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Spinach Banana Pancakes

Start your morning with a hefty dose of these greens and protein-packed, Spinach Banana Pancakes! They are absolutely delicious with a cup of coffee or tea.


These spinach and banana-filled, Spinach Banana Pancakes are thin and fluffy. They are the perfect breakfast to linger over on a Saturday morning. I could go on about how delicious these are, but I would so love for you to make them and find out for yourself.

What are the ingredients needed to make these Spinach Banana Pancakes?

You will need the following 7 ingredients:

  • 1 cup Isopure Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

When it comes to smoothies – are you a chugger? Or, a sipper?

Quick, tasty, portable, veggie and fruit packed, green smoothies are a favorite of mine when temperatures start getting warmer. They are also a favorite of mine when I need some balance on days filled with chocolate cake with peanut butter icing! And, provided the smoothie isn’t brain-freezing-cold, I can make my favorite smoothie disappear in 0 to 52 seconds. I know…I know…you want to time your chugging speed, right? Go ahead, I will wait…so, how did you do?

Somedays, I love that I can chug my smoothie down so quickly.

But, every now and then, I like to savor it, to linger and laze around, while sipping on it.

But, unlike finely aged cheese, my green smoothies do not get better with time. In fact, after a couple of hours, they have more in common with a cup of day old, cold (not iced) coffee.

So, every now and then, on days when I want to linger over my smoothie, I turn it into a pancake. Of course, I add a little bit of rice flour or gluten-free oat flour, an egg, and some baking powder to help the smoothie transition better into a pancake – but the base ingredients (spinach, banana, milk, and protein powder) remain the same.


I have been trying different protein powders recently, and for these pancakes, I used a whole cup of unflavored Isopure Whey Protein Isolate, which is one of many protein powders I like to use.


This Isopure Zero Carb powder packs 50 grams (per 2-scoop serving) of 100% pure whey protein isolate, without a carb in sight! And it still comes with glutamine, vitamins, minerals and nutrients to keep your muscles tough, lean and ready to rock it. Isopure Zero Carb has 10,900 mg of BCAA’s and 4.6 grams of L-Glutamine in every serving, and is lactose and gluten free.

Isopure Protein Powder is available in 1lb, 3lb and 7.5lb size tubs, and comes in a variety of seriously delicious flavors: Creamy Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate (Low Carb), Strawberries & Cream, Cookies & Cream, Banana Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Toasted Coconut (Low Carb), Mango Peach, Alpine Punch, Apple Melon and Pineapple Orange Banana.


The microfiltration process used to create Isopure is so complete that it is the only completely clear milk protein when it is dissolved in water. (Please note that since the powders have a vitamin/mineral premix, the powder will be cloudy when dissolved as not all the vitamins/minerals are soluble).

Spinach & Banana Protein Pancakes

Spinach Banana Pancakes

4.67 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 7
Author: Shashi
Protein packed, gluten free, spinach and banana pancakes – like a smoothie in pancake form!


  • 1 cup Isopure Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk


  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse till well incorporated
  • Pour about 4-5 tablespoons of batter into a greased pan on a low-medium flame (the flame need to be low enough so the pancakes don’t burn but still cook -might take a sacrificed pancake or two at first)
  • Let pancake cook for 3-4 minutes and flip and let cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Repeat with the rest of the batter
  • Top with bananas, strawberries, syrup or any toppings you desire.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 225mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g
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  1. kaybee says:

    these are soooo amazing!!! I’ve made these a few times now and can’t rave enough. The only downfall is that they do take a while to cook through, which is hard most mornings in a rush. These are diabetic friendly and even my toddler loves these. I sometimes add cinnamon, vanilla extract, &/or cacao powder. I also use oatmeal flour instead of brown rice flour. Just delicious. Thank you for sharing

    • Shashi says:

      Kaybee – thanks so much for stopping by to let me know you and your toddler enjoy these! Yes, they do take a bit of time to cook. I love your add ins, BTW. I’m trying to work on a similar recipe that will be quicker to cook – stay tuned 🙂
      Thanks again and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

  2. Sarah says:

    I like the idea of it. But I can’t give a five-star review for this recipe. The consistency of the mixture was not balanced correctly for me when I cooked it.

    • Shashi says:

      I am so sorry to hear this Sarah. Sometimes the protein powder used and the cooking times/temps can be a contributing factor in how they turn out.

  3. Howie Fox @ HurryTheFoodUp says:

    I’m definitely a smoothie chugger! Will hopefully get my new blender by tomorrow. Can’t wait any longer.
    Apart from that: What a brilliant idea! If I ever have smoothie lefto-overs I give this a try!
    Thanks 🙂

  4. whiskandshout says:

    I am not a huge fan of smoothies, because I love to EAT, and so these pancakes are perfect for me because the combine all the health benefits into something I can chew on 🙂 So yum!

  5. Healthiest pancakes ever, they look so good though 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Green smoothies definitely do not get better with time…bleh! I am a chugger mostly because I’m hungry!! Such a creative idea to make them into protein pancakes!!!

  7. These pancakes look absolutely amazing! I have to try these out! #sitsblogging

  8. Vet innovative take on smoothies indeed,pancakes look absolutely inviting,would love to try an egg less version soon!

  9. Now those are some healthy pancakes… what a great idea to put your smoothie into it. 🙂

  10. What a great idea for leftover smoothies 🙂

  11. chrisscheuer says:

    This is a brilliant idea and I think the color alone would get me in a great frame of mind!

  12. Im both a chugger and a sipper. Love the green color of the pancakes!

  13. foodrecipeshq says:

    I love green pancakes! I once tried with Matcha powder but didn’t get the vibrant green of these pancakes. I’ll try again with spinach 🙂

  14. Wow! What an awesome pancake. Packed with loads of good stuff. I thought at first you used matcha but they are far too green for that and gorgeous. You know I was just reading an article that us smoothie drinkers are putting our livers at risk as the sweet all fruit smoothies are just a fast quick carbohydrate that your body can’t handle well and they need to be mostly green/veggie to avoid that toxic fast load to your liver… So your perfect little pancakes are a great solution to that problem. Pinning and sharing, of course!

  15. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Shashi, you have completely blown me away with these pancakes! Turning a smoothie into a pancake is absolutely brilliant and their color is stunning!! Pinning and tweeting these beauties now 🙂

  16. I’m with you and could be a sipper or chugger depending on how I feel. These are gorgeous, Shashi! Pancakes sound like the best way to have a smoothie! So brilliant and I absolutely love this idea!

  17. So creative – to turn smoothie into pancakes. Well done! Love the ingredient list – and it’s gluten free! Amazing that the green color comes from a natural ingredient, spinach.

  18. Kelsey says:

    reminds me of Dr. Seuss green eggs and ham but green pancakes 🙂 i like that all the ingredients are smoothie ingredients but made into pancakes! that is really smart!!

  19. Khushboo says:

    This genius Shashi- I am a huge green smoothie drinker but never thought to turn them into pancakes. I’m definitely smoothie sipper- mine always end up being way too thick to chug…in fact some days, a straw isn’t enough & I’ll find myself reaching for a spoon!

  20. Almost Getting It Together says:

    I can NOT get a green pancake to come together… I’ve never thought of using protein powder to help with the extra moisture. You’re such a genius!!

  21. hipfoodiemom says:

    I’m a smoothie sipper!! Wow, these pancakes are amazing!!!! love the Protein Powder! this is seriously genius!

  22. mjskit says:

    Very creative pancakes recipe Shashi! At first I thought the green was due to matcha, but I love that you used spinach. Gotta give these a try!

  23. Never would have thought to make pancakes out of a green smoothie! You are a genius lady!

  24. Omg this is brilliant! Why have I never tried this before?! I’m currently smoothie -obsessed- and I usually sip mine, but now I want to pancake them 😛 Definitely going to fur it out with a future smoothie batch! #pinned

    • Shashi says:

      If I recall your recipes over the last year or so – you’ve been smoothie obsessed for quite a long awhile! 🙂
      Thanks Amanda!

  25. Honestly, I’m usually a chugger. 😉 But now I want to be a pancaker!!

  26. Daniela says:

    Mmh, this looks so colorful and lovely, my mouth is watering!
    Perfect for an Easter Brunch!

  27. I’m a sipper when it comes to smoothies. I like to make them last as long as possible! Love how healthy these pancakes look and they have such a fabulous color!

  28. kitchenriffs says:

    I use whey powder sometimes, but haven’t found one I really like. Have to give your suggestion a try. Thanks for that! And thanks for such a nice dish. Love pancakes, and these are so interesting. Plus their color is terrific!

  29. Lisa says:

    The color of these pancakes is gorgeous, Shashi!!

  30. I love how much fun you have with food. These are so pretty and perfect for spring!
    Have a great week friend!

  31. amindfullmom says:

    I love to make green food, using spinach. But I have never thought of pancakes. CAN”T wait to do this with my kids! Awesome!

    • Shashi says:

      Thank you so much! Best part is – with the banana in there – I could hardly taste the spinach! 🙂 Please let me know when y’all do make these – I would love to know what y’all thought of them

  32. I can’t lie. I am not a sipper OR a chugger…because I am not really a “drink my calories” kinda person.
    I like to chew. And specifically, I like to chew on pancakes and anything with protein.
    Clearly, you made these for me right ;)? I LOVE THEM! Pinned!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – yup, I made them just for you – if you start driving now – you will be here in time for breakfast – I will have coffee ready 🙂

  33. Green smoothie pancakes? What an idea! These look very delicious and healthy too – which makes it even better.

  34. I’m a smoothie sipper or a pancaker! I would absolutely love these 😀

  35. hotlyspiced says:

    Your pancakes are so uniform in size. How do you do it? Mine always end up in a variety of shapes and sizes. I do love how green these are and what a good idea to add so much spinach. What a wonderful breakfast xx

    • Shashi says:

      Charlie – I think it was the protein powder – I usually have a few pancakes that are too thick or just oddly shaped – but these didn’t spread too much nor did they rise much…gotta love spinach as a food colorant!
      Thanks oodles! xx

  36. HOW ON EARTH did you make those look SOOOOO perfect?!?!?!

  37. These pancakes (and photos) are totally gorgeous! This is the BEST way to have a green smoothie!

  38. Ummm… a) I love everything about this and b) to answer your question, I’m all 3… a smoothie chugger, sipper and pancaker! Funny story… at my job for St. Patrick’s day… they had green pancakes. Food coloring, of course, and I didn’t bother eating it. These blow those away x10. Well done!!

  39. genevieve y says:

    Green smoothie pancakes sound so good! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this myself!

  40. Ashley says:

    Ha! I love this – how fun that it’s a smoothie in pancake form! I just love the color too!

    I personally alternate between smoothie chugger and taking my time! Depends on my mood 🙂

  41. wow these are awesome! I would have never thought to make green pancakes! These look so tasty!

  42. sophie says:

    This might (MIGHT!) very well be the answer to getting more protein into little kids who don’t like to eat a lot of meat!
    One question – and I know it’s annoying – in terms of the brown rice protein, do you think I could use millet or oat flour instead with comparable results?

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Sophie! Actually, getting more protein was really the reason behind me making these pancakes!
      As for brown rice protein – I was wondering, do you mean use brown rice protein instead of the unflavored whey isolate in this? or instead of the brown rice flour? I gotta be honest – I don’t know much about brown rice protein – but, a good replacement for brown rice flour would be ground oats / oat flour definitely.

  43. This is a definitely a good plan to enjoy green juice, I just chug it down like crazy. As you said, it just gets worse with time. It’s good though, I see crazy good skin with it. But, even better are these pancakes, they look crazy fluff and good, a neat trick.

  44. What a brilliant idea! I love the green color and how good these are for you 🙂

  45. I love blended green into my pancakes!

  46. Chris says:

    This might be my favorite, most practical recipe of yours to date! I like throwing spinach in my smoothies sometime, but having them in pancakes (LOVE pancakes!) then that’s just the best. Oh I’m definitely a smootie chugger.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Chris – hey – when you and your wife have kids one day – these would be a perfect way to trick them into eating their greens – t least it worked for me and my daughter! 🙂

  47. Kim says:

    I love the color of those pancakes with the strawberries!!!
    I don’t actually drink smoothies but I would probably end up being a chugger.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Kim – but – wait – you don’t drink smoothies??? you know what – I think you have to be the only person I know currently who doesn’t – I am so fascinated!

  48. Green smoothie in pancake form? I AM IN!
    Genius idea my friend!

  49. Mira says:

    Such a great idea! Healthy and easy to make! These pancakes look great!

  50. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I love the idea of turning green smoothie into pancakes! They look fantastic, Shashi.

  51. spicedblog says:

    In the little town of Whuzzfuzzle (or was it Fuzzwhuzzle?), there lived the greatest of things. A little young Fuzzle who stood out from the rest. She’s wasn’t tall. She wasn’t short. But she was admired by all who drove their Wuzzmobiles for miles to see her. What was her skill, you ask? Well she was the greatest flip flipper the town had ever seen. This flip flipper flipped spinach banana pancakes with the greatest of ease. And with a taste like these hotcakes, it’s easy to see why she was loved by all! 🙂

    Ok, that was enough early morning rhyming for me. I clearly need more coffee. Speaking of coffee, whenever Laura and I go on roadtrips we take along coffee in an insulated mug and also a really thick smoothie in an insulated mug. We sip on the smoothie as it melts and then switch over to coffee. And then we’re ready for a pit stop after like an hour. 😉 These pancakes look awesome, Shashi! Well done on the creative twist here!

    • Shashi says:

      Hahaha! I have been called many things -squish, squash (with foot stomping action), even sushi- but never ever a “Fuzzwhuzzle” – David – you can start your own rhyming greeting card line – dude – you might just become more famous than you are!
      This winter I avoided smoothies – but, chugging on a coffee inbetween smoothie sips is just brilliant! I do it with fro yo – but never thought to do it with smoothies before! Thanks David!

  52. Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite says:

    Love green smoothies but I’ve never thought about putting them in pancakes. Yum!!

  53. Joanne says:

    I’m probably more of a chugger, but wish I were a sipper! I feel like these pancakes would slow me down, though…I just wouldn’t want to get to the last bite!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – tell me about it! I made another batch and divided it out so I could eat only 2 a day – unfortunately, this time, I remembered where I hid the other containers with the rest of the pancakes! 🙂

  54. katiewebster says:

    I strive to be a sipper but I can’t help myself and chug! Ha ha.

  55. These look fabulous! I’ve seen green pancake recipes before, but I’ve never actually made some myself. Oh, and as for smoothies, I’m a sipper for sure. …..unless it’s super chocolate-y 🙂

  56. WOW. I just had to click over when I saw this title–seriously! I used to think I was just a sipper, but I guess I’d be a pancaker right about now. I totally have been making juices and smoothies every day and will likely shift gears in the near future 🙂 plus I have brown rice flour in the house, finally!

    • Shashi says:

      Yay!!! Yes – pancakers have it made – besides, smoothies can only take so many toppings – smoothie pancakes though can take loads more! 🙂 Btw Thanks so much Ala

  57. I love the soft velvety look of the inside of these pancakes Shashi! Beautiful! 🙂

  58. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    Where’s Dr. Seuss when you need him?? I think he could come up with another story poem about these pancakes. I love the color!

  59. ashley says:

    I chug smoothies! LOL Love this idea – they are so pretty, too!