This past weekend I started making pancakes for breakfast and thought about the extra shredded zucchini I had in the fridge. Hmmm, I thought to myself, what would it be like to add zucchini to pancakes? And then I remembered the zucchini cake I make from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes and Kitchen Secrets and how it calls for crushed pineapple. Oh how I love that recipe!
Why not mix the sweet pineapple taste with the zucchini in the pancakes?
Folks, I had no idea how heavenly this would taste until I tried it! I’m thinking it was the perfect combination (although we talked about trying to add coconut yet too). The pineapple kept the pancakes sweet and moist and the zucchini added texture, flavor and nutrition.
I don’t usually describe recipes as heavenly, but this was just so delicious!
I experimented with the recipe for the past three days. Yes, we’ve had pineapple zucchini pancakes for three breakfasts in a row and we are still not tired of them! That’s just how good they are.
- pancake batter for about 12 pancakes
- 1/2 - 1 cup shredded zucchini
- 4 TBSP drained crushed pineapple
- Make your pancake batter. You can use any plain pancake batter or buttermilk pancakes. I used a box of Hungry Jack mix because I had it on hand from a recent Giant gas deal. I made enough for 12-20 pancakes.
- After you make the mix, let it set for a few minutes so it thickens and raises a little.
- Stir in 1/2 cup to 1 cup shredded zucchini depending on your preference. My family was pleased with either amount.
- Add 4 TBSP pineapple. I felt this was a good amount because it added flavor and moisture. You can do less but too much more would affect the balance of fruit and batter, and the pancakes wouldn't fry up or flip right.
- Wait til you see bubbles on the top of the pancake, then flip until both sides are lightly browned.
- Serve with fresh maple syrup.
After I made the pineapple zucchini pancakes, I realized how much of an experimenter I am in the kitchen. I remembered the Pumpkin Hungry Jack Pancakes that I made last fall. I’m thinking you can pretty much add any add-in you’d like to these Hungry Jack Pancakes and achieve scrumptious results!