Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What better way to celebrate this holiday than to make a special breakfast? And listen to Green Day, because, you know, GREEN. Anyways, this recipe is extra special because it has a secret ingredient.
So what do you think of when you think of St. Patrick’s Day? The obvious answer to that is (duh) green. Okay, so what kind of dessert do you think of when you think of green? Idk about you, but I think of mint chocolate chip ice cream. If you haven’t guessed by now, I love turning dessert recipes into pancakes. So I just had to make mint chocolate chip pancakes to celebrate today’s holiday.
I know what you’re thinking…but wait, Kathleen, how on earth did you make these pancakes so vibrantly green without any food coloring? THAT, my friends, is where the secret ingredient comes in. Mint chocolate chip is the dessert that comes to mind when I think of green, but there are a lot of green non-dessert foods that are out there. Like, a LOT a lot. And one of those foods just happens to be………drumroll please……..spinach.
Yep, that’s right. Spinach is the secret ingredient. Sound weird? I guess spinach and sweet pancakes aren’t two things you’d think to combine, but what’s an allergy-friendly girl to do when she can’t have corn syrupy food coloring? And you can’t even taste the spinach, I promise! PLUS, you get a cup of vegetables hidden in your breakfast, so it packs an extra punch. Bam.
I guess it’s not true, what Kermit says….it’s SO easy being green. Am I right?
Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Makes 1 main course serving
1 handful baby spinach (about 1 cup)
2 tbsp coconut milk
1/4 tsp mint extract
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
1.5 tbsp coconut flour
1-2 tbsp Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
Coconut oil for the pan
1. Blend spinach and wet ingredients together until uniformly mixed (I used a magic bullet). The spinach should be finely chopped so that there are no leaf pieces visible.
2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and mix in the coconut flour and baking soda.
3. Heat oil on a pan over medium heat.
4. Place spoonfuls of batter on the pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Cook for 2-3 minutes (until bubbles start to form) then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
5. Delicious green pancakes are now ready for your eating pleasure.