Zucchini pancakes (aka courgette pancakes) with chocolate - These light and fluffy pancakes taste like zucchini bread! An easy, tasty breakfast. Served with maple yogurt topping.
Have I brought you enough courgette (zucchini) recipes lately?
I've been using them almost daily lately, while my farm shop is piled high with the seasonal squash.
I grate it into pasta sauce, whiz it into zoodles and roast it with other veggies.
For these zucchini pancakes, I've shredded courgette (aka zucchini) into them, alongside great big chunks of dark chocolate.
You can't taste the courgette/zucchini, but it leaves pretty flecks of green and gets you a bit of extra green goodness.
For the topping, I've made a maple yogurt to add that lovely sweet/sourness to offset the sweetness of the chocolate.
Oh, and you do know, don't you, that the addition of a vegetable completely counteracts any naughtiness in the chocolate? Definitely.
This recipe was originally posted on 17 February 2015. Updated with new photos, text and recipe card on 30 August 2019.
Pancake day, you beautiful ode to carb-laden breakfast. How have you not crossed the pond to North America yet?
In the UK, every year they merrily celebrate this holiday (Shrove Tuesday), unquestioningly.
Most aren't really sure why, something or other to do with using up what's in the house before lent.
But nevertheless, we consume pancakes on this day.
Buckwheat? Scotch? Crepes or fluffy American-style? Whatever your pleasure, today is all about the pancake. Courgette pancakes.
Try my other pancake recipes:
Orange Chia Pancakes
Gingerbread Pancakes (vegan)
Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
Pancakes on Sticks
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Be sure to check out my epic list of creative Pancake Recipes!
There are so many great ways to use up courgettes. It's such a mild vegetable that it's really versatile in both sweet and savoury dishes. I love it raw, cooked, steamed, sauteed. And of course, in vegetable dessert recipes!
Try these zucchini / courgette recipes:
Courgette soup with basil
Blueberry courgette muffins
Cheesy courgette fritters
Courgette cake with lemon drizzle
Take a look at my list of 26 Tasty Courgette Recipes.
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Chocolate Zucchini Pancakes
- 125 ml (½ cup) milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon oil plus extra for cooking
- 100 g (1 cup) raw zucchini/courgette, grated
- 50 g (⅓ cup) dark chocolate, chopped
- 150 g (1 cup) plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
For the Maple Yogurt
- 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Whisk the milk, maple syrup, vanilla, egg and oil together in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk in the grated courgette (zucchini), chocolate, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, maple syrup, vanilla, egg and oil together. Pour into the flour bowl, along with the grated zucchini and chopped chocolate and mix until combined.
- Heat some oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Pour in scoops of batter. When the batter begins to bubble, flip and cook the other side until golden. Repeat until the batter is finished. Top with the maple yogurt.
For the Maple Yogurt
- Mix the ingredients together until combined. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
- Serve the pancakes topped with the maple yogurt and a little grated courgette and shaving of chocolate.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
Tried it! Loved it! I had a bit of sad zuccini waiting in the fridge for something like this to take care of it. It's a great idea if you have some zukes you need to use up, like I usually do, haha. Thanks for the inspiration!
So delicious. Such a great idea to sneak in a little veggie goodness to this breakfast treat.
So moist and delicious! The perfect breakfast to enjoy on the weekends!
Hi Kate.......can these be made gluten free and vegan by making substitutions.......I love your page by the way.....there are so many food blogs around but yours is by far my favourite.....thanks for sharing ......ps can't wait for the book : ) Xxxx
These look and sound stunning.
Great combo - very interesting must give this a go.
Kate, I love all the flavours you have used here: zucchini, dark chocolate, maple syrup... actually the maple syrup yoghurt sounds very interesting and could be used to pour over my mum's apple pancakes I have in the fridge... can't wait to try 🙂
Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet
What a great idea to get more veg in. Courgette truly is a versatile ingredient because it doesn't have such a strong flavour. Dark chocolate chunks FTW!
Ha! Dark chocolate chunks make everything sound good, don't they?!
Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
Ooooh these look so good! The maple yogurt sounds lovely too. I love the idea of courgette pancakes - could try savoury ones too!
The maple yogurt was lush, and so easy. I love savoury pancakes as well.
Thalia @ butter and brioche
These pancakes look so great! I never have used zucchini in pancake batter before and definitely am inspired to now.
My kids are used to pancakes being green. Usually I stuff them full of spinach or kale!
Ooh these sound and look divine, my mother in law gave my a lemon & courgette cake recipe that she'd enjoyed so I bet these work really well:-)
I love courgette cakes. Sooo good!
Ahah another great idea for next years courgette harvest!
Oooh, I'm jealous of your harvest. I need to learn to garden!