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Carrot Cake Pancakes

Here's a way for fans of carrot cake to have their favorite dessert for breakfast. These delicate, decadent pancakes are drizzled with sweet and spicy maple syrup that complements the sour cream and nut topping. —Leane Goering, Salem, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen (0.50 cup syrup)


  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • Finely shredded carrots, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the pancake mix, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. In a small bowl, beat eggs and milk; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in carrots.
  • Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a nonstick skillet or a greased hot griddle. Turn pancakes when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is golden brown.
  • For syrup, in a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 2 minutes. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and milk. Serve pancakes with cream cheese mixture and half the syrup; sprinkle with nuts and, if desired, shredded carrots. Cover and refrigerate remaining syrup; save for another use.

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Nutrition Facts
2 pancakes: 388 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 673mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.


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  • suefalk
    Jan 19, 2020

    Light, fluffly pancakes that definetly reminds me of my favorite carrot cake. So good, that I question the (2 pancake) serving. More like 4 pancakes!! I used 'tub' whipped cream cheese without sweetening it. It makes a great balance against the sweet syrup. So delicious!

  • Appy_Girl
    Dec 17, 2018

    This one fits the looking for something different bill. It’s light and very tasty . The seasoned up Maply Syruip just takes it over the top. Speaking of tops I topped mine with toasted pecans, sautéed carrots and toasted coconut. I did not use the cream cheese. No butter needed for these sweet, rich little cakes. VFE.

  • nanajacobsen
    Jul 6, 2012

    Delious not just for breakfast but anytime of day!!

  • l2bake
    Oct 18, 2010

    I just made the pancakes and they are wonderful! I served them with maple syrup.