breakfast gluten-free pancakes/waffles/french toast

Green Silver Dollar Banana Pancakes

March 13, 2014

These Green Banana Pancakes make the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day pancake recipe that is secretly healthy! No one will guess the secret healthy ingredient!

In my world, there is nothing abnormal about offering coconut palm sugar to my guests for their coffee.

In my world, oatmeal is consumed faster than a growing toddler.

In my world, pancakes are made miniature and called “silver dollar” because my Mom is no longer around to flip the normal sized ones.

green silver dollar banana pancakesIn my world, a sale on hemp seeds means a happy day!

In my world, pancakes are made pantsless while dancing to “Drunk in Love”.

In my world, grocery buggies have names (have you met Petunia?)

Green Silver Dollar Banana Pancakes 2In my world, half a pound of icing sugar is trailed across the floor thanks to an ambitious photo shoot…

In my world, half a dozen bananas can be found in a paper bag in the oven in an attempt to make them ripen faster.

In my world, adding spinach to your pancakes is totally totally normal.


Green Silver Dollar Banana Pancakes



  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour (2 cups of gluten-free rolled oats ground into a flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt (I used PC brand)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (any milk will work)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine oat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a blender add spinach and unsweetened almond milk. Blend until all spinach has been combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine mashed banana, greek yogurt, spinach-almond milk mixture, egg, maple syrup and vanilla.
  4. Add wet mixture to dry and stir to combine.
  5. Spray or melt coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  6. Add a tablespoon of batter to make silver-dollar pancakes (or 1/3 cup for regular pancakes).
  7. Cook until all bubbles have popped (about 2 mins) and then flip over for 1 min.
  8. Serve warm with maple syrup, nut butter or preserves.

GREEN Silver Dollar Banana Pancakes - the ultimate St. Patrick's Day pancake recipe that is secretly healthy! Can you guess the special green ingredient???


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 13, 2014 at 5:34 am

    I can authenticate the Beyonce dancing pantless.

    Silver dollar totally made them silver dollar because you fail at flipping them whole sized. I’ve added spinach AND shredded zucchini to pancakes. Green with envy?

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 13, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I like the sound of your world — can I come visit? And can you make me breakfast? I’m fine with trying spinach pancakes, but please don’t try to sneak in zucchini — I don’t think me and that veggie will ever get along.

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    Karen @karenlovestorun
    March 13, 2014 at 6:30 am

    These look delish! I am always looking for new pancake recipes other than the good old fashioned kind (which I love but sometimes I’m feeling adventerous in the kitchen) : )
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 13, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I am fine with adding spinach to my pancakes, my son however would totally freak. I have to subtly add vegetables to his foods.

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    Elise @
    March 13, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I feel like drunk in love just has that affect! haha

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    Krista @ Tiny n Fit
    March 13, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Everything is better in minis! YUM!

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    Jess @dearhealthyness
    March 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Bananas are typical in my world, abnormal would be if I don’t have at least one.

    Normal in my world is fighting with my nephew because he ate a piece of my last banana.

    Normal in my world is adding chocolate to breakfast 😉

    No, I haven’t tried spinach in my pancakes, but I’ve combined it with oatmeal 😀

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Who wears pants while baking? I don’t. I also have to be listening to music or else I go crazy. AWESOME PHOTOS love the rain. Did Curt do that?

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    Nikki @ grab your kicks
    March 13, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I love recipes where I have everything on hand! Yah! These look delicious. I love your food pictures!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    March 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Oh my goodness…. these photos are gorgeous and I think I need to create a Pinterest board with just “Davida’s Recipes”!

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    Tina Muir
    March 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Those are awesome!!! Looks like you are a total pro with your pictures! Perfect for St. Patricks day too. I have never added spinach, but am seeing it more and more now….so tempted to give it a try. Cereal is pretty typical in my world, as much as I try to get away from it, I LOVE it!

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    March 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Cooking/baking without pants is probably one of my most favorite activities. Pants are so sissies. I love sneaking spinach into things, what a brilliant idea!

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    Shashi @
    March 13, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Yes, I have made savory spinach pancakes – totally digging your sweeter spinach pancakes though! Great idea to blend the spinach with the almond milk! Popeye would be so proud and speechless!

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    Alex @ therunwithin
    March 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

    these are so freaking cute and great for holidays!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 13, 2014 at 8:46 am

    You mean most people wear pants when they bake? That is a world that I do not want to be in…
    And I love spinach for it’s sneaky factor. Literally, you can sneak that shit into anything.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

    You crack me up. Also, can you make me breakfast someday? I promise to return the favor somehow… although my cooking might horrify you. Also great new, I have a plan for tomorrow! However my plan is not at all healthy, like not even a little.

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    March 13, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Thanks to Arman, I actually HAVE added spinach to pancakes!

    These are beautiful, and I love your action shot of the powdered sugar falling onto the pancakes. Perfect!

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    March 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I am quite literally the WORST pancake flipper in the universe. Seriously, they always splatter. Good thing its all about taste right? 😉 And I love adding spinach to my pancakes! Or waffles! Such a sneaky way to get a veggie in…especially with my siblings!

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    March 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I have never thought to add spinach to my pancakes but it sounds delicious! It will catch on like the whole spinach in smoothies/juices did!

    In my world it is totally normal to have more nicer workout clothes than work clothes. Ha.

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    March 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

    These are so cute and I bet they can easily be made vegan. I just loveeee pancakes!

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    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
    March 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Oh my gosh these are adorable! No I’ve not added spinach to anything like pancakes…might have to give this a try!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    In my world, pancakes are made pantless too. Although it’s usually ABBA music here lol.
    I use to make small ones too because they’re so darn difficult to flip otherwise ahhHHH like no thank you, I’ll take the mini version yes.
    These look so delish and the color is so cute too : )

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    March 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I love pancakes but have never added spinach to them. I’d try happily try them if you make them for me. 😉 My husband is the pancake maker and he makes big ones so that it doesn’t take him all morning to make a batch. The silver dollar sized one are so cute. I love the presentation and all that powdered sugar. Yum. 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 13, 2014 at 10:49 am

    IT’S RAINING POWDERED SUGA!!! Have I died and gone to heaven?! Spinach in pancakes is totes normal. Making these immediately.

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    March 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Um yes hello POWDERED SUGAR FALLING FROM THE SKY! Are spinach pancakes what dreams are made of? Definitely in my world (and it looks like yours too!). Love these!

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    March 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Um YES … 100% normal. I do it all the time!

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    March 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

    i wish i could be pantsless all the live long day. and adding spinach to this is brilliant.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    March 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    These sound good! I love adding spinach to baked goods and pancakes. These would be perfect for a fun and healthy breakfast to get in fruit and veggies.

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    Brittany @ Barr & Table
    March 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Spinach in pancakes is totally normal in my world too haha. I love the raining powdered sugar!

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    March 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    You’ve officially covered every green food item/food group and I’m the least creative cook ever and now have no idea what to make. HALP! I was totally going to concoct some sort of creative (by my standards) brussels sprout recipe. Edamame crossed my mind as well. 😉

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    March 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Dancing naked to Beyonce is the reason we’re best friends in my head! Aren’t you so glad you moved out of your parents house? Can’t exactly shake yo’ thang with pops around, hahaha.

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    Kathryn @ Illustrated Nutrition
    March 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Oh my goodness these are GENIUS! I love that spinach is the secret “green” ingredient!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    One of my first posts was a green pancake recipe with spinach in them. I love that I can sneak greens into breakfast food without tasting them!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    “In my world, pancakes are made pantsless while dancing to “Drunk in Love”.” <— another reason why I love you.
    I have been wanting to add spinach to my pancakes for a while, but have yet to do so. I'll definitely go for it next time!
    In my world, I wear a sweater with Wondercat on it.
    In my world, one of the hardest decisions of my day is choosing which kind of salsa I want to buy.
    In my world, my forearm is sore from badminton.

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    March 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    In my world, I leer at pancakes I see online like a sleazy old man eyeing up a pretty girl. Will be pinning to my pinterest pancake-porn board!

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    Mary Frances
    March 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    You have blown my mind this whole week, Davida! Your skill with incorporating green in natural and healthy ways is impressive! I LOVE these photos. And seriously, cutest pancakes ever!

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    Anastasia Carpenter
    March 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Davida! Hmmmm, I have not tried spinach in pancakes though I do like it my smoothies. I’m grain free for the time being but I do make coconut flour pancakes. I think I’d be more inclined to make a savory spinach pancake.

    In my world you must wear pants or prepare to be slobbered on by the dog! He likes to paw at you too, and those claws hurt! And he likes to nudge you with his toys, he wants treats for bringing them to you and he wants you to pick up the slobbery things and throw them for him, yuck! Most of the time I just toss him a treat and then he goes and plays with his toy 🙂

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    March 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Can you believe that I have never made pancakes with spinach? Isn’t that insane? I have to try these though, they look devine!!

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    March 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Your world sounds lovely!!
    Lately in my world 3 hours of sleep is the norm and because of that I can’t think what else is the norm in my world.

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    Molly @ The Happiness Recipe
    March 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    In my world I would ACTUALLY have time to read blogs and still tuned to your daily eats because you never fail to put a smile on my face. Loved this post, you’d make those leprechauns proud with your recipe, humour and creativity. I was thinking you were pretty ambitious sprinkling icing sugar throughout the shoot. I can only imagine how frustrated I would get and envision myself wiping pancakes clean if the first “shower” didn’t go as planned! That’s talent which makes me find it hard to believe you can’t flip a normal sized pancake!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Haha I love that you made these mini because your mom isn’t around to flip big ones for you! I always have that trouble with flipping pancakes/eggs/anything flippable too.

    I’ve actually never added spinach to pancakes but I add spinach to my smoothies (and potato soup apparently), so adding it to pancakes seems normal to me! Us bloggers, we’re a rare kind…

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    March 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I like your world. It sounds like a blast especially the dancing and powdered sugar part.
    I’ve put zucchini in pancakes before and loved them.

    Ps I’m a great pancake turner so if you need any help….

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    Lauren @ LoveChocolateLife
    March 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Your world sounds great !!! In my world I love large pancakes with chocolate chips 🙂 I have never made them with spinach though !! I really need to get on the bandwagon and try them, yours look so good !!!

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    Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy
    March 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Hmm, what a cool way to hide vegetables in kid’s favourite foods….

    You just gave me an idea! Thank you!

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    March 15, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Genius idea making these pancakes super green – of course, spinach since the ingredient doesn’t have a lot of flavors! I want to make some vegan spinach-based sweet pancakes someday, thanks for the suggestion!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 17, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I too have put spinach in pancakes and offered guest coconut sugar. But I feel vindicated when I get texts later from people asking. “what was that healthy sugr you offered me and where can i buy it?” and “what else can i add spinach too?” WIN!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    March 25, 2014 at 5:46 am

    In what world do we eat growing toddlers??! 😉

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    March 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I think you’ve seriously created an addiction!!! I made these for lunch and they are absolutely delicious. The problem was trying to keep myself from eating more than one serving. 😉

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    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon
    April 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

    These sound amazing and so does your world! Love it!

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    Annie Yu
    February 6, 2019 at 9:47 am

    If no spinach, ..what can i substitute with?

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