Green Vegan Pancakes
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Green Vegan Pancakes

Vegan Green Pancakes from Weelicious



In honor of St. Patrick's Day last year, Kenya's class asked the parents to volunteer to cook something in the classroom with the kids that was simple, fun and green. Kenya's teacher suggested "green pancakes", a brilliant idea, but without using food dye, how could it be done? I decided to marry emerald green spinach with my everyday Whole Wheat Pancake and Waffle Mix and let the kids put all the recipe ingredients in the blender to create an intriguing green batter. It was so much fun to watch 20 some odd Kindergarteners measure, blend, ladle, and work together at every turn, even eat the extra spinach leaves along the way as they cooked their little hearts out.

Vegan Green Pancakes from Weelicious

I must admit that I never found time to actually test the recipe idea before attempting it that day with the kids, and I knew I was going to be in big trouble with 24 six year-olds if the pancakes got botched. However...phew! Somewhat to my surprise, not only did the pancakes turn out gorgeous and green, but the kids loved eating them. In fact, Kenya's friend Alex's mother emailed me later to say that her son usually shunned green foods but now he wanted her to make the recipe for him!

Vegan Green Pancakes from Weelicious

I don't want kids with food allergies to miss out on the fun, so I made these pancakes vegan. They are just as light and fluffy as your favorite pancake recipe, but they're made without eggs or cow's milk. They feature a big dose of tender spinach in each bite and fruit from the banana or apple -- you can use either one in the recipe and get sweet and tender results. I expected that the kids in Kenya's class would have adorned their green stacks with maple syrup, but many of them gobbled up these naturally sweet green vegan pancakes as is, without any enhancements.

Vegan Green Pancakes from Weelicious

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Green Vegan Pancakes  (serves 4-6)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 5 mins,
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In honor of St. Patrick's Day last year, Kenya's class asked the parents to volunteer to cook something in the classroom with the kids that was simple, fun and green. Kenya's teacher suggested "green pancakes", a brilliant idea, but without using food...


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup rice, almond or soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or 1 mashed banana)
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach


  1. 1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. 2. Place the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. 3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. 4. Heat a large pan or griddle over medium heat and grease with oil.
  5. 5. Pour about 2 tablespoon of the pancake mixture onto the griddle, cook 2 minutes or until bubbles start forming on the surface and the bottom is golden brown.
  6. 6. Flip the pancakes and cook for 2 minutes longer.
  7. To Freeze: Allow to cool, place in a ziploc bag, label and freeze for up to 4 months. When ready, place in toaster oven or oven at 300 and heat for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  8. To Keep Warm: Place the pancakes in a 200F oven to keep warm until ready to serve.

Accompaniments: Serve with maple syrup or honey * I tested two batches: one with wheat flour and apple sauce which came out a lighter green and the other with spelt flour and banana which turned out darker. They\\'re both delicious!

Green Vegan Pancakes

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  1. Cara

    September 6, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I love this recipe and use it often. I was thinking of mixing things up and replacing the flour with oat flour. Would that work 1:1? Or would I need to change the amount?

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  3. Trisha Burke

    October 11, 2014 at 8:20 am

    These and your breakfast cookies are the bigger time savers on busy weekday mornings! And they’re both delicious!

  4. stephanie

    October 5, 2014 at 3:58 am

    great recipe ideas

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  7. chi77ywi77y

    May 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Love this wonderful recipe! My daughter is allergic to dairy and egg whites so this is perfect! Thank you!

  8. Sara

    March 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

    This was a huge hit in my house for st. Patrick’s day, young and old enjoyed! Thanks for a great, healthy recipe to start the day!

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  10. April

    March 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Could coconut oil be substituted for vegetable oil? Thank you.

    • Elizabeth

      April 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      I made these tonight using coconut oil instead. I didn’t even melt it first, just tossed it in the blender with the other wet ingredients and it worked great! My 10 month old loved it and my 3.5 year old ate two, which is big for him! I also used 1 c whole wheat flour and 1/2 c white flour.

  11. Dailyn Gunderson

    March 12, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Awesome idea! We love your spinach apple muffins so these pancakes will be a hit too!

  12. Katie

    March 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Well this is exciting! My son has an egg allergy so we live off of your Vegan pumpkin pancakes (I use cow’s milk, but otherwise follow the recipe exactly). We also adore your Spinach Cake Muffins. I make huge batches of both and freeze them. This sounds like a combo of both recipes. I am excited to try them!

  13. Alina (

    March 12, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Oh, green pancakes! Like green smoothies, kids seems to enjoy eating them. But as soon as you put other green foods in front of them, things go downhill :). My two kids are good eaters so far and I hope they will stay that way. Yeah, I know they won’t :). We are bound to go through food battles… or let’s call them instead heated food discussions :).