Whole Wheat Zucchini Pancakes

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Zucchini Pancakes-these healthy zucchini pancakes remind me of zucchini bread, but in pancake form. Top with butter and maple syrup for a real breakfast treat! 

stack of zucchini pancakes with butter and maple syrup

I really hope you aren’t sick of zucchini because I have another zucchini recipe for you today, Zucchini Pancakes! These light and fluffy hot cakes are a family favorite! Our boys request them all of the time, they don’t even care they are made with a green vegetable:)

Don’t be scared, the pancakes taste similar to zucchini bread, which is a very good thing. They are perfectly spiced, slightly sweet, and so good with butter and pure maple syrup.

This is the perfect recipe for using up your summer squash. I guarantee a stack won’t last long!

Pancake Ingredients

  • Flour– I like to use white whole wheat flour for this recipe, but whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour works well too. If you need the pancakes to be gluten-free, you can also use all-purpose gluten-free flour. I like Cup4Cup brand.
  •  Baking powder and baking soda– make sure they are fresh!
  •  Salt– a little for flavor!
  •  Spices– cinnamon and nutmeg to bring out that zucchini bread flavor
  •  Sugar– I use brown sugar and a little granulated sugar.
  •  Buttermilk– at room temperature
  •  Butter– Melt the butter and let it cool to room temperature.
  •  Eggs– You need two large eggs.
  •  Vanilla extract– a splash!
  • Zucchini– Use a box grater to grate the zucchini. I don’t peel the zucchini.
  •  Maple syrup– for serving!
zucchini pancakes with butter and maple syrup on plate with fork

How to Make Zucchini Pancakes

Let’s get this pancake party started!

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugars.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together room temperature buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Fold in the zucchini.
  • Heat a griddle or pan to medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour about a 1/3 cup of batter onto heated skillet. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, about 3 minutes.
  • Flip carefully with a spatula, and cook until browned on the underside. Continue making pancakes until the batter is gone.
  • Serve pancakes warm with butter and maple syrup! YUM!

How to Freeze

These pancakes freeze beautifully! I love keeping a stash in the freezer for lazy or busy mornings.

To freeze the zucchini pancakes, place the cooled pancakes on a sheet pan or large plate, making sure they aren’t touching. Put the pancakes in the freezer for 30 minutes, until frozen. Then you can place the pancakes in a freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 2 months.

To reheat the frozen pancakes, place in the microwave and reheat for 20-30 seconds, per pancake.

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zucchini pancakes stacked and cut with maple syrup

Zucchini Pancakes

Put your summer zucchini to good use and make a giant stack of whole wheat zucchini pancakes! These pancakes freeze well too!

4.6 from 10 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
6

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • Maple syrup and butter, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugars.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Fold in the zucchini.
  3. Heat a griddle or pan to medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour about a 1/3 cup of batter onto heated skillet. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, about 3 minutes. Flip carefully with a spatula, and cook until browned on the underside.

  4. Continue making pancakes until the batter is gone. Serve pancakes with butter and maple syrup, if desired.

Recipe Notes

We use white whole wheat flour, but you can use all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, or gluten-free flour. The pancakes can be frozen for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 395mg16%
Potassium 366mg10%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 486IU10%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 199mg20%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Molly

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  1. Loved these for a great way to use up some surplus of zucchini this time of year. I made them dairy free by using almond milk + lemon juice in place of buttermilk as well as Earth’s Balance butter and coconut oil in place of the butter. They turned out great and now I have a freezer full of extras.

  2. 5 stars
    5 stars! These were delicious. I couldn’t stop eating them. They needed no butter or sweetener! After I committed to making these I realized I didn’t have all the ingredients! Substituted 2 cups buttermilk with 1cup yogurt plus 1 cup chocolate hazelnut milk. For 2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, used half sorghum flour.

  3. 5 stars
    Why don’t these pancakes have 5 stars??? In my book they totally are. So delicious! Good way to use up the zucchini too.

  4. 5 stars
    These we’re fantastic! Even my kiddos that turn up their noses at the mention of zucchini loved them. This will definitely be added to our favorite list.

  5. 5 stars
    These we’re fantastic! Even my kiddos that turn up their noses at the mention of zucchini loved them. This will definitely be added to our favorite list. My only substitute was I used all purpose flour instead of whole wheat because I didn’t have any on hand.

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