The other day I went for my weekly grocery shopping and, though carrots were not on the list, I couldn’t resist buying the beautiful red juicy carrots – a whole lot of them!
Besides making the orange carrot fresh juice (a family favourite), I’ll be using them generously these couple of months in various recipes, from soups and salads to pickles and puddings.
We are big fans of the classic carrot cake at our place. These carrot cake pancakes deliver the same hearty flavour and yumminess with a lot less sugar, and with the added goodness of bananas, Greek yogurt and walnuts added to them.
Bananas keep the pancakes very soft and light.
The flavour profile is very happy with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and lots of carrots in the mix which makes these Carrot Cake Pancakes a perfect treat for weekend or festive mornings. Of course you can make them as indulgent as you like with your favourite toppings. I like to keep mine simple with a little honey mixed in thick yogurt and drizzled on top. For an extra crunch and flavour, a few walnuts and raisins on top.
2 cups plain flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2+1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 bananas, mashed
2 cups milk
a few drops vanilla essence
1+1/2 cup grated carrots
Olive oil or butter for greasing the pan
3-4 tablespoons thick yogurt
1 teaspoon Honey
Walnuts and Raisins for garnish
This Is What You Do:
Mix all the dry ingredients of pancakes in a big mixing bowl (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger).
Add mashed bananas, milk and vanilla. Mix to make a smooth batter. Fold in grated carrots.
Lightly grease a small nonstick frying pan or griddle. Heat on medium low heat.
Pour 2 serving spoons or 1/4 cup of batter at a time to make one pancake.
Like any other pancake, when bubbles appear on the surface, your pancake is ready to flip.
Cook till golden on both sides. Serve hot with topping of your choice. Honey, maple syrup, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, cream, butter, all go great with these pancakes.
Don’t forget top with some fresh or dried fruits for a complete nutritious breakfast.
Makes 6 pancakes