Carrot Cake Pancakes

4.95 from 72 votes

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!

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Carrot cake pancakes are light and fluffy and bring the taste of carrot cake to your breakfast or brunch table. These pancakes are made with staple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, plus shredded carrots, coconut, and walnuts. It’s pretty much like having carrot cake for breakfast – can’t beat that!

side shot of syrup being poured onto pancakes

Table of Contents

  1. Recipe at a Glance
  2. Ingredients for Carrot Cake Pancakes
  3. Popular Substitutions and Additions
  4. How to make carrot cake pancakes
  5. Tips for Making the Best Carrot Cake Pancakes
  6. What to Serve with Carrot Cake Pancakes
  7. How to Store and Reheat Vegan Carrot Cake Pancakes
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. More pancake recipes:
  10. Carrot Cake Pancakes Recipe

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 oil to make the batter. Now you can have your favorite dessert for breakfast!

These pancakes are SO delicious! I will definitely be making them again!! Wendy Michael

Recipe at a Glance

Cuisine Inspiration: American

Primary Cooking Method: Stovetop

Dietary Info: Vegan

Key Flavor: Sweet

Skill Level: Easy

Summary

  • Nutrient-Rich: The carrots, coconut, and walnuts add vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fat to these pancakes. 
  • Convenient: These carrot cake pancakes take less than 20 minutes from start to finish, making them a quick, easy, and convenient breakfast any day of the week. 
  • Customizable: Like all pancakes, you can customize this recipe with mix-ins like strawberries or chocolate chips to change things up easily. 
  • Family-Friendly: These pancakes are naturally sweet and taste almost like dessert for breakfast, making them loved by kids and adults alike.
  • Meal Prepping Made Easy: Pancakes freeze very well, making them an excellent breakfast to make ahead of time and prepare when needed. 

Ingredients for Carrot Cake Pancakes

  • All-Purpose Flour: As in many batters and doughs, all-purpose flour is the dry base for these pancakes. 
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder is a leavening agent that helps your pancakes get light and fluffy. 
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon has a sweet, woody flavor that perfectly compliments the carrot in these pancakes. It also contains antioxidants and has been linked to a variety of health benefits. 
  • Sea Salt: A pinch of sea salt helps bring out the other flavors of the pancakes. 
  • Oat Milk: Oat milk gives the carrot cake pancake batter its classic, pourable pancake consistency and adds protein, fiber, and calcium. 
  • Maple Syrup: Maple syrup adds sweetness without any refined sugar.
  • Grapeseed Oil: Grapeseed takes the place of butter in these pancakes, making them vegan and replacing the saturated fat of butter with poly and monounsaturated fats. 
  • Vanilla: Vanilla is a classic flavor addition to pancakes, adding an even more natural sweet taste and an aroma that pairs well with the other ingredients found in this recipe. 
  • Shredded Carrots and Coconut: Shredded carrots and coconut both add natural sweetness to the pancakes and work together to create a classic carrot cake flavor. 
  •  Walnuts: Walnuts are a classic carrot cake ingredient, and they bring their signature crunch and earthy flavor to these pancakes, along with healthy fat, fiber, and protein.   
  • Add whole wheat flour: Use a mixture of whole wheat and all-purpose flour. It’s important to use a mix of flour, not pure whole wheat. Pure whole wheat flour will make the pancakes too dense. 
  • Try other natural sweeteners: Honey or agave syrup can be used in place of maple syrup. 
  • Add sweet mix-ins: Try adding your favorite berries or chocolate chips to your pancakes for a fun addition the kids will love. 
  • Any neutral oil works: Sunflower, avocado, or vegetable oil will work in this recipe.  
  • Add more spices to your liking. If you love the taste of cinnamon, add more. Yu can also use other warming spices such as nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and ground cloves.
  • Make a whipped cream cheese topping. For a decadent breakfast or brunch, top your pancakes with a simple cream cheese “frosting” made with cream cheese, maple syrup, and plant or dairy milk. Just whisk until smooth and enjoy!

How to make carrot cake pancakes

Start by shredding or grating carrots. There are many ways to do this: a food processor, a blender, a microplane, or a 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 ½ 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.

top down shot of grated carrots

Once you grate the carrots, it’s time to put the batter together.

  1. Start by measuring out the dry ingredients: whole wheat white flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Whisk those together until fully combined. You want to make sure you don’t see any globs of cinnamon in there.
  3. Measure out the wet ingredients in another bowl: milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Whisk those together until combined as much as possible. It won’t be fully homogenous, and that’s totally fine.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together. Then throw in the add-ins, which include the grated carrots, chopped walnuts, and shredded coconut.
  6. Now the batter is ready for you to cook the carrot cake pancakes on a skillet.
process shots of ingredients mixed into batter

YUM! Love these! I made a lot of mods to make them even healthier, though. I used oat flour, skipped the oil completely, added 1 TB chia seeds + 1 TB ground flax, and approx 1 TB of fresh ginger. DELISH!!!Caroline G

Tips for Making the Best Carrot Cake Pancakes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Don’t overmix your batter. Just like any other pancake batter, this one should be mixed until everything is just combined. Overmixing creates excess gluten, resulting in dense, chewy pancakes. 
  4. Let your batter rest. This ties closely in with avoiding overmixing. Letting your batter rest for a few minutes allows any gluten that has formed during the mixing process to relax, helping keep your pancakes light and fluffy. 
  5. Flip once and only once. Flip your pancakes when the edges firm up, and that’s it. Let them cook through from the other side and enjoy. This cooks your pancakes to perfection and preserves their wonderful texture.

What to Serve with Carrot Cake Pancakes

Topped simply with maple syrup or yogurt, these delicious pancakes are a better-for-you sweet treat that makes a full meal to start your day. However, you can pair them with other breakfast staples to create a larger breakfast with even more flavor and interest. 

How to Store and Reheat Vegan Carrot Cake Pancakes

For maximum freshness, transfer your pancakes to an air-tight container and refrigerate them as soon as they’ve cooled. When stored properly, they should last for about a week. 

To reheat these pancakes, spray them with a bit of water and cook them for a minute or two per side in a covered pan over medium heat. This heats them through without drying them out. 

How long will vegan carrot cake pancakes last in the fridge? 

These pancakes will last for up to a week when stored in an air-tight container. 

Can I freeze these healthy carrot cake pancakes? 

These pancakes freeze well and will last for up to two months when stored properly. Place the pancakes in single layers separated by wax paper in an air-tight, freezer-safe container, seal, and freeze. Defrost the pancakes in the refrigerator overnight before reheating them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which holes on the box grater should I use to shred carrots?

Use the largest holes to shred your carrots. This creates the perfect shreds for your pancakes. The smaller holes are for grating and will result in a watery sort of carrot mush not suitable for cakes, muffins, bread, or pancakes like these.

Can I make these pancakes in advance?

Absolutely! Pancake batter is great for advanced prepping because the longer it sits, the more the gluten in the batter can relax. Make this batter a day ahead of time, then bring it to room temperature in the morning and make your delicious pancakes.

How do you make sure a pancake is cooked?

Pancakes should be firm around the edges with bubbles on top before they’re flipped. After flipping, cooking them until they reach a golden color is generally all you need to do to ensure they’re cooked. However, to be totally sure, just use a toothpick. If you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean, the pancakes are done.

stack of carrot cake pancakes

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

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!
5 from 72 votes
Servings 8 pancakes
Course Breakfast
Calories 153
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

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Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • 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 ⅓ 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 29mg, Potassium: 231mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1398IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 129mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Breakfast

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    1. I have not tried this recipe as a cake, I don’t think it would turn out well. Yes, regular baking powder that is aluminum free.

  1. It calls for 1 Tablespoon of baking powder. They turned out inedible. Is it supposed to be 1 tsp? With 1 Tablespoon of baking powder they taste bitter. I’m sure they would be great without that much baking powder. Kids had to eat cereal instead.

    1. Oh no! I am sorry to hear that. Did you use aluminum-free baking powder? If not, that will give the pancakes a bitter taste. The 1 tablespoon is not a typo, but it for sure needs to be made with aluminum-free baking powder.

  2. YUM! Love these! I made a lot of mods to make them even healthier, though. I used oat flour, skipped the oil completely, added 1 TB chia seeds + 1 TB ground flax, and approx 1 TB of fresh ginger. DELISH!!!

  3. These has potential to be good, but the baking powder it called for was way too much. They were bitter and “fizzy”. Wondering it it was supposed to be 1 teaspoon and not tablespoon? I should have gone with my gut that ot was too much but I didn’t and they were inedible. I’m surprised no one else has brought this up, but beware. I’ll definitely give this another go and just seriously decrease the baking powder.

    1. Hmm, that really shouldn’t have been the case, but let me know how it goes if you decrease the baking powder!

  4. Made these for Easter morning. My husband is vegan so they were a real treat for him and even my kids loved them. Really moist and natural tasting. Loved the addition of coconut and walnuts. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Amazing Recipe! I’ve replaced the Oat milk for Coconut milk and it worked great!!! and I shredded the carrots (we like it better) I try to increase the recipe by 1/2 to make 12 pancakes but I only ended up with 10; both, the coconut milk and the shredded carrots may have been too thick, nevertheless, they came out delicious and thick which made them very filling. One thing I added extra was a teaspoon of ACV.

  6. I made this for my friend and she loved it, I tried adding chopped dates and sprinkles of cardamom on top instead of the coconut, will be making it again!

  7. Great recipe for a lazy Sunday! Best part was that my kids loved it! Great way for them to eat some veggies!

  8. Hi,
    I’ve just made them.
    They taste really good but is it normal that the inside remain soft and wet?
    Thank you
    Bye Federica

    1. No, the inside shouldn’t be soft still. Maybe you didn’t cook it at the right temperature or long enough.

  9. These were amazing! I made them as waffles (added a bit more oil than it called for) and they turned out even better than I thought they’d be. This recipe is super simple and I had almost every ingredient already in the pantry. Definitely keeping this recipe on hand for future brunches!

  10. Have made these delicious pancakes 5 times in the last 2 weeks!! My 2.5 year old requests them all the time! We love them in our household! So so good!!!!

  11. Carrot cake pancakes: truly a very special breakfast that we enjoyed today. Will definitely make more next Sunday. Thanks!

  12. Loving recipes from @feelgoodfoodie! These vegan carrot cake pancakes are the best!! Highly recommend!

  13. What an amazing recipe! Since today they’re my favorite pancakes, perfect consistency and flavor, absolutely amazing and easy to follow! Loved them. Thank’s! 🙂

  14. Loved this recipe!!! I did a few adjustments only because I just used what I had. AP flour, 2% milk and canola oil. But omg they were so good! I was so surprised how good they were even without egg! My daughter (2yr old) and husband inhaled them! And my daughter has asked me for them again today! So so good! Love your recipes! Always so easy to follow and never let us down!!

    1. Thank you so much Brinda! I loved watching your daughter make the pancakes and to see how much she loved them. Thanks for taking the time to leave the feedback. I really appreciate it!

  15. this recipe was super easy to follow, i made them this morning for myself and my husband. we both loved the carrot pancakes, they were delicious! definitely planning on following other recipes on your amazing blog!!!

    1. Made these for Easter lunch. So good! I was afraid they would be too sweet, but they were perfect. I followed the recipe almost exactly but used almond milk instead of oat and didn’t add walnuts.

  16. I tried this recipe today with a few substitutions. I used oat flour for a Gluten free option and I didn’t have grapeseed oil so I used coconut oil. They were delicious! Such great flavour! Thank you!

  17. Tried the carrot pancakes recipe.. It was yummy.. My family loved it !! Thank you for the amazing and easy to make recipes that you share.