Spinach and Chickpea Pancakes

3 pancakes
15 min

Plant-based, gluten-free quick lunch idea!


I love savoury crêpes and pancakes as quick lunches and I’m so glad that the kids do too so I can make them quite often. As my son is a bit of a picky eater and not keen on veg, I’m forever trying to add veg to some of his favourite dishes, and spinach in crêpes is a no-brained for me. So easy to blend with the other ingredients and no pre-cooking involved.


These crêpes also have something else going for them, as they are high in protein and iron thanks to the use of chickpea (gram) flour, which also gives them a bit of a nutty flavour. And so quick! I honestly couldn’t recommend them enough.They are also good for the lunchboxes, just roll them up and cut them into small pieces for smaller children.

Spinach and Chickpea Pancakes
Recipe details
  • 3  pancakes
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups chickpea flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups spinach leaves
  • hummus, rocket and tomatoes as topping
Instructions

In a blender, add the flour, water and spinach and blitz until smooth. Season with salt. The mixture should be really quite runny with bubbles.
Heat a frying pan and pour in a third of the mixture (if you use a non-stick pan there is no need to grease it with oil) and swivel it around the pan. We are aiming for a thin crêpe as opposed to an american thick pancake here.
Leave it for 3 minutes or until the bottom seems cooked, then flip it and leave for another minute. Continue until you finish all the mixture.
Top with a dollop of hummus, chopped up tomatoes and rocket salad (or any other topping of your choice). I sometimes also serve them alongside some steamed potatoes so I also add a carb element to have a complete meal.
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Comments
  • Linda Kazim Davis Linda Kazim Davis on Feb 01, 2022

    No salt?

  • TONI TONI on Feb 05, 2022

    I WAS GOING TO ASK ABOUT A TOUCH OF SALT, TOO. DON'T SEE A MENTION IN THR RECIPE. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED STOCK INSTEAD OF WATER ???

    REALLY LIKE YOUR CONCEPT ........... THANKS !

    • This Italian Family This Italian Family on Feb 07, 2022

      Thanks for your comment and kind words :D The salt it in the first step of the instructions.

      In regards to your suggestion of stock, I am not sure it would work. I tend to top these with hummus and tomatoes or fill them with cheese, so if you want to do the same I wouldn't recommend making the actual pancake too tasty or salty, but more like a base to work in conjunction with the flavours of the filling. Does this make sense? But if you try it our, by all means let me know what you think and if they are good with stock, as I may be tempted to try too if it works :D

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