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Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes.

When we first started feeding solid food to Cullen, I remember smiling with delight as I watched him shovel down as much quinoa, avocado, and lentils as his little stomach could hold.  There was no food he wouldn’t try, and I reveled in offering new things and knowing that his diet was well balanced.  I wondered what all the fuss was about picky eaters – my kid was eating everything!

And then he became a toddler.  Former favorites were tossed from the high chair with disgust, and anything beyond basics like toast, almond butter, and blueberries wasn’t even given a second glance. 

Food is now rejected upon sight, not taste, and I spend a lot of time scratching my head wondering just how he knows that ice cream is worth a lick but green beans should be thrown to the dogs.  And like any mom – I worry.  I worry that his little body is almost entirely made of squeezable pouches, watermelon, and corn on the cob.

And so I’m doing what moms have been doing for as long as it’s been a cliché – sneaking vegetables into his meals in whatever way possible – smoothies, baked goods, and now, breakfast.

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Whenever I think of a vegetable pancake, the image that comes to mind is more that of a fritter or hash or some sort.  Lots of shredded veggies held together by a little bit of flour and egg, and then pan-fried.  Delicious, yes, but still looks like a vegetable.  I knew that the key to getting Cullen to eat a veg-ified pancake was that it had to actually look like a pancake.  Something fluffy – made with plenty of flour – with green and orange stuff tucked secretly inside.

And so that is exactly what I made.  I kept it light on the sugar and let the raisins add their own sweetness.  Judging from the empty plate left at the end, I think we’ll be adding these to our regular summer menu rotation!

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 cups flour (I used all-purpose, but feel free to sub)
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened original almond milk (or other milk)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed oil (or sub other oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine all wet ingredients and whisk together. You know the drill.

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Using a box grater, grate a large zucchini into strands.  (Ignore my hair – it was air-drying.) 

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Mine yielded a little over a cup, packed.

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Put zucchini in a shallow bowl and press with paper towels to try to remove as much excess water as possible. Even though you’d be adding it to wet ingredients, you don’t want extra water cooking out when heated.

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

I used the bagged shredded carrot for this recipe, since it’s a bit heartier and it tends to have less water than freshly grated carrot. If you grate your own, you might want to use a bit less since it will be a bit finer.  Once batter is mixed, add the veggies and raisins and fold in until well distributed.

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Then let the batter sit for at least ten minutes before cooking. This helps the baking powder take action and makes the final product much fluffier!

Heat a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium high heat, and wait to start until pan is nice and hot. Drop batter into individual pancakes, sized depending on how big you want yours to be! The batter will be thick, but it will spread and cook through as it heats. Once you see bubbles forming on the top surface, it’s time to flip!

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Flip and cook another minute or so until all batter is cooked through and both sides are evenly browned.

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Serve immediately or freeze for later!

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

I know veggie pancakes are often considered to be savory, and are topped with things like applesauce, sour cream, or Greek yogurt spreads.  You can certainly do that with these, but I’m going to keep mine sweet. 

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

These were perfectly fluffy in every way that a pancake should be, and the veggies and raisins reminded me a bit of a summer carrot cake. 

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Time to get serious. 

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

You can see how the vegetables are mixed within the batter, rather than acting as the main component.  Of course, you can always up the veggie amount too as well as swap in other favorites like sweet potato, winter squash, or fruits like apple and pear.  Get creative!

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I was personally sold at first bite, but I knew that my target audience was a bit more discerning…

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

In case you don’t recognize it, this is Cullen’s “mmmmmmmmm” face.  He ate every pancake that was offered and asked for “more again!” long after they were gone. 

Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes by Daily Garnish

As just because this is a kid-friendly recipe, that doesn’t mean you need to be a kid to enjoy them.  I don’t know anyone who feels like they need less vegetables in their life. 

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I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

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elizabeth     at 4:51 pm

I have been craving pancakes lately, but haven’t wanted to indulge – these might just do the trick!! YUM! If anyone subs out flours and makes them GF, I would love to hear what you used in place of AP flour. :)

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Ali @ Peaches and Football Reply:

Have you ever tried subbing oat flour? You can get gf oats and grind them if your local store doesn’t carry oat flour. I find the texture a bit heavier/stickier than AP but it’s worked on everything I’ve tried so far.

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elizabeth Reply:

Thanks Ali, I’ll give it a whirl! And yes I grind up oats for a banana bread recipe I love. The oats just make the batter a bit dense.

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Leah M Reply:

I was going to try them with a GF blend or oat flour sounds good too. I’m sure it will turn out great.

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Ali @ Peaches and Football     at 5:02 pm

These look awesome – I could see eating a lot of these in the fall or even in a few weeks when I start to get zucchini out of the garden. They remind me a lot of fall zucchini muffins and carrot cake. Yum!

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Padma     at 5:03 pm

haha that’s awesome. Mom’s are so good at sneaking in vegetables. I used to be so picky. Besides potato and cauliflower, I wouldn’t eat anything. Now I can’t live without vegetables. I think sweet potatoes would go really well with this recipe. I shall try it and let you know. Thanks for sharing!

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Erin     at 5:07 pm

Thank you for this recipe, Emily! We’re going through the same thing here with G (19 months). I’ve been looking for new ways to sneak a few veggies into something other than mac and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. I’ll be making these very soon. We had surprising success with kale chips recently though, it was a big win in my book ;)

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Sarah Crosby     at 5:08 pm

So glad you posted this. I had the same thoughts about my boy when we started solids. He ate everything. Ha! Not anymore! Making these ASAP- I know he (and me of course) will love them!!!

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Bridget S.     at 5:17 pm

These look great. Even adults need help with veggies, including my husband. Definitely on the “must try soon” list.

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Melissa     at 5:32 pm

Yum! Seriously, what a great/unique idea! I will definitely have to try this sometime very soon!

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Christy     at 5:36 pm

Great recipe! My son was the same way…ate everything until one day he didn’t. But the one thing he will always eat is our spinach waffles! We just add frozen spinach, pumpkin, and lots of cinnamon. He gobbles it right up!

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Jodi @ chasing-life.net     at 5:37 pm

Thanks for the recipe an Great post! We are going through the same thing over here with my 19 month old. If its not cheese, noodles or fruit, he will not eat it. Our dogs have gained quite a few lbs ever since our little one started eating in the high chair. :)

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Jessica     at 5:39 pm

I’ve committed to a vegan pancake recipe from Post Punk Kitchen, but I will now be adding in veggies to my pancakes! That way, I won’t feel as bad when I want to eat six when my guy only eats two. I can just brag about how I got more vegetable servings than he did!

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lisa fine     at 5:44 pm

These look so yum! I bet if you called them “Sprinkles Pancakes”, they’d be a big hit too. I don’t have kids yet, but I’ve been teaching for a long time, and sometimes it’s all in the marketing. When we made banana smoothies for ourselves, a friend, and her son, we called them “banana milkshakes”, and he gulped it down. :)

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun     at 6:11 pm

These looks DELICIOUS and Cullen sure seems to love them too! :) I am learning so much from all of your blogging mother’s – hopefully it will come in handy one day when I have children of my own!

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Angie     at 6:14 pm

I will definitely be making these in the future! Love recipes geared toward picky eaters.

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Leah M     at 6:45 pm

I will definitely be trying this for my picky 2.5 year old. It drives me crazy that she used to be such a good eater til she hit toddlerhood. Never thought to add veggies to pancakes. Will be trying this soon. Thank you!

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Caroline     at 6:46 pm

The first time I did anything beyond traditional apple/berries/peaches, etc… with pancakes was this past Thanksgiving. I put left over cranberry sauce on top of pancakes and they were delicious! These looks fantastic as well and I’ll have to try them!

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Renee     at 7:02 pm

Such a cute idea! They look delicious too. Might have to try this recipe for the next Sunday breakfast :)

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Jessica     at 7:22 pm

I wonder if you could sub cooked quinoa for some flour? I’ve been making these blueberry quinoa pancakes I saw on Pinterest all summer and my 12 month old LOVES them and I love what’s in them!

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Jessica     at 7:22 pm

I wonder if you could sub cooked quinoa for some flour? I’ve been making these blueberry quinoa pancakes I saw on Pinterest all summer and my 12 month old LOVES them and I love what’s in them!

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kim     at 7:58 pm

Seriously, you are a genius! I am going to make these ASAP for my picky almost 2 year old! I can’t get him to eat anything. Maybe he will like them as much as Cullen. I sure hope so! Thanks for sharing!

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Kristi     at 9:32 pm

Love this idea, and more so for me than my daughter.

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance     at 11:29 pm

I’m definitely making these for me. I’m not a picky eater or anything, I just think they look THAT good ;)

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Shel@PeachyPalate     at 12:15 am

I love zucchini breakfast pancakes! Totally need to try them with carrot too…it’s been too long since I had a vegan version. A ripe banana adds a whole load of sweetness!

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Fran@BCDC     at 4:51 am

These sound delicious!

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Samantha     at 5:01 am

Healthy and delicious – that’s win win. I’m gonna try these out, hope I can get mine to look more pancake like than veggie like :)

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Crystal     at 5:07 am

Thanks for all the hints on things like soaking up the water from the zucchini and letting the baking powder work for a few minutes. Sounds like your culinary school training is paying off:)

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Katiemac     at 5:08 am

Incredible!!! You are so right about the fritter-type pancakes; my son hated them upon sight. These look great though!!!

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char eats greens     at 5:49 am

I definitely will be keeping this in mind as we introduce solids!!!

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Christina     at 6:10 am

I laughed so hard when you said that you worry Cullen’s little body is made entirely of squeeze pouches, watermelon, and corn…..YES. I feel the same way with my 18 month old (I think she’s made entirely of squeeze pouches and yogurt). I’ve had some success with variations of your recipe, and I’ll definitely add this to the rotation!

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Dan Helfgott     at 6:47 am

This looks like a stroke of genius!!! Will try them this weekend! :-)

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Christine @ Gotta Eat Green     at 7:34 am

When I first read the title to this post I thought you were crazy! Haha but these look so tasty! They remind me of zucchini bread and I bet they taste delicious. I have a sweet tooth so I would love these with maple syrup!

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Meagan     at 8:17 am

I really like this recipe! I’d sub wheat for almond flour. I’ll definitely give this a try!

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jen     at 8:18 am

I love carrot cake so these sound so good, I will add some carrot cake spices to it!

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Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run     at 9:48 am

I made my roommate and I zucchini pancakes the other weekend – there were delish. I like the addition of carrots. Can never have too many veggies.

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Christine     at 11:23 am

Love your “not giving up” & honest attitude towards eating healthy. You are an amazing parent Emily definitely a role model! I scrolled all the way down to see if Cullen actually was eating them. Think this will work on my husband?! xoxo

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CATHY     at 12:07 pm

My son hates vegetables and loves pancakes. I am so making these. Thank you!!

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Emily @ Life on Food     at 12:09 pm

That is one mighty stack of pancakes. I think these sound amazing! Those tricky kids…it is a wonder that they know ice cream is so good!

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Eileen     at 12:59 pm

My 11 month old is so good at sorting out the food he doesn’t want in his mouth- like a baseball player with sunflower seeds- he spits out the unwanted (usually veggie or fruit) components! I want to try this recipe and see what happens! Are the veggies soft enough even though they go in raw?

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama     at 6:05 pm

We’ve been doing this for my kids since they decided veggies were evil. I too, thought we had the best little eaters around but then the toddler stubbornness showed up. I sneak in veggies but still offer the real deal. My son surprises me with what veggies he will eat. My daughter won’t touch any. At least I know she’s getting some in my sneaky recipes!

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef     at 7:37 pm

How clever! I don’t have any small ones at home to sneak veggies in for but I do have a “very” oldie who’s about in the same shape. I’ll give these a try and see if he eats them. They look wonderful.

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Carre     at 5:23 am

Hey Emily!I too have a very picky little boy and I think a lot of his problems are texture related. I’m worried that he wouldn’t eat these due to the pieces of veggies in them. Would it work to steam the carrots and zucchini and then puree it (basically like baby food) and then add that to the batter? Or would that change it completely? I really want to try something like this. :)

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Emily @ The Good Era     at 7:04 am

These look delicious! Is it totally weird I fully plan to make them for myself and my husband?! hah

Getting veggies in first thing in the morning is always hard and we have an abundance of zucchinis this year!

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Katie     at 7:19 am

Bless you. THIS is what I need. Jack eats nothing he doesn’t recognize, and only 1/3 of what he DOES recognize.

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Claire @ Health Nut Claire     at 8:06 am

Oh my goodness, those look SO good!!

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Serena     at 8:27 am

This is a GREAT idea! Especially for toddlers!

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Caroline     at 11:27 am

Love the pancakes! I have 5 huge zucchini in fridge from CSA, will try these. Persevere with real food for for your kids. This is when many parents give up and start giving their kids buttered noodles. Keep offering what you and your husband eat, share your food in restaurants, avoid “kids’ menus” as long as you can. My daughter is now 7 and although I definitely allow some kid food when we are out, it is shocking how well she eats compared to many of our friends’ children. And my life is so much easier because I make one meal for everyone.

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Laura     at 12:36 pm

Thank you!! I am going through the same thing with my 21 month old son, he won’t eat any vegetables lately but he loves pancakes so these will be perfect!

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Christina     at 12:57 pm

Genius!

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Megan     at 8:30 am

I just made these and they are delicious! Although I had to make a few substitutions because I did not have everything. I left the raisins out, did not have them, I replaced the 2 tablespoons of applesauce with 2 tablespoons mashed banana, organic sugar with brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon with 1/4 tsp allspice and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. But they still turned out awesome and my little one and I gobbled one down. Thanks for the recipe!

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Heather     at 11:39 am

These pancakes were a hit with my 15 month old and us as well – my husband even ate the leftovers, and that’s saying something!

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Julie     at 4:49 pm

I made these tonight for dinner – delish!!! I did 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup AP flour, tripled the cinnamon, and omitted the raisins…yum!! Thanks, Emily! I’ll be using this recipe again and again.

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Tammy     at 1:22 pm

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! I’ve been searching the web for healthy but simple recipes for my lil’ one. Can’t wait to try it!

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