Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes ~ Improv Challenge

by FoodBabbles on September 20, 2012

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Normally, my breakfast looks something like this… A fritatta with feta, spinach and mushrooms or scrambled eggs with goat cheese, spinach and red peppers, oatmeal or on those rare days when I don’t have time to cook, then I go with a bowl of Kashi GoLean Crunch. (Side note: LOVE that cereal! Even Mike likes it and lord forbid health food cross his lips) But hands down, pancakes have to be my very favorite breakfast food. They aren’t an everyday kind of breakfast but on a special morning, there are sure to be pancakes.

One special morning recently I decided to add a “secret ingredient” to our pancakes. I added some shredded zucchini to our chocolate chip pancakes. Instantly it became like eating zucchini bread in pancake form. The best part about zucchini bread in pancake form is that they get stacked and topped with a little pat of melty butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. Breakfast perfection! It also is the perfect use of this month’s Improv Challenge ingredients of zucchini and brown sugar.



One Year Ago: Jam-Filled Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 10-12 pancakes

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Brown sugar buttermilk pancakes with zucchini and mini chocolate chips.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, room temperature
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle sprayed with nonstick cooking spray over medium heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and butter.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until moistened.
  5. Fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot pan or griddle and spread it to the desired circumference.
  7. Cook until you see bubbles forming at the edges, about 3-5 minutes then flip and continue to cook another 2-3 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out what all the other Improvers did with their zucchini and brown sugar!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennie @themessybakerblog September 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

I love pancakes, too, but the hubs is not a fan of them, so I don’t make them often. I think he’s crazy, but I can’t make him love them. I need these mini zucchini bread like pancakes in my life. Yum!


Kate September 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

I hear ya! My husband isn’t really a pancake fan either so imagine my surprise when he raved about them!!! I couldn’t believe it but he really liked them.


Melody♪♫ September 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

Pancakes! Great idea for using the zukes in those.


Kate September 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

Thanks Melody! Love that you called them “zukes” 😉


Lesa @Edesia's Notebook September 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

How creative to put zucchini in pancakes! They look delicious. Great choice!


Kate September 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thanks Lesa! Glad you like them.


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie September 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

Zucchini in pancakes is something I’ve wanted to try but for some reason have never gotten around to. But the addition of chocolate makes these a must.


Kate September 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thanks Erin!


Pamela September 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Oh I know these are good thanks so much for sharing!


Mel September 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

My fiancee has been bugging for pancakes. I may have to make him these on the weekend!


Kate September 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

Great idea! Let me know what you think if you do 😉


Kristen September 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

I thought my wave of gluten free pancakes was over, but these are inspiring me to keep going. I never thought of zucchini chocolate chip pancakes. Sounds delectable!!


Kate September 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Thanks so much Kristen! They really were quite tasty. I’ve made them several times now. They’ve become a huge hit at our house!


Buttons September 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

This will be great for Sunday breakfast thank you. B


Kate September 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm



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