It’s that time of year again!
The time of year when you can add spinach to everything and call it a “St. Patty’s Day” treat. I’m Irish, my husband’s Irish and my married name even has an apostrophe in it. Needless to say, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around this house – rainbows, pots of gold, corned beef and spinach-colored, er, I mean green-colored foods.
I started making my own homemade pancakes when I came across this Good Old Fashioned Pancakes recipe on Allrecipes.com. It has over seven THOUSAND positive reviews, and I have to agree, it’s fool-proof and delicious. Naturally, I made the recipe dairy-free and we’ve been enjoying mouth-watering from-scratch pancakes ever since.
With St.Patty’s Day coming up, I decided to take my dairy-free pancakes to the next level – as I do with most things – and add spinach. Plus with spinach growing like crazy in my garden, this is the perfect way to get my kids to eat it. Instead of just changing the hue of the cakes, I decided that if I changed the shape as well my kids would think it was an official St. Patty’s Day thing. They bought the green shamrock fun party pancakes, hook line and sinker – and I hope your kids will too!
Dairy-Free Shamrock Pancakes
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 egg
- 1-2 cups spinach (fresh or frozen)
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
1.Blend together the wet ingredients – almond milk, egg and olive oil – with the spinach. I used a magic bullet but you could also use a regular blender. Make sure to blend until the spinach is finely chopped so no child (or picky adult) finds a leaf in their pancake.
Once mixed, the wet ingredients become the “green dye”! But instead of chemicals…you’re tricking your kids into eating spinach! For breakfast! Let’s chat for one more minute about this point. There is no need for artificial green dye in any food ever. Spinach is so mild in taste that it can be used to dye any cake, muffin, smoothie, milk shake or other food with no change in flavor.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Pour the mixed batter onto a greased hot pan or skillet using a tablespoon. Pour 3 tablespoons of pancake batter into a circle to create the shamrock shape. You can also dribble some batter in a line as the stem as I did below. Flip the pancakes when bubbles start to appear at the top of the batter.
4. Enjoy your shamrock pancakes with honey or syrup.
As you can see from the picture below, the pancakes have a great green color all the way through.
My kids gobbled these down with no mention of spinach. When they walked into the room as I was editing the photos on my computer, they asked for them again as a bedtime snack. I think it was a hit.
Do you have a St.Patty’s Day treat planned for March 17?