These zucchini fritters are definitely not your traditional zucchini fritter. They are lighter (both in calories and in fat), but still really fill you up and keep you going until lunch.
This recipe is a simple twist I did on my protein pancake recipe.
While I love protein pancakes (I eat them nearly every morning now), sometimes a little variety is in order to keep things interesting. If there’s one thing I can’t stand in life, it’s being bored. Drives me nuts. And when boredom applies to the food I’m eating, I know I’m in for a downfall pretty quickly. So I rely on variety to keep me on track.
I think I’ll be trying more variations on this recipe in the future. I just love my protein pancakes. Nothing starts my day better!
WHAT IS A ZUCCHINI FRITTER?
Fritters are typically a fried pastry that can be made sweet or savory using sugar and fruit or meats and vegetables. But a zucchini fritter is something a little different (although you can certainly add zucchini to a regular fritter). Zucchini fritters are basically a savory pancake. They are slightly thick, often egg based and filled with grated zucchini. They are delicious with hummus or guacamole.
WHY ARE MY FRITTERS SOGGY OR FALLING APART WITH TOO MUCH MOISTURE?
It's critical to squeeze as much water from the zucchini as possible. A mesh bag or cheese cloth usually works best. Wring out as much of the water as possible before adding it to your recipe. Zucchini has a ton of water in it that you don't want in your fritter. If you don't have a mesh bag or cheese cloth, you can put the grated zucchini into a fine-meshed sieve and press the zucchini with your hands to let the water fall out the bottom into the sink or a bowl.
CAN YOU FREEZE ZUCCHINI FRITTERS?
Absolutely!! Zucchini fritters freeze really well for up to 3 or 4 months. I recommend putting a small piece of parchment between each fritter before freezing, but even that isn't truly necessary. To thaw, let them sit in the fridge overnight. To crisp them up again, simply warm them in a skillet with a very small amount of oil just to keep things from burning.
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ZUCCHINI FRITTERS RECIPE:
A delicious breakfast or dinner with plenty of protein and veg!
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup raw quick oats
- 1 smal zucchini (grated)
- oil as needed for cooking
Combine the egg whites, oats and zucchini in a mixing bowl and mix until well combines.
Spray or coat a non-stick pan with a light layer of oil and ladle the pancake mix onto the pan as you would a regular pancake.
Note: Watch the heat on these. You may need to keep it closer to medium and allow these to cook longer. You want the eggs to cook completely without letting the pancake burn. Adjust accordingly.
Remove pancakes from the pan when cooked through and top with a bit of hummus (guacamole is a nice topping as well!).
Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include oil used for cooking.
From the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 9/8/11.