Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Syrup

~~~~ This post was originally posted in the spring of 2012, this week this recipe was an assignment for Sundays With Joy so I am re-sharing it!~~~~

Easter is almost here!

Do you celebrate? Are your little ones excited for the Easter Bunny?

I have one child who is pumped! Then I have a 3 year old who is not so much...

His words the other night "Mama.... the Easter Bunny just FREAKS me right out!"

He's had nightmares about the Easter Bunny recently as well.  Poor kiddo.

I suspect in his mind he pictures this....

(and just for the record NO he has not see that movie I'm just joking...)

My plan is to rent Hop this week and hopes that he will like it, lose his fear, and be excited for Easter when he goes to bed on Saturday night.

If this keeps up, Saturday night will be a long one... I don't think he will want to go to bed.

Yesterday morning the kids and I had a little fun in the kitchen. I asked Chase (my 3 yr old) What do you think the Easter Bunny would like for breakfast? "Pancakes!!" Then Owen my 5 yr old... the oh so serious boy "No Dingle Head, he eats Carrots!"

I say to the boys "How about Carrot Pancakes?!?!" They looked at me like I had five heads and both exclaimed EWW at the exact same time.

So after some convincing they helped me whip up a quick batch as a sample.

And to their surprised LOVED them. (little do they know they have eaten Carrot Cake like a gazillion times! They just had no idea there were carrots in it!)

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes w/ Cream Cheese Syrup
Recipe adapted from: Smitten Kitchen originally from: Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes

 1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 large egg
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
3 tablespoons butter, for fry pan


Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.

In a separate bowl whisk together the the egg, sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Mix together wet and dry ingredients.

Fold in shredded carrots.

Heat skillet and melt butter (1 tbs to start)  Drop about 1/4 cup or the batter onto a hot skillet you will need to move the batter out a bit as it is thick and won't spread on its own.Then fry until the sides are bubbly and it has browned underneath. Then flip. (about 2 minutes per side)

To make the Cream Cheese "Syrup":

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
4-5 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dash of ground cinnamon

Beat cream cheese and sugar together. Add in your milk 1 tbs at a time until the mixture has thinned enough to pour. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon.

Pour on pancakes, as well as some added maple syrup for a super Easter Bunny worthy breakfast.

To make my super (kinda) cute Bunny Pancake pour batter into the shape of a rabbit. Pipe on some frosting to draw the face. For the eyes and nose I used cinnamon chips and for the whiskers I used some thinly sliced candied ginger.

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  1. Those pancakes look awesome! I especially love the easter bunny one! :)

  2. Okay Carrie aka Amazing MOM!! :D I may have to make these with the kids. Matt usually makes the pancakes in our house, but these look perfect for Easter! Thanks Carrie! :)

  3. These look amazing too. I think I will have to try them tonight - since we planned on puffed german pancake anyway! These look wayyyyy more fun!

  4. You are the cutest Mama, love your bunny cakes! Nettie

  5. These were the first pancakes I've ever made from scratch, and my have been the best I've ever tasted. Sundays with Joy is soo great, and I'm so glad I joined! Thank you for everything :)

  6. Oooh! I love these! Whole wheat. Cream cheese. And a cute little bunny!

    I am going to share these EVERYWHERE! They are awesome. :D

    1. Haha thanks! They are SO good. I haven't made them yet this year.... this was last Easter. I have forgotten how good these are..... maybe breakfast today?

  7. Mmmm, you had me at carrot cake. How cute for Easter! Definitely trying these for breakfast with the kiddos this week. :)

  8. Aw the bunny pancake is adorable :) carrot pancakes are such a clever way to celebrate and with cream cheese syrup, too perfect!

  9. I'm going to try to make the bunny pancakes on Saturday morning - why not have an ENTIRE weekend of feasting! Hope you are enjoying your week my friend!

  10. Ooo, I could use a big ol' stack of these. That cream cheese syrup has me drooling. Yum!

  11. Giiirl, you crazy. These look insanely good! I want everything in life to be drizzled with cream cheese syrup.

  12. Carrie, these look so so good! I feel like it's okay to eat a whole stack of them because of the carrot and whole wheat. That's okay, right?

  13. Can you believe I have yet to try Joy's carrot cake pancakes? And her book has sat out on my coffee table for a year now. I've got to get on this bandwagon.

  14. I made carrot cake pancakes like a few months ago and they blew my mind. Yours look SOOOOOOOOO AMAZING.

  15. I can't imagine a more perfect Easter morning breakfast. But I want them NOW! These look crazy good, Carrie.

  16. looks so delicious.. a healthier alternative to the real thing. YUMMY!

  17. Lol, the way your son feels about the Easter Bunny is how I used to feel about Santa Clause. It's funny how these beloved, innocent characters can seem so terrifying to children. At least he had these amazing pancakes to take his mind off of that scary rabbit. Your pancakes look so thick and fluffy and I could probably sip that cream cheese glaze from a mug. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend, Carrie!