Oat Zucchini Blueberry Apple Pancakes +9M

I’m always looking for breakfast healthy ideas for the kids. Somehow breakfast is a tricky meal: there is not a lot of time to prepare, we are always in a rush during week days and my kids really like sweet food in the early morning rather than savory ones. Yes, we have our breakfast favorites (plain yogurt with honey + wholewheat toast with homemade jam + fruit + cereals with milk) but I really like to find new ideas to satisfy their sweet taste and at the same time give them a healthy and nutritious meal to start the day full of energy.

The oat zucchini blueberry apple pancakes are loaded with nutrients, naturally gluten and dairy free. Tested with the kids and 100% approved.

They can be served to babies in small tiny pieces starting from 9 months of age, they are a super baby led weaning idea.

If your little one likes oatmeal, she will love this recipe! Oats are naturally gluten free and they are a good substitute for the all purpose flour. I blended them all together with the other ingredients and cooked the pancakes right away. The final consistency had soft lumps inside, like the oatmeal. If your baby is into a super smooth consistency I suggest to prepare the pancake mix the evening before, store it in the refrigerator overnight so that the oats will soak and get super tender and cook the pancakes in the morning.

I sneaked in some green veggies too, it doesn’t hurt ๐Ÿ™‚ I used zucchini but you can also try spinach or swiss chard. I also used Kefir instead of yogurt for a totally dairy free recipe. Yes, you can substitute Kefir with regular plain yogurt.

With the suggested quantities I was able to prepare 10/12 small pancakes. I served 2 each to my kids and I froze the remaining ones for crazy mornings. I will simply move the frozen pancakes from the freezer to the toaster and warm/thaw in few minutes!!

The procedure is easy. Start finely grating the zucchini. Squeeze the extra water with your hands. In a food processor add all the ingredients: rolled oats + applesauce + grated zucchini + fresh blueberries + egg + baking powder + baking soda + vanilla extract + kefir (plain, no flavor) + maple syrup + coconut oil. Blend few minutes up until smooth.

Heat a small pan and add one tablespoon of pancake mix. Shake the pan to evenly spread the mix. Cook the pancake 2 minutes, flip on the other side and keep cooking for another minute or two. When you flip the pancake you will see it raising instantly ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s a fun thing to see with the kids!!

Serve warm with some honey/yogurt/maple syrup/date syrup and fresh fruit on top. Yum!!

3 from 2 votes
Oat Zucchini Blueberry Pancakes
  • 1.5 cup rolled oats (150gr.)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (150gr.)
  • 1/2 zucchini (finely grated)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup plain kefir (or yogurt)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  1. Finely grate half zucchini. Squeeze the extra water with your hands.

  2. In a food processor add all the ingredients: oats, grated zucchini, applesauce, blueberries, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, kefir, maple syrup, egg, coconut oil. Blend up until smooth.

  3. Heat a pan and add 1 Tablespoon of mix. Shake the pan to give a nice round shape to the pancake. Cook 2 minutes

  4. When you will see that the bottom part is cooked + bubbles will start forming on the surface, flip the pancake on the other side and keep cooking for another minute.

  5. Stack the pancakes one on top of the other to keep them warm. Enjoy!!



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  • Reply
    Carly Sears
    April 3, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Is there a substitute for the yogurt?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      April 3, 2018 at 3:48 am

      Hi! yes, I used kefir, a non dairy probiotic drink.

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        Carly Sears
        April 3, 2018 at 7:48 pm

        I mean a vegan version. Can I use non-dairy milk in place of it? Sorry, I should’ve clarified in my first comment!

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          Barbara Lamperti
          April 3, 2018 at 7:59 pm

          ops, sorry I didn’t get it ๐Ÿ™‚ sure, you can use coconut yogurt or any other kind of vegan yogurt you like, same quantities. Also, I saw a vegan kefir at the store too! ciao ciao, b

      • Reply
        October 25, 2018 at 7:20 pm

        Kefir is not dairy-free, it’s made from cow’s milk ๐Ÿ™
        Otherwise great recipe <3

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    February 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    How long are these good in the fridge for? Can I also freeze them?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Jen! I usually keep them in the refrigerator for one day. It’s easier to freeze them, separated by a piece of parchment paper so that they don’t stick. Place them for 30sec in the microwave and finish thawing them in the toaster for one minute. They are still fluffy and moist! ciao, b

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      May 3, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      Mine are mushy in the middle. Is this normal? I cooked them for a long time hoping they would set up and they did not.

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        Barbara Lamperti
        June 18, 2020 at 6:44 pm

        Yes, they are softer than regular pancakes. If they are too mushy you can squeeze the zucchini a bit more to remove all the extra water. Thank you!! Ciao, b

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    March 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Hiiiii !!
    What in plase of yogurth? Baby lactose intolerance

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    August 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Is there and alternative to the maple syrup? Maybe mashed bananas?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Kim, if you want a #noaddedsugar recipe I would substitute the applesauce (1/2 cup) with a banana (mashed, 1/2 cup) and skip the maple syrup. Thank you so much for watching, ciao! b

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    April 4, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Hi I used all the ingredients except the maple syrup and the pancakes did not cook well in the pan. I couldnโ€™t even flip them over and when I added a little flour to help solidify them, they would only cook on the outside and the middle would stay gooey!

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      May 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      Are they supposed to be mushy on the middle? I made these exactly to the recipe and they are mushy no matter how long I cook them.

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        Barbara Lamperti
        June 18, 2020 at 6:45 pm

        Hi Marie! If they are too mushy the zucchini might be still a bit too watery. I would suggest to squeeze well all the extra water and grate them finely, that’s how you can remove more water. Thank you so much for trying the recipe!! ciao, b

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