Beetroot Pancakes


This is a simple and tasty variation on a South African dessert favorite, pancakes with cinnamon sugar. The beet adds a delicious natural sweetness and flavor, and the resulting red color makes this a delight to present to the table.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 pancakes


  • 1 beet, cooked

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 oranges, quartered


  1. In a blender or food processor, pulse the cooked beet, flour, milk, egg, vegetable oil, and vinegar until smooth. Pour the batter into a bowl and set aside for 30 minutes. Combine the cinnamon with the sugar and mix well.

  2. Heat an oiled non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour in enough batter to cover half of the skillet. Tip and rotate the skillet until the batter covers the entire area. Cook until the batter turns from wet to moist, and the edges begin to curl away from the sides of the skillet. Turn the pancake over, and continue cooking until lightly golden on the other side. Place the pancake onto a plate, and cover with a kitchen towel to keep moist. Repeat with the remaining batter, lightly oiling the skillet as needed to keep the pancakes from sticking.

  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the pancakes. Roll up the pancakes and serve with the orange quarters.

Cook's Note

In South Africa, we call these "pancakes," though they differ a lot from those in the United States. Ours are very thin, and about 25 cm (10 inches) in diameter--similar to French crepes. You may substitute lemon juice for the vinegar, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

292 Calories
6g Fat
53g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 292
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 46mg 229%
Calcium 131mg 10%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 373mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.