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No-Dye Green Pancakes

Green Eggs and Ham, I do not like them Sam-I-Am!  At our house we don't really like them either and so we do Green Pancakes and.........um......orange oranges?  Not exactly sure what our traditional green pancake side is, but we do have the green pancakes down!  I am definitely not one to sneak veggies into things so that my kids don't know, and then think they will somehow magically end up liking veggies one day.  But I am a huge proponent of amping up the nutrition in our food by adding fruits and veggies when possible into things we are already eating. Sometimes my kids know and sometimes they don't, but I always tell them when they ask.  And I think at this point they just assume there is a fruit or veggie in everything and they are just ok with it :)  

But for those of you with incredibly picky eaters who are desperate to get some fruits or veggies into your kids, we will NOT judge you for sneaking them in.  So if you are wondering, 'Will my kids taste the spinach in these pancakes?'  The answer is NO!  They really truly taste like regular pancakes.  My kids wanted them with syrup, but you can also serve them with yogurt and fruit, a berry sauce, peanut butter and jam........whatever you like! Be prepared to have your world rocked. 

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In order to make your pancakes green, follow these steps.  It is important if you want a pancake without spinach chunks (ewe - chunks is the grossest word) that you blend the following ingredients first by themselves to make a smooth almost milk-like mixture.  Then just mix the wet and the dry like usual.  

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Pour your batter onto a hot, greased griddle or pan and cook until golden on both sides.  I was trying to experiment how to get the green not to turn brown, and although I wasn't completely successful, I think the key is to cook at a lower heat and cook just until done.  Give it a whirl and see if you are able to do it!  

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No-Dye Green Pancakes


Instructions

  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp Honey (or preferred sweetener)
  • 1/2 cup plain (or vanilla) Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk (plus more if needed)

Blend together in a high powered blender until very smooth and frothy. 

In another bowl combine:

1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix dry ingredients with green mixture until combined.  Add more milk if the consistency is too thick to pour into a pancake.  Pour batter in 1/4 cup portions onto a hot greased griddle or pan.  Cook until golden on both sides.  Serve warm with toppings of choice. 
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Comments

03/14/2014 6:56am
Yea!!! And I just got a Blendtec so even better :) My kids will never know that the leprechaun is healthy. Normally I just dye the toilet water green because that's where fake die belongs!
Emily
03/16/2014 1:15pm
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I made these this morning and they were really good. I won't say that you couldn't taste the spinach, since hubby and I definitely did, but we still enjoyed them. The kids (3 and 5) also liked them. I loved serving them festive pancakes without having to use dye.
03/16/2014 2:14pm
Hi! These look great! I plan on making them tomorrow, but it would help so much to have the batter already made. If I made the batter tonight, would the mix turn brown or icky? Thanks! :)
03/17/2014 4:47pm
The batter will stay green. Hope they turn out for you!
03/17/2014 6:09pm
I ended up doing it this morning and then making them right after. They were wonderful! I will be linking to this post from my blog! www.sprinklesinmylunchbox.wordpress.com Thanks again! :)
Emily
03/16/2014 6:35pm
I made the batter the night before and they turned out just fine.
Cassidy
03/17/2014 4:16pm
Is there anything I can substitute for coconut oil?
03/17/2014 4:47pm
You can use any type of oil you want. I just wanted the flavor of the coconut oil in particular.
Liz
03/17/2014 9:52pm
I made these for my kids today and told them they were leprechaun pancakes. They loved them! I added 1/2 cup of rolled oats to make them a little thicker. I plan on making a bunch more and freezing them for quick breakfasts. Thanks for the recipe! :)
Iman
03/29/2014 2:01am
Can you please advise you freeze the pancake before or after you bake it?i believe after .. Thanks
03/30/2014 12:27am
Yes. Freeze them after they are cooked :)
Michelle
03/18/2014 9:23pm
Very yummy. I don't have a fancy blender so I blanched the spinach before I stuck it in the blender. It came out super smooth with no chunks.
03/21/2014 8:35am
Great!
Toni
03/20/2014 11:19pm
I have a regular blender, but it still managed to blend the batter smooth (no bits of spinach). Very tasty! Served them as pancakes the first time and then tried them as mini muffins. Baked at 375 for about 12 minutes. Muffins are greener (pancakes browned as they cooked). Will definitely be trying these again!
03/21/2014 8:36am
What a good idea making them into mini muffins! Thanks for the tip :)
shach888
08/05/2014 1:48pm
What can I substitute for eggs?
Meli
08/05/2014 3:45pm
What could I substitute for the yogurt?
Tiffany
08/06/2014 11:37am
I'm not supposed to eat a lot of raw spinach. Would it still be green if I slightly cooked the spinach down?
08/06/2014 3:57pm
I would imagine it would because it would probably be more concentrated!

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