What!?! You put spinach in your pancakes? Why yes I did, and you wouldn’t even know it! So my kids love things that taste like mint. I love to give them nutritious food. Every week I make up a large amount of pancakes and freeze them for them to eat for breakfast throughout the week. Each week I also try to change it up a little. I also try to make sure it is wholesome food so they are getting a great start to their day.
Recently, I started trying to come up with a little variety to my weekly pancakes.
So smoothies…I put spinach in my smoothies all the time and I also give those same smoothies to my kids and they have no idea that it has spinach in it. That’s where this idea started. I also knew it would soon be St. Patrick’s Day and I thought it would be fun to make them green pancakes. I don’t really like to use dyes in my food, and I understand that sometimes it’s necessary like when you are making cupcakes and cakes. But for me, I try to avoid it — so spinach it is!
So after I finally got these made, my kids went nuts over them. So much so, I didn’t get a picture the first time around and they were all upset because there wasn’t any left for breakfast. Needless to say the second time I made them, they ate them all that day too (but only after a few pictures first)!
* I only used the chocolate sauce for the pictures; these pancakes don’t need any topping to them! But, if you feel that you need more chocolate feel free to add some over the top.
3 large handfuls baby spinach
4 tablespoons honey
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1½ cups white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1. Place the first 6 ingredients in your blender and blend on low speed for 1-2 minutes, just until your spinach is completely broken down and incorporated.
2. Pour the spinach mixture into a large bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda to the bowl. Whisk together until everything is completely combined. No lumps should be remaining.
3. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Heat an electric skillet to 350 degrees.
5. Scoop ¼ cup of the batter onto griddle and cook for about 1 minute on each side. Continue with remaining batter.
This makes 15 pancakes and serves 5.