After the success of my Hulk muffins and with the continued abundance of spinach in my garden I thought I’d try my luck at making a super healthy green breakfast pancake.
Pancakes are a very regular breakfast in our house – I love that I can add in whole grains and great fats and protein to fill hungry tummies and power little brains for a busy day – my vanilla almond hotcakes are our standard so I thought I’d change those ones up a bit …. and cross my fingers 😉
These were incredibly well received …. to my surprise, Harry (my most avid green avoider!) ate 2 of then and then said “Hey! These are green! What did ya do to ’em?!”. I told him it was spinach and it’d make him strong like Popeye. He just shrugged and ate another 3!!!!!!! Ellie loved them so much that she has taken a couple of them to school for lunch, sandwiched together with a nice thick layer of Chocolate seed spread in the middle.
These are loaded with fibre, calcium, protein, iron, magnesium and more – What a win!!!!!
A few notes:
You’ll need a good blender/high powered processor/nutribullet/thermal cooking machine for this one.
This is a double sized batch – there’s just no point making single batches with my hungry hoards any more!!! I freeze the left overs in a zip lock bag and use them for morning tea. It makes about 45-50 pikelet sized – so go ahead and halve the recipe if you don’t need as many!
My kids are used to eating things with added spinach (even if they are not aware of it!!) so if this is a new idea for your kids, maybe start with 150-200g of spinach instead of the 250g I used.
- 250g fresh spinach
- 2 cup spelt flour (I did half wholemeal) OR 2 cups plain GF mix (I like half each Bob’s red mill all purpose and white wings)
- 1 cup rolled oats/rolled quinoa/desiccated coconut
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 very ripe banana
- 8 medjool dates, deseeded
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 cups milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 2 tbsp fat (coconut oil melted/vegan butter/light tasting oil etc)
- 4 tsp GF baking powder
- Pinch pink flaked salt
- 1 rounded tsp mixed spice.
Place the dates in a small bowl and cover them with the boiling water, and the vanilla, then set aside.
Place the oats and seeds into your blender/processor etc and process until you have a fine flour (Speed 7, 8 seconds, scrape and repeat).
Add in the spices, salt, baking powder and flour, then process again until evenly combined. The set the dry mix aside.
Into your processor tip the spinach, the dates and their water, the milk, your fat and the banana. Blend very well until the mixture is smooth. You may need to pulse and scrape down the sides of your processor a few times. You want the mixture to be very smooth – not to have stringy bit of spinach left in it!! If you’re using a Thermal cooker, start on speed 4 for about 8 seconds, the gradually work up to speed 8 for about 20 seconds. Then scrape down and repeat.
Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and use a whisk to combine well. (I found this double batch to be too heavy for my thermal cooker, but if you are using a single batch, then add the dry mix into the wet that is in the bowl and process on speed 4 for about 10 seconds, the crape down and repeat for another 6-8 seconds).
Pour the batter into a hot, lightly greased frying pan, wait until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip and cook until both sides are golden brown.
Enjoy them warm or cold with your choice of topping.
2 thoughts on “Popeye pancakes”
They look delicious! Hope my wheat/egg/dairy/soya/nut allergy baby will be able to have spelt. Thanks for this fab page. Life saver xx
I’m so pleased! It was many years before we could have spelt. So I know that feeling!