I have a new mission, and it’s to make up for all the lost time I have spent not putting carrots in my pancakes. In hindsight, it seems so obvious. Carrot cake is such a classic; why would carrot pancakes not be equally as beloved? Who makes these rules?
But don’t worry guys, this is a story with a happy ending. On Saturday morning, I found myself wanting pancakes other than my usual banana or blueberry, and the thought finally occurred to me. So I got to work, thinking I might need a few tries to get the result I wanted.
But I guess this recipe was just meant to be because it was love at first batch.
These hot cakes are wholesome, fluffy and slightly sweet. The carrot and coconut make for a lovely texture but then they just sort of melt in your mouth.
P.s. I may or may not be speaking from experience when I assure you that adding a few dark chocolate chips makes ’em something ELSE.
(makes 10 medium pancakes)
- 1 cup milk (I used skim)
- 1 Tbsp vinegar
- 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup dried coconut
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- heaping 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup finely shredded carrot, packed*
- 1 Tbsp oil (I used Canola; melted coconut works too)
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- Optional Add-ins: Chocolate Chips, chopped dates, raisins
- Stir together milk and vinegar in a large bowl. Stir in the oatmeal and then let sit as you do the rest.
- Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon).
- Add dry ingredients, carrot, oil and egg to milk/oatmeal mixture and stir gently.
- Let batter sit for couple minutes as you pre-heat a skillet* (oiled if necessary) over medium-heat.
- Pour batter onto skillet and cook until bubbles start appearing and edges appear golden.
(*They’ll be a bit hard to flip if they’re not cooked enough so try to be patient! )
- Flip and let cook on underside for a couple of minutes.
- Serve with your favourite toppings!
* It takes 1 really big carrot or a few smaller ones to yield 1/2 cup shredded
* I always get the best results with pancakes when I make sure my skillet is really nice and hot before starting!
I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I did.
And I want to know… are you a pancake person? And if so, what’s your favourite flavour?!