Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Stack of three mint chocolate chip pancakes on a plate with a fork

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes are a fun way to include spinach in a recipe.  The spinach serves as a natural food dye.  This breakfast recipe is picky eater approved.

Stack of three mint chocolate chip pancakes on a plate with a fork

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

We are always in the mood for delicious, but fun recipes.  These Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes certainly fill that desire.  While this breakfast recipe is scrumptious and fun all year long, it’s especially perfect to serve for a little St. Patrick’s Day breakfast yum.  

Pancakes are always a big hit and I can’t wait for you to try my mint chocolate chip combo.

What makes this recipe green?  Well…it’s naturally colored with 1 cup of fresh baby leaf spinach.  Say What?  Say Yes!

You can’t smell the spinach, you can’t taste the spinach and this recipe has been picky eater approved many times over; trust me.  They are 100% delicious & don’t need a drop of syrup with the dark chocolate morsels in the mix.  

These pancakes weren’t just tested on my crew, but with several guests at the counter over the course of many years.  And, I’ve taken them on the road with my Market 32/Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club travels .  This recipe has always received the ‘thumbs up’ approval from all of the taste-testers.

Here is the recipe for you to blend, stir and flip for your family….

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Stack of three mint chocolate chip pancakes on a plate with a fork
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup spinach, fresh baby leaf
  • 4 oz. cinnamon applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 – 2 drops mint or peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup mini dark chocolate morsels


    Place the spinach, applesauce, egg, sugar, milk, flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla & mint extracts into a blender.

    Blend the ingredients until the spinach is fully blended into the batter & the batter has turned green. NOTE: There should not be any leafy green.

    Pour the batter into a bowl. Stir in the chocolate morsels.

    Cook the pancakes over medium to low heat on a griddle pan that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray.


Kids Cooking Club logo next to Price Chopper Market 32 logo

More on making this recipe:

Make Ahead/Freeze Ahead: I often double this recipe.  Let the pancakes cool, wrap each one in parchment or waxed paper.  Then I place them in a freezer bag and freeze for busy weekdays.

Heating Leftovers:  Whether the pancakes have been frozen or stored in the refrigerator, we prefer to heat them in a toaster vs. the microwave, which makes them a bit soggy.  

St. Patrick’s Day Magic:  Place all of the ingredients in the blender with the spinach at the bottom covered by all of the ingredients before inviting the kids to come and blend the ingredients in the blender.  If they haven’t made these before the batter will turn green as they blend = leprechaun magic fun.

Want more Green Breakfast Yum?  Check out my Green Eggs and Ham Recipe.  It’s deliciously easy and incorporates more spinach into the mix with a whole different fork full of green with more spinach you can’t taste!

A young girl taking a bite of green eggs and ham. The eggs are colored naturally with spinach.

Green Eggs and Ham Recipe Link

36 Comments on “Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes”

    1. Hope it was a HUGE hit! It’s not a lot, but if you sneak your way through the day it adds up…

    1. Hope they were a hit! Mine only knew there was spinach because they are used to me hiding veggies in almost EVERYTHING – lol!

  1. I can’t wait to try these! I didn’t do anything green this year because we just found out my daughter is allergic to artificial food coloring. I’ll have to mix these up without the kids watching so they don’t turn up their noses before trying them (they always like the things I sneak veggies into as long as they try them before they know I put veggies in!)

  2. Healthy and fun- what a great combination! These pancakes sound delicious for breakfast, brunch, or even a fun dinner. Thank you for bringing these to Treasure Box Tuesday! 🙂

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  6. Thanks for sharing your recipe at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! I am SUCH a mint junkie! I am filing this recipe away for future reference (I think this could be dangerous lol!)

  7. Mint and Chocolate Chip a great combination. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. I love that we don’t add anything else to them (i.e. on top) – they are great to heat, grab & go!

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