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Green Pancakes for Earth Day

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Whenever I have salad greens that are begging to be used up, I get excited. {Food Nerd Alert}. There are just so many possibilities!

From omelets to pesto to baked goods, I love making the most of whatever greens I have on-hand. Not only does adding greens to cooked dishes boost nutritional value, it also helps reduce food waste and saves extra trips to the grocery store, since you’re working with what you already have. Plus, making a veggie-packed meal with something you might otherwise have thrown away a few days later makes you feel super resourceful 😉

Even so, these Green Pancakes are a first for me.

But they were such a success!

Before you run away, let me tell you about how good these taste.

They’re sweet, soft and fluffy – and if you ate them with your eyes closed you’d never know they were packed with spinach.

Need more proof?

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Lucy, who is normally skeptical of any food that looks different than what she’s used to, gobbled these down and asked to make them again the next day.

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Obviously I said yes – partly because I loved them as much as she did, and partly because what parent says No when their kid asks for more spinach?!

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Though we ate these pancakes for breakfast, they’d be perfect in a breakfast-for-dinner scenario, too. Or for an Earth Day celebration, or an Incredible Hulk birthday party, or any other time you need green-themed food.

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I made these with Earthbound Farm’s baby spinach, since choosing organic greens makes these pancakes even more earth-friendly (here’s why). But I bet they’d be good with baby kale too – or even spring mix. They key here is to make life easy, efficient and “green” by using what you already have.

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I’d love to hear what else you like to do with your ready-to-use baby greens! Happy Earth Day!

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A fun and kid-friendly way to eat your greens!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Earthbound Farm baby spinach leaves (lightly packed)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk (add more at end if needed)
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour (you can use whole wheat but the pancakes won't be as green)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • butter for the griddle
  • honey, syrup, fresh fruit or more yogurt for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the spinach and water in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, or until spinach has wilted. Stir and let cool slightly. Drain excess water (doesn't have to be completely drained).
  2. Please cooled wilted spinach, banana, sugar, vanilla and oil in a blender and blend until you have a smooth puree. Add egg and yogurt and pulse to combine.
  3. In a separate small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then add the dry mixture, half at a time, and milk to the blender and pulse gently until just combined. (Be careful not to over-mix, otherwise pancakes will become chewy). Add more liquid if mixture seems to dry -it should be pourable but not runny.
  4. Heat a griddle over medium-low heat. Pour pancake batter onto greased griddle and cook 2-3 minutes or until air bubbles begin to appear in the tops of the pancakes. Flip the pancakes and cook an additional minute.
  5. Remove from the griddle and serve with desired accompaniments.

 

This post is sponsored by Earthbound Farm, for whom I am a blogger ambassador. Thank you for reading and for your continued support of my blog!

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    James McNulty
    April 20, 2015 at 4:15 am

    What a great idea! Thanks so much. It is on my next pancake menu.

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    April 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I love this idea and feel the same way about greens !!!

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      April 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Liz! I was actually surprised how good these were, and how much Lucy loved them. Total win at our house!

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    Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition
    April 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I think these would be perfect for a St. Patty’s Day breakfast or the kick-off of football season in my house [we are a Michigan State family]. Loved that they are jam packed with healthy nutrients in spinach and yogurt!

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      Amelia Winslow
      April 21, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      I keep kicking myself that I didn’t come up with these before St. Patrick’s day! Next year 🙂

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    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers
    April 22, 2015 at 2:41 am

    These sound great! I wonder if my toddler would like them too. Only one way to find out… 🙂

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      Amelia Winslow
      April 22, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Haha, you got it! If you can get your toddler to taste them, he/she will probably like them, since they don’t taste at all like spinach. Lucy prefers completely plain pancakes and she loved these!

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    Mireille-Dr FitFrenchy
    April 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    What a wonderful recipe!! Can’t wait to go back to the store and get everything we need to make those delicious green pancake. My daughter loves to cook, so she will enjoy making these. Adding spinach is such a great idea. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    April 24, 2015 at 5:06 am

    These pics are adorable and I love the idea of green pancakes! Not only for kids too, my husband is a spinach freak and would be all over these!

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      April 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, Gina! They are definitely appropriate for grown-ups too 😉

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    [email protected]
    April 24, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Love this idea! Your daughter is so cute!

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    Nikki @Seeded at the Table
    April 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Oh my goodness, Amelia, what a great idea! We always have leftovers greens and I’m so glad to have another way to use them up. Never in my life would I have thought to in pancakes! Printed to make this weekend!

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      Amelia Winslow
      April 25, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Thanks, Nikki! Hope your boys love it too 🙂

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    April 25, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    This has to be the most creative and adorable post ever! Never in 1 million years would I think to include greens in pancakes. We love Earthbound Farms and eat their greens often. The ingredients you chose for the pancakes would be delicious and I’m guessing your cooking model did not skip a beat in a gobbling them up!

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    Nutmeg Nanny
    April 27, 2015 at 5:14 am

    I love that you made these with spinach! So totally tasty 🙂

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