Get your sassy on with these beets and spinach pancakes

Hidden veggie: spinach, beets

Power ingredients: whole wheat, ghee

Give your standard pancakes a facelift and add some makeup. These will sweep your family off their feet and color any weekend christmas-y!

Beets give a nice pinkish-red, fresh spinach gives a vibrant green and to take it a notch in the health department, mix in whole wheat. There you have a sneaky good sassy pancakes!

Beets give a nice pinkish-red, fresh spinach gives a vibrant green and to take it a notch in the health department, mix in whole wheat. There you have a sneaky good sassy pancakes!

I admit, I don't always make pancakes from scratch, I do reach out for those just-add-water mixes that are ready in no time. Even a cave-man could do it ;) I usually prefer Bob's Red Mill though. However, most times I whip up 3-4 dry ingredients, 3-4 wet ingredients and it's really not that big of a deal as it appears. Above all, the end result is SO much better. 

Since you know I am stickler for color in everything, and given my daughter likes everything pink, I do take heavy advantage of beets; hey, can you blame a mom for doing her bit? The two men in the house have taken a liking to green, so this really is a winner on the breakfast table. The next goal? Making home made syrup..weaning away from the maple syrup. One step at a time.. 

Start with 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat (of course you can try oats flour or a millet or buckwheat - plenty of options out there ;) ). Add 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 - 1 tsp salt, based on your palate. Don't forget 1 tsp of ground cinnamon for that extra edge!

Whisk in all dry ingredients so they mix properly

Whisk in all dry ingredients so they mix properly

Mix in the wet ingredients

Mix in the wet ingredients

Mix the dry and wet ingredients, but be careful not to overmix. The lumps give a nice fluff!

Mix the dry and wet ingredients, but be careful not to overmix. The lumps give a nice fluff!

Blend about 1/2 cup of cooked or roasted beets. I prefer roasted as they give a nice caramelized flavor. Blend about half a cup of 'fresh' spinach

Blend about 1/2 cup of cooked or roasted beets. I prefer roasted as they give a nice caramelized flavor. Blend about half a cup of 'fresh' spinach

Divide the batter into 3 bowls and mix the veggies separately into two of those bowls

Divide the batter into 3 bowls and mix the veggies separately into two of those bowls

Isn't this just such a fun way to start your mornings (or evenings for that matter!). Pancakes are an anytime thing in my house for sure!

Isn't this just such a fun way to start your mornings (or evenings for that matter!). Pancakes are an anytime thing in my house for sure!

You can store the raw batter in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 days. Cooked pancakes stored in the back of the fridge should last 3-4 days. 

For a video demonstration, check this out! Also, feel free to share your favorite way to make pancakes in the comments section below or on the youtube page - whatever your social poison is ;)