Hidden Veggies – Beet Waffles

Another superfood coming your way:  Beets

The NY Times put out an article a while back about The 11 Best Foods you Aren’t Eating, and guess what #1 is?  BEETS.  I tried raw beets in a smoothie one time with coconut milk, carrots, and strawberries and it was not on my list of top 100 foods I’d like to eat.  But the other night we had dinner with a woman from Australia, and she served us roasted vegetables, and there were beets in there.  And I gobbled em up.

So when I came across this recipe for beet pancakes, I thought I’d give it a whirl.  I’ve made banana pancakes, and pumpkin pancakes…why not beets??  It was really quite delicious, with just a hint of beet flavor.  They are not as bright pink as Amy’s but I used whole wheat flour, so maybe that’s why.

Here’s how you do it.

The night before you want to make these for breakfast, take 2 to 4 beets

Pop them in the oven on 375 and bake for about an hour or until a fork goes through easily.

Then wrap them in tin aluminum foil and leave them out.  This makes it easy to pull the skins off later.

In the morning, unwrap them, peel off the skin, cut the beets into quarters, and mix them up in a food processor or blender.  You might have to add a bit of water to get it to mix easier.  Then add them to your favorite waffle or pancake recipe.  Easy peasy!

Look at that pink batter!!

Here’s my whole wheat waffle recipe:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBS butter, melted

mmmmmm…Looks tasty, right?

That wasn’t enough beet love for ya?

Here’s a very informational video about all the wonderful things about beets, and some ideas of how to cook them and serve them.  I’m going to have to use them more when it’s beet season again.

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4 comments on “Hidden Veggies – Beet Waffles

  1. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. We’ll be trying it with waffles ASAP!

  2. Merce says:

    PG mom… you are always right on! Last summer we grew beets and they were hard to keep up with, but very yummy. We should have canned them! In Peru we’d eat beets once a week at least. When I cook peruvian food for you guys I will make the famous beet salad (you might have to wait a few weeks though)

  3. Jill says:

    We just had spinach waffles the other night…yum!

  4. I’ve been grating zucchini, carrots and apples into Gracie’s whole grain pancakes for the last few weeks and it’s been a huge life saver because SHE EATS THEM! Love trickin’ the little person! 😉

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