Savory Vegan Spinach Pancakes with Scallions, Green Chillies & Cilantro

March 24, 2019

Getting your greens couldn't be any easier. These delicious, dairy-free, savory, vegan spinach pancakes aren't just for brunch. Serve them anytime topped with some lightly dressed arugula or microgreens.

This recipe was inspired by the green pancake recipe in Yotam Ottolenghi's book Plenty.

Plenty is one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks because it is very easy to veganize his recipes. I also included a vegan version of his lime butter recipe, but it is totally optional.  They will taste delicious without.

Aquafaba (chickpea liquid) is the egg replacer, but you could use vegan flax eggs or your favorite egg replacer.  Don't worry about not whipping up some of the aquafaba liquid. Often in dishes like this, I like to to add soft peaks of aquafaba to add a lightness much like an egg white. But it will be fine without it.

This was my first time having vegan spinach pancakes, but I know it won't be my last. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

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Savory Vegan Spinach Pancakes with Scallions, Green Chillies & Cilantro

Green Pancakes with Lime Butter
 
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Adapted and veganized from the Plenty cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi.
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
Green Pancakes
  • ½ lb or 8 cups spinach, washed, wrung out
  • ¾ cup flour (all purpose or garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons aqufaba liquid (brine from cooked chickpeas) or flax eggs*
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter, melted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅔ cup of unsweetened, unflavored non-dairy milk (I like almond)
  • 6 medium green onions, finely sliced
  • 2 mild green chiles, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • olive oil for frying
Lime Butter (optional)
  • 8 tbsp vegan butter softened at room temperature
  • grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1½ tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
  • garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
Instructions
Green Pancakes
  1. Wilt the spinach in a pan with a splash of water or steam 2 minutes until wilted not cooked. Drain and when cool, squeeze hard with a clean dish cloth to remove as much moisture as possible. Roughly chop and set aside.
  2. Place the flour, baking powder, cumin, 3 tablespoons of aquafaba liquid (or flax eggs) melted butter, and non-dairy milk in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the green onions, chiles, chopped cilantro and spinach and mix with a fork.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the remaining tablespoon of aquafaba to soft peaks and gently fold it into the batter.
  5. Pour a small amount of olive oil into a heavy frying pan and place on medium-high heat. For each pancake, ladle 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan. You should get smallish pancakes, about 3 inches in diameter. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until you get a deep golden-green color. Transfer to paper towels and keep warm. Continue making pancakes, adding oil to the pan as needed until the batter is used up.
  6. To serve pile up three warm pancakes per person and place a slice of flavored butter on top if using. Or serve some mixed greens lightly dressed on top.
Flax eggs
  1. *If you are using flax eggs as an egg replacer - Omit the extra tablespoon that has been whisked.
  2. and make one ground flax egg by whisking together 1 tablespoon ground flax with 3 tablespoons of water. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to thicken.
Lime butter
  1. Put the butter in a medium bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it turns soft and creamy. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Chill until firm. *You can use the left over butter on baked sweet potatoes or freeze and use another time.

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10 thoughts on “Savory Vegan Spinach Pancakes with Scallions, Green Chillies & Cilantro

  1. This sound absolutely delicious – I just bought some gram flour, so I think I’ll experiment with making them with that. It’s pretty similar to garbanzo bean flour I think 😀

  2. Filed this under “must try” recipes. I use flax and aquafaba often. Thinking this would be perfect alongside a simple quinoa fruit salad for a perfect brunch meal. Thank you!

    1. Quinoa fruit salad sounds like a wonderful accompaniment. Hope you enjoy Kelly and thanks for being part of our healthy community!

  3. I just made this recipe using garbanzo flour as the option Nancy had on her recipe. Absolutely fabulous recipe for breakfast. Great taste! i used Himalayan salt instead of table salt too. I will continue to make this recipe. Thank you so much Nancy!

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