Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spinach Pancakes!

 When I told my kids I was going to make spinach pancakes they said, 'Mama that sounds kind of yucky!'  And of course, I explained to them that it would be fun to make healthy colored foods and green is such a healthy color!  We always drink green smoothies for one meal a day but when it was so cold out this winter it is hard to drink a cold smoothie.  So here is our rendition of green pancakes. I used my Blendtec to get the job done and it's such an easy clean up... Which makes me happy!  The pancake batter was green but when I cooked them they started to turn light green.  But they were tasty and sweet!  I used buckwheat flour and I think next time we make them I can use all buckwheat flour.  For my family and friends who are gluten free this is a recipe for you!
Spinach Pancakes Recipe
1 1/4 c almond milk
1 TBS lemon juice
2 TBS pure maple syrup (or honey)
2 TBS ground flax seed
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS sliced almonds (optional)
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c fresh spinach, packed
3/4 c buckwheat flour (fresh ground)
1/2 c whole wheat flour (can use buckwheat or other fresh ground grain)
1. Add ingredients to a high speed blender or mixer in order listed and blend well.
2. Drop batter by 1/4 c onto hot griddle or cast iron skillet and cook until it bubbles and flip over and cook another 1-2 minutes until brown.
Makes 12 - 4" pancakes.
As you can see my kids really liked the pancakes!  Even with the weird color they thought it was something fun to try.  We served it with natural peanut butter, homemade applesauce and yummy maple syrup from our good friends in the UP of Michigan!  It was a real treat!

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