Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread Pancakes

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on August 23, 2012


Here’s the thing….  For the longest time, I’ve thought I suck at making pancakes.  I experiment with different versions for myself and the kids and they’re usually always delicious, but not always pretty.  I have one recipe I make for the hubby(since he doesn’t like anything “weird” in his pancakes) and they turn out amazing 99% of the time, but they’re hardly ever pretty.  I look at these and they’re not the prettiest pancakes either.  Delicious, incredibly fluffy and thick, but not the prettiest.  Oh well.

I think why they aren’t so pretty is because they aren’t perfectly round, but the batter is fairly thick which is why they’re pretty impossible to get perfectly round.  You can thin it out a little bit – but not too much!  That’s why these pancakes are so fluffy and nice 🙂

To be totally honest, I kind of get a thrill out of hiding vegetables where they aren’t expected.  Of course we snack on fresh foods all the time.  I’d say most of our snacks are just fresh fruits and veggies straight out of the fridge or off the counter, but I still get a thrill out of putting veggies into foods they don’t belong.  Is that kind of sick?  Maybe, but I love it 😀

Zucchini is one of the easiest veggies to do this with since it isn’t the strongest flavored veggie.  It is quite watery though, so you have to be careful where you use it.  Here are my top ideas for using up zucchini while it’s fresh:

  • grated or pureed and mixed into sweet quick breads and muffins (like my chocolate zucchini bread this week)
  • grated and stirred into pancake batter(like these pancakes, the recipe is below!)
  • grated and cooked with tomato sauce
  • thinly sliced or julianned, cooked or left raw and used as noodles, or mixed in with noodles (like my zucchini alfredo)
  • thinly sliced or grated and layered in lasagna or mixed into noodle casseroles
  • thinly sliced and baked into “chips” with your favorite seasonings and some salt at 200 degrees for about 2 hours depending on how thick they are
  • thinly sliced on pizza

We also like zucchini roasted in the oven, grilled, or even raw in some recipes, like this marinated salad.

Of course it’s pretty much impossible to use as much zucchini as a couple plants can grow in a summer so it’s important to have some tricks for preserving it too so you can enjoy “fresh” zucchini all year round.  Of course zucchini usually last in the fridge for at least a week but to extend their freshness longer:

  • Grate zucchini for freezing to use in quick breads, muffins or even recipes like these pancakes.  If you have a food processor with a grating attachment it makes the job way easier.  Grate it then measure it out into the right sized portions for your favorite recipes, place them in a well labelled bag and freeze until you want it later in the year  Be sure to include the date you frozen, the amount in the bag and of course what it is!
  • Puree zucchini to be frozen and used in place of applesauce in baking – just remember that applesauce adds a little sweetness to baked goods where zucchini will not.  It is great for replacing up to half he oil in a recipe though.
  • Make your favorite zucchini recipes and freeze them to enjoy later instead of just freezing the zucchini- this works well with breads and muffins as well as these pancakes.  It would also work well with tomato sauces, zucchini soup or any other recipes that freeze well.

As for these pancakes, I’m planning on making a few batches and freezing them to reheat in the toaster for when we don’t have zucchini anymore.  You really can’t beat having your kids ask for zucchini for breakfast!  That being said – if your child objects to the green flecks in their pancakes, just peel the zucchini and you shouldn’t even notice them!

Sorry to say, this is my last post for Zucchini Week.  I wanted to extend it another day, but we’re going camping this weekend and still need to get everything all organized.  Leave me your comments with what things you sneak zucchini into, or maybe what other fresh veggies you sneak into recipes and I’ll love to read them when I get back!  

If zucchini isn’t your thing, check out these delicious-looking Healthy Banana Pancakes!


Zucchini Pancakes

Makes 8-10 3″ pancakes

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 C – 1/2 C buttermilk(or milk with a dash of vinegar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 C shredded zucchini, squeezed
  • 1 C white whole wheat flour, or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch cloves
  • butter or oil for greasing the pan

In a bowl combine the oil, eggs, maple syrup, buttermilk, vanilla and shredded zucchini.

In another bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir together until just barely combined – do not over mix.

Heat a pan over medium heat and add a little butter or oil to coat the pan.  Once the pan is hot, scoop the batter onto the pan and spread out with the back of the scoop as desired not spreading it too thin.  Turn the heat on the pan down slightly.  Cook until golden brown on the bottom then flip over and cook until golden on the other side and cooked in the middle.  Keep warm in the oven, place on a cooling rack or serve immediately.


The batter is very thick.  You can add a little more buttermilk(or just regular milk) but don’t thin it down too much – that’s what makes these so thick and fluffy!

Any kind of milk will work – I used almond milk mixed with a little apple cider vinegar in place of buttermilk to make these dairy free!


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1 Andrea April 13, 2013 at 15:57

I made these this morning and they are delicious! I have a ton of zucchini in my freezer from last summer, and I thought I’d use some in this recipe! As for what veggies I like to sneak into different foods besides zucchini, I love putting grated carrot in smoothies and making a sort of “carrot cake” smoothie! Yum! 🙂


2 B Jackson September 25, 2012 at 17:18

As a kid I remember how surprised I was at how WONDERFUL shredded zucchini tasted in scrambled eggs ( I never have been a big fan of squash of any sort – don’t even like pumpkin pie ) and that is still one of the few ways I like it cooked. Of course chopped in a salad is lovely too!


3 Terra September 6, 2012 at 21:36

I love adding Zucchini into my pumpkin bread. It was a fun, hearty treat! I think your pancakes look so good! I would love to take one for a healthy treat when I travel for work! YUM! Hugs, Terra


4 Sowmya August 30, 2012 at 06:00

Oh they look so good!!!!!!



5 Kathryn August 26, 2012 at 19:44

I’ve only just started using zucchinis in baking and I’m intrigued by the idea of these pancakes!


6 marla August 26, 2012 at 14:03

Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post tomorrow.


7 kyleen August 25, 2012 at 22:39

These pancakes look so thick, almost cakey. Topped with syrup and butter, I would have never guessed that they were so healthy!


8 Christin August 25, 2012 at 21:40

Your pancakes look delicious! My favorite thing to do with zuchinni is to make chocolate zucchini muffins.


9 The Café Sucré Farine August 25, 2012 at 01:56

Why didn’t I think of this? What a brilliant idea to combine zucchini bread and pancakes, two of my favorite things!


10 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 24, 2012 at 11:06

I absolutely adore the idea of adding zucchini into the pancakes.
Even my veggie-hater husband will love these!


11 Michaela August 24, 2012 at 09:22

I actually think they look very pretty!!
I love sneaking veggies into everything as well 😉


12 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 24, 2012 at 07:31

They are so fluffy! That’s my favorite kind of pancake. I actually don’t like the wimpy little flat, perfectly round ones. Yours have character! 😀


13 Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes August 23, 2012 at 22:45

Those look great! I need to add more zucchini to baked goods. It’s seems like such a good way to get in more greens. I will need to try this recipe soon!


14 Erin @ Texanerin Baking August 23, 2012 at 14:16

When you say you shouldn’t even notice them, do you mean you won’t notice the chunks or the zucchini taste? And pancakes are just normally ugly… I’m sure it has nothing to do with you! Have fun camping. 🙂


15 Heather August 23, 2012 at 12:11

Heck yes! Zucchini Bread Pancakes, awesome!

Sorry no hide the veggie rticks here – we eat it straight up 🙂


16 Kim@hungryhealthygirl August 23, 2012 at 09:56

I’m with you on feeling like my pancakes never look very pretty! They always get dark in places they’re not supposed to be. I love zucchini! Most the time I just eat raw slices dipped in hummus, but also love sneaking it into breads and even cookies. Have fun camping!


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