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These carrot pancakes are fluffy, moist, and have just the right amount of sweetness! They are loaded with freshly grated carrots, walnuts, and a healthy way to have cake for breakfast.

Stacked pancakes with maple syrup dripping down.
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Healthy Carrot Pancakes

Bless you carrots. You are nutritious, easy on the wallet, delicious, and oh so versatile!

These carrot cake pancakes are so easy to whip up with wholesome, easy to find ingredients, and you are just going to love the flavor and texture!

Seriously, these fluffy pancakes are perfect for Easter brunch or any day.

And while you are at it, grate some extra carrots to add to your oatmeal, vegetable French toast, crofflesscrambled eggs, carrot oatmeal cookies, healthy carrot banana muffins

And if you are looking for a healthy Easter treat, make this eggless carrot cake!

Ingredients

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I am highlighting just the ones that need further explanation. The complete list is in the recipe card below.

  • Unsweetened applesauce – adds moisture, flavor, and natural sweetness. You can use store-bought or homemade applesauce – so easy to make!
  • Shredded carrots – I am all for convenience but do NOT use pre-grated carrots from the store. They will be too thick and dry. Grab 3 fresh carrots and shred at home.
  • Rolled oats – I love using oats because it makes the pancakes hearty. You can also use quick-cooking oats. Steel-cut oats will NOT work.
  • Eggs – I highly recommend using room temperature eggs as you’ll end up with fluffier pancakes.
  • Milk – I like to use whole milk but feel free to any milk of choice.
  • Walnuts – you can leave it out if you wish, but I highly recommend adding as it adds great texture!

Step-by-Step Instructions

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  1. Finely grate carrots using the small holes of a box grater or with a food processor. Since the carrots aren’t going to be cooked for a long time, you don’t want them to be too crunchy. Set aside. Add all the ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. do NOT over process – no more than a minute. Stir in the carrots and walnuts. Note the pancake batter will be pretty thick.
  3. Add oil or unsalted butter to a pancake griddle or large non-stick pan and place over medium heat. If you have an electric griddle, warm to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop about 1/4 cup of the pancake batter into the pan.
  4. Cook for 2-4 minutes, until the edges look set. Flip pancakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Dairy-free? you can use non-dairy milk of choice, like coconut milk
  • Egg-free? Add 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 1/4 cup additional milk
  • An alternative to oat flour? You can use all purpose flour or 1 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. All-purpose gluten-free flour will work too.
  • No applesauce? mashed banana will work well.
  • Consider adding to the batter unsweetened coconut flakes, golden raisins, or even chocolate chips

Tips for Making the Most Delicious Carrot Pancakes

Sliced and forked pancake layers.
  • Want extra fluffy pancakes? Use room temperature eggs and milk. You can warm up the milk in the microwave in 10 second increments. For the eggs, place in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes.
  • For sweeter pancakes, add some maple syrup, honey, or date syrup to the batter or raisins!
  • After blending, let the batter rest for 2-3 minutes. If you find that the batter is too thick, add additional milk (a little bit at a time) to thin it out.

Serving Suggestions

A toddler and baby's plate with carrot pancakes, berries, yogurt.

Here are more healthy pancake toppings to try!

Equipment

I didn’t think I needed an electric griddle until the husband gifted me one for Christmas, and now I wonder how I ever lived without it!

It definately saves me time, and I love that it holds a consistent temperature (so less chance of burning the pancakes) and is super easy to clean.

I’ve also been using it to make eggs, quesadillas, grilled cheese, tofu…I mean, why did I wait so long to get one?!

And if you’ve seen some of my recipes, you have met my number one kitchen workhorse – this high-powered blender! It’s crazy to think that I’ve had it for 7+ years and it’s still going strong.

I use it to make all my blender muffinsdips/sauces, smoothiesveggie nuggets, soups, cookies and so much more!

Storage

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Here’s how to freeze pancakes as well as reheat them so they taste just as good as the day you made them.

More Healthy Pancakes

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5 from 11 votes

Fluffy Carrot Pancakes

These carrot cake pancakes are fluffy, moist, and have just the right amount of sweetness! They are loaded with freshly grated carrots, walnuts, and a healthy way to have cake for breakfast.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 pancakes
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Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (150g)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoonn cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

Stir-ins

  • 1 cup grated carrots (120g)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (30g)

Instructions 

  • Finely grate carrots using the small holes of a box grater or with a food processor. Since the carrots aren't going to be cooked for a long time, you don't want them to be too crunchy. Set aside.
  • Add all the ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. do NOT over process – no more than a minute.
  • Stir in the carrots and walnuts. Note the pancake batter will be pretty thick.
  • Add oil or unsalted butter to a pancake griddle or large non-stick pan and place over medium heat. If you have an electric griddle, warm to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop about 1/4 cup of the pancake batter into the pan.
  • Cook for 2-4 minutes, until the edges look set. Flip pancakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.

Notes

  • Want super fluffy pancakes? Use room temperature eggs and milk. You can warm up the milk in the microwave in 10 second increments. For the eggs, place in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes.
  • For sweeter pancakes, add some maple syrup, honey, or date syrup to the batter or raisins!
  • After blending, let the batter rest for 2-3 minutes. If you find that the batter is too thick, add additional milk (a little bit at a time) to thin it out.

Nutrition

Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g
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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I am obsessed with all of Min’s recipes! These were so easy to make and great to keep a stash in the freezer for easy meals or snacks!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made most of Min’s other pancake recipes, and I wish I tried this one so much sooner! We loved them! There is something so special and delicious that results from the shredded carrot and walnut stir-ins. I added the optional nutmeg and didn’t add any syrup and my 16 month old was completely fine with that. He ate at least 2 pancakes, as is. Maybe more. He was quite insistent 😀

  3. 5 stars
    These were delicious! I caught myself sneaking a couple. Cinnamon and carrot goes really well together.

    I baked these as a sheet pancake, 180C for 15 minutes. I left the batter really thick and got a moist chewy (not fluffy) result.

    1. Thanks for sharing! I know it’s so natural for us mamas to save all the goodies for our kids but let’s remember to fuel ourselves too! I’m so glad you enjoyed some too :).

    1. I’m so glad!! and ooh if you have more leftover frosting, I will be sharing a carrot cake recipe very soon!!! 🙂