Recipe. Apple Zucchini Flax Pancakes

Whole grain flax pancakes

( Pancakes are a classic breakfast food, and why not? They're easy to make; children can play a large role in the preparation and making pancakes is any easy way to help them develop cooking skills, and they're a breakfast classic because pancakes taste great. 

Giving pancakes a nutritional face-lift is easy

Increasing the nutritional profile of pancakes can be as easy as using 100% whole grain flour. You can also add chopped nuts; walnuts work really well, as do chopped almonds. Adding fruit like blueberries or sliced bananas are tried and true 'add-ons'. I like this recipe because it adds a little extra; in addition to the whole wheat flour option, these have a little extra goodness from ground flax, shredded apple and shredded zucchini.


  • 1-1/4 cups unbleached flour or 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, separated, whites stiffly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups milk or alternative
  • 3 Tbsp virgin coconut, avocado or high-oleic sunflower seed oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded apple
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini


  1. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients
  2. in a medium bowl, lightly beat together egg yolks, milk and oil
  3. Add liquid to dry and stir only until combined
  4. Fold in egg whites
  5. Preheat pan to medium heat and lightly grease. Using a 1/3 cup measure, pour on to pan and cook until bubbles pop [about 2 mins], flip and cook for another 30 seconds or so.
  6. Top with fresh or thawed frozen fruit, maple syrup, fruit preserve or compote, or a dollop of whipped cream
  7. Enjoy!

Photo credit: CookinCanuk

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