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Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes

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!

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Published on February 15, 2011

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  1. 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 :).

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    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 😀

  6. 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!)

  7. 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!

  8. Maryann (The Balanced Bean) says

    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!).

  9. 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? 🙂

  10. Lauren @ WWoB says

    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!

    • chocolate-covered katie says

      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 ;).

      • Lauren @ WWoB says

        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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) says

    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!

  14. 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

  15. 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!

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