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We all know that those artificial food colors are not healthy and are suspected of having links to behavioral and health problems. At The Real Food Academy, we teach our students how to use natural food color using fruits or vegetables, not only changes the color but makes them healthier for you.

St Patrick’s Green Spinach Pancakes

St Patrick’s Green Spinach Pancakes using spinach as a natural food dye
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 Small Pancakes
Author Chef Maria Cummins


  • 2 1/2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk any other milk works also
  • 3/4 cup finely ground corn meal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose or whole wheat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey add more if you like sweeter pancakes
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • natural cooking spray


  • In a food processor or a blender, mix together the spinach, yogurt, and almond milk until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the rest of the ingredients except the cooking spray.
  • Coat one or two pans with cooking spray and place the pan over medium-low heat. I used two pans so that I could cook more pancakes at once.
  • Pour about 2-3 tablespoons of batter onto the pan for each pancake. A 1/8 cup measuring spoon works very well for this.
  • Cook a side for about 2-3 minutes. Once the edges of the pancakes are no longer runny, and you can slide a spatula easily underneath, they're ready to be flipped. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Enjoy them on their own or serve with some honey or maple syrup.
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