Green food dye? Not here! These luscious, protein-packed pancakes are colored with spinach. (Yup, spinach). Not only does spinach lend a vibrant hue, it packs in nutrients as well: with every tantalizing bite, you'll be eating nourishing vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants and so much more. All you will taste is dessert yet each pancake serving contributes 1/2 cup of spinach and tons of protein, which will definitely keep you full until lunchtime.
So whether you're toting around two babies, just coming in from a run or simply have a long day ahead, I recommend taking a moment to whip up these easy pancakes to make your day happier, healthier and waaay more fun.
Chocolate Mint Protein Pancakes:
1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 teaspoons coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 heaping cup spinach, packed
2 TBSP ground chia seeds mixed with 6 TBSP water or 2 Vegan Eggs
2 TBSP pure maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
(optional) 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder
1 to 2 Chocolate Mint Squarebars, (or any flavor) diced
(optional) 3 to 4 TBSP water, if mixture too thick
Chocolate Mint Mousse:
2 tablespoons vegan chocolate protein powder
1-1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2-3 tablespoons warm water
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
Optional: top with an additional crumbled chocolate mint vegan protein bar!
1. In a blender or food processor, mix the spinach, eggs, and extracts until smooth and pureed. If you're choosing the vegan version, mix chia and water and set aside to gel and thicken.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk all dry ingredients, and fold the wet into the dry. Stir in finely diced Chocolate Mint Squarebar or chocolate chips last.
3. Heat a griddle or pan, lightly spritz with coconut oil and cook each pancake for about 4 minutes per side or until lightly golden and set.
4. Whisk mousse ingredients, adding a little more water if desired for a frosting texture, or less for a creamy mousse. This protein powder is the only one I can guarantee will make the perfect consistency of frosting! Top with an additional protein bar for a more luscious flavor and additional protein!
Notes: if the mixture is too dry, add another cup of spinach.
Kale also works, but you will need two cups of kale, and possibly an extra egg or chia "egg".
*Note: I received a few free Squarebars to create this recipe. And happily made this recipe...and ate it ALL.