      Thanks Stephanie :)! Beets make the prettiest color ;)!

    • June 19, 2012 at 00:11
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      Thanks for the buzz love :)! And thank you for the compliments, you are too nice :)!

  12. June 18, 2012 at 13:19
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    This is so great! I love that you use beets -- the color is beautiful.<br /><br />Congrats on making the Top 9!

    • June 19, 2012 at 00:12
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      Thanks :)! Congrats to you as well, I saw your delicious looking Smores cupcakes made it as well :)!

  13. June 18, 2012 at 16:10
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    I have one word for this....wow....but, I'll say it twice. WOW.

    • June 19, 2012 at 00:12
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      Haha thanks so much :)!

  14. June 18, 2012 at 16:24
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    Congratulations on Top 9! Fabulous job on these red velvet pancakes. Jacqueline from the Dusty Baker made me a batch of gluten free red velvet pancakes once and I've been hooked ever since! Bookmarked this recipe, thanks for sharing and congrats again on a much deserved Top 9!! =]

    • June 19, 2012 at 00:13
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      Thanks so much :)! Gluten free would be even better! I need to try that some time ;)!

  15. June 18, 2012 at 18:31
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    I love seeing little kids getting exciting about vegetables! The parents must be doing something right =) These pancakes look so good!

    • June 19, 2012 at 00:13
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      Me too! Especially when there is so much bad press about how horrbile they eat, it is a ray of hope! Thank you :)!

  16. June 18, 2012 at 20:05
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    The pancakes look fantastic. Beets - what a great ingredient:) Must try this recipe in the near future. Congratulations on Foodbuzz Top 9!

    • June 19, 2012 at 00:14
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      Thanks Geri :)! They are wonderful in cakes too ;)!

  17. June 18, 2012 at 22:13
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    These are gorgeous! I love the addition of the beets rather than (eeks!) food coloring. Thanks for the recipe!

    • June 19, 2012 at 00:15
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      Thank you :)! I add beets to anything I can, their color is so eye catching ;)!

  18. June 21, 2012 at 12:48
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    You outdid yourself on these! They look incredible Amy! Lovely photos too!

    • June 22, 2012 at 03:36
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      Thank you :)!

  19. June 22, 2012 at 04:23
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    I love that you found a way to make red velvet pancakes without the usual food dye. And I'm a big fan of beets myself - I hold no grudges ;) I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and always excited to see what you'll create next…

    • June 23, 2012 at 02:00
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      I love using beets to color things! Awesome that you enjoy them as well :)! Thanks so much for including me in your line up :)!

  20. June 23, 2012 at 18:45
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    Finally made them....so good(of course!!) :)

    • June 30, 2012 at 02:23
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      Awesome! Glad you liked them :)!

    • June 30, 2012 at 02:24
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      Awesome! Glad you liked them :)!

  21. July 4, 2012 at 05:42
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    OMG - these are gorgeous, can't wait to try them, www.zestyvegan.com

    • July 21, 2012 at 12:01
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      Thank you :)!

  22. Lindsay
    July 21, 2012 at 09:07
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    What coconut milk is in the batter? Is it like so delicious, or silk pure coconut? Or like the canned part. I don't use coconut milk often but I bought some so delicious brand unsweetened in sale

    • July 21, 2012 at 12:01
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      I used canned, but they should all work.

  23. September 10, 2012 at 02:43
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    sounds yummy! Question: could I used canned beets?

    • September 10, 2012 at 11:00
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      Of course you can, as long as they are well drained!

  24. September 10, 2012 at 17:49
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    yay! I think I may be making these for breakfast when my parents come to visit! Thanks!<br />

    • September 11, 2012 at 23:24
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      Awesome! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did :)!

  25. Anonymous
    November 26, 2012 at 18:51
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    These sound divine & I'm such a fan of beets! just wondering what do you think would be the best substitute for wheat flour in this recipe for those of us who are gluten intolerant?

    • November 27, 2012 at 13:13
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      I would strogly reccoment quinoa flour, I have had success with it!

  26. February 19, 2013 at 13:42
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    Hi Amy! <br />Thank you SO MUCH for your wonderful blog! I'm one of those who have, like, a billion food allergies and other restrictions on what I'm allowed to put in my mouth (milk protein, soya, eggs, gluten, for example) and I'm also slowly becoming more and more vegan, and therefore baking and cooking is sometimes - well, actually, more like u s u a l l y - very complicated. I appreciate your vegan recipes tremendously. What you do is really beautiful and you're really talented. I'm also glad you have some recipes like these beetroot pancakes that come entirely without nuts and almonds, coz they also cause me problems. Thank you also for putting a "non-dairy" tag on recipes - it makes it so much easier to find suitable stuff. "Nut free" wouldn't be a bad idea for a tag either. Anyway, I just wanted to say you're great!! Keep up the fantastic work your doing and greetings from Finland!!! :)

    • February 20, 2013 at 00:03
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      So happy I am able to help you out :)! Thank you so much for your kind words, the people like you are why I love blogging. If you ever have a question about substitutions, do not hesitate to ask, I may be able to help you suit the recipe to you if it has something you are allergic to.

  27. Cate
    December 24, 2013 at 18:38
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    I think these will be perfect for our Christmas morning brekkie! Thank you for a great recipe and loved the story too! I think I'll be visiting your blog a lot in the new year!

  28. Anonymous
    February 12, 2014 at 02:51
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    These look amazing and I'm going to make them on Friday for Valentine's day for my kids and husband. The recipe says it serves 2-3....you said you used 1/4 cup measure for each pancake - how many does it make? Not sure if I should double the recipe....

    • February 12, 2014 at 03:39
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      It makes about 7 or 8 smaller ones.

  29. November 30, 2014 at 14:43
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    Just wanted to say we made these this morning and...<br /><br />Wow-wow-wee-wow! I knew these were a hit when my son said "What is Dad going to eat?". I did get back to the table in time to enjoy them too.<br /><br />I had two bananas that would not make another day so I substituted the substitute a and they were amazing. I will find some sweet beets and try the red velvet next time.<br /><br />Thanks for sharing with the world! I'll be picking up your book soon.

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