These green mint pancakes with dark chocolate sauce are the best way to enjoy an indulgent treat for breakfast that won’t leave you hungry or with a sugar crash later. These pancakes have added protein, fiber, and B vitamins, making them the perfect way to start your day. Don’t let the spinach scare you—you won’t even notice it! Spinach has a very mild flavor, so it is easy to add nutrients without detracting from the overall flavor!  

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Cook time: 10 minutes

Makes: 2 servings

Serving size: 3 pancakes (about 4 inches)

 

Ingredients 

1¼ cups Kodiak superfood pancake mix

1 cup packed spinach

½ cup water

¼ teaspoon mint extract

 

Chocolate sauce

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

 

Directions
  1. Using an immersion blender, blend spinach, water, and mint extract. 
  2. Stir into pancake mix until well combined.
  3. Pour about ¼ cup batter onto pre-heated, lightly greased griddle. Once bubbles start to form on the top, flip the pancakes and cook until golden brown on the other side. 
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave on a low power level, and stir until smooth.
  5. Mix the chocolate with the coconut oil, and use as syrup. Enjoy! 

 

Nutrition information

Per serving: 370 calories (120 from fat), 13 g total fat, 7 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate (8 g dietary fiber, 19 g sugar), 11 g protein.

Kodiak superfood pancake mix is a great way to start your morning with long-lasting energy. It is packed with eight different B vitamins. Vitamin B1 plays an important role in your metabolism by helping convert nutrients into energy. Vitamin B2 acts as an antioxidant, as well as helping convert food into energy. Vitamin B3 plays a role in metabolism and DNA production and repair. Vitamin B5 is involved in hormone and cholesterol production as well as helping get energy from food. Vitamin B6 is involved in red blood cell production and amino acid metabolism. Vitamin B7 is necessary for fat and carbohydrate metabolism and helps regulates gene expression. Vitamin B9 is required for cell growth, the formation of red and white blood cells, and proper cell division. Vitamin B12 is vital for neurological function, red blood cell development, and DNA production. Chia and flax are also included in the pancake mix and are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. 

The added spinach in these pancakes creates a fun, bright green color, plus you get the bonus of an added nutrient boost! Spinach is a great source of iron, folate, fiber, magnesium, and vitamins B1, B2, B6, K, and C. The best part is that spinach has such a mild flavor that it is easy to add to a lot of foods like baked goods and smoothies. 

Topping these pancakes with dark chocolate is the ultimate example of how adding a little sweetness to your life can be good for you. It is often hailed for its antioxidant, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and fiber content. It has also been studied for its possible cardiovascular benefits. One of the best benefits of dark chocolate is that a little can go a long way. I am always surprised by how quickly just a little bit of rich, dark chocolate can satisfy my sweet tooth.