Pancakes are waffles are that comfort food that never gets old. I could eat them at any meal, any time of day, in any season. Especially when they a jam-packed with vegetables. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but lately I’ve been adding veggies to my baked goods. It started off with brownies, then moved on to muffins, and now it’s all about pancakes. Because let’s face it, adding veggies to sweets makes us feel good about ourselves…at least it does for me. When you take a bite of these pancakes, you’re getting nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, and vitamin C, all because of two simple veggies that you can’t even taste. This is how you lie to your children. Or even your picky husband. And if you have a picky husband, maybe just get rid of him and eat these pancakes on your own. People who are picky about the food YOU make them need a good ole’ wholesome smack to the face.

PaleOMG Secret Ingredient Chocolate Pancakes

I think I’m feeling a little spicy today. Probably because I got a spray tan yesterday and slept in it. So I’m smelling like a huge pile of chemicals this morning. I miss the days when I didn’t worry about getting skin cancer from the tanning bed. I would go in, fry my body, take a shower, and be tan AF for months. Now I have shave my entire body, get sprayed down, wear clothes that cover everything so I don’t get the tanner on the couch, then sleep in a separate blanket from my husband so I don’t stain our sheets, and wake up smelling like someone dipped me in poison. All so I can wear a dress when I get to Utah this week without being self conscious of my pale calves. I’m heading to Salt Lake City this afternoon for a conference about 30 minutes outside of the city. OH, just a heads up, if you’re in Salt Lake City, we (meaning Cassy, Lexi and I) are hosting a Beautycounter meet-up at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco (15 West 200 South; Salt Lake City, UT 84101) on Friday, May 3rd at 3:00 pm. It was planned a little last minute but we hope you can come if you’re in the area! Please RSVP by clicking HERE just so we know how many are coming! I’ve never been to SLC, but if you have any restaurant recommendations, I welcome them with open arms!

Anywho, I need to go get my shower on BEFORE I work out. Just another annoyance about spray tanning. But…it’s all worth it…right? Riiiiiiight.

PaleOMG Secret Ingredient Chocolate Pancakes

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Secret Ingredient Chocolate Pancakes

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 pancakes 1x


  • 1/2 cup finely shredded zucchini (drained of liquid)
  • 1 packed cup fresh spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons black cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Add all ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  2. Place pan over medium heat, grease pan, then use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter onto pan. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, until bubbles begin to show in the batter, then flip. The batter should created 12-14 five inch pancakes.
  3. Top pancakes with maple syrup and enjoy!

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  1. Maggie says:

    Alice’s Kitchen for breakfast. It’s a little north and in a industrial park.
    It’s a good bacon and egg type place, and they’ll offer you a scone. If you are like me, you’ll be like, OK, whatever, scones are basically a sub par biscuit, but I want to be polite, so sure, I’ll have a scone. And your scone will come out and it will be like the best giant donut you ever had only there is a glob of honey butter on it that makes it even better. And it’s a gluten fest… in no way, shape or form paleo. But it’s the best thing you will ever eat.
    And hopefully you will come back, inspired and find a way to make that sucker out of plantain flour, coconut oil and maple syrup.

    1. juli says:

      lol oh girl, i gotta stay far away from gluten or i will be ruined. can’t have that on a fun weekend away! but thanks for the recommendation!!

  2. Cass says:

    I love that you have veggie filled dessert/sweet recipes!!!! It does make me feel good. Thank you!

    1. juli says:

      hope you like it Cass!

  3. Collanne says:

    Question about spray tans: So you get a spray tan in the afternoon, sleep in it, shower, then workout? I always figured working out would rub it off (especially around the sports bra area). Is this not the case? If not, I am so excited about this news!! TIA!

    1. juli says:

      it definitely does, but there’s really nothing you can do about that. sure, you could not work out but that just doesn’t work with my life haha!

  4. Kate says:

    Looks great! The recipe doesn’t contain sweetener. Do the chocolate chips give enough sweetness? Also, why do you use black cocoa powder? I’ve never tried it.

    1. juli says:

      omg kate i’m so sorry and thank you for bringing this to my attention! i added maple syrup to the recipe but forgot to add it online. the recipe is now updated!

  5. Anne says:

    The sun is less dangerous than those chemicals you just coated your body in. Look at the toxicity of the ingredients you put on your skin and consider the fact that what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body in less than 30 seconds.

    1. juli says:

      guess you gotta pick your battles!

  6. Lisa says:

    Can you use cacao powder instead of black cocoa powder?

    1. juli says:

      yes!! the color just looks a little different

  7. Brittany says:

    Is there anything I can sub for the zucchini?? I have everything else on hand except that! Thanks, Juli!