Spinach pancakes recipe

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spinach pancake
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  • healthy
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories186 Kcal9%
Sugar0.8 g1%
Fat15.3 g22%
Saturated Fat5.3 g27%
Salt0.3 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein7 g14%
Carbohydrates4.9 g2%
Salt0.3 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This spinach pancake is the perfect savoury option. Swap it for the sweet stuff on Pancake Day - or have this as your main course before a sweet pancake pudding.

These pancakes are packed with superfood ingredients, including avocado and coconut oil. To make the batter healthy, we've added spinach. It's a great source of magnesium, plus it tastes delicious and makes the pancakes bright green - which we love. Unlike our classic pancake recipe, this uses chickpea flour, which is higher in protein that regular plain flour, and contains compounds that can actually help to reduce cholesterol. It's not always the best substitute for flour because it does have a distinctive taste. Plus in cakes and bakes goods it doesn't rise as well as wheat flour. However, in pancakes, which don't need to rise, it's ideal.


For the batter:

  • 30g or ⅓ cup gram (chickpea) flour
  • 85ml/⅓ cup water
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp no-taste coconut oil or unrefined rapeseed oil

For the filling:

  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ avocado, sliced lengthways
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • Chopped chillies (if liked)




  1. Add all of the batter ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Heat the coconut oil or rapeseed oil in a frying pan.
  2. Pour a thin layer of the mixture into the pan. Top with most of the avocado slices, chives and most of the grated cheese – leaving some to decorate with later.
  3. Cook a few minutes, loosen edges with a spatula then flip over.
  4. Top with the remaining cheese, chives and avocados – plus a few slices of red chilli, if preferred

Top tips for making spinach pancakes

These spinach pancakes contain Parmesan cheese, which is made with animal rennet, so it's not suitable for vegetarians or vegans. However, it's very low in lactose so people with a lactose intolerance can often still eat it. Vegetarians can swap it for a vegetarian hard cheese. There are also vegan-friendly alternatives.

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Anna Bailey
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Anna Bailey is the editor of GoodTo. She joined the team in June 2018 but has been a lifestyle writer and online editor for more than 14 years. Anna graduated from Bournemouth University in 2004 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism and went on to gain her NCTJ and NCE  journalism qualifications. She began her career in local journalism, working as a reporter for the Basingstoke Gazette in Hampshire.  As Lifestyle Editor for ITV.com she managed the websites for the broadcaster’s best-loved shows including This Morning, Loose Women, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Coleen's Real Women, and Britain's Best Dish. Before joining Goodto.com she was also a Features Editor at MSN UK and Digital Lifestyle Editor for the broadcaster UKTV. She’s also contributed to The Mirror, The Sun, LoveFood, LoveExploring, and TBSeen.