Chocolate beetroot pancakes for breakfast is the perfect way to start your weekend. Pancakes are always a winner and knowing that your kids have started the day with a portion of hidden vegetables is always good too. Includes a recipe for raw chocolate hazelnut sauce.
It would seem that we really like chocolate beetroot recipes here in the Sneaky Veg household. I’ve posted recipes for chocolate beetroot brownies, chocolate beetroot cake, chocolate beetroot fairy cakes and chocolate beetroot granola in the past – and of course these delectable chocolate beetroot macarons made by my friend Samina at Mon Dessert.
Today being Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, the kids weren’t going to forgive me if I didn’t make some pancakes for them. When I was a kid we used to have the thin crepe style pancakes invariably with lemon and sugar. Mmm, they were delicious. I remember eating lots and lots of them in a row. I’m pretty sure we didn’t have pancakes again for the rest of the year. These days I make pancakes a fair bit – although usually only on the weekends because getting the three kids out of the house and to school on time is a hair raising experience around here and one that doesn’t leave time for pancake making. Apart from on the days when Baby S wakes up at 5.30am of course, but on those days I’m usually in more of a mood to prioritise making coffee! I tend to make the smaller, fatter American style pancakes.
All three kids absolutely loved these pancakes. There’s no added sugar in them. If you prefer your pancakes on the sweeter side then by all means add in a little bit of caster sugar if you prefer.
Here’s how to make chocolate beetroot pancakes with raw chocolate hazelnut sauce
Chocolate beetroot pancakes with raw chocolate hazelnut sauce
For the chocolate hazelnut sauce
- 100 g ground hazelnuts
- 50 ml maple syrup
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 40 ml water
For the pancakes (makes around 12)
- 250 g cooked beetroot puréed
- 120 g plain flour I used half spelt and half wholemeal but you could use plain white flour, all spelt or all wholemeal if preferred
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 200 ml milk plant or dairy, I used almond milk
- 25 g butter or margarine melted
- Oil or butter for cooking
For the chocolate and hazelnut sauce
Place the ground hazelnuts, maple syrup and raw cacao powder into a food processor and process until well blended. Gradually add the water. This is based on a Deliciously Ella recipe.
For the pancakes
Whisk together the flour, cacao powder and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl beat together the egg and milk.
Whisk the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir in the melted butter and the puréed beetroot.
In a non-stick frying pan heat a little butter or oil. Add dollops of the mixture and smear into a circle shape with the back of a spoon. Cook over a low-ish heat for 2-3 minutes on each side to ensure that the pancake is fully cooked through without burning on the outside. Remove and set aside before repeating. It's best not to overcrowd the pan if you can avoid it.
Serve immediately with the chocolate sauce and your favourite berries on the side.