The greatest gluten-free vegan pancakes you will ever make. Chocolate zucchini pancakes with blueberries are a weekend essential perfected for weekend breakfast bliss. Your anticipation for weekend mornings now has more than a valid reason!
These pancakes. I should probably stop right here, leave you swooning over that stack, and not reveal my secrets. But then…what kind of food blogger would I be? A mean one, but a mean one with a damn good secret pancake recipe! I’ve debated for months on what to even call these cakes, but with the help of a good, trusted friend, we settled on Chocolate Zucchini Pancakes with Blueberries! (Since I have another “base” version that’s sans blueberries). I could have called these: The Greatest Gluten-Free Pancakes Ever or The Best Pancakes With All My Favorite Things. The last one isn’t really true though since these cakes don’t contain potatoes, apples, or cashews…these have more second tier favorites, but favorites nonetheless!
Actually, as I’m writing this, it’s a muggy Saturday morning and I’m currently sipping a cup of coffee after eating these exact pancakes (sans blueberries, but with blueberry syrup…). But when I tell you these are perfected weekend breakfast bliss on a plate, I mean it! I’ve been making these pancakes every weekend for the last 4 to 5 months. That’s, well let’s just ballpark it around 60-70 times. Am I obsessed? Yes. Will I ever get sick of these? No. Do you want the recipe? Well I hope so!
They consist of cocoa powder, banana flour, buckwheat flour grated zucchini, and of course blueberries. This combo makes the best texture for gluten-free vegan pancakes. When you use a fruit puree like applesauce or pumpkin, the pancakes can tend to be a bit too soft, gummy, kinda lacking. But when you use zucchini, you have a little texture and bulk, the banana flour is the perfect absorbent and you get more batter for your buck without using more flour, the buckwheat just tastes amazing and holds it all together, and the cocoa powder is the subtle deep undertone of love and light expansion the pancakes need. But to add a bit of pop and fun, throw in some blueberries and you get your pure perfect bliss on a plate! Soft, thick, fluffy, crisp, everything you want in 2 large pancakes for one!
If I don’t have these pancakes on the weekend I feel like I’ve missed out…big time. They are just beyond words for me. I go to bed Friday night looking forward to this morning ritual (and then again Saturday night). Wake-up, do yoga, go down to the kitchen, turn on the radio to some terrible “Today’s Top Music” countdown, gather my ingredients for the pancakes, make it all in less than 3 minutes, cooking the cakes on the stove while simultaneously cleaning the kitchen a bit, savoring the early morning, plating my cakes when they’re done, drowning them in syrups, heading back to my room and savoring that first bite. O the glory! When you find your absolute favorite breakfast, you know. I know that these cakes are mine.
I do confess, when I finally decided to write down the recipe for these pancakes, it was a bit of a struggle. I know this “combo” by heart and I don’t really measure things. I tried to be as accurate as possible though since I want you to have the same perfect pancakes bliss as I. If you think gluten-free vegan pancakes are terrible or just haven’t found a good recipe, I want you to try these. This is a single-serve recipe as that’s how I roll with all my pancakes, but you could always mix up another batch of batter when the first batch is cooking. Yes, you also need a good non-stick pan and banana flour, but that’s nothing amazon can’t solve! But it’s worth it, I promise. Like I said, a little banana flour goes a long way since you use less flour, but more liquid and thus more batter. And hey, you could also make these pancakes and these muffins with that same flour 😉
Chocolate Zucchini Pancakes with Blueberries
- 1½ TB Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 2½ TB Banana Flour
- 1½ TB Buckwheat Flour
- ½ Tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ Cup Grated Zucchini
- ¼ Tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ Tsp Banana Extract (or Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract)
- ⅓ Cup + 2 TB Water
- 1 TB Blueberries (plus more for topping)
- Cocoa Stevia Syrup (optional topping)
- Sugar-Free Maple Syrup (optional topping)
- In a small bowl, combine your grated zucchini, flours* (see notes below), cinnamon, and extract. Give it a quick stir.
- Add the water next. Start with ⅓ cup and then slowly add more tablespoons of water until you get a batter that is thick, but pourable and not too watery.
- Grease a non-stick pan with coconut oil and allow to heat up over medium heat on the stove.
- Pour half the batter on the pan, add 1 tablespoon of blueberries to that pancake, and allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes. Repeat same process with the rest of the batter and last tablespoon of blueberries.
- Plate your cakes and top with syrups of choice and additional blueberries if desired!
Now, I know it’s Monday, but this gives you the whole week to gather everything you need to make these pancakes. Promise me you will! Top them however you like, but a sweet syrup is best 😉 Before you bite in, snap a picture, then after you come out of your pancake coma of bliss, post that picture on instagram or twitter and tag me @RebeccaGF666! I want to see these cakes!
So tell me:
+ What’s one breakfast you will never get sick of?
+ How do you top you cakes?
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