There are a couple of things, which kids do not like to eat, and spinach is one of them. But then again pancakes or crepes..Whole different story.My Kiddo requests me to make spinach crepes quite often. I do not like to use wheat flour so I replaced it with Spelt flour.
Spinach pancakes are easy to make, and with large amounts of fresh spinach blended in, they are rather nutritious as well as tasting great – they make a great breakfast alternative for the kids – they devour far more spinach this way than they’d ever consume as salad or side dish. Just remember how icky, that green mush looked and tasted, which your mom was trying to get you eat? Yeah..I do too..Didn’t like it at all!
You don’t have to serve them with jam either, they taste just as good with bacon, eggs and maple syrup! I’ve also used small pancakes cooled down and then buttered as snacks for the Kiddo for school.
They are indeed green,Kiddo calls then “Mr Hulk” crepes, which fortunately my kid found interesting rather than off-putting. But just adding the spinach makes a huge difference nutritionally – just one of THESE pancakes will get you or your kids 11% of your daily value of Iron, 64% of your Vitamin A, and 18% of your daily value of Calcium (approximately). Eat a couple, as you probably will, and you’re off to a healthy start to the day.
- 2 1/2 cups of fresh baby spinach (frozen is OK if fresh spinach is not available)
- 500ml of milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cup of spelt flour
- 150g melted butter
- Some variations on this recipe include a 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
- Butter for cooking the pancakes
- Berry Jam (lingonberry, cranberry, gooseberry) for serving (although my Hubby and Kiddo like to eat these Austrian way with Apricot Jam)
- Wash and drain the fresh baby spinach if needed
- Puree the spinach with the milk in a blender
- Pour into mixing bowl and whisk in the eggs, salt, melted butter and flour until you have a smooth batter
- Warm up the frying pan (medium heat) and lightly grease with butter
- Make any size pancakes you want
- Serve warm with jam or whatever else takes your fancy