This zucchini pancake recipe marries the warm-spiced flavors of zucchini bread with the ease of quick and healthy whole-grain pancakes. When topped with maple syrup and pecans, these zucchini bread pancakes make an irresistibly delicious breakfast. If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/8 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and cloves.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013


Recipe Summary

35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Put shredded zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, milk, butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add wet ingredients and whisk until combined. Fold in the zucchini and nuts.

  • Coat a large nonstick skillet (or griddle) with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Cook pancakes in batches, using a scant 1/3 cup batter for each and spreading it to make them about 4 inches wide. Cook until bubbles dot the surface, 1 to 3 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes more. Reduce the heat if the pancakes are browning too quickly. Serve hot.


Tip: Toast nuts before using in a recipe for the best flavor. To toast whole nuts, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes. To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

300 calories; protein 9.9g; carbohydrates 33.9g; dietary fiber 4.4g; sugars 9.6g; fat 15.1g; saturated fat 4.6g; cholesterol 89.4mg; vitamin a iu 443.9IU; vitamin c 7.3mg; folate 24.4mcg; calcium 210.4mg; iron 5.1mg; magnesium 30.5mg; potassium 310.8mg; sodium 369.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 5g.

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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
A new breakfast fave These are a great treat for breakfast and you even get some veggies in the AM which is a great plus. I love the pecans in it. The texture is great which the different ingredients.They even freeze well if you have leftovers! Pros: Reduced guilt weekend breakfast Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely delicious will be in my recipe staples for sure great weekend treat Pros: Delicious Cons: bit time consuming for breakfast but worth it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these for dinner! Zucchini took a lot of squeezing so be prepared for that. I used 1 tablespoon of white sugar and it honestly doesn't need it so will leave out the added sugar next time. Used 1 tsp of cinnamon as we didn't have any other spices. Served with a drizzle of maple syrup some 0% plain greek yoghurt and some cut up raw apple. Delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yum these are definitely being made again! Well worth the extra effort but next time I think I may double the batch and freeze the rest for more rushed mornings. I did double the amount of pumpkin pie spice and vanilla because the raw batter just seemed like it needed more and I was glad I did as these were out of this world amazing served with just the lightest drizzle of maple syrup. My 7 yo & 3 yo gobbled them up and went back for seconds and thirds! Cooked up beautifully curious if the reviewer who was having problems getting hers to cook through perhaps was not spreading out the batter as the recipe says to do? Mine cooked through without any problem. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My 4-year-old and 18 month girls gobbled this up. The 4-year-old said it deserved 10 stars and that we should say "We loved the pancakes they were so good!" I really enjoyed the crunch from the pecans and the pumpkin spice added a nice flavor. We finely shredded the zucchini and squeezed a bunch of water out in a sieve. These were very filling tasted great even without syrup and whipped cream and didn't give you the same sugar crash normal pancakes do. We will be making these again with all the zucchini our garden is growing. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I love the way they taste but couldn't get them to cook through. Really frustrating and annoying. Never had this problem with pancakes before. Tried to thin batter but it didn't help. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy! Fast easy and you get vegetables in the morning. Pros: Easy to make and very good Read More