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Gluten-free |Grain-free | Dairy-free |5 Ingredients or Less Recipe #5 

 

Kid-friendly breakfast

 

I love these pancakes because not only are they my favorite color, they also have one of my favorite nutrient-dense vegetables in the batter.

The vibrant green color comes from spinach!

Don’t worry. You won’t taste any vegetables at all.

Besides they’re so fun to eat! Your kids will love them.

You should have seen the look on my husband’s face. It’s the same “huh?!” expression shown when I put a plate of red beet pancakes in front of his face. He absolutely LOVES them. So that got me even more excited, and I just had to share this recipe with you pronto.

Making green pancakes is a great way to introduce green leafy vegetables to your children’s food. You can give it some fun names. …use your imagination! Here are a few that just popped in my head:

  • Shrek pancakes, Hulk pancakes, Green giant pancakes, Grinch pancakes, four-leaf-clover pancakes, Green lantern pancakes, Popeye pancakes (okay this one might be appropriate for those who grew up in the 80’s like  I did!), and my favorite…Ninja Turtles pancakes!

 

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Spinach’s super powers

 

Spinach is up there on my list of the world’s healthiest food.

Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection. Researchers also show that flavonoids help reduce inflammation, particularly in the digestive tract.

Since numerous studies have shown that excessive inflammation is a huge factor in causing cancers like breast and prostate cancer, this means spinach is a superb anti-cancer food!

Spinach is also high in vitamin K, calcium and magnesium which supports bone health. For an in depth analysis of spinach, view this chart on nutrients in spinach.

In addition, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2013 report “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides,” conventionally grown spinach is among the top 12 fruits and vegetables that contains the most pesticides. Therefore, I advise that you only buy organic spinach when possible.

 

Resources: 

  • Song W, Derito CM, Liu MK et al. Cellular antioxidant activity of common vegetables. J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Jun 9;58(11):6621-9. 2010.
  • Longnecker MP, Newcomb PA, Mittendorf R, et al. Intake of carrots, spinach, and supplements containing vitamin A in relation to risk of breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 1997 Nov;6(11):887-92. 1997. PMID:12980.

 

Gluten Free Spinach Pancakes
 
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Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dry oatmeal (gluten-free)
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1 cup of baby spinach (packed tight)
  • ½ large banana
  • 3 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • optional: sweetener of choice (raw honey, coconut sugar, dates)
  • **Note: I usually don't add sweetener since the pancakes will be drenched with pure maple syrup. Experiment and see what works for you and your kids.
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients in a high-speed blender until you get a batter consistency.
  2. Cook on a skillet at medium temperature.
  3. The batter will be thinner than usual, so flip them after about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Top the pancakes with sliced almonds or sliced bananas if you wish.
  5. Eat, and go participate in any super-hero duties that your kids have planned for the day. 😉

 

 

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