Spinach Pancakes

Spinach Pancakes

Spinach Pancakes – plant based and wildly vibrant green, you cannot even taste the spinach! Sweeten these with maple syrup, or enjoy them as a savory stack or sandwich bread with some minced garlic and sea salt.

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These pancakes have long held the title as most popular pancake on spabettie, loved by kids big and small, young and old.

Spinach Pancakes

I was craving this sandwich for a week.

I haven’t made my spinach pancakes in a while, and don’t eat many sandwiches lately, either. I had a mad craving for these pancakes, and they make the best sandwiches. In the past, I have used these pancakes to make a more traditional ‘deli style’ sandwich, and this time it was simple but delicious:

Savory Spinach Pancakes

This triple decker started with a generous spread of garlic chive hummus, and stacked with kale and sliced roma tomato, this is a perfect sandwich full of fresh flavor.

spinach pancakes

vegan, gluten free, dairy free

3 cups (handfuls) fresh spinach
3 tablespoons flax seed, fresh ground
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water
2/3 cup rice flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
optional: finely minced garlic or sea salt for savory, maple syrup or sugar to sweeten

Combine flax with water, set aside in refrigerator to gel. Pulse spinach and flax gel in food processor until blended. Add flour and baking powder, pulse until completely blended.

Pour in 1/4 cup increments onto heated griddle over low heat*, flipping once when cooked through. Makes 10-12 pancakes 3 inches in size.

*Low heat keeps the bright green color, a higher heat may brown.

Then they make sandwiches like this:

Spinach Pancakes

I know they look odd (they are vibrant!), does a spinach pancake sound good to you?

 

 

Comments

    • spabettie says

      thank you, Katie! do you think Anthony would go for these? πŸ˜‰ weekend was great, too short! hope yours was good too – I’ll be catching up today! πŸ˜€

    • spabettie says

      I haven’t made waffles (did we talk about this before – seems like someone did…). I imagine they would work? they’d look pretty cool!

  1. says

    Boy, the things a guy can learn reading great blogs like yours! I’ve never thought of spinach pancakes, but these sure look great. Especially as sandwich bread.

    Awesome picture too. Pinned!

    • spabettie says

      thank you, Curt – that just made my day! πŸ˜€ these are really fun, taste great and I love them as a sandwich bread!

    • spabettie says

      triple decker is more fun… and these ARE thinner pancakes without the traditional egg… yep – I found with vegan pancakes I just have to be patient, cooking them over a LOWER heat and making sure they are ready to flip…

  2. says

    Mmmmmmm…..spinach pancake sounds wonderful to me!
    I haven’t had any kitchen fails recently (but that’s mostly because I haven’t been doing much in the kitchen!).

    • spabettie says

      just now for the first time, I thought to add BASIL to these!! πŸ˜€ next time. which may have to be today… πŸ˜‰

  3. says

    Oh my gosh, these are beautuful! Spinach pancakes don’t sound like something I’d want for breakfast but I’d be all over them for lunch, especially in the form of a sandwich like you did above. I can’t get over those pictures, gorgeous!

  4. says

    I love sneaking spinach into pancakes! Well, usually into socca for me. I’m not the biggest plain spinach fan, but I love how bright green it makes food. And who doesn’t want brilliantly colored food??

    • spabettie says

      hee, thank you! πŸ˜‰ I hope you do make these – you’ll have to let me know how it goes! (perhaps for Halloween breakfast!?)

  5. says

    St Patricks come early? This aren’t doing it for me, but Popeye would be ALL over it! :)

    My last fail was homemade macaroni, it’s still too soon to talk about, lol:)

  6. says

    I, personally, am a fan of cramming spinach into everything possible for an extra veggie punch. They are so cheerful and festive! As long as you don’t mind the color. Much prettier than a chocolate green smoothie which turns swamp sludge color!

    • spabettie says

      I LOVE the color of these!! and yes, as soon as you add chocolate or fruit – that lovely vibrant green is GONE. πŸ˜‰

    • spabettie says

      these always make people think of green eggs and ham!! when I used to eat eggs, I’d serve them with fried eggs, so they yellow with the green would really be great together! πŸ˜€

  7. says

    Love this as a sandwich! Mmmm. And I’ve been on a hummus kick lately. I go through phases with hummus. Sometimes I want nothing to do with it. Ha. I’ve been eating eggs, and will probably try this recipes with eggs soon!

    • spabettie says

      oh my GOSH I have too! I’ve been all about the hummus and pretzels, hummus and broccoli, I even dipped an apple the other day. πŸ˜‰ I have a feeling I’m starting to get over it, though. I go through phases too and over do it. πŸ˜‰

    • spabettie says

      thank you, Stephanie – I hope you do, and let me know how you like them! πŸ˜€ XO hope you are well – how was Bobs?

  8. says

    You might be a genius; these sound so good! They are beautiful and packed with nutrients. I love the idea of using them as bread in a sandwich.

    • spabettie says

      why, thank you Amanda – takes one to know one, right? these are so simple and very good! and the bright beautiful color is just a bonus! πŸ˜€

  9. says

    Mmm! I love those spinach pancakes! This serves as a great reminder that I need to make them again.

    I don’t often have fails…but I had a pretty major one on the weekend, with some whoopie pie filling. It involved the over-use of some peppermint extract. Usually I found I used too little…but this time I used too much, and there was no turning back! Luckily I tasted the filling before putting it on the pies :)

    • spabettie says

      oh, good on the taste testing before assembly, right? πŸ˜€ peppermint whoopie pie… I’ll trade ya! πŸ˜‰

    • spabettie says

      hey! my sandwiches are never boring! πŸ˜‰ but yes… they make them colorful, right? hope all is well, Molly! XXO!

  10. says

    I totally make spinach pancakes for myself and my boys all the time. But… the sandwich idea? You are just fabulous! I love it! Fun fun fun! Guess what I’m making tomorrow!

    • spabettie says

      hi Johanna! for some recipes flax works fine – for these, the texture was off. the chia egg really is more like a real egg, with the gel… a flax egg gets gelly too, but has the grainy texture… for this recipe that is so few ingredients, the grainy really makes a difference.

      yay Chia!

  11. says

    These look INCREDIBLE! I’m always looking for good bread alternatives (not a fan of wheat/gluten and sprouted breakds can be so hard to find). I’m definitely trying these – plus you’ve inspired me to try spinach socca as well.
    Thanks for the recipe and congrats for making it on to findingvegan :)

    • spabettie says

      thank YOU, Nada! I hope you love them – it’s a great sandwich bread! and spinach socca – my favorite kind!! enjoy!!

  12. says

    This is seriously the coolest recipe I’ve seen in a long time- I LOVE IT! And I really love using them as bread! I can think of so many awesome ingredients to stuff in the middle of them! I’m assuming they’d turn out just as well with other types of flour? (Sorry if someone already asked that- I’m lazy.)

    • spabettie says

      ha, no problem, Lauren… yes, I’m sure any flour would work… you’ll know the “pancake consistency” to get to… and thank you!! so awesome to see people get excited about these – they are my FAVORITE. such great sandwiches. enjoy – let me know what you do with them!

  13. says

    These are a perfect idea, and yes, a pretty color. I’m currently grain free so I will be trying this recipe with coconut or almond flour….fingers crossed.

    • spabettie says

      I have made them with almond flour, Denise!! should work fine! Coconut would be a good one too, I’m sure.

      please let me know how you like them!!

  14. Caroline says

    Think this would work with kale? I have some I need to use up. Maybe I’ll blanch it first so it’s not as tough and purees better.

    • spabettie says

      Caroline, I don’t know – I’ve always used spinach. the texture may turn out similar, but the flavor might not! maybe use half and half?

      let me know how it goes!

    • spabettie says

      thank you, Ann! I hope you love them as much as we do! they’re really tasty and the vibrant color is just a bonus, right? :)

    • spabettie says

      yes! a rainbow! red could be beets. orange, carrot (I’ve already made those!). yellow… um, banana?) green, spinach of course. blue… berry! purple… a blackberry or purple potato! there – a rainbow!! are you doing this or shall I ??? πŸ˜€

  15. says

    How did yours stay so green? When I cook mine they turn brown. Yours look harder/more dense. Mine are a bit softer ( I don’t want this texture). And I’m battling between having the outsides brown-burning and the inside slightly un-cooked. Maybe I’m making them too thick…?

    • spabettie says

      hmm, I don’t know? sounds like they could be too thick… I keep it on pretty low heat too, and just wait… it definitely takes patience :( maybe try to thin the batter with a little water?

      • says

        Yea my heat is on low also. I have a batch on the skillet right now that I made much thinner than the other ones. But, I’m still lost at how yours stay so green? Maybe you could make a video sometime! πŸ˜€

  16. Alicia S. says

    these are so fun! you are right, once I was more patient they DID work!! lol, thank you for your DMs and all the help. the sandwich turned out beautifully (even if I cannot shoot like you, I’ll show you a pic).

    YUMM!

  17. says

    love the pretty color!! mine were brown around the edges, but otherwise came out perfect!! (I think my fault, temps too high?)

    thanks for this, fun recipe!

  18. Holly says

    I made these today, and I love them! the color is so beautiful and they are FUN. I can’t wait to make more and I’m also planning to try the blini with your pimento!

  19. says

    I cannot wait to try these this weekend! I am looking for new things to make for my girls that they will enjoy….but that are super healthy! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • spabettie says

      I have heard from MANY parents that their kids LOVE these – most likely for the color. πŸ˜‰ they are mild in taste and can easily be eaten “sweet” like a traditional pancake. we like them for sandwiches.

  20. Pauline says

    found your blog from tastespotting, and have been poking around a while. beautiful photos and creative recipes, I love this place! πŸ˜€

    • spabettie says

      hi Patricia – chia seeds mixed with water make an excellent egg substitute and can be found in most bulk sections of grocery stores, in the natural foods sections. if you cook with eggs, you can replace the chia and water with 2 eggs in this recipe. I hope you enjoy – these are a favorite of many!

    • spabettie says

      hi Rachel, I have had so many reports from parents that their kids love these! they eat them sweet or savory, I think the kids like the green πŸ˜‰

  21. says

    Just curious how long these keep after making them? I’m pretty sure that I’ll be the only one in the house adventurous enough to try them so should I keep the extras in the fridge, or freeze and defrost as needed? I can’t wait to try them!

    • spabettie says

      hi Lorraine! they keep a few days in the fridge. I make sandwiches with them, and they don’t last long! I haven’t tried freezing them, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t be okay if wrapped up well. I hope you enjoy these as much as everyone else has! Cheers, Kristina

  22. Melissa George says

    These look amazing! I’m hoping to get to try them out today. I don’t have rice flour. I’ll see if our store carries it and if it’s not too expensive I’ll get some. But if I can’t get any is the ratio the same for whole wheat or regular flour to the rice flour? I can hardly wait to try these! I’m hoping the kiddos will be intrigued enough to give it a try, too!

    • spabettie says

      hi Melissa! you do not need rice flour, sub another type. rice flour is lighter, though, so if you are using whole wheat or even an all purpose, just start out adding a little less… the consistency of this batter is very close to a normal pancake batter.

      I have SO MANY parents tell me their kids love these! the color is a delight, and the flavor is mild enough you can serve them as a regular pancake with syrup or whatever sweet toppings. I hope you all love them!

  23. Christi says

    made these for breakfast and my kiddos love them! still went traditioal with syrup and all the sweet toppings, but to know they’ve had some vegetables already today is good for me! thank you betty!

  24. Lashae says

    my whole family loved ’em! I made breakfast this morning, surprising them with these. we had savory sandwiches (fried egg, bacon, cheddar) and we had sweet stacks with syrup, bananas and blueberries. I wish I could share a pic with you, I don’t know how!

    • spabettie says

      hi Caroline, you are the first person to notice this – I thank you for actually reading the post! :) I think my measurements ingredients were off the time I had the “goof”, because I use ground flax almost exclusively now, and many times with these pancakes. (I thought I had a disclaimer at the bottom explaining the flax/chia change, I will add this).

      This recipe works very well with either chia or flax, so please feel free to use either. I actually have another version that does not use either one (no ‘egg’ replacement), I will be sharing that soon.

      I hope you enjoy these!

  25. Someone says

    Hi, I was just wondering, everyone keeps saying these are made with chia, but on the recipe I’m reading flax. So if the chia works better, is it the same amount as the flaxseed with the same method, or something different? I would just like to clarify before I try these for dinner tonight. Thank you.

  26. PatriciaRae says

    These are wonderful!! I just tried my first batch (using the chia seed recommendation), and added some fresh cuban oregano! These are amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    • spabettie says

      I am so happy to hear this, PatriciaRae! the oregano sounds like a nice addition – perhaps with a marinara topping?

  27. Karen says

    Ooooh, how yummy, GONNA try, ‘specially with basil…hey, maybe with even other herbs…or nutmeg – nutmeg it GREAT with spinach…

    Sooooo, spinach socca, huh…I have gram (chickpea) flour, DO TELL! How did you do it? :) xoxo Karen

  28. says

    Hey,

    Greetings from Macedonia, in the Balkans;-)
    I tried the pancakes over the w-end, greetings for the idea.
    But, mine came a little chewy, do you know what that could be attributed to?
    I combined them similarly as you did, with humus (though I added some mustard, and sesame paste in it) and they were still (no matter being chewy;-) really great.
    I am experimenting lately with raw and vegan food, and I have come up with some great ideas as well. We stay in touch, best

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hello Biljana!

      good to hear from you. this recipe does have more of a chewy texture than a traditional pancake, having more of a ‘dense’ batter from the protein rich spinach, I believe. I am happy to hear you still enjoyed them, even with a chewier texture. I have been meaning to revisit this recipe, now that I have several other pancake recipes in my collection, so perhaps the next version will be fluffier – I will keep you updated!

      so happy you found me – I look forward to hearing about your raw and vegan journey – if you ever have questions or have recipe requests, please let me know!

      Cheers,

      Kristina

  29. says

    In the words of Rachael Ray, yum-O! I made myself these for dinner tonight by halving the recipe and adding in some Tony Chachere seasoning and holy yum! I actually topped them with a bit of Earth Balance and some of Trader Joe’s Cuban-style black beans. For some reason, I thought it was one hell of a fantastic combination! Perhaps I’m crazy for having liked that combo, but the textures and flavor profiles complemented each other wonderfully! Thank you for this fabulous recipe. I know I’ll be making it many, many more times in the future!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      nope, that combination sounds FANTASTIC to me as well! πŸ˜‰ so happy you like these – they are so versatile, as you have already found out! I use these as sandwich “bread” just as much as a pancake!

  30. Debbie says

    I was so happy to find this recipe! I tried it out today. The only thing I changed was I used 1 tbsp of chia and 2 tbsp of flaxseed.Tthe batter was a bit clumpy and I am wondering if I didn’t measure the water correctly. Is the batter supposed to be thinner? The pancakes did come out okay, a bit moist in the middle though. I am going to keep trying until I perfect it! I have been searching for a basic gluten free sandwich recipe like this for a long time.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Debbie, so happy you found me too!

      I don’t think I have ever had clumps in the batter – I always blend it or combine in the food processor at high speed. I make these often, and even when I measure, the batter will be thinner sometimes and thicker other times – the pancakes still turn out well either way. The thing I always do, with ALL pancakes? Cook at a very low temperature – sometimes they have to sit for a bit longer, but they cook more evenly that way.

      If the batter is too thin, start with a smaller amount of water and add more as needed? enjoy!

  31. says

    These spinach pancakes definitely sound good and look vibrant to me!
    I put flax seed meal in my wheat flour dough when I make the Indian roti and works fine. But I would be hesitant to mix flax meal with warm water (whether in these pancakes or my roti dough) because of the gooey texture it creates.

    While scrolling down I was imagining you’d use wheat flour or all purpose flour … but rice flour, that’s interesting. I’m going to try this one of these days for breakfast (hopefully, if I wake up before brunch)…

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I make the “gooey texture” to replace an egg, but I am pretty sure I have also just added the fresh ground flax directly in with the flour, then add liquid. and I make these with almond flour all the time, probably more than I do with rice flour!

      the bright green is one of my favorite things about these – enjoy!

  32. Alyssa says

    Hi there, I promise I read through a decent dose of comments, but finally gave up and thought I’d ask directly, do you know if these can be frozen? Just curious before I make gobs of them. I recently found out that every blasted member of my family has tons of food allergies, so these look promising. I have 3 very little ones that always need food on the go, so freezing would be great for me.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Alyssa, I have never frozen these, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t be okay to freeze – they are like a regular pancake. Sorry to hear about the challenges with allergies, I hope these help! We eat these as sweet or savory pancakes, as sandwich “bread” – possibilities are endless (and kids usually love the bright green color!).

      Let me know if you freeze them! Cheers, Kristina

  33. Sandy Komhyr says

    These are awesome. I have been trying to get my husband away from eating bread but at least with these I know he will be getting more than empty calories.

    Thank God for your love of healthy foods and your gift of sharing. I am loving your blog.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Wendy! so happy you like these! you know, I have NOT tried to freeze, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t be okay, if wrapped well? I make large batches to eat through the week, storing in fridge for 3-4 days… but DO let me know if you try!

  34. Maggie Komar says

    I just tried these and they did come out exactly like the photo. However, I used my Vita-Mix rather than the food processor. The batter was really thick so I ended up having to add quite a bit of water to make it the right consistency. It’s a great way to use up spinach before it all goes bad and they taste OK. I had it with some cheese and a cooked egg on top, and that was good. Great idea for St. Paddy’s Day!

  35. Dianne says

    What do you think about using quinoa flour instead of rice flour.. I avoid rice in all forms. I’m guessing it would work ok.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      Dianne, I think quinoa flour would probably work fine – I have made these with almond meal before, a bit different texture but not much difference overall. let me know how it works?

  36. says

    These look hilarious and delicious–a great combo for kids! And unlike many kids, the greener something is, the more mine like it. I am so making these!

  37. says

    I love the idea of using these to make a sandwich! :) I think the name “pancake” is tricky to wrap the mind around but the possibilities are endless for ways to enjoy these!

  38. CB says

    I just made these with flax, chia, AND two eggs. For the flour I used half ground brazil nut powder and half gluten free flour blend. They are kind of like biscuits!

  39. Crystal says

    Hey! Love the idea and tried making them this morning. Is the mixture supposed to come out really thick? Like, reeeeaaally thick? Because mine did. Perhaps a little more water? Just curious. Thanks!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Crystal, having made this recipe so many times, YES sometimes it is thicker than other times (amount of spinach? texture of spinach? I have tried to figure out why it varies), and I just add a bit more liquid. Sometimes I have left it thicker, and spooned it onto the griddle – makes a nice thick slice of “bread”. hope you enjoy!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Ilene, chia should definitely work – I have not used chia in this way for a few years, but I have made these pancakes with chia. enjoy!

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