Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes with Blueberries

Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes with Blueberries | Breaking Bland Eats

Breaking Bland Eats turns 2 years old today! I’m so thankful to everyone who reads these posts and for all the positive feedback I have received.  This blog was a way for me to keep and share my favourite recipes, and the fact that anyone actually reads, let alone makes, the recipes still amazes me.  So, thank you.

This past summer I’ve had to get creative with zucchini recipes since both my parents and in-laws have supplied us with an almost endless supply of zucchinis.   After making zucchini bread one day I thought the flavours would be perfect as a pancake.  So, I took my standby buttermilk pancake recipe and added grated zucchini and cinnamon. Then decided to add blueberries – because blueberries make everything better.

When making blueberry pancakes I like to add the blueberries individually to each pancake once they are on the griddle.  This way you get an even amount of blueberries in each pancake, and avoid those blue streaks that often result when you mix blueberries into a batter.  This technique also works well with bananas, chocolate chips, or any other addition you want in your pancakes.

Placing a cookie sheet in a preheated oven (~200F) will keep the cooked pancakes warm until the rest of the pancakes are ready.  This is especially helpful if you are doubling the recipe and serving a large crowd.   These pancakes retain their moisture and keep in the fridge for a few days, or you can freeze the pancakes and reheat in a toaster or toaster oven for a quick weekday breakfast option.

It can be confusing when looking at different flours or breads, what’s the difference between whole wheat, whole grain, and multigrain? First off be wary of anything that says “multigrain”.  Simply put, it means that more than one grain was used and often these grains are refined and have been stripped of their fibre and vitamins/minerals.  Make sure to look at the ingredient list, you want to see the word “whole grain”.  Whole grains are exactly as they sounds, the whole grain has been milled down to make flour, leaving all the nutrients intact.  Nutrition lesson over, time to celebrate with some pancakes!

Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes with Blueberries | Breaking Bland Eats

Don’t have zucchini on hand?  Grated apples make a great addition, simply replace the 2 cups of zucchini with 2 cups of grated apple.  Yum.

Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes with Blueberries

Makes 12 pancakes

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups of 100% whole grain flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:
2 cups of grated zucchini, ~1 large zucchini or 2 medium.
2 eggs
2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla

1-2 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate medium-sized bowl beat the eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla.  Then stir in the grated zucchini.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.  Stir until just combined, lumps are ok!
  4. Ladle ~1/3 cup of batter per pancake onto a preheated skillet or cast iron pan, sprinkle blueberries on top, and allow the pancakes to cook until small bubbles are visible all over the surface of each pancake. Flip and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the centre of the pancake springs back to a light touch.
  5. Serve with maple syrup, a dollop of greek yogurt, and fresh blueberries.

*Tip: If you don’t have buttermilk simply add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar for each cup of milk you need.

Don’t have zucchini on hand?  Grated apples make a great addition, simply replace the 2 cups of zucchini with 2 cups of grated apple.  Yum.

Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

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I originally posted this recipe when I did a guest spot on my sister-in-law’s blog (click here for all your cloth diapering needs). She was nice enough to let me practice blogging, but now that I have my own site this muffin recipe deserves a repost. Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make but it’s also a great way to use up ripe bananas.  If you are anything like me, by the end of the week you likely have some bananas that are well past their prime. One handy tip, instead of throwing the whole banana into the freezer, try peeling and cutting them into bite sized pieces first.  Once cut they can be individually frozen on a cookie sheet then placed into freezer bags. This way you have frozen bananas on hand for banana bread, smoothies or these wonderful, not too sweet, blueberry banana bran muffins.
This recipe can be easily doubled (or tripled), so save yourself some time and make a large batch. They freeze well and can be defrosted quickly in the microwave. For an extra special treat I like to throw in some dark chocolate chips.
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Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

makes 12 muffins.  Recipe by Kirsten

Ingredients:
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of natural bran
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup of brown sugar
1 cup of mashed bananas (2-3 depending on size)
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, bran, baking soda, and cinnamon.  Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together brown sugar, mashed bananas, oil, and egg.  Beat until smooth.
  4. Toss the blueberries with the flour mixture, then make a well and add the banana mixture. Stir 10-12 times until flour is just combined – it’s ok if there are a few lumps.
  5.  Portion batter into muffin tins and place one blueberry on top of each muffin for decoration.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.
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