Naturally Colored Pancakes: I had fun experimenting in the kitchen this weekend! These naturally colored pancakes are a fun way to up your Saturday morning pancake game!
If you are looking for a fun way to brighten up your Saturday morning pancake game, this is your answer. I went a little crazy in the kitchen this weekend and this is the breakdown of my “naturally colored pancake” experiment. Some worked…. some didn’t…..
Guys…. I don’t even know what happened here. This is one of those examples of having an idea just popping into my head, really more this picture popped into my head, and I had to recreate it somehow. Thus, my naturally colored pancake experiment happened. (A special thanks to my ever-so-patient husband for helping me make way too many batches of pancakes this weekend❤️ ).
Here is the breakdown:
Yellow: Yellow Sweet Italian Pepper
I think you can guess which ones didn’t taste so amazing (Ahem…. I’m looking at you, turmeric). The sweet Italian pepper really tasted fine; the flavor was very light and sweet. If you put maple syrup on them, you really couldn’t tell. The rest tasted amazing!
So how do you get your pancakes to look like this??? Really pretty simple – grab your food processor and throw one of your ingredients in with a little bit of water and then blend until a puree. Use that puree as a substitute for some of the water or other liquid that is added to your pancake mix of choice. Blend well and continue on your merry way making your Saturday morning pancakes 😊 (The kids LOVED them!) Well, the turmeric was not a hit so I wouldn’t recommend that one…. the rest were awesome, with the blueberry and raspberry tasting the best (no surprise there).
No matter what, it was so fun to make this wonderful, colorful pancakes tower and even more fun to shoot it. Hope you guys like it!
In addition to loving colorful pancakes, this is what else I am loving these days:
- Meditation – I have talked about it on Instagram a couple times, but I started meditating about two months ago and it has become an incredibly important part of my daily self-care. I discovered this awesome App called Calm. It is free to download and gives you access to quite a bit of free meditation resources and different series of meditation sessions. While I won’t claim to be able to do it every single day, the days I am able to do it I feel noticeably better. I can also feel the practice of meditation filtering into other parts of my life. When I get upset about something, I can feel myself calming myself down and bringing myself back to my breathe, determining whether this “issue” is worth my energy. It is something I wish I would have started a loooong time ago, but am so, so incredibly glad I have found it now. If you guys haven’t tried meditation yet, I would HIGHLY suggest just giving it a try. For someone like me, whose mind is always racing, giving my brain a chance to just be quiet is very liberating.
- Cycle Syncing – This is something I think I will also be talking about more in the future. I am still reading WomanCode and it is so interesting. It is all about the female menstruation cycle and the different needs of your body as it goes through that cycle. I find it incredible that the cycle of menstruation is looked at as something that is taboo to talk about, gross or embarrassing, when in reality it is the most amazing thing ever. We need to start getting in sync with our own bodies and treating them accordingly. I will keep you posted as I finish the book and implement some of the practices into my own life!
- Whole30 – I have talked about Whole30 quite a bit lately, but it is still completely on my radar. After doing Whole30 twice this year, the second time with my husband, we have both made pretty permanent changes in how we eat, how we think about food and how we approach our health. I would say we both eat Whole30 compliant food about 80-90% of the time. I just bought It Starts With Foodand I can’t wait to really learn about the nitty gritty behind some of the Whole30 philosophies. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulge and eat pizza, cookies and drink beer. But when I do, it is going to be the best freakin pizza possible and a damn good beer. And I enjoy them SO much when I do. I love feeling energized and not feeling bloated or sluggish. If you haven’t done Whole30, I think it is a least worth a quick read about the general philosophies just to see if it seems right for you.
Alright, I hope you guys have a good weekend! And let me know if you try out some colorful pancakes☺️
Let me know what you guys think! And have a great weekend – Mike and I are going to a fun yoga event Saturday morning and while I have done yoga at home before, this will be my first yoga class, so I am really excited!
(Recipe note: the recipe definitely has to be taken more as a guideline than a black and white recipe. It depends on the specific type of pancake mix you are using. I used Bob’s Red Mill for mine.)
- Green: 1 cup packed spinach leaves
- Pink:1 cup fresh strawberries
- Purple: 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Yellow:1 yellow or orange pepper (sweet Italian works as well)
- Orange: 1 Tablespoon turmeric (but honestly I wouldn't recommend making them, they didn't taste good )
- Combine your desired color with 1-2 Tablespoons of water and blend in food processor until fully broken down and a puree forms.
- Add additional water if needed to reach a smooth consistency.
- about half of any required milk or water.
- For example, if mix calls for 1 cup milk, add ½ cup puree and a half cup milk.
- Add additional puree to thin out the pancakes
- (note: every pancake mix is different, so use your best judgment when combining the different colors, adding more or less depending upon the consistency of the pancakes)