When your summer garden or famers’ market gives you zucchini, make zucchini bread! Better yet, make my 4-ingredient zucchini flatbreads, which cook on the stovetop and take minutes to prepare. They are naturally grain-free and vegan, and each flatbread has 5.5 g protein!
I can hardly wait for late summer loaves of hearty, moist zucchini bread, especially those sweetened with brown sugar or honey and freckled with spices. I can easily eat it for breakfast, lunch, and again for dessert.
I’ll hold off another month or so before experimenting with some grain-free, vegan options for sweet zucchini bakes, but until then, I have some savory zucchini goodness to share. Namely, Zucchini Skillet Flatbreads!
You are going to love these, not only for their mild, vegetal flavor and tender texture, but also for how simple they are to make.
As their name indicates, they are made in a skillet, so zero oven time required. You will only need 4 ingredients (besides water and salt) to make them (chickpea flour, zucchini, a bit of oil, and baking soda), and the batter comes together in under 5 minutes.
The flatbreads are:
*High in protein (5.5 grams each)
*High in fiber
Begin by grating the zucchini on the larger holes of a standard grater. I used two small to medium zucchini ( 12 ounces in total). Once grated, you’ll have (roughly) 3 cups of zucchini.
Everything goes into one big bowl, with a caveat: add the minimum (3 tablespoons ) amount of water first. Zucchini vary in moisture (e.g., those late-summer behemoths are more watery than the petite supermarket variety), so sometimes you will need more water, other times, less.
Aim for a thick batter, adding more of the remaining water as needed, until you are left with a batter that is thicker than typical pancake batter, but can still fall off of a spoon with ease.
Making the flatbreads isn’t hard, but it is different from making a crepe (it’s easier than that) or a pancake (it’s a tiny fraction harder). If you have made my 1-ingredient red lentil tortillas, you’ll be right at home, as the process is the same.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. You will definitely need to grease the skillet, either with a swipe of olive oil, or a spritz of cooking spray. Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter into the center of the skillet, and then spread it out (to about 6 or 7 inches in diameter) with the back of a spoon.
Don’t worry if some of the batter sets up as you go! That’s perfect, as it makes it even easier to spread. Just keep pushing the raw batter out to the edges.
I add some baking soda to the batter so that the flatbreads are tender and pliable, yes, but also puffy in spots. After about 3 minutes (crank up the heat to medium-high), try sliding a spatula under the edge of the flatbread; if you can keep sliding it under with ease, it’s time to flip! Another minute or so, and the flatbread is done!
The batter makes 8 generous flatbreads, so repeat the process with the remaining batter.
The recipe here is the essential recipe, ideal for both savory and sweet toppings and fillings. However, you can customize the recipe with fresh herbs (e.g., a big handful–chopped– of basil, mint, cilantro, dill, or a mix from your garden) and/or spices (I made some with curry powder and a bit of garam masala + cilantro. Oh my yum!). Have fun!
Happy eating everyone, and savor your summer!
- 2 small-medium zucchini (12 ounces)
- 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil (or the oil of your choice)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chickpea flour
- 3 to 5 tablespoons water, divided
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Trim the ends off of the zucchini, and then grate, using the large holes on a grater. Immediately transfer to a large bowl (so as not to lose any of the water from the zucchini). You should have about 3 cups of zucchini.
- Add the olive oil and salt to the zucchini, stirring to combine. Add the chickpea flour and 3 tablespoons of the water, stirring until blended. Add a little bit or all of the remaining water until mixture is a thick batter. Stir in the baking soda.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Lightly grease or spray (with nonstick cooking spray) the skillet.
- Add about ⅓ cup of batter to the center of the pan, and, working quickly, use the back of a metal spoon to spread the batter into a 6- to 7-inch circle. Turn up the heat to medium high and cook about 2 to 3 minutes. until a metal spatula slides under the flatbread easily (bottom side should be browned in spots).Flip over and cook to 2 minutes longer until browned on other side.
- Turn flatbread out onto a cooling rack and reduce heat to medium. Repeat with remaining batter,
Tip: An equal amount of yellow squash or other summer squash can be used in place of the zucchini.
Variations: Add fresh herbs to the batter (about ½ cups, chopped), such as basil, cilantro, parsley, or mint (or a combination), and/or add spices (about 1 teaspoon or more of spices such as curry powder, garam masala, cumin, smoked paprika, or perhaps a generous squirt of sriracha).