breakfast gluten-free pancakes/waffles/french toast

Red White & Blueberry Pancakes

June 26, 2014

It only took 5 days after the release of the ecookbook for me to start cooking breakfast foods again. Clearly I have a problem. Speaking of problems, have you ever started playing on photoshop and before you know it you have like 35 layers and the American flag colours (should I write colors?) plastered across the screen? Just me?

In my defence, I only get one day a year amongst the sea of Canadian holidays to R-E-P-R-E-S-E-N-T so today I am proud to be an American (where at least I know I’m free…).

Red White and Blueberry Pancakes // #4thofJuly

Sadly, I had to request the assistance of my American compatriots (aka C and Lee) for 4th of July recipe ideas. All they came up with was Apple Pie. Not a bad idea, but not exactly what I associate with the 4th. Then again I’m the Canadian who inherited US citizenship and says things like “eh” and “pardon”.

Since C and Lee were entirely unhelpful and I’m clearly useless, I went with the next best thing…pancakes. The clever title just came along for the ride. To go along with my attempted detox I discussed yesterday, I am back to hiding vegetables in your food. We’re just gonna ignore the copious amounts of maple syrup I poured on top. In this case, I’ve not-so-sneakily hidden beets in your pancakes instead of using the always classic Red #4. Ew no thanks.

Red White And Blueberry Pancakes // #4thofJulyIf you check out Pinterest right now, there is a descent chance you will be bombarded by pictures of red white and blue cakes, drinks and frozen treats. Not enough pancakes IMO. It truly baffles me how some people ignore festive recipes for the best meal of the day. The 4th of July is not strictly reserved for lunch and dinner, people!

For the record, it also isn’t reserved for butter and sugar. These gluten-free and dairy-free pancakes want to celebrate too! Now before all you Canadians go calling me a traitor, the obvious solution for Canada Day festivities (July 1st) is to just remove the blueberries. As delicious as they may be, they kind of kill the red and white vibe. But if you replaced them with white chocolate chips, I don’t anticipate any Canadian OR American would mind…


Red White & Blueberry Pancakes

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 pancakes (5 red and 5 white) 1x


  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour*
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk-divided
  • 1/4 cup cooked beet puree
  • 1 cup blueberries


  1. For cooking the beet, I cook it in tinfoil in a 425 degree oven for 1 hour and then remove and peel the skins before chopping.
  2. Combine oat flour, baking powder and sea salt in a large bowl. Divide ingredients equally between two bowls.
  3. In a separate bowl combine applesauce, egg, maple syrup and vanilla but NOT almond milk. Divide wet mixture equally between two bowls.
  4. Add half of almond milk (1/4 cup + 2T) to one of the wet mixture bowls and stir.
  5. Take the other half of the almond milk and blend with cooked beet puree until smooth. Add to other wet mixture bowl.
  6. Add one wet mixture to one dry mixture bowl and stir. Do the same with the other so you have one red pancake mix and one white.
  7. Divide blueberries evenly between the red and the white bowls.**
  8. Add coconut oil to a skillet or large pan and add 1/3 cup batter for each pancake.
  9. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until edge is cooked before flipping and cooking for another minute.
  10. Serve warm topped with additional berries and maple syrup (or toppings of choice)


*make oat flour by grinding up rolled oats in a blender OR use whole wheat flour. **skip this step for Canada Day.

Red White and Blueberry Pancakes // #4thofJuly

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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    June 26, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Hahaha skip this step if Canadian.

    Are you like Katy Perry on the fourth of July? Apparently she’s a firework.

    She’s my favourite fourth of july food.

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      June 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      you two crack me up! get it.. firework… crack!

      p.s. if you need an another american to taste test these recipes, give me a holler!

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    meredith @The Cookie ChRUNicles
    June 26, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Is it weird that I don’t have a fourth of july food favorite?

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    June 26, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Hmmmm. Applesauce in Pancakes – neeed to try that!!
    I am Swiss – our flag is red and white!! I clearly have to make them for 1st of August. Switzerlands birthday 🙂

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    June 26, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Love the patriotic pancakes! I’ll be celebrating 4th of July in Vegas this year, so who knows what I’ll be getting into!

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    Tina Muir
    June 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Yum yum yum! They look wonderful, and they are healthier than normal, and most of all…I LOVE pancakes, so thats win win win for me! Thanks for sharing, I am also a fellow non-usa blogger….but I will jump on the 4th july bandwagon as I live here 🙂

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    June 26, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Yay…pancakes!!! Pancakes are my favs and I could definitely eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! These look delish!

    I’m not sure how we’re spending 4th of July yet, but it’s likely we’ll be going to a family BBQ.

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    Nikki @ grab your kicks
    June 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I always think about fruit pizza on the 4th (in the shape of the flag). These look delicious, as always. We’re running a 5k the morning of the 4th then, making these bad boys after. Yum! Maybe they’ll make me run faster?

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    June 26, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I love the natural beet red coloring on those pancakes! Heck yes to sneaking in veggies! Yum, Yum Yum!
    I don’t think I have a fav 4th food – but I will use any excuse to eat pancakes! 🙂

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    June 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I love the asterisk for Canada Day, because who cares if you don’t like blueberries! Only remove them for Canada Day!! Just kidding, I get what you’re doing. I’m just in a shit giving mood. I actually think I’m going to make these on the 4th, depending on what I’m doing later that day if I have time .

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    June 26, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Ahhh I love it. I’m always like ‘Miguel what should I make?!’ He’s equally as helpful as C and Lee haha.

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    June 26, 2014 at 9:22 am

    They’re so pretty! Can you taste any beets? Not a beet fan, so maybe I’ll do just white and blue. 😉

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    June 26, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Ohh, I need more pancakes in my life. Think if I tell my husband they’re made with beets he’ll think they’re healthy?

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    Christie - Food Done Light
    June 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Love this twist on July 4th. Why should breakfast be forgotten? It is the most important meal of the day.

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    June 26, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Loving the look of these pancakes! I’m a little intimidated by cooked beet puree…I need to give it a whirl though!

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    June 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I agree! Bring on more 4th of July breakfast recipes! These look delish and I love your drizzle pic with the syrup. Mhmm 🙂

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    June 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I just pinned these… I seriously can’t wait to make them. Also love your “**skip this step for Canada Day.”. I’ll be traveling on Canada Day… how do I celebrate??? Can we make USA x Canada pancakes when we go to Leafs/Pens?? xoxo

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    June 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe you got those pancakes to turn out so beautifully with beets! Who knew! I’m going to force my mother to make these for me. I suck at pancakes! I can never cook them right! Haha. These are beautiful! Must go pin!

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    Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next
    June 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    These pancakes look amazing! So unique using beets! Definitely got to try the recipe out!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    June 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Are you allowed to use maple syrup on American pancakes? 😛 And I seriously lol’d at the ** note 😉

    I don’t think I’ll be celebrating the 4th, but I’m hoping to catch the fireworks and downtown festivities on the 1st… assuming grandma status doesn’t hit hard considering it’ll be a freaking Tuesday. Totally unfair that the Americans got a Friday to celebrate and we had to get stuck with what’s probably the worst day of the week 😡

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    June 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    NOM!! My favorite breakfast food along with a side of patriotism? I’ll take some! I love love love any holiday celebrating my country. I seriously adore red, white and blue, so the 4th is up there with one of my all time favorite holidays. I grew up with my 4th of July’s being at Daddy’s where its about 110 degrees in July, so for food we typically stuck with BBQ chicken, lots of watermelon and a quick no fuss salad!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    June 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve never tried using beets as red food dye, but I love that idea!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    June 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    The have just GOT to be the prettiest pancakes I’ve ever damn seen! Seriously impressed. The beet just killllls it! Eat extra for me while I’m europing on the 4th 🙂

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    June 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    These are sooooo pretty. I love that you used beets, smart choice! Pancakes are just about as American as you can get for breakfast. YUM.

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    June 27, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Welcome to the dark side..muahaha. When I was a kid, I thought my Canadian cousins were so polite for saying “pardon.” Now I know it’s just a Canadian thing. Hm. 😉
    But YES to patriotic pancakes!! And no red dye!

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    June 27, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I kind of love that you’re back to breakfasting! And I can’t figure out what to make for the 4th either, and I’m a born and bred American…so what does that say about me? LOL.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    June 27, 2014 at 9:39 am

    this is so freaking smart – love the beet puree!

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    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake
    June 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

    These look amazing! Yes, love the beet puree! I see people do that and I’m like “so smart!” Better than fake dyes!

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    Vicky and Ruth / May I Have That Recipe?
    June 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    What a great recipe! Breakfast food are just great and the use of beet puree, just brilliant!

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    Mary Frances
    June 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Beets? You are a genius. Plain breakfast genius! I love how cute these are when layered together – so festive and honestly, right up there with apple pie (I <3 apple pie; it IS a fourth of july thang!)

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    June 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    These pictures are mouthwatering… I can never get enough pancakes in my life! YAY for the 4th of July!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs
    June 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Oh well I’m not American but I wouldn’t miss a chance to have these lovely pancakes for breakfast on the 4th! Seriously they look ever so adorable that I’m not even sure whether I’d be able to eat them or I’d be too afreaid to do so because pretty eeeek. I’m really loving these! xx

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    June 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    So fun & pretty!!! Totally forgot to make a themed-related food for my blog this week. D’oh!

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    July 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I love pancakes so pinned this on pinterest, although I’m British & haven’t tried it yet! Another Pinterest user asked me this question about the photo on my pin:
    ‘How do you put the lines and text and stars in? So (do?) you use an app?’
    Could you help in answering this question as I have no idea how to answer it? Thanks so much. I will let her know I have put this question to you.
    Looking forward to trying the recipe, they look YUMMY!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Hi Livvie! Thanks for reaching out. I put the text, lines and stars in using photoshop shapes tool. If you have photoshop, it’s super simple!

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Hi Davida! Thanks for the quick reply! Have posted it back to the person who asked the question on Pinterst.
    Thanks again! Livvie.

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    plasterer bristol
    March 11, 2016 at 2:25 am

    This is a delicious recipe, big thanks for sharing this, gonna make these today.


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    masala girl
    June 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    davida these sound amaaazing! beets in everything <3 <3

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