Woot! Woot! I am back!
Back to cooking that is.
I have been so blessed by so much gracious help (and a bit of help from a well stocked freezer), but my strength has returned and I able to get off the couch and back into my kitchen.
For some of you, that is a nightmare! Being on the couch seems like a dream come true. But trust me, for me, having to sit back and do nothing was hard and I missed my kitchen. And it is good for you that I am back! My mind has had nothing to do but dream up new recipes–and I have some great concoctions I can’t wait to share!
So now, back to my first adventure back in the kitchen. And of course I started with breakfast. Well it is the most important meal of the day! Plus, I finally woke up with an appetite for more than just toast.
You see the thing about pancakes, is that they are so versatile. They are delicious plain, stuffed, sweet, and savory. And the combinations are endless.
So looking at my empty fridge, since I had yet to venture out to the store, I was limited in my options. However, lurking in my freezer I had some shredded zucchini and in my pantry I had a can of crushed pineapple. BINGO! My mom’s recipe for Zucchini Bread had crushed pineapple folded into the batter, and the sweetness from the pineapple was the perfect compliment to the Zucchini.
Yep, that is what I was going to do, I was going to create Zucchini Bread Pancakes.
And then I was going to inhale them with my first large cup of coffee in weeks. A bit of Heaven!
So whip these babies up and grab yourself a big cup of coffee. You will be transported into Pancake Nirvana.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of the drained crushed pineapple from a 20 oz can of crushed pineapple in 100% juice
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- 1 cup milk (variety of choice--I used almond milk)
- ½ cup liquid from can of crushed pineapple (pineapple juice)
- 2 eggs, whisked lightly
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (feel free to use canola oil or melted butter), plus more for skillet
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- Greek yogurt, for serving
- Maple Syrup, for serving
- Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium and grease with a bit of coconut oil.
- Drain the can of crushed pineapple, being sure to reserve the liquid.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together. Toss the zucchinni and pineapple in the dry ingredients (this will keep them evenly distributed throughout the pancakes.) Set aside.
- Combine the reserved pineapple juice, milk, eggs, vanilla, and oil together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined, but don't overmix. Add more milk or pineapple juice if your mixture appears dry. (This will depend on how moist your shredded zucchini is.)
- Ladle batter by ¼ cup onto greased skillet. Cook about 4 minutes per side or until bubbles begin to form on the surface. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and toasted walnuts.
If you think these pancakes look delicious (and they are!), you may want to check out these recipes as well: