So when she says pink, holly cow does she mean pink! Here is the batter before I added the pancake mix and the apples. Isn't it crazy that you should eat anything that color? And that is the part that's making it somewhat nutritious?
And of course I had to go and jack up the recipe by making it gluten free. I used gluten fee Bisquick, and it turned out pretty well. I did end up adding extra water because the batter was super thick. I'm not sure if that was because of the GFness or just how the recipe was supposed to turn out. But I've never had good luck with thick pancake batter; the insides never seem to get done.
It looked even more crazy in the black, cast iron skillet.
So the results were mixed. The pancake batter tasted great. The vanilla was really nice and masked the flavor of the beets, which were hardly noticeable. But again, I have the worst time with pancakes! I just couldn't get them done in the middle. Maybe I need a griddle? I used both the cast iron and a non-stick just to get them done faster, and I had the same problem with both. If you have some advice, please let me know.
So the conclusion on this one is that next time I will use the batter with my waffle maker and I think they will totally rock. It has a little light that turns green when the waffle is done, which apparently is more my style.
Matt really liked them and thought that the beet flavor was pretty distant, although he said every once in a while he got a bigger taste of it (I think it was mental...). Addy ate about a half a pancake before she gave up and wanted to move on to something else, so I am calling it a success. I gave her this little one to try at the end of the meal and she actually bit into it. Of course right after this picture she shoved it all in her mouth and promptly spit it out. But I'm not counting that one, I'm only counting the first half she actually ate.