Finnish Spinach Pancakes – Pinaattiletut

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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.

Finnish Spinach Pancakes - Pinaattiletut

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!

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Serve with lingonberry or currant jam and sour cream.

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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.

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Finnish Spinach Pancakes – Pinaattiletut

These Spinach Pancakes are just as good for an after school snack as it is for breakfast!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Pancakes
Cuisine: Finnish
Servings: 7 pancakes
Calories: 76kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1645IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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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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