Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes

I sorta miss my blog.

I told myself I wouldn’t do any regular posting during my 21-day eCookbook challenge to keep myself on task and increase my odds of finishing on time (which I still am, and I’d love it if you signed up to get an email notification and discount when the eCookbook is done!) but let’s tell the truth here. There is a definite limit to the amount of thought that should be given to creamy cauliflower sauce in three short weeks. And besides, I miss taking pictures, sharing food, talking to you. That whole thing.

There was a morning somewhere between Day 7 and Day 10 where I woke up and mentally prepared myself to make four creamy cauliflower sauce pastas before lunch. Ready, set, go. And then this message came from my brain:

forget sauce. make something that has nothing to do with your eCookbook and is yummy to eat for breakfast and involves these greenies.


My mind went back to the most golden-delicious zucchini pancakes that I made way back during that time when Pinch of Yum was new-ish I wasn’t quite as serious with my recipe testing. Nowadays, I feel this responsibility to try my recipes at least once if not 700000 times before posting it just to make sure that it is just how I want it, and/or because I become obsessed with the actual food. But back at that time, I was just having fun and I had no real concept that people would rely on the recipes to turn out well. I just liked sharing what I was trying in the kitchen.

Exhibit A: zucchini pancakes. Cuz see, while I LOVED them back then, people would leave comments like, “Hey, this is a weird recipe and it didn’t turn out.” Not really that exactly, but basically, that. You can go look at them if you want. They were featured on Tasty Kitchen a while back, and again, more of the same confusion.

So it’s been on my to-re-do list for a while now, and now that I got the zucchinis from my in-laws (thankz l+v) I made it happen.

Zucchini Pancakes

This time around I made the recipe 5 times. The first three were attempts to “fix” the original, and the last two just were starting over from scratch, semi-combining my favorite classic dinner pancake recipes with the zucchini pancakes idea.

I try to reserve this statement for only the most special posts, and this is just the moment I’ve been waiting for to whip out this claim: these pancakes are my favorite breakfast everrrrr. And Bjork’s current favorite, too. They are lightly sweet, just about as fluffy as zucchini pancakes can get IMO, and have great texture from a heaping spoonful of flaxmeal that snuck its way in there. Oh, hey double-whammy-healthy.

I smell a pancake win, topped with cottage cheese and blueberries and honey. <—- You must.

3.9 from 10 reviews
Zucchini Pancakes
Serves: 8-10 pancakes
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons flaxmeal
  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Beat the egg yolks.
  2. Add the egg yolks and buttermilk to the dry ingredients in the bowl and stir until just combined. Add the honey, melted butter, zucchini, and flaxmeal. Stir to combine.
  3. Vigorously whisk the egg whites and fold them into the batter. Heat a griddle to medium heat (the best setting on the stove was medium, and the best setting on my electric griddle was close to 400 degrees).
  4. Pour the batter onto the hot griddle and wait until bubbles form on the top of the pancakes and the edges look dry. Flip once, cook for another few minutes, and remove from heat. Top the pancakes with syrup and butter or my personal favorite: cottage cheese, blueberries, and honey.
If the pancakes look too thin or crooked around the outside, add 1-2 tablespoons of flour. I found this to be helpful in keeping the shape of the pancakes more uniform.


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  1. Love the sound of this! What a fun recipe!!

  2. We love zucchini pancakes at our house. Sometimes I actually can’t believe how easy it is to get my kids to eat these. Photos are great. They look delicious!

  3. Oooo, these look tasty. Thanks for taking time to share!

  4. Oh yum! There is an abundance of zucchini here in Minnesota right now and this is a perfect recipe to use up some of the green guys I have in my fridge. Plus it sneaks veggies into breakfast, love it!

  5. These look killer, Lindsay! Thanks for stopping in to say hi and give us this awesome recipe!! Good luck with all the e-cookbook recipes!

  6. Not a fan of cottage cheese, but would love to try these with maple syrup, or is that a cardinal sin?

  7. i have been wanting to use zucchini differently and i think i know how :)

  8. If you have to diverge from the path, it might as well be for pancakes. These look wonderful. Good luck with your cookbook!

  9. These look beautiful! Glad you decided to but your ebook on hold for the day to bring us these :)

  10. This sounds awesome! Love that you put cottage cheese and blueberries on top, that sounds delicious :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  11. Welp, now I know what I’m eating for breakfast every morning foreverandeveramen. 😉

  12. I’ve honestly never made any type of bread or cookie with zucchini and totally need to.

  13. oooh, time to force myself out to buy a zucchini. the woodchuck got my dad’s supply, so i must trudge to the corner farmstand. ( i just realized my incredible luck in these two sentences. holy moly.) :)

  14. I love hearing about your journey of growing into recipe development, from the last zucchini pancakes recipe (which looks amazing btw) to these. What an absolutely irresistible recipe. I can’t wait to give these a try!

  15. These look perfect for summer! Mmmm!!!!

  16. I’VE MISSED YOU TOO!!!!!!!! Although I can’t wait for the ecookbook to come out – I have a feeling I’ll be making pretty much everything in it!

    And these bad boys are for breakfast tomorrow. YAY!

  17. Yum!! Zucchini bread is delicious, but zucchini pancakes are just awesome. Because it’s breakfast, of course.

  18. I’m glad you took a little break to make something without cauliflower. It does the brain good 😉 I can’t wait to try these!

  19. These sound so good! And I hear you on the recipe testing- I can get a little overzealous about it, too- releasing a recipe to my blog feels a little like letting my children out into the jungle. … Not to be completely over-dramatic, or anything n :)

  20. These look absolutely scrumptious!! I wish I could reach out and grab that tasty stack right now!

  21. Ohhhhh sounds yummy! For the flour, is it regular flour?
    And do you think other kinds of flour could be substituted?
    Can’t wait to try!

    • Yep, it was all-purpose, and yes I do think you could sub some flours! I actually originally made these pancakes (before I made them into zucchini pancakes) with whole wheat pastry flour. Pancakes are usually pretty adaptable with things like that, in my experience.

  22. These zucchini pancakes look delicious! I have go to try them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  23. Zucchini’s make most things better and I’m sure especially for someone like myself who hates the texture of pancakes this follows suit! Can’t wait to give them a try and I think I’ll try subbing out the buttermilk… no blame if they fail. Good luck on your e-cookbook!

  24. Can’t wait for the eCookbook AND can’t wait to make these zucchini pancakes this weekend!

  25. Crack me up about the Tasty Kitchen reviews. It happens to the best of us! These remakes are stunners though. Do you think you could sub oat flour or whole wheat pastry for the flour?

    • Yes, actually! My first three versions I was using ground oats soaked in the buttermilk. They weren’t quite as fluffy (I think the oats just weighed it down too much) but still delicious! And I use whole wheat pastry flour with the original pancake recipe that this is adapted from all the time. :) Enjoy!

  26. Ok I, for one, am very excited you re-did these amazing pancakes. :) I am just like you these days – trying my recipes over and over until I know for sure they are the best. Lindsay, I gotta try these! I’m sold!

  27. These looks so yummy! We have been accidentally over-buying zucchini at the farmers market lately because they all look so good and are so cheap right now. We will have to try these out! I love pancakes. :-)

  28. Well I’m sure glad you decided to post this and I’m sure going to be signing up for you ebook!

  29. These look positively scrumptious!

  30. These pancakes look great, Lindsay – although I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been thinking about that biscuit and gravy cauliflower sauce concoction that Bjork mentioned earlier in the week. Bring on that cookbook AND the biscuits! 😉 Good luck with the rest of the writing!

    • When he mentioned that in the post, I cringed because I thought it would scare people off… the combo just sounds weird. But it ended up bring really good and I had some of the leftovers for dinner last night! :) You’ll like it! Thanks Jess!

  31. I’ve never heard of zucchini pancakes- where have I been? Going to give these a try- sounds like a great way to healthify pancakes :)

  32. Your blog misses you too, and your readers! And we’re also eagerly awaiting the ecookbook! Can’t wait to try this pile of deliciousness!

  33. What a fun twist! I can’t wait to try this for breakfast tomorrow!

    And I’m so glad you set out to make something that you really love. Sometimes I forget to make things just to make things because of editorial deadlines!

  34. Ooh, I am absolutely loving all things zucchini since my neighbor dropped the most addicted zucchini brownies last week. Can’t get them out of my mind. And I know these pancakes will be bouncing around in there til I make them. Sooner rather than later I think. :) Thanks Lindsey!!

  35. P.S. First thing I noticed was the labeled photo. Is this a new idea we’re toying with?? I’ve wondered myself about adding titles to my photographs and whether they would be more viewer-friendly that way but decided against it when I started my blog, due in part to following your spectacular example 😉 Just wondering what your thoughts are on the new tactic!!

    • This one needed a title because I didn’t like how the background looked and I wanted to cover it up. :) I am not planning to start adding titles… I still like an un-texted photo the best.

  36. Love that you used honey to sweeten these, it looks incredible!

  37. These are so fluffy! And I love fluffy pancakes.

  38. Mom Ostrom says:

    I think I recognize those zucchini…they’ve come from the Becklin Farm (Bjork’s aunt and uncle) in North Branch, MN… There’s nothing like produce picked right from the garden!

  39. Delicious, I love all things zucchini so this is a great and sweet way to enjoy it!

  40. Zucchini pancakes. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, nowhere. You guys make me want to start a food blog. But I’ll respect myself and stick to lifestyle.

    Brand new reader here! Stumbled upon your blog some days ago – and no, I wasn’t actually looking for food/recipes. I was looking for blogging incomes. Per your income, iWant!! You’ve got a new loyal reader. I shall be back — with a vengeance.

  41. Yummm, these look fabulous. I love sneaking some nutrition into otherwise nutrient-lacking foods!

  42. So, I’ll bet you can guess what I wanna make for breakfast tomorrow! Luckily, I just bought zucchini today! Don’t you just love when things work out like that?!?!? Thanks, Lindsay! Another awesome post! Can’t wait for the cookbook … and the creamy cauliflower sauce that got jilted while you made these pancakes! 😀

  43. These pancakes look lovely! I’ve missed you! 😀 I adore your recipes and pictures! Can’t wait for that new eCookBook!

  44. Now that’s a creative pancake! They look absolutely delicious! Great post and awesome photos!

  45. This is why I thank my stars my grandmother deliver zucchini every week. I think i might turn these into a chocolate version to seek to my dad!

  46. My neighbours gave me a zucchini that literally weighs about 10 lbs! (totally odd gift but super helpful for baking!) I am totally going to try these out for breakfast this weekend..yum!

  47. Bamboozled says:

    This is ridiculous; this recipe includes honey, eggs, butter, and buttermilk – offering no vegan alternative – yet was submitted to Finding Vegan! If this is your greedy way of luring in page views, by deception, you’ve gotten what you’ve wanted. However, I will not be returning to this site again.

    • yeah this sort of bummed me out as well. I also feel like Kathy from finding vegan is at fault as well for not reading through the post to ensure there were vegan alternatives given but the OP shouldn’t have submitted it to findingvegan when there is nothing vegan about the recipe.

    • Sorry for the confusion, Bamboozled. I didn’t explain clearly to my submission admin that this should not be submitted to FV. An honest mistake. :)

  48. Hi! Do you think you could edit this and post the vegan substitutions for the various animal product ingredients considering this was submitted and posted to findingvegan? Thanks!

    • Hi Melissa! Sorry about the confusion. I have a tech support admin who helps me with submissions and I forgot to let her know not to submit this one to Finding Vegan.

  49. amazing Pancake… I never tried before, because it’s not a common vegetable in Indonesia. But now I live in Germany, sometimes I don’t know what should I make with zucchini, this would be great way to cook it. Thanks for the recipe.

  50. Just made these for breakfast and they are seriously the best pancakes I’ve ever made…hub and I both enjoyed them with the cottage cheese-blueberries-honey topping. Thanks for a recipe that we will make again and again!

  51. Lindsay,
    I made these today and they were perfect! So good, actually, I think I’ll make them tomorrow too!

    I am at that early stage in my blog where I mostly just document recipes that I love. I can definitely see redoing some of them later down the road. I am so glad you put all that work into this one, it truly is amazing.

  52. Janie Pearson says:

    When Jake and Molly were kids I was always looking to sneak veggies into their food, so I once made them zucchini pancakes. They have never let me live that down!!!! But I am sure they would have loved yours. They look delish!

  53. Love this recipe as well as the Cinnamon Sugar Zucchini Coffee Cake!!!
    Noticed your comment about the extra layer of yummy goodness in the
    middle of the cake… I’ve always done this with my Mom’s sour cream coffee cake and started doing the same thing to my sister in law’s chocolate rum cake… which calls for a layer of pecans to be place on the bottom of the bundt pan….. I do so then add an additional bunch of crushed nuts (I use whole ones on what will become the top) to the middle before adding the final amount of batter!!!!

  54. These are amazingly delicious and fluffy! I made them this morning and ate 6 (not proud of that, but whatever)! I added a handful of chopped, toasted walnuts, splash of vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon. They were light and fluffy and cooked perfectly. Thanks for the recipe.

  55. Made them (with whole wheat) and loved them: http://www.ahintofhoney.com/2013/09/whole-wheat-zucchini-pancakes/
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  56. Hi! I was wondering if this recipe is ok if you’re trying to lose weight? Because what is 142 calories? 1 pancake without toppings?
    I also have a more general question about the website; are these just tasty recipes, or are they also both tasty and low carb?

    Thanks! xx

  57. These are my all-time favorite pancakes! I wrote about them and linked to your recipe today in my blog post http://myoverflowingcup.com/5-sweet-ways-to-use-the-zucchini-in-your-kitchen/ Thanks so much!

  58. These required some major doctoring. The original batch was eggy, oily and flat. Required about double the flour, some cinnamon, vanilla, some sugar & some baking powder. Thanks for the starting place.

  59. I made these this morning for breakfast and WOW were they yummy! I’ve bookmarked your blog and now I’ll have to check out your ecookbook. :)

  60. These are my go-to pancakes any time I have zucchini (like now!). They are the best and fluffiest when made with all purpose flour, but they are also great (and healthier) when made with whole wheat pastry flour. I usually compromise and do half and half. Love these pancakes!

  61. These were amazing!!! I made them for my son this morning because I’m trying to sneak more veggies in his diet. They turned out fluffy and slightly sweet, I added chocolate chips which were delicious : ) I could eat them all plain!

  62. My kids loved these! Thank you! The only thing I did different was using whole milk instead of buttermilk but only because I didn’t have buttermilk on hand. :)

  63. We made these this morning and they were a HUGE hit! I loved that they didn’t have a ton of sugar, like a lot of baked zucchini recipes seem to. Will definitely be making them again in the future. Thanks!

  64. This is a great recipe! Had extra zucchini on hand and wanted to make the kids a healthy breakfast. I made a gluten-free and dairy-free version for our diets here – substituted GF flour, dairy-free milk (make “buttermilk” with a splash of lemon juice), dairy-free butter. My daughter also has an egg intolerance so I used an egg replacer. And they still came out delicious despite all of the tweaking. Thanks for sharing!

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