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Spinach Pancakes from Weelicious

Spinach Pancakes? I'm kinda worried that you're going to want to skip this recipe based on the name, but I beg you to give these pancakes a try.

Spinach Pancakes from Weelicious

I originally made them as a St. Patrick's Day-themed recipe for my monthly "Snack Mom" column in the March issue of Parents magazine. Free of food coloring and dyes, they get their green color from wholesome spinach making them a fun choice for the holiday. They also taste exactly like regular whole grain pancakes, so be prepared for your kids to request them a lot.

Spinach Pancakes from Weelicious

Have a dairy or egg allergy? Try this similar version of Green Vegan Pancakes that are perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Spinach Pancakes from Weelicious

Full of iron, these bright little emerald gems are a great way to start the day and get everyone excited to eat their greens!

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Spinach Pancakes (makes 16 pancakes )

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Preparation

1. In a blender, combine the spinach, buttermilk, egg, and oil and blend until smooth.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

3. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.

4. Heat a large pan or griddle over medium heat and grease with butter or oil.

5. Pour about 1 tablespoon of the pancake mixture onto the griddle, making as many pancakes as will fit and cook for 2 minutes.

6. Flip the pancakes and cook for one minute longer and serve.



*Mixture can also be used in a waffle iron following manufacturers directions.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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57 comments

  • Elizabeth

    Would this recipe work as waffles too or would you need to change something?

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    • Catherine McCord

      It should work as waffles!

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  • Elizabeth

    How funny. I kept the recipe from that march issue and I made them for dinner tonight. I wasn't sure if they would be sweet enough buy they were delicious! Felt good to get my kids to eat a veggie :-)

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  • Erin

    What should I do differently for frozen spinach?

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    • Erin B

      I made these today using frozen spinach. I'd say I used about 8 ounces. The secret is to thaw the spinach (I used the microwave), then squeeze all the liquid out in a cloth towel before blending it with the milk. My daughter confirmed that they don't taste like spinach at all. :)

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  • Kate ¡Hola! Jalapeño

    Those look great! I like the idea of maybe topping them with a fried egg or something—yum!

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  • HeatherChristo

    These look so great! I just love the color that the spinach gives them!

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  • Lindsay

    Can't wait to try these with our boys. We love your spinach muffins! Our 3 year old requests them all the time and because of them he now eats raw spinach leaves. Thanks for the great recipes.

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  • Kris

    Hi, can all purpose flour be used instead of whole wheat? Thanks.

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  • Kim Beaulieu

    These are so incredibly cool Catherine. I would never have thought to do this. Plus they are just too pretty for words.

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  • Bailey Berardino

    Do you have to use buttermilk? Will it change much to use regular milk?

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    • Catherine McCord

      You can use regular milk! The buttermilk gives it a slightly different flavor. In fact, you can use any type of milk you prefer.

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  • Susan

    These were amazing and my one-year old loves them! A great way to get more iron and veggies into his diet! If you want to use buttermilk as the recipe indicates, just put a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup then add regular milk to make one full cup. Let it sit for 5 minutes and voila, you have your own homemade buttermilk!

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  • Christiane

    If I wanted to add a banana would I just toss it in the blender with the spinach?

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    • Catherine McCord

      That should be okay! It might make them a little more wet, so check the consistency and add a touch more flour if necessary!

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  • Angie

    These are delicious! My 15 month old couldn't get enough of them. I added half a banana, 2 tablespoons flax seed meal, and 1/2 cup white flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour.

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  • JB

    Anyone have success with frozen spinach?

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  • Kelly

    Great recipe! Can these be frozen?

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    • Angie

      I froze them and took them out as needed. Very convenient.

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  • Bonnie

    Just to clarify something - the iron mainly comes from the whole-grain flour, not the spinach. One cup of spinach provides only 2% of the Daily Value for Iron. One cup of whole-wheat flour, however, provides approx. 1/4 of the iron we need for the day.

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  • Kim

    will it be okay if I do not use baking powder and baking soda for this recipe?

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    • McCord

      Those ingredients help the pancakes fluff up, so I don't think the recipe would work without them. :)

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  • Vanessa

    Hello, are these supposed to be sweet or savory?

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  • Jenn EngineerMommy

    What a fabulous way to get more veggies in the kids! And pancakes... who doesn't love pancakes!?

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  • Jessie

    These are amazing

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  • Dana

    Can I make the batter the night before?

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    • Jessica

      Yes! I did but kept the wet and dry ingredients separate. Then in the morning I just stirred to combine them and we had pancakes in minutes!

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  • Lucia

    We tried these and they're great, my 1 yo loved them too!
    My batter was a bit wattery though and the pancakes very thin and flat (very far from the ones in the pics above) - do i just need to add more flour to improve them? Thanks!

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    • McCord

      I would try adding a but more flour. About 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches a thicker consistency!

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  • Ashley

    My son is allergic to eggs, what would you suggest as a substitute? Thank you! Can't wait to try these out.

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    • McCord

      I haven't tried it in this specific recipe, but I have head that 1/2 cup applesauce or 1 small mashed banana works for 1 egg.

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    • Christy

      Mixing ground flax with water is a great egg substitute. It even has the same consistency. Google it for exact amounts. :)

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  • Lauren

    My two year old loves these! This recipe along with the spinach muffins are his favorite.

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  • HB

    How is white whole wheat flour different than regular whole wheat flour?

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  • Kara

    My 3-year-old and one-year-old both love these! Could I just use a cup of your homemade pancake mix as the dry ingredients in this recipe? Thank you so much for your recipes! They are very popular at our house!

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    • McCord

      That should work great!

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    • Kara

      Just in case anyone else is wondering, using one cup of the Weelicious pancake mix worked great! I even added an extra 1/2 cup spinach and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the wet ingredients and they were still very good, though slightly less fluffy than when I made the recipe exactly as written.

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  • Sawyer

    These are delicious! I replaced the oil with applesauce and used brown sugar instead of white. They were a great breakfast :)

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  • Sara

    Possibly the only way my kids have ever eaten spinach.

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    • McCord

      Glad they like the pancakes!

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  • Tara

    My kids gobbled these up...and so did my husband and I! I did substitute honey for the sugar and used coconut oil for the oil.

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    • McCord

      Nice!

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    What would you substitute for the buttermilk in this recipe?

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      You can use regular milk, or any milk substitute!

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