Last Updated on February 5, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Finnish Spinach Pancakes – Pinaattiletut
These Finnish Spinach Pancakes – Pinaattiletut make a great breakfast, brunch or serve it as an after school snack to the kids, like they do in Finland.
F is for Finland…
There are three types of spinach pancakes from Finland I came across. First, there is Pinattipannukakku – which is a jelly roll style where a dough is stuffed with a spinach filling, rolled and then baked. Then there is Pinaattiletut and Pinaattiohukaiset which are used almost interchangeably as far as I can tell via my Internet research. These are unleavened spinach crepes usually eaten with lingonberry jam for breakfast or as an after school snack for children.
…so when you have some extra Spinach in the refrigerator and looking for something different to do with them, try this delicious utilization of the green…
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These pancakes are a great option to also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Serve with lingonberry or currant jam and sour cream.
I wasn’t sure how the jam would taste with the savory pancakes. however due to the tart flavor of black currant, it actually complemented the pancakes well. Lingonberry also has a tart flavor. A sweet jam like orange marmalade or strawberry wouldn’t work with these pancakes, but tart berry jams do.
Finnish Spinach Pancakes – Pinaattiletut
- 4 oz. baby spinach
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- freshly grated nutmeg
- a pinch paprika
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 egg well beaten
- extra butter for frying
- In a food processor, puree the spinach with the milk and butter.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg and paprika. Add spinach puree and egg. Mix to combine until you have a very smooth batter.
- Melt enough butter to just coat the bottom of a skillet and pour about 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. Fry until browned on both sides.
These Finnish Spinach Pancakes may be from Finland, but they are also a great way to celebrate St. Patricks Day. Instead of adding green food coloring for green pancakes which is the usual tradition, make these healthy all natural green pancakes to celebrate St. Patty’s!
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Wow this reminds me of dosai. Love these savory pancakes. Super yum
thanks – yes a vegetable based pancake is similar to dosa
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Very interesting pancakes with an even more interesting way of enjoying it…
it may seem strange but the condiments compliment the pancakes really well
Nutmeg and spinach – not a combination I would have thought of using, but you make it sound so good.
a pinch of nutmeg actually works good with spinach and anything with dairy. I often add in quiche, mac and cheese and buttermilk mashed potatoes
I’ve never heard of this kinda pancake, but that’s beauty of food blogging right. It does look really yummy and wouldn’t mind trying for breakfast one these days. Thanks for sharing this wonderful meal.
yes the world of food blogging does allow us access to so many cultures – Isn’t it fantastic!!!
must say that they look delicious, but also it seems like a very different recipe and healthy for sure. I am definitely gonna give them a try
yep – definitely not your average pancakes with the spinach – but they are delicious
I like the green color they get from spinach, wonder what the flavor is. Guess these are not sweet since there’s only a small amount of sugar. Are they traditionally served with sour cream?
yes – sour cream and lingonberry preserves
I have never heard of these. Love the colour….and I love spinach. What a great alternative to a regular pancake. They would be great for St. Patrick’s Day….so green!!
yep – definitely great for St Patty’s
What a great way to use leftover spinach! And I love the combination of the pancakes with the tart jam; how unusual!
it is unusual but oh so delicious
What a great way of using leftover spinach! Never heard of this pancake before, thank you for sharing!
I am sure you will love these spinach pancakes as much as I do!
I love the sound of these Finnish pancakes. I’m sure the sour cream and lingonberry jam are delish with them. I buy lingonberry jam from Ikea so obviously the Swedish eat it too!
lingonberry is used throughout Scandinavia and are a perfect compliment to these pancakes
What an interesting recipe! This is a great way to get spinach into your diet without he same old boring sautéed spinach.
yep these spinach pancakes make a great breakfast or snack!
These actually sound really yummy! I like the addition of the jam and cream too!
yep the scandinavian accompaniments add great flavor!
Linda | Brunch-n-Bites
This sounds very creative. I love adding (sneaking) spinach into your pancakes. Brilliant idea!
a great way to add extra iron into a delicious snack I am sure you will love them as much as I do.
I like the addition of veggies to any pancakes and this with spinach looks interesting. And yes this would be perfect for the upcoming St Patrick’s fest.
yes spinach pancakes are so delicious and healthy with veggies
That sounds just yummy, with nutmeg and paprika too. Love the vibrant green colour of Finnish Spinach Pancakes. Good way to get kids to enjoy spinach.
yes – it is such a healthy and kid friendly snack!
Finnish spinach pancakes look super tasty and healthy . I like the addition of paprika for a little zing and nutmeg for the unique flavour. I am a great fan of savoury pancakes. I have blanched some spinach this morning and will make these.
I’m sure you are going to love them
Sucha. beautiful Finnish Spinach Pancake. They look so very delicious and paprika and nutmeg will definitely give them a yum taste. Great way to start the day. Ordering spinach just now!
yes the spices definitely add to the flavor of them
Love the colour of the Finnish Spinach Pancakes…vibrant green and a great way to enjoy spinach for breakfast. I too was wondering about pairing a savory pancake with some jam. However, will have to find out for myself by trying this recipe.
It does seem an unlikely combo but I promise you – you will end up loving the mix of flavors also!
Wow Finnish spinach pancakes look inviting Mireille, Love that beautiful green color on them , so natural and healthy. serving them with sour cream and jam made it more tempting!!!
so glad you enjoyed them!
Yummy! Ate it with lingonberry sauce
So glad you liked them. Yes Lingonberry Sauce would be great. You should also check out my Vispipuuro: Lingonberry Porridge recipe you might enjoy it also.