Blender Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes -Gluten Free & Vegan

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Have a laugh with me…I forgot to put coffee in the cup until after breakfast and all the pancakes were gone! Mommy brain!

Nothing better than a recipe you can compile all within the convenience of your blender or food processor!

These were born of a desire to use up more my garden’s zucchini.  And since my kids are OBSESSED with pancakes and waffles for breakfast, getting a serving of vegetable into these breakfast staples is a nice bonus. You won’t notice the zucchini, it blends right in and lends a lovely moist crumb to the pancakes.

THERE IS A LOT OF VARIANCE IN MOISTURE CONTENT OF ZUCCHINI.  If the batter seems thin, it’s OK to add a couple tablespoons of any of the flours to thicken the batter to a typical pancake batter!

FLOUR SUBSTITUTIONS:  Keep a rough balance of 1/3 starch and 2/3 wholegrain, and the pancakes should perform well.   I know some people do not keep teff around (but you should!), so sub if you need to and share your tweaks with us!

Have you checked out my GF flour tips page?  Although I have some updating to do, there is lots of helpful information there for newcomers. Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes - Gluten Free & Vegan-3440

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Blender Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Serves: 4-5
  • 1½ cup favorite milk (I use So Delicious Coconut Milk)
  • ¾ cup PACKED zucchini (shredded, chunked, whatever)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or any fat)
  • 3 tablespoons honey, or stevia equivalent
  • 2 teaspoons chia meal or one egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ⅔ cup teff flour
  • ⅔ cup millet flour or brown rice, sorghum, oat
  • ⅔ cup tapioca flour (split with half potato starch for less chewy/guminess) as you prefer
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate chips to taste, I use 4-5 per pancake
  1. Preheat your pan to about medium heat
  2. Place all the ingredients in your blender or food processor, in order listed and blend until smooth.
  3. Cook pancakes in a preheated, well greased pan. OR, these work great as waffles too!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes - Gluten Free & Vegan-3449This post was shared with Natural Living Mondays, Mostly Homemade Mondays, GF Tuesdays,Totally Talented Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, , Hearth & Soul, Fat Tuesday, GF Wednesday, Waste Not Want Not, Real Foods Wednesday, Pennywise Platter,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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23 comments on “Blender Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes -Gluten Free & Vegan
  1. Jean Ghantous says:

    I love the fact that you keep a variety of “types” of recipes on this site. We don’t subscribe to one type of diet, whether that be pale, GAPS, SCD….we have many food allergies and try to work with those as well as eat as balanced and healthfully as possible. Lots of eggs and nuts won’t work here, neither will too many sulphur foods. But rotating nutrient dense foods that will work for our allergies is important, and using grains like teff and millet fit right into that idea. Thank you, I have a GIANT zucchini that was hidden all these weeks that needs attention!

  2. Kristin says:

    These look great! Thank you for linking up with us for Tips and Tricks Tuesday!

  3. Amber says:

    Oh Tessa, these look fabulous!!! Love, love.

    Always looking for healthy breakfast recipes.


  4. Tammy Eakes says:

    Looks like a great recipe! Can’t wait to try it. My 6 year old loves pancakes. I’m always looking for ways to sneak veggies into her food. :->

  5. Kim says:

    How much chocolate chips?

  6. Those look wonderful. Any recipe that sneaks in veggies is a winner with me. Thank you for the suggested ratios for flour to starch. That will make it easier for me to make the substitutions since I don’t have teff (my bad). Looking forward to trying this out this weekend.

  7. Truly stunning recipe! A MUST TRY! 😀

  8. Love this deliciously wholesome recipe! Your Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes look really moist and delicious. It’s wonderful they are gluten free and suitable for vegans too. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us at Hearth and Soul, Tessa :-)

  9. Chocolate and zucchini= perfect combo!
    Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday.

  10. I don’t have kids, but my husband loves chocolate pancakes, so we will definitely have to try these! Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it : )

  11. I love blender pancakes, and what genius to add zucchini to them! Thanks for linking to Healthy 2Day Wednesdays!

  12. Hey – these look great, but I don’t see choc chips in the ingredients. How many do you use?

  13. These look AMAZING Tessa! :) You are featured this week on Simple Meals Friday! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Rebekah says:

    Hi Tessa, I absolutely love your blog because it is such an encouragement to me. We have MANY different needs in our family and as it looks like I need to avoid most if not all grains now I am kind of struggling to feed my family with HEALTHY food but no: gluten, eggs, nuts (the dangerous one here), legumes, and now grains?!? I’ve noticed some of your awesome recipes do have nuts or nut flours in them. Can you recommend some recipes (perhaps already posted but I missed) for meals, not so much dessert, that meet the above avoidance criteria? The combo of no nuts/eggs/grains is really hard for me. Any suggestion you have at all would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much for your time.

    • Hi Rebekah! I know that feeling of being overwhelmed to well. Good for you for being proactive about your health! Grain free/egg free/nut free baked goods do exist, but they are a dime a dozen…eggs are almost always necessary. The majority of my grain free/Paleo meals however fit your criteria. Click on the tag “grain/free Paleo and scroll through. If there is a couple of ingredients you need to swap out and need help, let me know. Also, look into Auto Immune Paleo protocol recipes online, those should fit your criteria too. Practical Paleo has a whole chapter on auto-immune protocol and a 30 day meal plan to go with it, worth checking out. The Phoenix Helix blog is another area, she has done this way of eating too. Hang in there, you are not alone!

    • ps Rebekah, another good key word search would be paleo + vegan recipes. Some will have nuts obviously, but it will narrow the pool. Chowstalker/desertstalker will also let you search recipes based on dietary needs, and autoimmune is among those!

  15. stephanie says:

    When this recipe calls for teff, millet, and tapioca are you referring to flour or the cooked grains?

  16. swathi says:

    Delicious pancake with chocolate chip and zucchini. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul bloghop. pinning.

  17. Jess says:

    These look incredible! Is there any way to make these without all of the different types of flour though?

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