Pancake Friday: Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Bread Pancakes with Blueberries

25 07 2014

Oh hai. I do still exist! And, I’m back with a pancake post! It must be your lucky day!! 🙂

Yesterday I woke up with a craving for pancakes, thanks to a post I saw right before bed on Wednesday night. I got up and did a quick PiYo workout to stretch out my tired legs (Lower focus, only 20 minutes!) and went right to the kitchen to put together the recipe that had been forming in my head all night.

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Zucchini bread pancakes, with a hint of banana for sweetness, loaded with some blueberries I had picked earlier this summer was the perfect way to start my Thursday. These were pretty dense, and I would recommend maybe adding a bit more flour next time, but this was another winner in my books. Enjoy!

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Dry Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 dry oats
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
handful of chopped walnuts

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
2 eggs
1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 small zucchini)
1 TBS honey
1 cup milk

Stir in: Handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Sauce: Handful of blueberries, microwaved in 30 second intervals until berries burst. Stir in 1 tsp of chia seeds (optional). You could also add in some sugar if you wanted a sweeter syrup.

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Blueberries!

9 05 2012

My awesome weekend continued on Saturday with a trip to the Keel & Curley Blueberry Festival!

Since I didn’t have a multi-hour workout planned for Saturday, I took advantage of the free morning to head out to Plant City with Courtney to get our blueberry-picking on!

The blueberry festival took place at the Keel & Curley Winery which is about 40 minutes outside of Tampa. Yes, there are wineries in Florida. The soil in Florida isn’t really ideal for grapes though, so this winery makes their wine out of fruit! The winery was cute, and had a nice covered outdoor seating area which overlooked a small pond just outside the tasting room.

Courtney and I decided to pick our berries first. We walked through some typical fair stalls before seeing the blueberry bushes behind the winery. I stopped to get a lil’ country with this tractor before we started to pick 🙂

We started to pick in the first field we saw, but we were finding that the berries seemed to be few and far between. We saw lots of people walking around with buckets of berries, but where were they coming from? Courtney overheard someone say something about “behind the building,” so we followed the walkway around the side of what looked like a really, really big shed.

Oh. So THIS is where everyone was. Behind the building were rows and rows and rows of blueberry bushes.

Not quite ready for picking:-)

This is where the fun began. I think my strategy was pick 4 berries, eat 1. Thankfully, I didn’t end up like Violet from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. However, this might have been the reason why I only ended up cashing out with 1 pound, while Courtney walked away with 2. Whoops.

The blueberries we were finding over here were huge! Definitely better than the ones you get at the store!!

After paying for our berries ($3/pound), we wandered around some of the stalls. We contemplated doing a wine tasting, but we had plans to swim, stop at the grocery store to get fixins for salsa and guacamole to take over to Mary’s Cinco de Derby Party, and it was after 11 already. We needed to get a move on!

On our way out of Plant City, we stopped at a produce stand to see if we could get everything we needed for our Cinco De Mayo treats. I think we both got just about all of the produce we needed and then some! I stocked up on bananas (2 full bunches plus two stragglers for $1!!!), some fresh summer squash and zucchini, and Florida tomatoes. Oh, and I couldn’t beat the 3 for $2 avocados!

After a successful Cinco Party at Mary’s:

I decided it was time to bake! While Courtney and I were making our Cinco treats, she let me taste some a blueberry scone with lemon glaze that she had made the other day. YUM! So on Sunday I did a quick Google search to find the recipe. I ended up going with this one, to which I added lemon zest to the batter and swapped out the heavy cream for 1% milk. I also halved the icing recipe.

I made them a bit too big, but oh well! They were super moist (especially right out of the oven), and the blueberries were PERFECT! The citrus was a great complement to the berries! MMMM. I heart scones.

Now I’ve got the remainder of my pound of berries to use up. Any suggestions? Link up below!