Spinach and ricotta gnocchi without flour

Gnocchi is a traditional Italian food, in fact its name comes from the word gnocchi, which means “bun” or “lump” for the inhabitants of the country famous for its pasta. With this simple recipe you can create a healthy version without using white flour and incorporating all the nutritional properties of oat bran and spinach.

Oat bran will help reduce cholesterol, prevent colon cancer, relieve constipation and incorporate fiber, which will increase your feeling of fullness in the stomach.

Spinach, for its part, is made up mostly of water and its content of carbohydrates and fats is very low. In addition, it has a high fiber content, contains high amounts of vitamin A, C and E; all of them with antioxidant action. Spinach is also rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, as well as having good amounts of phosphorus and iodine. All these properties will be included in a delicious and healthy dish to share with your family, partner or friends.


For two

-2 egg whites (learn how you can substitute the egg in your preparations)
-250 grams of lean ricotta
-1 cup of spinach, cooked and drained (learn how to steam it to keep all its properties intact)
-2 heaping tablespoons of oat bran (if you are celiac you can replace it with rice flour for example)
-4 tablespoons of powdered milk
-Condiments to taste (salt, pepper and nutmeg)
-Accompaniment: tomato sauce or arugula with a tablespoon of string cheese


1. In a bowl, mix the ricotta with the eggs, spinach and powdered milk.
2. Process the preparation. There should be a homogeneous mixture.
3. Add the oat bran and season to taste with salt, pepper and/or nutmeg.

4. Form a dough, cut with the help of the knife into strips and then into smaller squares.
5. Shape with the help of a fork.
6. Place the gnocchi on a plate and take them to the refrigerator for a few hours until they harden a bit.
7. Once the consistency is ready, cook them in a pot with boiling water for 1 minute, taking care not to disarm them.
8. To accompany them you can serve them with tomato sauce or with some arugula leaves, sprinkling string cheese on top.

This way your healthy, tasty and flour-free dish will be finished!

Learn more about the properties of spinach and other green leafy vegetables