Good morning dear friends. I have to tell you about the epiphany that I had recently while making breakfast.
Shredding carrots stinks. Like rancid, curdled milk stinks.
I had one of my “I want carrot cake for breakfast” cravings again so I decided to see if my recipe for Carrot Cake Waffles worked as pancakes.
::spoiler alert::it does
Anyways, as I sat grating
my fingers the carrots finely using my box grater I was doing my best to not let out any curse words. I started thinking, why the heck am I doing this??? The whole idea is to grated them fine enough so they cook quickly. Why do they need to be in shredded form anyways?
Enter my friend, the Vitamix.
I didn’t really want to puree them, but I figured the 2 hp motor could grate them finer than my bleeding fingers ever could. I was right.
The blender did its job. I’m pretty sure any good blender could do this. No Vitamix necessary here.
Then I decided to further test its blending skills and make the rest of the batter in it. That worked too. And bonus, the blender spout makes for easy griddle pouring. And I only had one dish to wash!
The pancakes turned out fluffy and moist. I served them with butter and syrup, but you could make the cream cheese topping from these waffles if you want to be really fancy. I guess I’m not so fancy. At least I still have my fingers.
Quick and Easy Carrot Cake Pancakes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Ingredients (12 pancakes)
- 3 large carrots
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/3 c plain greek yogurt
- 1 c milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries (or raisins)
Heat a griddle over medium-high heat
Blend carrots on high until they are very finely minced
Add wet ingredients (egg, brown sugar, greek yogurt, milk and vanilla) to blender
Mix until well combined
Add flour, baking powder,, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to blender
Mix until combined
Stir in walnuts and craisins by hand
Spray griddle with cooking spray and pour batter directly onto griddle, making desired sized pancakes
Cook 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown
Top with butter and syrup and enjoy!