Chai Zucchini Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup and Fall Colors

Chai Zucchini Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup: Think zucchini bread and chai milk tea all in a perfect pancake. @whiteonriceFinally, the mornings are cooler. We’ve been waiting for mornings like these all Summer. When this “sweater weather” feeling arrives, our appetites crave a warm breakfast. A craving for warm foods in the morning that’s hearty, satisfying and stick-to-your-ribs comforting. We haven’t had this urge in so long especially with the long hot Summer. Drought does that to you. All of us in Southern California are craving a bit of rain and fingers crossed all the anticipated El Nino rain this winter will help hydrate all of our parched landscapes.

Our appetites are wanting the warm flavors of chai and last year we started making these chai zucchini pancakes. Who doesn’t love a good pancake? And an Autumn inspired pancake is always on our mind. When we were working on our zucchini recipes last Summer, we were in Fall-mode and combined the  flavors of a zucchini bread, chai tea all in a fluffy pancake. The warmth of the spices, moistness of zucchini made perfect pancakes for breakfast or brunch.

Chai Zucchini Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup: Think zucchini bread and chai milk tea all in a perfect pancake. @whiteonrice

With the cool weather triggering the urge to really enjoy and explore Autumn, we’re on a road trip now seeking out all the Fall colors in our mountains. We’ve been stalking for a few weeks now, hoping to make time in our schedule to escape for a few days.

Fall colors in the Eastern Sierras, California: photography by @whiteonrice

It’s a good thing we decided to take-off this last weekend because we caught the peak of so many gorgeous Aspen trees and other color changing trees in the Eastern Sierras.

Fall colors in the Eastern Sierras, California: photography by @whiteonrice

Aspen trees everywhere on June Lake Loop, CA 

Fall colors in the Eastern Sierras, California: photography by @whiteonrice

Let’s make the most of this season, eat chai pancakes and enjoy all the Fall colors while they’re still here.

Happy Autumn,

diane and todd


5 from 1 vote
Chai Zucchini Pancakes
Total Time
20 mins

Warm, fragrant, fluffy and perfect to use leftover zucchini, these chai pancakes are a great way to making breakfast special. Think chai tea with zucchini bread, drizzled with maple syrup and what you end up with is going to be one of your favorite ways to use up zucchini. The syrup in the photos above is a homemade buttermilk syrup. You can find the recipe for the syrup here.

Servings: 6 servings
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pound (226g) zucchini, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • extra butter for the skillet
  • optional buttermilk syrup
  • optional berries for topping
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Beat together the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir this milk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the zucchini.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and lightly butter the pan. Ladle the batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Serve with buttermilk syrup and/or berries if desired.
{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. archanabhat

    Hi, just tried this recipe today with the buttermilk syrup! It was AMAZING. Four 9 year olds devoured it! Thank you so much!

  2. Cheesy

    I am having issues with the syrup link?? Won’t go to the recipe.. ty !!

  3. Allie

    Chai pancakes, what a heavenly combination. I might have to make these tomorrow morning.

  4. Mary Frances

    Such beautiful photographs! Love the pancakes!! Looks so good 🙂

  5. Cookitgirl

    wow! That picture with that view is breath taking. I cant even imagine how it would be to actually be standing there! It is so true, windy mornings & sweaters calls for comfort food. These pancakes came just in time!

  6. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

    Ooh these look lovely! Great idea to put zucchini into pancakes, especially with all those autumnal spices and too. The buttermilk syrup looks gorgeously creamy too – stunning photos! <3

  7. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    What gorgeous pancakes, and I love the buttermilk syrup!

  8. Ingrid - Let's talk evergreen

    Hi Diane & Todd! What a lovely recipe for fall mornings. I hope that the drought period will end soon. California is one of my favorite US states and I hate to see everything go brown and dusty. Have a nice week! xo

  9. Rae

    Those pancakes look so tasty, going to have to try out the recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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