Pancakes are so basic—in a good way. A standard pancake recipe doesn’t call for bells and whistles, which means there’s room for your bells and whistles. Don’t have eggs? Use an egg substitute. Want to go gluten-free? Sure, that can happen. You can also mix in things like blueberries, almonds, and chocolate chips. Top it off with sprinkles or spices and you’ve got yourself an extraordinary pancake. And now that you’re clearly craving a delicious recipe, you should make a carrot cake pancake with cream cheese glaze.
There is nothing wrong with classic buttermilk pancakes. It’s probably one of the most respected breakfasts out there. But when your love (or appetite) for carrot cake is endless, combining the two only makes sense. Listen to your gut, people.
Here’s the best part: You can use boxed pancake mix for this. In fact, I totally encourage it. The secret lies within using pureed carrots instead of eggs. The result is a beautiful stack of golden, moist pancakes. And don’t forget the homemade cream cheese glaze. It’s a piece of cake, I promise.
Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze
Photo by kirsten nunez
Boxed pancake mix (not the "just add water" kind)
Pureed carrot (adjust according to package's directions)
Milk (adjust according to package's directions)
1 teaspoon cinnamon + extra for topping
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter, for cooking
How to Make It
If you haven't already, make a carrot puree. Simply boil several carrots until they soften. It should be easy to pierce them with a fork. Puree the carrots in a food process or blender, or mash them by hand.
Prepare the pancake batter. Add milk, water, or whatever the package calls for. However, skip the eggs.
For each egg, substitute with 1/4 cup of pureed carrots.
Mix into the batter. Cook over medium heat in a greased pan.
Meanwhile, prepare the cream cheese glaze. Use an electric beater to combine the room temperature cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and water. Add more water if the consistency is too thick. If you don't have a beater, microwave the cream cheese for a few seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Drizzle the cream cheese glaze over the pancakes. Top with extra cinnamon and grated carrot, if you'd like. Serve warm.