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sweet zucchini pancakes

As if you didn’t have enough zucchini recipes…..

Here’s one laaaaaast one!

Think zucchini bread in pancake form. Or, soft, spongy pancakes with little green flecks that remind you that you’re actually eating something very healthy despite the ridiculous amounts of maple syrup you drown them in.

Green flecks = healthy. Always.

So what are you waiting for? Pancakes make perfectly acceptable dinner (or lunch) food! A little brinner never hurt anyone. Yes, you heard me. I said BRINNER. Complete with a jug of syrup, a fried egg and a sliced orange if you’re feelin’ fancy. The best part? You get to go to sleep right after then wake up and repeat!


Find my step-by-step photo recipe on the Tasty Kitchen blog!

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  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    August 16, 2011 at 4:31 am

    YOu can never have enough zucchini recipes! This one rocks, I can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    August 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Mind reader! At work yesterday, another dietitian and I were trying to come up with the zillions of zucchini recipe options. We never said pancakes! Can’t wait to throw this one out there!

  • Brittnie
    August 16, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I can’t eat zucchini b/c it irritates my stomach. Any other greens that would be just as good in this recipe? Would spinach work or not so much? Love your blog… been reading for a long time but just recently started commenting. Yes I am a long time lurker. πŸ™‚

  • kat
    August 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Those look delicious!!!

  • Natasha (OveLoves)
    August 16, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I love zucchini in baked & caked items but to be frank, hate it on its own so it is always nice when I come across a good zucchini recipe. They make the moistest bread so I can’t wait to try these pancakes.


  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    August 16, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Brinner is one of my favourite meals! It usually involves an omelette of some sort but I’ve never even had zucchini bread so I think these pancakes are a must!

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    August 16, 2011 at 5:08 am

    What a coincidence! I got my ingredients to make these for dinner tonight! πŸ™‚ Haha! Great minds think alike…especially when it involves awesome food.

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    August 16, 2011 at 5:09 am

    These remind me of your zucchini muffins πŸ™‚ (which I made, and were PHENOMENAL, by the way.)

  • Notyet100
    August 16, 2011 at 5:16 am

    This looks so yu,

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    August 16, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love brinner. It’s one of my fav meals. My friends and I have the best brinner potlucks. Plus, I’m sort of a zucchini fiend – this recipe is right up my alley πŸ˜‰

  • Baking N Books
    August 16, 2011 at 5:19 am

    That 3rd picture is beautiful. I don’t know what your kitchen is actually like – but I picture it big, bright, open – and calming πŸ™‚

    • Baking N Books
      August 16, 2011 at 5:22 am

      Also – I asked this on TK, but – when you try a recipe, do you test it out a few different times over a week or two before you post it with the final recipe? In other words – are you eating a lot of pancakes? πŸ™‚

  • Abby
    August 16, 2011 at 5:19 am

    My life motto is “Breakfast for dinner is always a winner.”
    The end.

  • Khushboo
    August 16, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Mmmm I can never say no to brinnner!!….defo a winner (ha ha I couldn’t resist)!

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    August 16, 2011 at 5:42 am

    These look delicious!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    August 16, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I love this time of year with the abundance of squash everywhere, perfect for sneaking it into tons of yummy baked goods like these!

  • Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories
    August 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I am more than in favor of brinner. Or breakfast for any meal, really. Or dessert for any meal, because that’s really what breakfast is essentially, right? πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    August 16, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Thank you for another fabulous recipe! I’ve been in deep denial regarding the piles of harvested zucchini, but now…hurray!

  • Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl
    August 16, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I adore zucchini and I LOVE brinner! However, at our house we call if BFD night. (Breakfast For Dinner.) We used to have BFD every Sunday night…it might be time to bring back the tradition!

  • Cait's Plate
    August 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Gah – those look incredible. Can you also make a carrot cake version!?

  • Erin
    August 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Mmm yummy! I love Breakfast for dinner but I don’t do it nearly enough. You have inspired me for dinner tonight.

  • Pippa @ Sunday Suppers with Pippa
    August 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

    These pancakes look outstanding. I was thinking of making zucchini bread this week, but these look even better!

  • Heather @ girlyeverafter
    August 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I try to have brinner one night a week. It’s the best! zucchini and any type of bread is oh so good!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    August 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Oh these look amazing. What a great way to use up all the zucchini we buy!

  • Bev Weidner
    August 16, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I could stick my face in that an inhale with one breath. Good Lawd!

  • Kristin Murdock
    August 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Oh I so agree on the green flecks=health. I tried a Paula Deen zucchini bread recipe the other day… looked up the calories afterward which was a *huge* mistake… but it was so delicious and you really do feel healthy knowing you are eating vegetables. πŸ™‚

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    August 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

    That first picture is beautiful.

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    August 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I am a pancake freak, but have never, ever though to make savory pancakes like this before.. I think I might need to try this! That first photo is making me hungry.

  • Rachel @ the Avid Appetite
    August 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I never thought to put zucchini in actual pancakes! Love this so much!

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/
    August 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I have to make these asap!!! I have a huge zucchini on my counter right now and I’m pretty much obsessed with brimmed! Thank u so much!!!
    Ps this might sound weird but have u ever whipped cream cheese or Greek yogurt with syrup? it is delicious and would be awesome on these babies!!

  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    August 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Yum! Looks so good and I agree green = healthy. Always.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    August 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

    You sure can’t ever have enough zucchini recipes… especially the sweet kind!

  • Katy
    August 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Brinner! Yes, thank you! My friends all think I’m crazy for celebrating a meal entitled “brinner.” But, kudos to you for spreading the word about this glorious meal πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to try these zucchini pancakes to use some of my supply from the market.

  • Girl in the pink
    August 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

    The perfect Brinner meal I think!! What a creative idea!

  • Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    August 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

    This would make the PERFECT Brinner! They’re like zucchini bread in pancake-form. Yum! πŸ˜€

  • Colleen @ MissPetiteSweets
    August 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Jenna, I love your “green specks makes it healthy” rationalizations..I do the exact same thing. The second you add fruit to cupcakes? Healthy. Make a vegan muffin then top it with fatty cream cheese frosting? Still healthy. Awesome

  • Ginger
    August 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I tried to make these last night and it was a total bust, they just wouldn’t cook properly for me …I will have to try again

  • Meg @ Notes to Hunter
    August 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Any chance you’d be up for doing a intro to Photography post? Your photographs are GORGEOUS! I’d love to get some tips from you!

  • Alejandra @ Mouthfuls and Morsels
    August 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

    These look incredible!! Zucchini bread is one of my favorites, having it in pancake form makes breakfast a greater delight. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    August 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I’ve been loving zucchini bread oatmeal this summer, but I haven’t made pancakes with it yet. These look great!

  • Mel
    August 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Convenient that I just bought a package of 5 zucchinis (Side note: Totally just looked up the plural form of zucchini, because in Italian ‘zucchini’ is the plural form of the word. Nerd alert!) from Trader Joes? I think so! I’ve tried (and failed) to make potato pancakes before, but I think I might just have to give this a go. Thanks Jenna!

  • Emmy (wineandbutter)
    August 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thats looks very very tasty!! Too bad I already have our courgette stock set aside to make your courgette and ricotta pizza this weekend… we have eaten like 4 of your recipes in the last few weeks and loved them ALL!!! xx

  • Tanya
    August 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    You can never have enough zucchini recipes! I am going to try this soon! My one zucchini plant is making me pick a zucchini a day!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

    The ONLY way to eat pancakes is with a jug of syrup poured on them. You are so right πŸ™‚

    The look wonderful…I love the little green flecks.

    And Brinner. Growing up, we had those…all the time. As a mom myself now, I “get it” more so πŸ™‚

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    August 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I love zucchini bread! These look right up my alley!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites
    August 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Brinner = <3

    I have been seeing a lot of pancakes in the blogosphere lately and have dying to have a breakfast for dinner night. My boyfriend has Jiu Jitsu every night this week so I think this should be the week!

    Pancakes and wine???

  • Jenn Brigole
    August 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I like your step-by-step pictures of this. It’s so much neater and healthier looking that what I’ve seen so far for this recipe. lol I love pancakes and greens in the morning always perk me up before I sweat it out a little.

  • Cathy
    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Keep the zucchini recipes coming! We picked FOUR zucchinis from our garden last night and I anticipate there to be more tonight, not to mention the dozen we’ve already picked.

  • Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    August 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Looks great. πŸ˜‰

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas
    August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Zucchini AND pancakes! AGH! Sounds like pure heaven! Does it taste anything like zucchini bread?

  • Lisa
    August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    oooh yes – how delightful!!! πŸ™‚

  • Bethany @ Accidental Intentions
    August 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I like the way you think. If there’s green in it, it is obviously healthy. I’ve read on other blogs that brown=healthy too, so the fact that these pancakes have green and brown pretty much makes them a superfood on par with, say, blueberries, right? I think so. Even though blueberries are neither green nor brown, but that’s neither here nor there πŸ˜‰

  • Maria
    August 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I just made chocolate zucchini cupcakes. I still have zucchini to use, so I am making these next!

  • Emily
    August 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I’m thinking I’ll be making a modified version of these for brinner tonight πŸ™‚

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  • Kelsey @ aslolife
    August 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Those look delicious! Brinner sounds pretty perfect right now but I need to go on a run first…trying to force myself off the couch!

  • Jes
    August 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I had these for supper tonight … except added a chopped jalepeno, subbed butter for olive oil, sugar for brown, and topped with sour cream plus a sprinkle of brown sugar. Turned out so yum, with a little beat of interesting heat. Delish, and thanks!

  • Moni'sMeals
    August 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    YES! This is fantastic. I always have so many zucchinis which is a good thing to me, so this I will for sure be making, Thanks Jenna! SO clever.

  • Lynna @wholeytreats
    August 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    What a wonderful idea!

  • Katrina
    August 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    L-l-l-loooooove these! Yum!

  • Meg
    August 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    This looks so good! I cant wait to try it! I make zucchini pasta all the time and I would love to see how this pancakes come out gluten free πŸ™‚

  • Coco
    August 19, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Ha ha Brinner! I love that!

  • Jesse
    August 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I made these for breakfast yesterday and they were sooo good. I may never want regular pancakes again πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!!!