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Yummy Beet Pancakes!

Yummy Beet Pancakes!

Beets are rich in in iron, calcium, and Vitamins A and C. They are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of manganese, potassium and fiber.  They are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron and Vitamin B6. Throughout history, beetroots have been used for medicinal purposes, especially for liver disorders because they have stimulating effects on the liver’s detoxification processes. Studies have shown that beets contain anticancer properties.

Betacyanin is the pigment that gives beets their rich purple-crimson color; the pigment is a powerful cancer-fighting agent. Research found that the fibers in beets have a favorable effect on both the bowel function and cholesterol levels. Beets’ protective role against colon cancer is probably due to the combination of its betacyanin and fiber content.

This recipe is a favorite in our family and we usually have them every week.

3 organic beets, roasted (you can do more and freeze them, which cuts down on prep time)
3/4 cup organic ricotta cheese
1 cup whole grain organic pancake mix
3/4 cup water
1 banana
2 tsp cinnamon
sugar

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree.
2. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake on a hot griddle. When bubbles start to form and sides appear cooked, flip and cook until no longer doughy.
3. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar.

Enjoy! You’ll love the bright pink color of these unconventional pancakes!

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10:21AM PDT on Aug 28, 2009

Thank you for that recipe , I'm pancakes' lover and I have to try to make it because seems to be delicious. !

9:34AM PDT on Aug 26, 2009

I'm really anxious to try this recipe. I love (fresh) beets and am always looking for ways to incorporate them into my diet. I, however, also do not do dairy. Normally, I would substitute mashed tofu and an egg for ricotta. Do you think that would work in this recipe?

1:38PM PDT on Aug 17, 2009

What could you replace the cheese with? I'm vegan. Thanks

4:44PM PDT on Aug 16, 2009

Jason, what about all (intentionally) unfertilized eggs? That can't possibly be murder. Also, if your comment regarding Dairy means that using the milk produced by an animal in human food, is also classified as murder, please explain how? I've known and lived among many vegetarians, and lacto vegetarians. Most who were lacto vegetarians ate that diet because of an alergic reaction to cow's milk. Goat milk is always much easier for nearly every living creature to digest, btw. When I bred cocker spaniels, the puppies could digest "only" *mother's milk* or goat milk.
Considering the amount of helpful things in these pancakes, I'm certainly going to try them.
Jason, perhaps when you make comments you could also add an alternative method of gaining these vitamins and minerals used in a posted recipe? Thanks.

8:47AM PDT on Aug 16, 2009

Do you have a dairy free version? Eggs can be replaced by an egg replacer. I would use a gluten free pancake mix though... think that would work?

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