Rupert absolutely flipping LOVES pancakes. Most mornings, I get dragged out of bed at 6am, with shouts of “pancakes please Mummy”! He is very keen on Green Pancakes, which are an amazingly vibrant colour when whizzed up in a blender (we use a Nutribullet). He knows that the green colour comes from spinach as he helps me to make them all the time, but you could probably get away with making it a hidden veggie if you make the batter the night before, before the kiddiwinkles arise or whilst they are playing.
RUPERT’S GREEN PANCAKE RECIPE
Equipment: frying pan, tablespoon, Nutribullet OR blender OR bowl and whisk, digital scales
Ingredients: coconut oil, 3 x balls chopped frozen spinach, banana, 45 g oats, 30ml almond milk, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp baking powder, 40g self raising flour, frozen blueberries (honey and yoghurt to serve)
Serves: eight pancakes to serve a hungry two year old and a mummy
- Set a frying pan to heat up on a medium heat with a heaped teaspoon of coconut oil
- Defrost three balls of chopped frozen spinach (I get mine from Waitrose)
- Put a bowl, or the large plastic cup of your Nutribullet / blender, onto a set of digital weighing scales
- Add 1 medium banana, the defrosted spinach, 45g oats, 30ml almond milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- Blend up in your Nutribullet or blender (or by hand using a whisk, but you wont get the same smooth texture and vibrant colour), it will be quite thin but don’t worry…
- Add 40g self raising brown flour to the batter and stir in by hand and the batter will get a little bit thicker – a dolloping consistency what you are looking for
- Add tablespoon dollops of batter to the warm frying pan and then pop a few frozen blueberries onto each one
- Cook until you start to see bubbles forming on the top of the pancakes, then flip them and cook for a few more minutes until golden brown
- Add a little more coconut oil to the pan and cook a second batch whilst the first cools down enough for your little person to tuck in (we usually get eight pancakes, enough for a hungry child and a parent)
- Serve them with extra frozen blueberries on the side, a little drizzle of honey and maybe some yoghurt to dip if you like
- Double up the recipe to make enough for a family of four, triple it if you have a hungry horse of a husband!
We’ll often change the recipe a bit depending on what we have in our fridge and freezer… omit the blueberries and serve with any fruit of your choice on the side, slice up another banana and add slices to the pancakes instead of the blueberries… Let your imagination go wild!