Don’t let Valentine’s Day or any holiday derail your clean eating! These paleo , grain free, chocolate lovers zucchini hot cakes will satisfy your sweet tooth while sneaking in some healthy veggies. There is also a low carb (sugar free) version included for those that are counting carbs. These hot cakes are full of antioxidants from the cocoa or cacao powder. They also are high in fiber from the coconut flour and zucchini. Rich in healthy fats from coconut oil and nut meals with some protein from the eggs and nuts. You can make the optional chocolate maple syrup too, or use plain maple syrup. You don’t have to make them heart shaped, but my kids gave me these heart shaped rings for Christmas and I have been having so much fun with them. They can be used for making heart shaped eggs, pancakes, cookies, brownies, breads and much more. Where to buy the heart shaped rings, click here:Where to buy Heart Shaped Rings.
What about heart shaped butter you ask? I melted some butter, then poured into this mold half way full, then froze till solid. Here is the heart mold I use :
Some instructional photos
- Chocolate Zucchini Hotcakes
- ¼ cup coconut flour, where to buy coconut flour
- ¼ cup almond meal or cashew meal (ground up almond or cashews), where to buy it
- ⅓ cup fine grated organic zucchini (commercial zucchini is a GMO crop)
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder or cacao powder, where to buy cacao powder
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp GF vanilla extract, where to buy this
- ⅔ cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk, where to buy it
- 2 tbsp organic 100% maple syrup for paleo, or for low carb use a low carb maple syrup, like this one
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted, where to buy coconut oil
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Optional Chocolate Maple Syrup:
- 1 ½ tbsp. coconut oil or ghee, where to buy coconut oil or ghee
- 1 tsp cocoa or cacao powder, like this one
- 2 tbsp organic maple syrup or low carb maple syrup
- Kitchen Supplies
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 1 griddle or fry pan
- heart pancake rings, where to buy this
- In large mixing bowl combine all hotcake ingredients and mix together thoroughly. If pancake batter is too thick then add a little water and mix in.
- Heat a greased griddle on the stove top to slightly above medium temperature.
- Place greased or oiled pancake rings, if using, on the heated griddle. If not using rings, then proceed as with regular pancakes.
- Spoon some batter into each ring and spread around with spoon until shape is filled in. leave ring on until side pancake is done (it will start bubbling).
- Lift ring off pancake and then flip pancake over to let other side cook. If it is too delicate to flip then it is not ready yet.
- Repeat until batter is all used.
- If you’re making the chocolate maple syrup then heat a small sauce pan on medium heat and add all syrup ingredients.
- Heat and stir syrup ingredients until all are melted and thoroughly mixed.
- Serve hot cakes with chocolate maple syrup or regular maple syrup and ghee or butter if desired.
Nutritional Data for Low carb Version with Chocolate Maple Syrup: Servings: 4, Serving size: 2 medium size hotcakes, Cal: 228, Carbs: 9.7 g / Net Carbs: 5.1 g, Fiber: 4.6 g, Fat; 18 g, Sugar: 1 g
*all nutritional data are estimates based on the products I used*