Monday, July 30, 2012

Sweet Paleo Zucchini Pancakes

I always feel best when I'm cooking seasonally. Okay, that's a bit of a fib as I still eat pumpkin almost weekly in the summer. This recipe, however, helps me both work with fresh, local food *and* feed my love of more autumnal flavors.

I've been zucchini-obsessed this summer, slurping down all sorts of sauces with zucchini noodles at the heart of the dish. I've been baking less, though, since I completed my first Whole30 in June. While paleo pancakes are one of the classic no-nos on the strict regime, these babies are pretty virtuous in that they contain no added sweetener**.

Over the weekend I mulled over making some kind of zucchini muffin or bar, but then thought pancakes would taste mighty delicious. If you  do a web search for zucchini pancakes, most of what shows up are savory options, with inclusions such as mint and red onion.

Not these babies! I simply made PaleOMG's carrot cake pancake recipe subbing zucchini for the carrot. Juli adapted her recipe from Liz at Eat the Cookie, another fabulous grain-free blog. Thank you ladies for helping us kick off our week in delicious style.

Sweet Paleo Zucchini Pancakes
adapted from PaleOMG

1 cup grated zucchini
3 eggs
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts
2 tbs. melted coconut oil
2 tbs. coconut flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or use a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger & allspice)
optional mix-ins: raisins, dairy-free chocolate chips, shredded coconut

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients and stir to combine. Cook in a greased skillet over medium heat, about 3-4 minutes a side.

Serve with raw honey or maple syrup. I also topped my kids' with a dab of their own homemade butter, which was mighty tasty as well!

**If you notice a chocolate chip or two in my photos, consider them (unnecessary) bait to tempt my kids with this breakfast! I find that a few Enjoy Life chips possess almost mystical powers of persuasion... I could probably get my brood to embrace beet or kale pancakes if they contained a smattering of chocolate bits. These pancakes are completely sweet, delicious and worth making without the chips OR the raisins called for in the original recipe, if you're not a dried fruit fan either.

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