These little guys are simply known as “Green Pannies” in our house, but I’ve heard them called some fun names, like “Hulk Cakes” too – whatever you want to call them they’re an easy and delicious way to get some extra greens in to your kids. Greens are full of fibre, beta carotene (converts to vitamin A), folate, vitamins C, E, K, and B vitamins, as well as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, and minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Greens are also alkalizing and help support little bodies natural detoxification pathways to eliminate toxins. We eat these for breakfast with my blueberry maple syrup, yogurt and toasted seeds but they’re also great cold as a snack – plain or smeared with nut butter.
1 banana *preferably organic
1 cup buckwheat flour – or your preferred flour
1 cup milk – I use coconut or almond, but any milk/mylk will work
2 eggs *preferably organic or free-range
Handful (approx. 50g) baby spinach *preferably organic
½ tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Optional: Small handful of fresh mint leaves
Coconut oil or butter for frying
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender or anything that’s going to blitz the spinach – so there are no green bits – and blend until smooth.
Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add coconut oil or butter.
Spoon a tablespoon of the mixture in to the pan – I can usually fit about 5 or 6 in the pan at a time.
Cook the pancakes for a few minutes until bubble appear on the surface, then flip them over and cook fir a further few minutes. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days.
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Lucy Stewart Kids Nutrition
Lucy is Nutritionist, mum and step-mum, who is passionate about nourishing the next generation – our little people – with delicious wholefoods.
Lucy aims to educate, inspire and empower mums, mums-to-be, parents and careers to make healthier food choices for their kids, right from the start – without spending anymore money shopping or time cooking, than you already do. Cutting through the confusion of what to feed your kids (and how to get them to eat it!) Lucy offers comprehensive research-backed nutritional advice, practical natural solutions to common childhood complaints and easy and delicious recipes that the whole family will love.