January 22, 2018

Spinach pancakes

Stack of spinach pancakes.

Fresh baby spinach makes these buttermilk pancakes a lovely bright green color! They are perfect for springtime, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, Halloween, or anytime you want a fun breakfast.

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If you want a fun pancake recipe for your family, take a look at these colorful green spinach pancakes. These spinach pancakes use blended baby spinach to add the fun green color to the batter. 

There's a full packed cup of baby spinach in these pancakes, but you wouldn't really know it except for the color. The spinach doesn't impart much flavor to the pancakes. So don't let the addition of spinach scare you away from giving these a try.

The spinach is there to add color, and sure, it is also a fun way to add some greens and vegetables to your breakfast. Spinach pancakes are a great finger food for toddlers and perfect for kids of all ages. 

As I've said before, I don't really love to "sneak" vegetables into my kids' foods, but I do use them in a lot of recipes and my family is well aware that they are in the food.

Bowl of spinach pancake batter.

These pancakes are sure to be a hit with kids, especially if you make them around a holiday like St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, or Halloween.

There's a touch of sugar in the batter of these pancakes, but they are not overly sweet at all. I will frequently add ground flax seed to my baking recipes, and I have it listed as an optional ingredient in these pancakes. 

I've topped these pancakes with some yogurt and sliced bananas. A sprinkle of cinnamon is nice as well. Of course, they are also perfect with some real maple syrup. Or, go ahead and use all of these toppings! 

Spinach pancakes topped with yogurt and sliced banana.

Serve these pancakes with a side of sausage or bacon, if desired. Get yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this colorful breakfast. 

Yield: about 4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Spinach Pancakes

Spinach Pancakes

Fresh baby spinach makes these buttermilk pancakes a lovely green color! They are perfect for springtime, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, Halloween, or anytime you want a fun breakfast.


  • 1 cup (very tightly packed) baby spinach
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon olive (or vegetable) oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or more all-purpose)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, optional
  • 2 packed teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • butter, for cooking


  1. Place the spinach, egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and oil in a blender or food processor. Blend until as smooth as possible.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through baking powder).
  3. Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle. Rub with butter. Add the batter 1/4 cup at a time for each pancake.
  5. Flip when the batter begins to bubble and they are golden. Cook until second side is golden. Repeat until all batter is used.
  6. Serve hot with desired toppings.


If you don't have buttermilk, add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a one cup measuring cup and then fill the rest with milk. Let sit for 5 minutes before using. 

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Side view of a stack of spinach pancakes.

This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated in 2022 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

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  1. A great idea of using greens in the pancakes! They are really fluffy and delicious, Amy.

  2. This is such an awesome idea! I love packing veggies into my diet any way I can!

  3. What a unique recipe and a great way to work spinach into our diets!

  4. I like adding veggies to pancakes -- we serve them for dinner, without syrup. Never thought to try spinach, though. The color is wonderful! Great idea -- thanks.

  5. Now that a sweet way to get your vegetables in the morning. I need to give this a try as I've never add a vegetable to a sweet pancake. And what a great color!

  6. I'm always getting a little hesitant when the color of a meal is too vibrant, but these spinach pancakes I will try. What a great idea!

  7. Haha...perfect for Halloween and also for St. Pat's Day.

  8. Such a gorgeous green color...these are somthing I would really love to try!

  9. Pinning again because who doesn’t love green pancakes?!!


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