Recipe: 5-minute summer squash pancakes

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If you’re looking for a wholesome, garden-fresh summer breakfast, this summer squash pancakes recipe is for you! Easy to make and delicious, you’ll have moist and fluffy pancakes on the table in no time… And you’ll use up some of your summer squash in the process!

When life gives you too much summer squash, make summer squash pancakes!

If you’re like us, you always manage to vastly overestimate the amount of summer squash you can possibly eat when you’re planning your summer garden.

It all starts off innocently enough when you start your summer squash seeds. “A dozen summer squash plants per person seems like a good idea,” you tell yourself as you’re pushing the seeds into the soil.

Then your squash plants start to flower and set fruit. Then the baskets of squash start coming inside. As the squash piles up on your kitchen counter, panic sets in…

That voice in your head now says, “What have I done?”

Have a lot of summer squash to use up? Summer squash pancakes are a great way to use some up during the first meal of the day!

Have a lot of summer squash to use up? Summer squash pancakes are a great way to use up squash during the first meal of the day!

What to do?

Take a few deep breaths in the paper bag. Now we’re going to show you some helpful ways to your summer squash in new and unusual ways, like this summer squash pancake recipe. Once you’ve got squash pancakes mastered, you can also move on to:

Summer squash pancakes

Summer squash pancakes are a great way to use up a lot of squash (depending on how many mouths you’re feeding) early in the day.

This means you don’t have to take summer squash with you to work to give away to colleagues. It means you don’t have to spend your day searching the internet for “how to use up lots of summer squash.” 

A beautiful Gelber Englischer Custard squash.

A beautiful Gelber Englischer Custard squash in our garden.

So, you might say that this summer squash pancake recipe is as good for your stress levels as it is for your stomach. Also, just because pancakes are typically a breakfast meal doesn’t mean you can’t serve summer squash pancakes with lunch or dinner!

This recipe is also stupid simple to make, as you’ll see in the recipe card below. Throw your squash in a blender and blend enough to get to 1 cup. Then add the other ingredients and blend again. From there, it’s into the skillet and onto plates – breakfast is served! 

This is what your summer squash pancake batter should look like when it's done.

This is what your summer squash pancake batter should look like when it’s ready for the skillet.

Flour note:

This recipe uses

Ready to make your first batch of summer squash pancakes? Get out your ingredients and let’s get started!


Summer squash pancakes are a great way to start the day!

Summer squash pancakes are a great way to start the day! Even better if you serve them with a side of soft-scrambled duck eggs.

Recipe: summer squash pancakes

5 Minute Summer Squash Pancakes

Course: Breakfast, brunch, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: summer squash breakfast recipe, summer squash panckaes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Summer squash pancakes are an easy and tasty way to use up some of your excess summer squash. These tasty, moist and fluffy pancakes will hit the spot on a summer morning or brunch.



  1. Cut the stem off of your summer squash then cut the squash into chunks small enough to fit into your food processor. Pulverize the squash in your food processor. Make sure you have 1 cup of pulverized squash before proceeding.

  2. Add egg, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the squash in your food processor and pulverize together until blended.

  3. In separate bowl: mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Blend until all ingredients fully incoporated - you may have to scrape sides with spatula and blend a couple times.

  4. In a buttered skillet or pan, make your pancakes as big or as small as you like them. We like about 1/4 cup of batter per pancakes. When you see little bubbles on the uncooked surface and the edges of the pancake are light brown, that means they're ready to flip.

  5. Serve hot topped with toppings and sides of your choice.

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  • Reply
    Kathy Chechopoulos
    August 23, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Our garden is cranking out the yellow squash and this is a great way to use them! my son was very sceptical at first, but we ended up making a second batch right away because he likes them that much!

    • Reply
      Aaron von Frank
      August 24, 2023 at 9:53 am

      Awesome, glad your family enjoyed our summer squash pancake recipe! When you’re overwhelmed by summer squash, there’s a special sense of accomplishment you get from eating them in a breakfast recipe. 🙂

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