Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes
Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes- Made with whole grain oat flour, these vegan and gluten-free pancakes pack in 20 grams of plant-based protein per serving!
Spring has finally sprung here in Georgia! It feels so nice to wake up to birds chirping outside. Fresh green leaves are returning to all of the trees that have been dormant all winter long and its a reminder that life will go on, even when there is so much uncertainty. As humans, we always find a way through the mess and we often come out stronger on the other side.
I’m sure many of us are putting our Easter plans aside this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in our way at home. I love baking carrot cake this time of year but I’m not sure I can be trusted with an entire cake. Especially this double layer one I have on my site. YUM.
Carrot cake pancakes, however, are a happy medium. They taste just like carrot cake but they’re made with whole grain oat flour and a nice boost of plant-based protein to keep you full all morning long. So yes, you can have your cake and eat it too!
Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes Ingredients
The ingredient list might seem lengthy but the majority are items you likely already have in your pantry!
- Pea Protein- I’m not usually a huge fan of protein powders because most of them taste off to me but the beauty of Bob’s Red Mill Pea Protein Powder is that the only ingredient is pea protein isolate. There’s no weird additives or flavors and the powder is made from a low-heat, water based process that extracts the protein from yellow peas without any chemical solvents. I love that it blends seamlessly in gluten-free baked goods while also improving the texture and adding a significant boost of protein and iron!
- Oat Flour- Oats are also a great source of iron and protein. You can purchase oat flour or make your own in a food processor or blender by blending rolled oats to a fine crumb.
- Baking Soda + Baking Powder- I prefer to use both baking soda and powder for extra fluffy pancakes.
- Cinnamon + Salt- Ground cinnamon is what gives these pancakes the classic carrot cake flavor. You can add ground ginger if you like too. Salt helps balance out the sweetness.
- Non-Dairy Milk- Most plant-based milks will work fine but my favorite is oat milk.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- The vinegar reacts with the baking soda to produce extra fluffy pancakes so don’t leave it out!
- Applesauce- This helps bind the pancakes and adds moisture, reducing the need for excess oil or eggs.
- Pure Maple Syrup- We’re just using a little bit for sweetness but you can add more for topping.
- Coconut Oil- I always have unrefined coconut oil on hand as it doesn’t have a strong coconut flavor. If you don’t want to use coconut oil you can replace it with any neutral flavored oil that you prefer. I haven’t tested these oil-free because any time I’ve made them that way in the past they stick the pan.
- Shredded Carrot- Obviously a necessity for carrot cake. :)
- Mix-ins- I like to use chopped walnuts or pecans but raisins and/or shredded coconut would also be delicious!
Topped with a bit of plain non-dairy yogurt and warm maple syrup, these carrot cake pancakes make for the perfect comforting and nutritious breakfast. I hope you enjoy them!
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Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes
- 1 cup oat flour, see notes
- 2 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Unflavored Pea Protein
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup non-dairy milk
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil, plus more for cooking
- ½ cup shredded carrot
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, pea protein, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine the milk and vinegar. Add the applesauce, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil or butter. Pour in the dry ingredients, shredded carrot and chopped nuts. Fold together with a spatula until a thick batter forms.
- Warm a large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat then grease with coconut oil or butter. Make sure the skillet isn’t too hot otherwise the pancakes will cook too quickly on the outside and not have enough time to cook in the center. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the batter at a time and use the spatula to shape into a circle. Cook until edges appear firm then flip and cook on the opposite side for several minutes. Note: the batter will continue thicken the longer it sits. This won't effect the texture or taste but they will be more difficult to form into perfect circles.
- Serve warm with pure maple syrup and any other desired toppings (such as yogurt, nuts and/or shredded coconut), and enjoy!
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