By the end of the week, there are times I feel discouraged thinking my kids didn’t get enough of the “good stuff” into their diet. Although my kids eat rather healthy, the more I learn about health and nutrition, the more encouraged I feel to take steps toward being the healthiest we can be. That’s why I create recipes like these popeye pancakes!
When four kids are added to the mix, it can provide some obstacles when one doesn’t like this, and another doesn’t like that. Yes, my kids will eat a salad, and even get excited when I make Nourishing Cole Slaw, but we don’t always get the recommended 2-3 cups of veggies a day. Greens are at the top of the list when it comes to healthy veggies.
Spinach is one of the easiest greens to hide in things because it doesn’t have much flavor. Although it’s small in flavor that doesn’t mean its small in nutrition. Spinach is high in iron, fiber, and magnesium. It helps boost the immune system, helps prevent constipation, helps maintain low blood sugar, among many other things!
In our house, we have two ways to prepare veggies…..the ones you know your eating, and the ones you don’t. I have to admit, it’s pretty exciting to watch your kids, or even your husband, eat something you know you made healthy.
When this idea came to me I wasn’t sure it was going to work. I shared the concept with my oldest, and she thought it was great! Somehow she slipped it to the others and they came to find me to question and find out if it was really true. Avah, my middle, and the more dramatic child asked how I could do this to her beloved pancake. When they sat down to the table and took their first bite, I got a different reaction altogether, it was more of a “we love these!” “I can’t believe how good these are!” reaction. My hope is that you will get the same response. Oh, and by the way, my husband said the athletes will love these!
For more recipes like this check out these Gluten-Free strawberry waffles!
- 3 cups unbleached flour
- 2 eggs or chia eggs 2 tbsp chia seeds + 6 tbsp water
- 3 tsp baking powder aluminum-free
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pink salt or sea salt
- 1 tbsp whole flax seed Get organic flaxseed here
- 1-2 tbsp honey or sugar
- 4 cups plant milk or whole milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
- Zest of one orange optional
- 1 cup spinach
- In a medium mixing bowl measure in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- Mix well.
- If using chia eggs, mix chia seeds and water let sit for a couple of minutes.
- With a wooden spoon or whisk, mix in milk, eggs, honey or sugar, melted coconut oil, and orange zest.
- When everything is mixed well, ladle one cup of the pancake mix into a blender or Nutri-bullet with spinach and flaxseed.
- Blend until you have a nice and smooth consistency.
- Pour your blended mix back into the bowl and mix well.
- In an iron skillet heat a tsp coconut oil over medium heat.
- When your skillet is hot, ladle pancake mix in. (The amount of batter per pancake will vary depending on the size you want to make.)
- When your pancake forms little bubbles on top, its time to flip.
- Cook on the other side until lightly browned.
- Continue to do this until all the pancake batter is gone.
- Serve hot with real butter, and real maple syrup!
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