The appearance of food is most often just as important as the smell and taste. As you know, a food that doesn’t look appealing usually deters us from wanting to eat it. With that, there are many ways that bakers can add color to their dishes to make them more visually appealing. The issue with this is that some people are opposed to dyes being added to their food. A way around this is to add color by using natural foods. I have done just that with my Frosted Red Velvet Pancakes, using the deep red color of the beet. Yes, the beet! It adds color, sweetness, and a great texture to my pancakes. Prove it to yourself and give them a try! Enjoy!
Keeping our bodies in shape is hard work… and, yes, it absolutely does mean making sacrifices when it comes to the foods that we choose to eat! However, the key is to still enjoy the foods that you love by simply recreating them into a healthy version. That’s what I’m here for! I’ll take the guesswork away from you and bring you new recipes each and every week! It’s all about being creative with good-for-you foods! As my trademark proclaims, I will always do my best to deliver to you: 100% Taste, 0% Guilt! It’s all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information, and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Come on, let’s make it happen…
FROSTED ALL-NATURAL RED VELVET PANCAKES
1/2 cup mashed beets
2/3 cup egg whites
1 large egg
1 tsp. white vinegar
3 TB water*
1.5 tsp. vanilla extract
3 TB oat flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup (~30g) vanilla protein powder (a blend of casein/whey works best)
1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
Pinch salt, to taste
1/4 cup granulated stevia, or preferred sweetener
*Depending upon protein powder used, you might need to add water, 1 tsp. at a time, to reach batter-like consistency
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING (optional)
How to Prepare
1. Combine all the ingredients for the frosting in a small bowl and mix until smooth. Put in the refrigerator.
2, In a large bowl, mix the beets, whites, eggs, vinegar, water, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
3, In a separate bowl, mix the flours, vanilla protein, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and stevia until fully combined.
4, Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until a smooth batter-like consistency is formed.
5. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Pour approximately ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto skillet. When pancakes form bubbles and edges are firm and browned, flip. Repeat this for all pancakes (you should be able to make about 10 pancakes).
6. Remove frosting from fridge and drizzle right before serving. Option: top with your favorite fruit. Enjoy!
100% TASTE, 0% GUILT