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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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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!!

  5. What a great way of using leftover spinach! Never heard of this pancake before, thank you for sharing!

  6. 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!

  7. 5 stars
    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.

  8. 5 stars
    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.

  9. 5 stars
    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.

  10. 5 stars
    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!

  11. 5 stars
    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.

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