Green Hornet Pancakes Recipe

It all started when I became concerned about our six-year-old son getting enough vegetables in his diet.   As we all know, it’s hard enough to get kids to eat their vegetables at dinner, so how in the world do we sneak it in for breakfast? Well “sneaking” spinach into the meal is exactly what I did when I created Green Hornet Pancakes.

We’ve heard of chopping up vegetables and hiding them in spaghetti, but vegetables in pancakes? How was I going to do that? Most pancakes are eaten with butter and syrup, which could mask or hide the identity of it. But what super-secret ingredient? Which vegetable? Spinach is soft and not that strong tasting. But how? Nobody in their right mind would do that. Yuck. That’ll never work. Well, I proved myself wrong!

I threw a handful of spinach in the mini-Cuisinart. After blending it with the pancake batter, the mixture turned green. This is where the superhero idea came to mind. I named the spinach green pancakes “Green Hornet Pancakes.”

I hid the true spinach identity for a few weeks, but when found out; I truthfully explained how the spinach provides the natural green color instead of using a chemical like food coloring. YES! Total buy-in! My son loves
them. Hope your kids do, too.

Pancakes with a Superhero Identity:  Green Hornet Pancakes

Green Hornet Pancakes

Green Hornet Pancake Ingredients

1 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix

1 egg

1/3 cup milk or soy milk

1 cup spinach

Green Hornet Pancake Directions

1. In medium bowl, add pancake mix, egg and milk. Beat.

2. Add spinach to mini-Cuisinart. Grate.

3. Add spinach to mixture and stir.

4. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/3 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Hope you kids enjoy these spinach pancakes as much as my son does- just remember to call them Green Hornet Pancakes to slip the veggies by!  What are some of your favorite healthy breakfasts to serve?

Guest post by Twitter follower RaeRae @moms44health


  1. says

    What a great idea … and I love the idea of boosting the nutrition of breakfast. Do you think that one could substitute the egg with a vegan version … perhaps flax? Thanks for sharing … I think even adults would enjoy this twist on a classic!

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