Jamie Oliver's super spinach pancakes

Jamie Oliver's super spinach pancakes.
Jamie Oliver's super spinach pancakes. Photo: David Loftus

Colourful, healthy and, most importantly, fun, these pancakes work just as well for dinner as they do for a weekend brunch. Save any leftover batter in a covered bowl in the fridge and they'll keep for a breakfast treat later in the week. And get creative with your toppings – the sky’s the limit. Enjoy!


1 ripe avocado

350g ripe mixed-colour cherry tomatoes

100g baby spinach

3 spring onions

½ a bunch of fresh coriander (15g)

1 lime

extra virgin olive oil

1 large free-range egg

1 mug of self-raising flour

1 mug of semi-skimmed milk

olive oil

300g cottage cheese

hot chilli sauce


1. Halve, destone, peel and finely slice the avocado and quarter the tomatoes, then place in a salad bowl with a quarter of the spinach. Trim, finely slice and add the spring onions and pick in the coriander leaves, then squeeze over the lime juice. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, season to perfection with sea salt and black pepper, toss to coat and put aside.

2. Crack the egg into a blender, add the flour, milk, remaining spinach and a pinch of salt and pepper, then blitz until smooth. Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, rub the pan with a little olive oil, then pour in a thin layer of batter, swirling it up and around the edges. Cook on one side only for 2 minutes, or until lightly golden, then stack up on a serving plate and repeat.

3. Top each pancake with dollops of cottage cheese, the avocado salad, and a few good shakes of chilli sauce. Really nice served with extra lime wedges for squeezing over, and a fried egg on top, if you fancy.


Easy swaps

• Instead of spinach, you could use watercress, rocket, kale, or even a mixture of soft herbs, such as parsley, mint, basil or tarragon, whatever you like!

• I've used cottage cheese here, but mozzarella, halloumi, or a crumbling of feta cheese would all be delicious, too.

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