Actually, we don’t call these green smoothie pancakes at our house. The kids didn’t really feel excited about or want to eat them when we called them that. So, in true ultra mom fashion I named them green monster pancakes with blood red syrup. The girls are slightly disgusted and totally excited about the name which means they devour the pancakes as if they were destroying monsters. It works to get them to eat all of their breakfast before school and it’s secretly healthier without them even knowing it. Which is why you’ll notice that I’m writing this post with Yoplait Greek Yogurt, to add a little nutrition to my kiddos’ breakfast without making it a big deal. And don’t forget to grab Cade’s ultimate brown sugar berry syrup recipe. It’s perfect for this monster breakfast.
Our kids are the weirdest eaters. They start out so crazy picky and then through a miracle and tons of hard work and persistence (read this post to see how we solved the problem) they begin to be the best eaters ever. These green smoothies were created because we were starting to get our youngest to eat better but with heading back into the school year I knew that I wanted to work hard at combating those stinking germs that come home with kids. I noticed that we’ve gotten sick to rarely since incorporating green smoothies into our diets, but little c still refuses to drink one. Even the super sweet borderline not even healthy with that much fruit (sugar is still in fruit) in them. So, we knew she loves pancakes and I had a little container of Yoplait Greek Yogurt in the fridge so I decided to give it a whirl.
These green monster pancakes are all kinds of awesome. If you remember I posted about them on instagram (@ohsweetbasil) a while back but I didn’t tell you what I was making. Hello, I had to make sure I worked out any kinks first! I discovered that not only can healthy pancakes be extra nutritious and delicious but also that these ones are easy to make in two ways. These pancakes have no flour, no butter or oil, and are filled with spinach, greek yogurt which gives a little more protein, potassium from the bananas, oatmeal for a healthy heart, and egg whites for more protein and skipping out on the cholesterol from the yolks. And the best part? They are delicious! We could not even believe just how good they are! Woohoo!!!
And a side note that is totally just me giving my opinion, a big thank you to Yoplait for doing the Greek Yogurt thing. It’s quality yogurt, but not $7.00 a stinking container. I love that I can get my kids to eat it and it’s just as good for them as it is for me. Hooray!
What Is A Green Smoothie?
A green smoothie is simply a smoothie that has green leafy vegetable added.
The vegetables could include spinach, kale, collard greens, rainbow or Swiss chard, and mint or parsley.
Why Are Green Smoothies Good For You?
Green smoothies offer unique health benefits.
They are made with leafy greens that are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
It is a good way to get a healthy serving of green vegetable in a convenient, good tasting drink.
Can Pancake Batter Be Made Ahead?
Pancake batter can be made the night before and kept in the refrigerator.
Since baking powder may lose some of its potency when refrigerated, it may be necessary to add a little more before cooking your batter.
Remove the batter from the refrigerator, let it warm a few minutes, add a little baking powder and give it a gentle stir.
Then cook as normal.
Green Smoothie Pancakes
Green Smoothie Pancakes
- 1 Banana, ripe, medium size
- 1 Container Plain Yoplait Greek Yogurt, 5.3oz
- 1 Cup Spinach, washed
- 6 Egg whites
- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 2-3 Tablespoons Milk
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- Place everything but the egg whites in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Meanwhile, in a standing mixer or large bowl (see note for alternate instructions) add the egg whites and whip until stiff peaks form.
- Carefully fold 1/3 the egg whites into the batter and then add the remaining egg whites.
- Heat a pan to medium heat, spray with nonstick spray and add 1/3 cup batter, cooking until bubbles form and begin to pop, flip and continue cooking 2 minutes or until set.
- These pancakes are slower cooking due to the egg whites, be patient.