These carrot cake pancakes are vegan, refined-sugar free and made with pantry staples - they taste like carrot cake and they're perfect for Easter brunch!
Bring the taste of carrot cake to your breakfast by making these easy vegan carrot cake pancakes. They’e made with staple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry plus shredded carrots, coconut and walnuts. It’s pretty much like having healthy cake for breakfast – can’t beat that!
This carrot cake pancake recipe is moist and soft just like cake, but it’s made with no butter and no refined sugar. I use plant-based milk, maple syrup and grapeseed oil to make the batter. Now you can have your favorite dessert for breakfast!
How to make carrot cake pancakes
Start by shredded or grating carrots. There are many ways to do this using a food processor, a blender, microplane or cheese box grater. I prefer the cheese box grater because the consistency is not too crunchy/raw or too soft/wet. It’s the perfect texture, especially considering we’re not cooking the carrots for a long time.
You’ll need about 1/2 a cup of shredded carrots. If you end up grating more, throw it on top of the carrot pancakes for serving to bring out that extra carrot flavor, throw it in soups, in a smoothie or even in one-pot rice dishes.
Once you grate the carrots, it’s time to put the batter together.
- Start by measuring out the dry ingredients: whole wheat white flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Whisk those together until fully combined. You want to make sure you don’t see any globs of cinnamon in there.
- Measure out the wet ingredients in another bowl: milk, maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract.
- Whisk those together until combined as much as possible. It won’t be fully homogenous and that’s totally fine.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients together. Then throw in the add-ins which include the grated carrots, chopped walnuts and shredded coconut.
- Now the batter is ready for you to cook the carrot cake pancakes on a skillet.
Tips for making carrot cake pancakes
- Use fresh carrots for the best taste. Since baby carrots and pre-cut carrots are treated with chlorine to preserve them, the taste is not as prominent when shredded as compared to whole carrots. I also found that the pre-shredded store-bought carrots are too long and thick to work well in this batter. Be sure to chop them finely if you want to use them.
- Shred the carrots; don’t grate the carrots. If you use a microplane to grate the carrots, they end up releasing too much moisture which affects the consistency of the batter and will need to be patted dry before use. It’s best to shred them finely.
- Add more spices to your liking. I use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, but you can easily add another 1/2 teaspoon of a mix of warm spices that are signature to traditional carrot cake, including nutmeg, ginger, allspice and ground cloves.
- Make a whipped cream cheese topping. I keep it simple by topping these carrot cake pancakes with coconut yogurt plus more of the add-ins on top. However, you can make it more decadent by whisking together cream cheese, maple syrup and milk until soft with no lumps.
More pancake recipes:
- High Protein Pancakes
- Oat Flour Pancakes
- Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
- Flourless Strawberry Pancakes
- Banana Pancake Dippers
These carrot cake pancakes make for a decadent delicious weekend breakfast when you want something a little more special. They are also great for Easter brunch with their fresh bright flavor. If you’re a carrot cake fan, you don’t want to miss these vegan carrot cake pancakes!
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Carrot Cake Pancakes
- 1 cup whole wheat white flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 cup oat milk other other plant-based milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded carrots lightly packed
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
- Cooking spray
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking, cinnamon, and salt; set aside
- In a large bowl, combine the oat milk, maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract. Stir in the shredded carrots, walnuts and shredded coconut.
- Heat a nonstick griddle over medium-low heat. Spray with coconut oil cooking spray or leave the pan dry.
- Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into the hot griddle. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the edges firm up and you can slide spatula under the pancake. Flip the pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the pancake is cooked through. Repeat for the remaining batter. Recipe yields about 8 pancakes.
- Serve immediately with coconut yogurt, walnuts and maple syrup, if desired.