Casey’s Grinch Cakes

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If you follow me on instagram, you’ll have seen that I have been making a concerted effort to include more veggies in my breakfast. One of my coworkers, noticing this instagram trend, came into my office the other day to tell me about her latest protein pancake creation: grinch cakes, so called because their green color reminded her of Dr. Seuss’s Grinch. She rattled off the list of ingredients, including spinach, that she had been including in hers, which I thought I could remember without writing down.  Given that I had already been adding spinach to my smoothies, and that even Mr. Little Fish said you couldn’t taste it, I vowed to test out the recipe on the weekend.

Unfortunately, I didn’t remember exactly what she said she used, and my initial batch did not turn out so well. I knew something was wrong when the batter looked closer to a watery smoothie in consistency and spread out across the whole pan when I poured it in.  But one workday morning, realizing I had run out of the morning glory baked oatmeal I had tested (recipe here!) and still had spinach, I decided to give it another go.  This time, I limited the ingredients to just 4 and made three small pancakes instead of 1 large one.  The resulting pancakes were thick, fluffy, and had structure to them. I didn’t notice the spinach taste at all, and, best of all, they were a bright, emerald green perfect for a St. Patty’s Day brunch! Plus, they can be gluten-free and dairy-free! So when it comes down to it, even eating a whole stack amounts to eating nothing more than some oatmeal, an egg, a banana, and a whole ton of spinach. And with a name like “grinch cakes,” I bet even kids would be excited to eat them! How’s that for a weekday morning!

Casey’s Grinch Cakes
Serves 1

IMG_7143Ingredients:

1 banana
1 large egg
1-2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/3 cup rolled oats, gluten-free if desired
Butter or oil, for greasing the pan
Optional: vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Blend together all the ingredients, until a thick batter forms.

2. Heat up a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and melt some butter.
IMG_71303. Pour the batter straight from the blender into the pan into three medium-sized puddles.
IMG_71324. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until bubbles start to form and pop in the batter on the top.
IMG_71345.  Flip the pancakes, and cook for 3-5 more minutes, until both sides are golden brown.
IMG_71356.  Transfer to a plate, and top with your favorite toppings!  I topped mine with full-fat Greek yogurt that I mixed together with some real maple syrup and sliced strawberries!
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Casey's Grinch Cakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats, gluten-free if desired
  • Butter or oil, for greasing the pan
  • Optional: vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Blend together all the ingredients, until a thick batter forms.
  2. Heat up a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and melt some butter.
  3. Pour the batter straight from the blender into the pan into three medium-sized puddles.
  4. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until bubbles start to form and pop in the batter on the top.
  5. Flip the pancakes, and cook for 3-5 more minutes, until both sides are golden brown.
  6. Transfer to a plate, and top with your favorite toppings!  I topped mine with full-fat Greek yogurt that I mixed together with some real maple syrup and sliced strawberries!

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