Carrot Cake Pancakes for Easter Brunch

Carrot Cake Pancakes for Easter

One of my kids' self-appointed jobs at the farmers' market every week is selecting our carrots. Prior to living in California I had only known one color of carrot_ orange. But after I moved here and started buying my food at farmers' markets I was introduced to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables beyond my wildest imagination, among them yellow and red carrots -- who knew? They're incredibly sweet and vibrant, and my family loves them.

In addition to Kenya and Chloe's desire to help pick the produce we eat, they also have an opinion about which vendors' produce they like best and from whom they prefer buying. Chloe is besotted with an organic farmer who she thinks sells the best carrots ever -- and they happen to be bright orange.

One day while trying to think of something to make with them, we decided to grate a few and add them to pancake batter. I love the idea of serving these orange-ish pancakes for Easter and topping them as we did with honey cream cheese instead of maple syrup. It turns this dish into a breakfast version of carrot cake that will make all your bunnies feel like hoppin'!

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Carrot Cake Pancakes for Easter Brunch (makes 16 pancakes)

Prep Time: 12 mins Cook Time: 3 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup peeled and finely grated carrots (about 2 large carrots)
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1 cup Milk*
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese or regular cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Preparation

1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and sugar. Add the grated carrots to the flour mixture and toss to coat.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and oil.

3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.

4. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat and lightly coat with butter or oil.

5. Pour about 1 tablespoon of the pancake mixture onto the griddle, making as many pancakes as will fit and cook for 2 minutes.

6. Flip the pancakes and cook for one minute longer.

7. In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese and honey until thoroughly combined and serve on top of the pancakes.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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11 comments

  • kpk572

    Just wondering about the consistency of the batter...I made these a few days ago, and the batter was very watery, resulting in very thin (though delicious!) pancakes. Did I do something wrong, or is that they way they are supposed to be?

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  • Sheva

    my son is very fussy if he sees bits or \"healthy\" evidence! would this work if i cooked and mashed the carrots first?

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    • Catherine

      I would work sorta like the Pumpkin Pancakes. if your carrot puree comes out to the consistency of pumpkin puree then you should follow the ratios in the pumpkin pancake recipe! :) http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2011/10/19/pumpkin-pancakes-sandwiches-with-chocolate-filling/

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  • Joy

    Do you the nutritional values?

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  • Zoeleeang

    If I don't have white whole wheat flour, can I use half all-purpose and half whole wheat and combine together?

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    • Catherine

      Yes you can! The texture and flavor will be a bit different, but that will still work!

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    • Islamo

      Lovely pictures!I have not done a post where I lnkied to you. Sorry that I forgott but the \"excitment\" about the horse race made me forgett so thanks for reminding me.Kram Anette :-)

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  • Chase

    My batter came out quite runny and I was concerned, but we just cooked hem at a little higher heat to keep them from spreading too much & they turned out fantastic! Thanks for the simple recipe!

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