carrot cake pancakes

So I told you about that huge bag of carrots sitting in my fridge? I’ve been going to town making all sorts of carrot treats, like carrot cake Lara bars, carrot muffins, carrot cake granola, and a big ol’ carrot cake. But I was forgetting about one of my favorite kinds of cake… pancakes.

These are extremely moist, fluffy pancakes with the warm and spicy aromas of carrot cake.  Carrot cake has always been a favorite of mine, probably because it is usually covered with luscious cream cheese frosting. Although there is no frosting on these pancakes, I made a killer cream cheese and Greek yogurt glaze to slather on top of them. Cake for breakfast anyone?

Plus there are a ton of fun add-ins you can throw in these pancakes, I added some big, buttery walnut pieces, some sweet, plum raisins, and topped it all off with some toasty coconut shavings. These are such a fun twist on traditional pancakes (because some one can only eat blueberry pancakes for so long…)
Do you have any funky pancake recipes?
With love,


  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves 
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese 

 In a bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Combine the egg, brown sugar, carrots, milk and vanilla in another bowl. Stir carrots into dry ingredients until just moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased griddle or skillet. Turn when bubbles form on top of the pancake, and cook until golden brown. For the cream cheese glaze, place cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Greek yogurt in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add water or milk until you achieve desired consistency.

Adapted from here 

36 thoughts on “carrot cake pancakes

  1. Melinda (cookingalamel)

    just stumbled upon your blog – i love it. your photos are lovely! these pancakes look fantastic. i've been meaning to try out a carrot cake bar.. but i think i'll have to make these pancakes first. 🙂

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much, email me and tell me how they come out! Stay tuned, I have a super great, healthy carrot cake Lara bar recipe that will be published either tonight or tomorrow morning! I'll email you when I publish it!

    2. Nisha

      I am a pancake fanatic and will definitely have to try these out. I am excited to see your healthy carrot cake lara bar recipe!

  2. Shari

    Wow – these look amazing and definitely like something I want to try out this saturday when I have friends around for brunch. Do they keep well overnight in the fridge or would you recommend making them fresh that morning?

    Shari from

    1. Cannella Vita

      I think the should keep OK in the fridge, but they take such little time to prepare in the morning on the griddle — and nothing beats freshly made pancakes. I would make the batter the night before, and then cook them in a skillet in the morning.

  3. Irene

    This is suuuch a great alternative for lazy days when you just crave carrot cakes but don't have any patience to wait! Looks great- can't wait to try it out soon!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Totally! I have a ton of other carrot cake-y recipes to come! Stay tuned! Email me if you try it out!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much! I love your chocolate chip cookie recipe! I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I love and will post shortly!

    1. Cannella Vita

      This recipe was perfect for my family of three (each of us got 2-3 pancakes), but feel free to double (or triple!) the recipe 🙂

  4. Kristin @ The Chocolate Box

    These look so yummy! I actually just tried carrot cake for the first time a few months ago (I know, where have I been, right?) and I loved it!

    I've featured a link to this recipe in my "Friday Favourites", here: I hope you don't mind! The blog is in Swedish, but there is a translate button on the left of the page if you scroll down 🙂

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much for the mention! I am so glad you just tried carrot cake (isn't it amazing?!?)

    2. Kristin @ The Chocolate Box

      You're very welcome! Sorry the english translation is not that good, but hopefully you got the gist of it 😉

    3. Cannella Vita

      I got the entire thing 🙂 Your English is very good! Also, you have a beautiful blog that I just had a lot of fun reading 🙂

  5. Sandy Eigo

    Wow this looks delicious. I'm not usually a fan of carrot related foods, but just looking at this makes my mouth water. That topping combo looks heavenly. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much! This is definitely a recipe that will turn you into a carrot lover!

  6. natalie.theo

    I just tried these and they turned out perfect!! They are delicious. I'm surprised at how successful they came out! I put 1/2 cup white flour 1/2 cup whole wheat and 1/4 cup quick oats.

  7. Ibbs Quinton

    I'm a TOTAL pancake addict too, and you do need to mix it up every now and then. I've made some delicious berry ones and hot cross bun ones this week. I also went a big mad for valentines with some chocolate orange ones….I'd love for you to check out my blog for the recipes:
    x x x

    1. Cannella Vita

      Awesome! Ohhh hot cross bun pancakes sound delicious! Did you use Joy the Baker's recipe? I've been ogling those ever since she put them up. And I'm sure your valentine loved those! I am going to check out your recipes right now!

  8. Kelllie Lovelace-Harmon

    I made these for my kids this morning. They were a HUGE hit!!! We're a pancake loving family and this recipe was a great addition to our collection of pancake experiences.

    1. Cannella Vita

      I'm so happy to hear that!!! This is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies in the morning 🙂

  9. Kelllie Lovelace-Harmon

    I made these for my kids this morning. They were a HUGE hit!!! We're a pancake loving family and this recipe was a great addition to our collection of pancake experiences.

    1. Cannella Vita

      Yum! I'm glad! It's also a great way to get some extra veggies into their diets 🙂

  10. Sandy from Scribing Shadows

    Oh dearie me my big old container of spring mix is finished and I have almost a full bag of grated carrots in my fridge. Whatever shall I do with them ;). The family is getting pancakes tomorrow!

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