For a while I thought I had it figured out. (I’d appreciate if you could stifle your laughter) My toddler wouldn’t eat his veggies, however he would suck them right out of the veggie pouches. Then, as it frequently does with toddlers, that changed. Pretty much over night he lost interest in those pouches. He could’ve lost interest in cookies, candy, chips but I guess that’s not how kids work. I tried cooking veggies different, giving a variety of raw vegetables and even encouraging a big ol’ dip into ranch. Nada. Tuesday I decided to stop trying to force him and instead trick him. If tricking your child is not a weapon in your arsenal, you should really add it. I’m pretty sure I would not survive motherhood if it weren’t for quick thinking and slight of hand. Trust issues? Eh…Phooey. Enter, spinach protein pancakes.
Before we get started, let me
tell warn you a little bit about how I bake/cook. Lots of times I look at a recipe as nothing more than a suggestion. I add more, or less, substitute etc. Well, that is exactly how these pancakes came to be. The exact recipe is secret, meaning I didn’t measure much so your guess is as good as mine. So, here we go.
Pulse together in a blender until well chopped
- 1 egg
- 2 cups baby spinach
Add and blend
- 1/2 cup flour (this I did measure)
- 1 (or so) scoop of vanilla protein powder (I think I ended up doing about 1 1/4 scoop but protein scoop sizes vary) 1/2 (give or take) banana
- 2 tsp cinnamon…and then a little more and maybe a little more still (this is where the phrase”to taste” comes from right? I think I ended up with closer to a tbsp)
- I splash of vanilla
Now that you have your batter, if it’s too runny you can add a bit more protein powder to thicken it up.
Pour on to griddle and cook.
They do cook up on the thinner side which I found is often the cause with protein pancakes. Not quite crepe or “weawry fin pancakes” (Talladega Nights? Anyone? No?) but not your buttermilk style pancakes. Z did not mind one bit. He gobbled up more and asked for more “Fwankenstein” pancakes. This kid gets me and my love for all things Halloween.
Like I said…The exact recipe is a secret. But you should end up with something resembling a pancake but bright green and awesomely healthy.
Do you have a favorite protein pancake recipe? I’d love to try it!