These gorgeous blue pancakes are a treat for the whole family! Naturally colored with butterfly pea powder, these pancakes are not only fun to eat, but they are healthy too! Make them with traditional ingredients like milk and butter, or dairy-free like we do at home. Top them with fresh fruit, whipped cream, or syrup to make it a breakfast or brunch item that EVERYONE will look forward to!
- Why Should I Make Blue Pancakes?
- What Is Butterfly Pea Powder?
- Why Should I Use Butterfly Pea Powder To Make Blue Pancakes?
- What You Need To Make Pancakes With Butterfly Pea Powder
- How To Make Blue Pancakes (With Slideshows)
- What To Serve With Indigo Blue-Colored Pancakes
- Can I Use Gluten-Free Flour To Make Blue Pancakes?
- Can I Make Blue Waffles Instead of Pancakes?
- Can I Store and Reheat These Blue Pancakes?
At our house, weekends are made for leisurely breakfasts – or brunches – when time allows (like when I prepare our favorite shakshuka with Spanish chorizo).
And because there is more time, I can pay a little extra attention to the details so that it becomes a more enjoyable way to spend that time with my family!
My children love these blue pancakes so much that I occasionally cave in to their requests to have them for dinner – and because they are naturally colored with healthy butterfly pea powder, I don’t feel like I am cheating them out on a nutritious meal ( like this Italian roasted chicken with a side of crispy brussel sprouts). I also often make them dairy-free without milk or butter, like this lime drizzle loaf cake!
Why Should I Make Blue Pancakes?
- You should make blue pancakes because they are fun! I enjoy seeing the delight on my children’s faces when they get a little surprise or something special out of the blue (no pun intended :))!
- You should also make them because instead of using artificial food coloring and dyes, you are adding an all-natural ingredient with health benefits (and the perfect opportunity to sneak in some nutrients the kids enjoy eating for a change, like these no-bake vegan flapjacks)! These blue pancakes are:
- Rich in bioflavonoids – antioxidants that treat inflammatory conditions (like rheumatoid arthritis), support blood circulation, and eye health.
- A good source of anthocyanins – the antioxidants found in purple-hued foods that boost the immune system and may improve brain function.
- High in vitamins A, C, and E – also known as the antioxidant vitamins that contain retinol (A), protection from free radicals (C), and tissue-healing properties (E).
What Is Butterfly Pea Powder?
Butterfly pea powder is made from the butterfly pea plant, a flower that is native to Thailand and other parts of southeast Asia. The flowers are indigo-colored (a shade of blue) which are dried and ground into a powder to be used as a natural food dye, as it has been used for hundreds of years. Also known as “blue matcha,” the powder is commonly used in herbal and bubble teas or mixed into yogurt and cocktails to create vibrant colors while imparting a light floral and the slightest earthy flavors. When consumed safely on a regular basis (daily), people report effects like reduced blood pressure, better mood (anti-depressant), longer hair, and increased lust.
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Why Should I Use Butterfly Pea Powder To Make Blue Pancakes?
Butterfly pea powder is an all-natural source of blue food coloring that has many health benefits as opposed to synthetic food dyes. And by using a natural blue food dye instead of synthetic to make pancakes for your family, you won’t have to worry about any side effects or potential health risks.
FD&C Blue no.2, also known as Indigotine, is the synthetic food dye approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for safe use as a food additive. However, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the use of FDA-approved food dyes including:
- Increased hyperactivity in children: Among many, a 2007 study linked hyperactivity to the consumption of synthetic food dyes (including FD&C Blue no.2) in nearly 300 preschool and primary school-aged children.
- Cancer: In a study done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), male rats that were given large amounts of synthetic blue food coloring had an increased development of brain cancer and other abnormal cell growth. As a result, the CSPI concluded that Blue no. 2 was not safe for human consumption.
As a result of studies like these, many food manufacturers in The United Kingdom and Europe have stopped using blue no.2 or added a “warning label” to their products that contain it.
What You Need To Make Pancakes With Butterfly Pea Powder
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring spoons/cups or kitchen scale
- Nonstick skillet or griddle
- All-purpose flour/gluten-free flour
- Baking powder
- Butterfly pea powder
- Milk /non-dairy milk
- Melted butter or oil
- Vanilla (optional)
How To Make Blue Pancakes (With Slideshows)
Mix the flour, baking powder, butterfly pea powder, sugar, and salt together in a mixing bowl until combined.
In a separate bowl, add the milk, eggs, and melted and cooled butter or oil and whisk together.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together just until combined – do not overmix the batter! Preheat your skillet while you allow the batter to rest.
Lightly oil a preheated non-stick skillet or griddle. Ladle the batter onto the skillet and allow the underside of the pancake to cook. Once the surface is bubbly and the edges are slightly browned, flip the pancake to continue cooking until done.
What To Serve With Indigo Blue-Colored Pancakes
You can serve these gorgeous blue pancakes with yummy toppings like:
- Fresh fruit – I love to use strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and kiwi to make funny face pancakes for the kids – plus they are rich in vitamin C and potassium!
- Coconut shavings or flakes – not only do they taste great, but they are full of healthy fats, fiber, and minerals like magnesium, selenium, and copper.
- Maple syrup – is a classic topping that is high in antioxidants and minerals like calcium, riboflavin, zinc, potassium, and magnesium.
- Whipped Cream (dairy/non-dairy) – besides calcium, full-fat cream adds vitamins A, D, E, and K.
- Hazelnut Spread (Nutella) – delicious cocoa and hazelnut treat for the family (with a touch of fiber)!
Can I Use Gluten-Free Flour To Make Blue Pancakes?
Yes, you can absolutely use gluten-free flour to make these natural blue pancakes! Simply use a gluten-free flour mix that is a 1:1 replacement for regular all-purpose flour and follow the recipe as usual!
Can I Make Blue Waffles Instead of Pancakes?
Yes, you can also make blue waffles – I do it all of the time! To make crispy waffles, simply modify the blue pancake recipe by adding:
- Two additional eggs
- Two extra tablespoons of butter or oil
Can I Store and Reheat These Blue Pancakes?
Yes, these pancakes keep well both in the refrigerator and freezer. To store, air-tight freezer bags work best. They will last for up to a week refrigerated and 5-6 months in the freezer. To reheat, simply reheat in a skillet on low-medium heat or a 150 F (70 C) oven until heated through.
Blue Pancakes (Healthy and All-Natural With Dairy-Free Option)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour) (250 grams)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp butterfly pea powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½-2 cups milk (or non-dairy milk) (355 – 470 ml)
- 2 eggs, medium-sized
- 2 tbsp melted butter (vegan butter, or neutral oil) (28 grams) plus extra for cooking
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl: flour, baking powder, butterfly pea powder, salt, sugar. Mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs into the milk. Add in the cooled, melted butter and vanilla extract (optional) and continue to whisk.
- Add the milk-egg-butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Gently stir until just combined – do not over-mix (it is fine to have lumps present in the batter)! Add more milk 1 tbsp at a time if the batter appears too thick. Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- While the batter is resting, preheat a non-stick skillet or griddle on medium heat.
- Add a bit of butter or oil to the skillet before cooking each pancake, if necessary. Once the butter or oil is heated, ladle the desired amount of batter into the skillet or griddle. Once bubbles appear on the top of the pancakes (after 2-4 minutes) gently flip and lightly brown the pancakes on the other side (additional 2-3 minutes).
- Serve the pancakes immediately with your choice of toppings. If needed, transfer the pancakes to a warm oven (200°F°/100°C) until ready to serve.
- The nutritional information listed below is WITHOUT the optional vanilla extract. Any nutritional information for gluten-free or non-dairy modifications of this recipe can be checked on a site such as: https://www.nutritionvalue.org/
Have you ever made blue pancakes or used butterfly pea powder in recipes?
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