Pink Pancakes & A Power Smoothie – Budget Style

Pink Beetroot Pancakes

Tuesday Night Open House was lead by our wonderful host Melanie, who shared an exciting recipe to add a little colour to your average pancakes – plus a healthy beverage to give you a little extra natural pick-me-up!


Pink pancakes

  • 1 egg (optional – add more juice if necessary)
  • 1 mug of plain white or wholewheat flour
  • 2 heaped tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 mug of apple juice
  • 1/2 mug of finely grated raw (or cooked) beetroot (approximately 2 cooked beetroots)
  • 1/2 tsp of mixed spice
  • Olive oil
  1. Whisk the egg until frothy. Add flour, baking powder and salt (optional).
  2. Pour in the apple juice. Give it all a good whisk.
  3. Fold in the beetroot and spice.
  4. Warm a frying pan over medium heat. Brush on a bit of olive oil. Drop in dessert spoonfuls of the pancake batter into the centre of the pan.
  5. Grab a spatula. As soon as the pancake starts to bubble up in the centre and dries at the edge, flip it over and cook for 2 minutes or so, until cooked through. Don’t be tempted to press the pancake down in the pan as it cooks as this will press out all the lovely air bubbles that make it nice and fluffy.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit and berry salad, top with natural (soya) yoghurt or some maple syrup or cinnamon sugar.

(Original Source: Abel and Cole, adapted by Melanie)

Power smoothie

  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 cooked beetroots
  • 2-3 cups of apple juice
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Optional: fresh or dried herbs, e.g. dill, watercress, parsley to taste
  1. Dice the cucumber and the beetroots.
  2. Put all the ingredients except herbs in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Alternatively put them in a bowl and blend with a hand-held blender.
  4. Add juice until the desire consistency is achieved.
  5. Sprinkle finely chopped fresh herbs or dried herbs on top. E.g. watercress – also see article below.
  6. Serve fresh.


Key Ingredient Food Facts – Beetroot

  • Root vegetable
  • Both the leaves and root are eaten
  • One of the sweetest vegetables
  • A member of the spinach family
  • Source of antioxidants (e.g. betalain)
  • Vitamin C, B vitamins including folate, potassium, fibre
  • Beetroot and Watercress ‘Boost Sports Performance
    “Researchers from St Louis University in the US claim that the purple root vegetable contains a huge amount of nitrate, the chemical that is essential for rejuvenating sluggish muscles and improving exercise performance.” Read the full article

Check out the previous recipes!



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