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Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes

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Heart Healthy.

Or not so much. It’s ironic that—thanks to sugary sweets, fancy dinners, and rich desserts—a day devoted to matters of the heart can be so dangerous for your heart. Google “red velvet” and your results will be saturated with butter, eggs, heavy cream, and enough sugar to sweeten even the Grinch. Pretty, for sure. But healthy, it is not.

Until now.

Flipping through People Magazine last Friday,  I stumbled across a recipe for “Jessica Alba’s favorite red velvet pancakes.” Red velvet pancakes?! I had to create a heart-healthy version.


Mission accomplished. These are like eating cake for breakfast!

Red Velvet Pancakes for One

  • 2T flour (I used 20g whole-wheat pastry)
  • 2T plus 1tsp oat bran (20g) (you can sub flour)
  • red food coloring (For alternatives, see: Natural Food Coloring Ideas.)
  • 1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2T cocoa powder (I use regular, but if you want a more brownie-like taste, try dutch cocoa)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plus 1T nondairy milk (95g, or more, if needed)
  • optional: If you don’t like the taste of fat-free pancakes, be sure to add 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1-2 T sugar, or 1 stevia packet (I left it out. If using liquid sweetener, decrease milk accordingly.)

Mix dry ingredients. Add wet and mix. Then make your pancakes! (Makes 5-6)

Nutrition Information:

(For the entire batch)

  • Calories: 230 (130 if omitting oil)
  • Fat: 14g (or less than 1g if omitting oil)
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fiber: 5g


I topped these with my Healthy Cream Cheese Icing.

Then, really fancy things happened. I dusted the pancakes with cocoa powder and swirled some of the chocolatey fairy dust into the frosting.



If you’re still hungry for pancakes (although I don’t know how that’d be possible, after these!), I have an entire recipe tab devoted to them:


My Pancake Recipes

Question of the Day:

What do you do to be Heart Healthy?

Get regular exercise? Eat healthy foods? Spend quality time with people who make you happy? The heart is an amazing little organ; be sure to treat it right!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Helen says:

    I saw those too! Thanks for creating a healthy version!

  2. VeggieGirl says:

    My eyes just widened – those pancakes look STELLAR!

    To be heart healthy, I try to just take care of myself with less stress.

  3. Those pancakes look amazing Katie. Stunning photos as well! 😀

  4. OH MY Katie you little GENIUS!! I definitely am looking forward to my Pancake Sunday! I know what I’m having!! 😀

    Quite obviously, I eat lots of chocolate to be heart healthy. It makes me happy and happiness=a healthy heart 😉

  5. Lisa C. says:

    I think my eyes just popped out of my head. This might be my favorite CCK blog post yet. And I will be making these for SURE! It’ll be two days in a row of CCK recipes, since I made your chocolate-raspberry truffles yesterday :).

  6. Lauren says:

    I stay stress-free by laughing and hanging out with people I love! Running too of course – that melts away stress so easily.

  7. Leslie says:

    Wow. No words to describe how beautiful those pancakes look. Why must you tease us? I have no whole wheat flour in the house! I wonder if I could use a mix of coconut flour and brown rice flour.

    When (not if) I make these, I’m throwing CHOCOLATE CHIPS into the batter :). And I’ll use your cream cheese frosting recipe as well, because it rocks and because, well, I want to eat cake for breakfast too!

  8. Sarahishealthy says:

    To stay heart healthy? I read your blog. No, seriously! 😉 Then I can have my treats and still treat my heart. Best of all worlds. I always loved red velvet cake, and I love pancakes, so I’ll try these! But they won’t look as good as yours, I’m certain!

  9. I eat healthy and exercise and hope it’s helping my ticker. :-) Your pancakes look delicious!!

  10. Jess says:

    thank you, i’ve been craving these since you mentioned them. they look great, but i’m gonna have to do some more shopping first.

  11. I eat healthy and exercise and hope it’s helping my ticker! :-) Your pancakes look delicious!!

  12. Jen S. says:

    I know what I’m making for breakfast now! Thanks! :)

    To keep my ticker happy, I run and work out somewhat regularly (at least 3-4 times a week, if not more), eat as well as I can without having too many rules or without any fun, and I spend as much of the day enjoying my time as possible – being mindful and enjoying washing the laundry, being mindful and enjoying washing the bathroom floor, being mindful and finding something to be happy about when the red line in Boston gets mired by something I’m and stuck on the hot smelly train for a very, very long time (like last week!).

    On a side note, Katie, I am moving blog spaces because WordPress doesn’t support the networking community I’m joining, so I moved the post with your feature to the new space. I hope you’ll see it there! :)

    1. Good luck with the move, Jen! I left a comment on your post earlier… did you get it? :)

  13. Ooh yummy! I’m really glad someone else enjoys pancakes as much as me. I eat pancakes every morning. The red velvets are some of my favorites! :)

  14. WOAH!! those look colossal and DERRICIOUS- i can’t believe you get that many pancakes out of such little flour!!! DEAL
    hum… i never really think of my heart—- ALTHOUGH i suppose running and working out helps it a bit! have a wonderful day! i know i will with my RAW CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE IN THE FREEZER 😀

    1. I know, right? lol I guess the cocoa powder helps the recipe yield a bigger amount.

  15. Why did I just see this post after I ate breakfast?! I totally would have made these! Well, I know what I’m having tomorrow :)

  16. Jennifer JCD says:

    So I guess I’m making pancakes for supper tonight… these look so yummy I need to make them today! If only I could fast forward 8 hours so I could get home and start cooking. Mmmm… Well done. Again.

    As for heart healthy, I say yes to all of the above! Living a healthy heart lifestyle is so much fun. (Sad fact of the day: 1 in 6 Americans will die from heart disease. Many cases can be prevented. Get started now!)

  17. eatandrun says:

    Um yum! Can I make these right now?!

  18. Cat says:

    Gah, I wish I saw this post before I made my brekkie this morning! This is definitely going to be my leisurely Saturday breakfast for sure!

    To keep my heart healthy I avoid processed foods/animal products, try to stay positive and keep stress from creeping into my life and work out about 5-6 days a week. Even when I don’t “formally” work out though I am always moving around doing things!

  19. Kathleen says:

    Hehe, I eat Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes! 😀

    I also like to exercise and eat nutritious foods, and give my body the rest it needs. :)

  20. Jos says:

    I exercise regularly and eat unprocessed food as much as possible.

  21. Hannah says:

    Ohhh those look so good!

    I eat dark chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate 😉
    Running might help out a little too, haha.

  22. Erika says:

    These look way better than Ihop!

  23. Omg I need to make these!! Red velvet is my fave but I rarely eat it because as you mentioned, its not made of the best ingredients. To be heart heatlhy, I eat a healthy well balanced diet and exercise regularly (also keeps me sane!).

  24. Albizia says:

    Regarding the physical health of my heart I do the best I can. I try to eat healthily and exercise every day. The emotional health is a different thing. I am a bad mommy of my little heart but I hope it forgives me someday. Maybe I can say sorry with a batch of red velvet pancakes? :)

  25. You’re my hero – and we must be on the same wavelength because I have been meaning to do this recipe, except I didn’t have any beets (for a natural food dye). Love this!

  26. katie says:

    i want! woah they look so good. i want a breakfast do over!

  27. Katie, your pancakes are gorgeous! One thing though that I would really like to point out is that fat is not bad for our hearts! Not even saturated fat. Saturated fat does not raise LDL (= bad) cholesterol levels unless you are genetically predisposed to having high (LDL) cholesterol. So eating butter, heavy cream, eggs, red meat is completely fine health wise (taking into consideration my previously stated exception). Its understandable that vegans and vegetarians avoid those things for animal rights purposes, but they are not to be feared for health reasons! I do agree though that added sugar is not healthy in the least. I am taking biochemistry right now which is all about metabolism (which why I am saying all this!) and everything I have been learning indicates that high sugar/simple carb diets are not good for our overall health. If I made these pancakes, I would add coconut oil or butter since they are fat free and I am all about fats :) Also – coconut oil is purely saturated and it is not bad for us either!

    1. Hey Lauren!

      I totally agree with you about fat being a good thing. I don’t eat a low-fat diet by any means, and I didn’t intentionally set out to make these fat-free. I love your idea to add coconut oil!!
      I don’t agree that animal foods high in saturated fat, such as butter and cream and red meat, are healthy… but that’s what’s so great about this world: It would not function if people all had the exact same opinions, right? :)

      As for the coconut’s saturated fat… well, you know where I stand on coconut ;).

      1. I totally agree :) I am sure you have studies to back up your opinion, just like I have studies to back up mine! (Which, if you ever want to see, I will totally send you them!)
        And, yes, I know you lovee coconut – which is exactly why I mentioned it! <3

  28. GabyE says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe, I’m going to go make them right now! 😀 They look so scrumdidlyumptious!

  29. Eric Jaffa says:

    I might like that food more if it were called “Chocolate Layer Cake.”

    When I eat “pancakes,” I want them to be more traditional-looking.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe, Katie! And thanks for including the nutritional info. I know you don’t really like to do that, but you have no idea how helpful it is to some of us who are counting calories. You rock!

  31. I love pancakes and these look amazing! Great job Katie! I am so like you with making things healthier for the heart. Why not make it better for you when you can have things like this? I definitely exercise, but I also tweak things to be better for us. You have to treat your ticker right!

  32. Namaste Gurl says:

    Sounds delisssssh! I don’t have any sort of food coloring around, so if I made these, I’d omit the food coloring and just call them double- chocolate pancakes. I bet they’d be even more
    delicious smeared with nut butter and chocolate chips!

    1. I would’ve done just that, if I wasn’t making them specifically for Valentine’s Day. Next time, I’ll omit the color, since it doesn’t really do anything for the pancakes, taste-wise.

  33. Laura says:

    Wow! These seriously look amazing!! You never cease to amaze me with your creative and scrumptious looking recipes! Red velvet is one of the most tempting sounding foods let alone actually eating it!!
    Out of curiosity- when you say the ‘whole batch’ does tht mean that all 5 pancake have 130 calories, or does each pancake have 130?
    Happy Tuesday xxx

    1. I was really surprised when I calculated them out, and I had to do it twice. But it IS for the whole batch, not just one pancake. (One reason the count is so low is that there’s no sugar included.)

  34. Cute pancakes Katie!

    I keep my heart healthy by exercising regularly and eating lots of fresh produce — I also try to rid myself of stress (although this is the toughest thing to do!!!)

  35. Dana says:

    I’d have a hard time eating these. They’re too pretty! 😉
    I indulge in chocolate, to keep my heart happy!

  36. Laura says:

    I hardly ever comment, since I don’t have a blog, but when I saw these, I just had to tell you how beautiful they are. I know 5 million commenters before me have said the same thing, but it’s ok to hear it once more, right? Thanks for all the terrific recipes. Every one I’ve made so far has been superb!

  37. Holy moly these are awesome!! Heart healthy cake pancakes..perfect!

  38. Aly says:

    You had me at red velvet. I only wish you’d posted this before Valentine’s Day so I could’ve made it my V Day breakfast :(.

  39. Wow, those are lovely pancakes! I try to take care of my heart through diet and exercise, as well as attempting to de-stress. Whenever I feel myself getting stressed about something (or clenching my teeth, and I tend to do) I try and calm myself down for my heart’s sake!

  40. I love all things red velvet! Thanks for the recipe girlie girl, I’ve made red velvet pancakes and cupcakes with steamed, mashed beets instead of oil or applesauce/pumpkin. Works like a charm, and makes them gorgeous!

  41. Those are some impressively low calorie pancakes!

  42. Those pancakes look amazing!! I try to eat healthy (lots of veggies and oatmeal!) and stay active to stay healthy. Also, I think doing the things that make you happy keep you healthy too! So I try to hang out with friends and eat chocolate whenever I can :)

  43. Gina says:

    Heck yeah I will be making these! Thank you, dear :).

  44. abby says:

    ahh katie, these look SO freaking delicious! i can’t stand it! get in ma mouth now! i want to eat them right up, but i’ll hafta wait until i get home. boo. oh and i don’t have oat bran, but maybe i’ll use regular oats, crushed a little, and they’ll be kinda like your oatmeal cookie crepe cakes. what do you think?
    love u so much!

  45. ah I just made similar pancakes to these yesterday, yours look amazing !

    1. Yours look beautiful! I love the heart shape!

  46. Katie these look wonderful! Vegan pancakes can be tricky to get right and you clearly got these right!

    And the cream cheese icing is where it’s at for me. :)

    Heart healthy…I eat mostly plants, I exercise and stay active, I do yoga :)

    1. Haha yeah, skip the pancakes and go straight for the frosting. I like your thinkin :).

  47. Emily K. says:

    I LOVE all of your single-lady creations. As a single lady, I always have leftover pancakes. Sometimes I’ll freeze them, but really, who wants to eat defrosted pancakes?

    1. well… I do, actually hehe. So send me your leftovers! 😉

  48. Wait these look AWESOME. And I’m OBSESSED with the ingredients- so simple and just easy to throw together!! Ahh bookmarked :)

  49. OH YUM. Consider this page ‘bookmarked’ 😀

  50. Lauren @ Get Healthy Lauren says:

    Oh yum! I made pancakes for Valentine’s Day, but they did NOT look this beautiful. Now I want to make yours. Love the blog, btw!

  51. Iris says:

    Yum! I love doing kundalini yoga. Not that I ever had high blood pressure, but since I’ve started practicing kundalini yoga, my blood pressure has been lower than normal.

    1. L. says:

      I’m with you. Yoga grounds me and is the best stress relief I’ve ever found!

  52. Drooling here!!! 😉
    I do everything you listed for staying heart healthy! I also get lots of rest!
    Any your pancake pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!! :)

  53. Jenny says:

    Oooh those look heavenly! The wonders a vegan food-genius and a bit of red food colouring will produce! :) Though, now I wonder what blue pancakes might look like, hmm… Anyway, love your simple directions!

    To stay healthy… I do lots of things! I try to maintain a good balance between my leisure time and work/study time, and fill my leisure time with many activities I love – painting, reading, drawing, cooking… At the same time, I try to enjoy my study time by appreciating how interesting the stuff I’m studying actually is. I have to randomly say, though, that I also appreciate bloggers like you who share healthy recipes that taste just as delicious as – if not more than – the “unhealthy” versions. Helps keep our hearts AND palates happy. 😀

    1. I bet blue would even be better! But then again, I’m biased towards the color. Now I want to try omitting the red and adding blueberries!

  54. Pardon me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard… 😉

  55. Hela says:

    sweet post! as usual :)
    I love to workout (ZUMBA is a great workout for mood-lifting), eat healthy, try to avoid stress, talk about problems instead of paper over the cracks, and, last, but not least: surround myself with people and things I love :)

  56. VERY very nice~ 😀 *drool* I exercise a lot, try to eat as many healthy foods as possible as well some unhealthy every now and then, and have good influences around me!

  57. michelle says:

    These look amazing….I’m going to make them for my kids dinner tonight!

  58. RV cake is favorite, this IS an awesome idea! Thank you People Mag 😛

  59. L. says:

    Oh my, these look delicioso, Katie! Obviously, I already had breakfast today. Do you think I can wait until tomorrow… Hmmm, might have to eat these for dinner!

  60. emma says:

    “Fi fi fo fum, I wish these pancakes were in my tum!!”

  61. Jen says:

    You and your extremely low calorie foods. It’s getting old already. 130 calories does not constitute as a meal, especially when you’re as thin as you are, and exercise like you do. You’re always denying that you have an issue with food, but I’d beg to differ..

    1. Normally I wouldn’t bother to respond to this, but I do need to point out that you’re making assumptions here. You have no idea if that’s all I ate for breakfast, or what my other meals of the day were. In fact, you don’t even know if I made those pancakes for me or for someone else. If something on my blog is “getting old” to you, please feel free to stop reading.

      1. Jen says:

        A 130 calorie meal, regardless of who’s eating it, is not representative of a meal. And although the person eating it may very well have supplemented the pancakes with something else, it still most likely wouldn’t be enough to make for an entire meal. You talk so much about “healthy eating,” and what people have yet to realize is that under eating, or taking in extremely few calories is just as detrimental, if not more so, than overeating. I just feel as though your philosophies are constantly contradicting themselves, and you are not sending a positive message to your blog readers. I’m not trying to taunt you in any way, just stating my feelings based on observing you posting a conglomerate of “low calorie,” “fat free,” “sugar free” recipes. It’s concerning.

        1. Sarah says:

          Hi Katie,
          I wanted to tell you I think you’re so fantastic. I know I’ve emailed you about this before, but I wanted to say it here. I also wanted to say that I am in recovery from an eating disorder, so it’s obvious to me that Jen has one too. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be so “concerned” with what someone else was eating. It’s a characteristic of an eating disorder, so please don’t take her unwarranted comments to heart.

          Jen, if you have a problem with Katie’s blog, stop reading! When I was in the throes of my ed, I had to stop reading blogs altogether because they were so triggering to me. But please don’t harass innocent people. Besides, if you really paid attention to Katie’s blog, you’d know she doesn’t undereat by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t know anyone who’d call a 3000-a-day diet undereating. Maybe a bodybuilder?

          Katie’s blog, and her philosophy, has been an ENORMOUS help in my recovery. More so than ANY other blog. So thank you, Katie.

        2. Melissa says:


          She added cream cheese icing AND tons of cocoa nibs! I DO have food issues and therefore I know how much those added to the calorie count. Yes, undereating is bad. I’m in therapy myself to deal with it and the emotional issues that are causing my food issues. Katie, however, doesn’t strike me as having any of the rubbish nonsense food crap that I do. She’s what I WISH I could be like around food. She eats when hungry, eats what she likes to eat, doesn’t seem to fear calories, doesn’t fear healthy fats or carbs, doesn’t avoid goodies/desserts and is active and seems to love her body for what it can do, rather than how it looks.

          I hope, one day, that I’m as level as she is (and I hope that it happens before I run out of $ for therapy!)

          I know it’s easy to project. I’m guilty of it myself – when food/eating is such a scary thing it’s easy to try to normalize your own bad brain stuff by assuming everyone is thinking/feeling/acting like you are. I was SURE my bestie was having similar food issues as me, I was sure she wasn’t eating enough and was exercising too much. I even accused her of it. And she smacked me down good and hard. I was projecting my own issues on to her. She’s actually 1000% more normal about food than I am but I just assumed that since we share some behaviors/opinions she must have the same sort of subclinical ED stuff I’m dealing with. She doesn’t. Neither does Katie.

          Katie, thanks for your blog. This stuff is ridiculously hard and I find that the more I’m around people who are normal about food, the harder it is to stay in my bad brain space and the less scary food becomes.

    2. lavendar says:

      a bit late but i added the ingredients individually using the brands i get at the supermarket and the recipe comes out to 250 calories. adding the cream cheese + choc chippies this does equate a meal.

  62. Mmmmm says:

    Just to say I’ve never commented before but I love your recipes and have tried a few of them with great success (well… I discovered that peanuts don’t necessarily sub well for coconut, lol). Although as an occasional calorie counter, I have to say – those counts can’t be accurate, can they? Unless you’re using very different ingredients to the ones I’m used to. The wheat flour (about 75 cals for 20g) and oat bran (about 50-75 cals for 20g) alone would be 130, and that’s before counting the milk, cocoa or vanilla extract. I mean, I’d love to be wrong, but are you sure as to the counts? (I understand that you’re only doing it as a service anyway – personally, I always work them out myself anyway, just so I know what I’m doing *g*)

    1. Hey mmmm,
      I actually went by cups for this, not grams. My flour says it’s 100c for 1/4 cup, so 50 for 2T. And oats are 150 for 1/2 cup, so 35ish for 2T, plus I added 10 for the extra tsp. 10 for the cocoa, and then I added some for the milk and extracts.
      Did I do something wrong? I will admit, I’m not exactly experienced with this lol. But I do want to be accurate, so I don’t mess up the people who want to use the numbers.

      1. Mmmmm says:

        Oh, I see your reasoning (and I am sorry if you feel like you’re being picked on today, if you know what I mean!). My calculations were – using the net, that ‘infallible’ resource:

        1 cup (US) wholewheat flour = 120g, therefore 20g = 1/6 cup = 67 cals
        1 cup oat bran = 94g (love the accuracy), therefore 20g = 1/5 cup = 60 cals
        2 Tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened) = 15g = 25 cals (yours might be much lower, or it might have been teaspoons instead of tablespoons?)
        95ml Almond Breeze = 25 cals
        baking powder + vanilla extract = 10 cals roughly

        giving a total of roughly 180 cals per serving by my estimate. I guess really it just reflects the difference between weight and volume measurements, which I hadn’t considered since I always weigh. And I do feel bad about doing this now, since I know my first response would probably be “fine, I’m never giving calorie counts again!” but I thought since I’d opened the can of worms to begin with I’d go through with it. But at least I see how you got your counts now, so thanks for your very gracious reply! I still think your recipes are fabulous and I hope you don’t give up helping people out on nutritional data because of one picky commenter :)

        1. Oh my gosh, I was TOTALLY fine with your comment! In fact, I really love when people help me out in areas where I’m admittedly not so strong. That’s how I learn! I have always marveled at the fact that gram measurements are not synonymous with cup measurements (such as with oats– how are they allowed to say that 40g is a 1/2 cup?!). But until your comment, I never even thought to carry that idiosyncrasy over to calories. If I’m going to bother listing the counts anyway, I’d be embarrassed to have them listed wrong, so please do always check for me and let me know if I make a mistake! It does tend to happen… every once in a while lol ;).

  63. I want pancakes, now, please :) haha

    For me, I try to workout out daily as well as work on my stress levels to help my heart!

  64. Lindsay says:

    You come up with the most amazing recipes – I am always impressed! Thank you so much for sharing and keep it up!! :)

  65. Holy wow I need to have these ASAP!
    To keep my heart healthy I exercise. Every time I get my heart rate checked people say “So I bet you exercise” guess it shows!

  66. Did someone say Pancakes???? Bookmarked! :)

  67. BroccoliHut says:

    Glorious! Ever since my sister had her wedding cake made out of red velvet cake, I’ve been kind of obsessed with anything red velvet. Glorious!
    To keep my heart healthy, I eat plenty of MUFAs (monounsaturated fats) like avocado and almond butter:)

  68. Kari says:

    Hello heaven on a plate. So that’s where you’ve been hiding.

  69. Claire says:

    Katie, these are gorgeous! Just made a batch and added in some raspberries so not quite red velvet but every bit as tasty 😀

    1. Aw wow, Claire, you’re so fast! I’m so excited you liked them. And raspberry-chocolate is the BEST combination known to man. Seriously, even better than chocolate-coconut, I think. So I bet they were even MORE tasty than mine!

  70. Caro says:

    Just made these and topped with maple syrup and blueberries. Loved it. I used normal skimmed milk as I’m not vegan, they worked well, were super yummy and made the perfect amount for one person.

    1. Yay! Caro, I’m so excited you tried them! :) :)

  71. Katie, the pancakes looks soo good! I wasn’t hungry a minute ago, but I am now!! LOL!

    I’m glad you’re focusing on heart health, since heart disease is the #1 killer of women. I think everyone should educate themselves on the disease and focus on prevention. My favorite things to do are exercise, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and allow myself treats every now and then (you can’t be good all the time). :) I think it’s also important to “try” to set aside some Me time, so you can de-stress and do something you enjoy. Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now! This is just an important topic for me! Thanks blogging about it!!!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Parita. I’m thinking of doing another (more-personal) post about it, maybe later this week. I agree 100% with you that it’s SUCH an important issue!

  72. Oh. My. Goodness. I must make these now! They look amazing!

  73. Alyson says:

    Those look so yummy and decadent! Definitely the type of thing someone could make for sunday breakfast and get away with. 😉 I always say that Sunday morning is pancake/french toast/waffle morning. Something aside from the traditional bowl of oats, cereal, or some toast. 😉 To be heart healthy, I watch my intake of sodium (at least typically!) and I exercise a lot and am always active (i.e. running about 12-20 miles a week, rock climbing, weight lifting, ab workouts, and yoga to top it off). This girl loves to move! :) I also eat well, making sure to get all the vitamins and minerals necessary! :)
    😀 Yay hearts!
    Also, happy late Valentine’s Day

  74. Maureen says:

    These Red Velvet Pancakes look astounding!

  75. Heather says:

    Those pancakes look like pure Heaven Katie! And the cream cheese icing just “tops the cake”! Haha! Pun totally intended!

    I do my best to eat plenty of heart healthy fats, fruits, veggies, and whole grains and to exercise often. Take care of your heart and it will take care of you!

  76. Shannon says:

    I made these this morning, SO DELICIOUS!

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

  77. Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I only just tasted red velvet cake for the first time about 2-3 weeks ago, and it was amazing! So amazing, that it’s the flavor I choose for my wedding cake! I can’t wait to make these!

  78. Karina says:

    oh. my. goodness. i just made these and i am speechless!! THESE ARE SO DELICIOUS!!! 😀 😀 😀 i was skeptical at first for some reason but i followed the recipe exactly except omitted the food dye and added a packet of splenda. i licked the spoon after i mixed it all up and almost stopped right there to eat all the batter!! it tastes just like brownies! and the nutritional stats are amazing….i might just go make another batch now….i mean today is mardi gras haha but anyway thank you so much for this recipe!!! i wish i had a blog to praise this on for you!!

  79. Christina says:

    Another blogger recommended these! I can’t wait to make them. :)

  80. Julia says:

    I just made these and came straight onto your blog to tell you how yummy they were! I didn’t have whole wheat pastry flour, so I used 1 tbsp whole wheat flour & one tbsp all-purpose. And I used agave to sweeten. They were delicious! Thanks for sharing such a healthy & delicious recipe, Katie :)

  81. Malika says:

    It’s almost 11 PM here and I can’t wait for the morning to come to make these! Oh my gosh Katie this recipe is GENIUS. You’re spectacular.. I recently found your blog and honestly in just a few days you’ve become one of my favorite bloggers! I love your passion for healthy eating yet still eating fun and enjoying life and it’s goodies… CHOCOLATE. You’re amazing and a role model to me. I know that may sound weird but being honest here (: I’ll let you know how these go tomorrow!

    1. Aww aww aww!!! I woke up to this comment, and it made my morning!

      1. Malika says:

        Aww I’m glad I made YOUR morning because YOU made MY morning! Ahh these were just as spectacular as I thought they’d be.. Ahh I want to make them for lunch too…. I mean it is Saturday. Anyway I can’t wait to make more of your creations! Thank you for these amazing recipes!

  82. caroline says:

    i just made these. literally died they were SO good. definitley going to making these more often.

  83. Sabrina says:

    These pancakes really did taste naughty!!! I loved them :)

    1. Oh my gosh, so excited you tried them! :)

  84. Oh my goodness, I just found this, Katie! I MUST try these soon…and I’ll definitely let you know when I do!! So excited! :)

  85. Melissa says:

    Those look delish! What did you put on top with the cocoa powder? Looks like chocolate curls or nuts of some kind? Thanks!! I’m going to try making this into a waffle this weekend!! Yummy!

    1. They’re cacao nibs :).
      Let me know how the waffles turn out; that sounds incredible!

  86. Madison says:

    I just made these even though it’s after 8 in the evening! I used hot chocolate mix and they came out delicious. Hot chocolate pancakes!

    1. Yay!! And pancakes make an awesome nighttime snack! :)

  87. Val says:

    Having these for breakfast right now. Yum!

  88. Katharina says:

    Hey girl! So guess what I found out, and I thought I’d pass it on to you. When making red velvet anything you want to use the Dutch-processed cocoa and that’s what actually makes it red. Something in the way it gets processed makes it turn red. Just thought I’d pass on the tidbit to you :) and you love chocolate so this is perfect!


    1. Oh my gosh, girl this is soooooo coincidential! I never knew much about dutch-processed cocoa until TWO days ago! I couldn’t figure out why my brownies weren’t tasting like store-bought, and then I looked at the ingredients on the boxed mixes and saw “dutch processed” and looked it up. So funny you’d mention it now too! Love you! :)

  89. Odie says:

    yummiest morning treat everrrrr.

  90. Stacey Northup says:

    Katie, I just made these for an afternoon snack and they are sooo delicious!!! Tastes like I’m eating cake!!! Tomorrow I’m going to try your snickerdoodle blondies made with chickpeas. I’m loving your blog so much since I’m always looking for healthy recipes. Thanks for doing what you do! You’re awesome!

    1. Aw, thank YOU for such a sweet comment!

  91. Shaye says:

    this is such a delicious recipe but when i made them they would never come out to as many as 5-6, i could manage one big one, but even if i did smaller versions it would only come out to about 2 1/2 at most. How big are you supposed to make them?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Hi Shaye,
      I haven’t made these in a while… but I think I get around 5 small pancakes the size of my palm.

      1. lol that last comment was from me! :)

  92. Shaye says:

    oh okay thanks, the taste and nutritional aspects work out the same no matter how big they are made. I liked having one big one, it was delicious and filling.

  93. Grace says:

    Katie, these pancakes were delicious and super satisfying. You’re a complete genius! I can’t tell you how many of your recipes I’ve made in the past week, your blog has proved that healthy and delicious can go hand in hand.

  94. Michael says:

    These look incredible! And I really like that you cut out the sugar/made it optional.
    My one wish would be- is there a gluten-free version of these?

    thanks Katie!!

    1. Hey Michael!

      Have you ever tried using Bob’s gluten-free mix? I never have, but a lot of other commenters say it works really well. If you try it, let me know how it goes! :)

  95. Michael says:

    I actually am a big fan of Pamela’s gluten-free mix, but either way, will let you know when I try it, Katie– thanks!!

  96. anonymous says:

    i just did a little trial run of these and saved the batter in the fridge for tomorrow and oh my gosh theyre DELICIOUS, its like eating something sooo decadent for breakfast! i have a little trouble with them sticking though! i used rice milk instead of almond, maybe that’s why? i added a little canola oil to the batter and to the pan, and still they stuck! i was wondering if anyone had any tips.

    also, katie, im currently in treatment for an eating disorder and i just wanted to say your blog has been a saving grace for me. my eating is carefully monitored by my parents to make sure im getting in the right foods, and with recipes like these i get so excited to have a little treat while being at peace of mind with what im putting in my body. im slowly but surely making my way toward recovery and a happier, healthier life, and your blog has helped me see food differently, as something that will help me instead of hurt me. thank you for being amazing and doing what you do.

    1. Aww that makes me so so happy. And also, it really sounds like you’re on the right path to getting a healthy life back!!

      For the pancakes, do you spray the pan with oil spray before cooking? I like Spectrum coconut oil spray.

  97. Holy cow these are INCREDIBLE looking!

  98. Alissa says:

    Red velvet for breakfast?! Delicious! I think next we should get some red velvet flavored healthy ice cream up in here! :-)

  99. jim says:

    OMG!! I can’t wait to try these. I love, LOVE your blog! Thanks so much… :-)

  100. catalinamaya says:

    Looks delectable — only one problem though: I inadvertently picked up wheat bran instead of oat bran! Would this still work? (and be palatable, too?)

    Oh, and as for the cheesecake sauce, would just regular cream cheese work as a topping, or should I add, perhaps, milk or melt it before spreading?

    I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving, and sorry for my very verbose questions! :(

    1. Sorry, I don’t know about the wheat bran q.
      And yes, you can of course top it with whatever you want :).

      1. catalinamaya says:

        I just made it for breakfast with wheat bran, and it turned out great! :)

        Now my 5 year old and 6 year old brothers want me to make it for them for tomorrow’s breakfast — with chocolate chips galore! 😀

  101. Misty says:

    Wow, these are rich! I needed a late night PMS chocolate fix, and this was it! I topped them with Tofutti sour cream and a dusting of powdered sugar. Yum!

  102. Kat Creamer says:

    I am quite anxious to try these. Came across your blog via Gina come up with some amazing alternatives! However, I am lactose intolerant. I have found that vegan deserts work best for me. No chance of getting sick! Your blog has been added to my daily list. Thank you for making recipes I can eat with out substitutions!

  103. Helen says:

    Hey Katie! I made these pancakes today and they were delicious! I LOVE CHOCOLATE. I used all whole wheat pastry flour though, and I ran out of vanilla extract. These were still awesome! I also added a small packet of Splenda to add some sweetness. Thanks again for the recipe!


  104. alyssa n. says:

    I used dutch European cocoa and used brown sugar and reduced the milk it tasted

  105. alyssa n. says:

    I used dutch European Cocoa, reduced the milk, and used brown sugar. and it tasted EXACTLY like brownie batter!! I ate the whole batch raw!! it was sooo good!!! I even put some on top of my waffles….OH MY GOSH DELICIOUS!

  106. Charlène says:

    I just love this recipe! I even take out the baking powder and eat them raw, just by the spoonful… delish! Could be a great spread for bread.

  107. Melissa says:

    Could I do all oats instead of flour?

  108. Now that is my kind of pancake!! I think I just died and went to heaven! OMG! I am making those tonight. Yes, tonight…because I am not waiting for breakfast! OMG!

  109. sadia says:

    hi katie,
    these were amazing! We just ate these on bed and felt like we got room service at a 5 star hotel.
    my only question is, how did you get 5-6 pancakes? I got 4 even after adding a little extra milk. what size do you make your pancakes?
    also, do you think you could designate a section for reviews of people who’ve already made or tried the recipe? sometime I want to know how people whove tried the recipe feel about it rather than read posts about how they look amazing (which they do).
    I made mine with skim milk, self rising all purpose flour and 1.5 packets of stevia. I topped with a mixture of milk, ff cool whip and ff cream cheese. pretty amazing!

  110. Mercedes says:

    Hi Katie,

    I’ve recently stumbled on your blog & I have to tell you I am in love! Red Velvet is my absolute weakness (and the rest of your recipes look amazing!). I do have a quick question for you.. I’m currently on weight watchers points plus program and to calculate the points value based off of nutrional information you need to include carbs as well. Does this recipe have any beyond trace amounts?

  111. SarahB. says:

    I totally had these for breakfast….and they were amazing!

    They tasted like brownies! <3 I stacked up the 4 pancakes in layers of pancake, yogurt, pancake, yogurt, pancake, yogurt, pancake, yogurt, sprinkles. <3.

    I just found your blog earlier this week. Your recipes are AMAZING. o'.'o

    Like, REALLY amazing. I'll be using these recipes for the rest of my life! 😀
    Thanks for being awesome!

    Lord Bless!

    p.s: I knew I wasn't the only oatmeal fanatic out there!

  112. Carroll says:

    These look sooo good!! Now i want some but its 9:30 at night….. hmmm breakfast for dessert anyone??? You should make a red velvet cake recipe………. love your blog!!!

  113. Frolicks says:

    Does the “T” stand for tablespoon or teaspoon?

  114. emilie says:

    these pancakes are great!! I omitted the oil, and it still tasted great!! i didn’t think they tasted to good with out anything on them so i just put a little sugar free syrup and yum!!! was it great!!

  115. Laura says:

    sorry for the dumb question, but in the measurements, what does T stand for? Never seen that unit before…

  116. Trajayjay says:

    I actually think eggs are heart healthy. And the cholesterol doesn’t really affect us as much as we’ve been told to think. Eggs have omega-3’s and are relatively low in the “bad” saturated stuff. I avoid shortening and other trans fats and I eat a lot of nuts. I also do coconut oil and avoid cheap, easily-oxidized oils.

    I also run a lot.

    I don’t plan on smoking or drinking excessively. And I’m not obese, yet.

  117. Kerry says:

    Do you have a healthy red velvet cake recipe? Or can I just make this into a bigger batch and make it as a cake instead of pancakes? My middle girl is turning 4 on Friday and she wants red velvet cake, I want healthy …hoping to make us both happy. :)

  118. Jocelyn says:

    I’m sorry for my stupidity right now but, does T stand for cup or tbsp?

  119. helen says:

    Hi. What’s the carb info please?

  120. Yvette says:

    These pancakes are great! Except using all your first options (real sugar and oil) I get 300 calories for the one serving. Not sure where your calculations are differing from mine?

  121. xkale says:

    These look yummy :) I am trying to cut right back on refined sugar so I am kinda happy to find this blog. One thing I’d like to mention though is that organic eggs, butter and saturated fats are actually healthy. It’s not actually these that clog arteries. Skimmed milk and such is the culprit, because skimming it disperses the remaining fat molecules throughout the milk. These molecules are then small enough to slip in to your bloodstream where they lodge because naturally they wouldn’t be there at all. Polyunsaturated fats are likely to increase the possibility of cancer and slow your metabolism. I agree that sugar is a bad idea, but some of the healthiest long living people in the world have a diet consisting of around 40% saturated fat. It is only since we started relying on low fat this and reduced that that we’ve had heart problems on such a scale.