carrot cake pancakes

01.10.13

This is about the fourth or fifth time we have made these and with every bite we can count on deliciousness!! I think I have mentioned this before, but anything pancakes and our girls are sold! Our go to recipe is yet to come, but because these scrumptious bites were taken just this morning I decided to why not share these now.

 

These “delicious and nutritious” (trivia: what commercial is that from??) pancakes offer some great nutritional value. First, you actually get a substantial amount of carrot in one pancake. My girls love carrots in or out of a pancake, so getting them to eat these was not a hard bargain. If your child does not like eating carrots, you may struggle to get your little one to try, but trying never hurts. Carrots are big on offering nutritional benefits. Three of my favorite benefits for kids and adults alike are:

 

Dental Health
Carrots can even help clean your teeth, and is the best way to keep your mouth clean after meals. They act as natural abrasives that help in eliminating the dirt and plague from the teethand gums. They also trigger a lot of saliva, which helps to scrub away stains on your teeth. Minerals in carrots helps to kill germs in the mouth and prevent tooth damage.

 

Prevent Cancer
Many studies shown that eating carrots may help lower the risk of breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. Recently, researchers have isolated a compound called falcarinol in carrots that may be largely responsible for anti-cancer benefits. Falcarinol is a natural pesticide found in carrots that protects roots from fungal diseases. In daily diet, carrots are almost the only source of these compounds. A study conducted on mice found that they were fed with either raw carrots or falcarinol have one-third lower risk of developing colon cancer than mice not fed by them.

 

Nourish Skin
Carrot has a strong cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, thus very effective for acne that is caused by toxins from the blood. Carrot is also useful for treating uneven skin tones due to pigmentation. The vitamin A and other nutrients contained in carrot efficiently nourish the skin, prevent dry skin and other skin blemishes.

 

The recipe also calls for 1/4 cup walnuts which we all know provides a great source of omega-3′s and act as a protein. If you have a child like Cali and he or she prefers carbs over meat each and every day, you will be glad to find any and all other foods containing protien! The omega-3′s…nothing better!! Brain fuel. That’s all we need to know:)

 

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Cooking Light: Best Baking Recipe

 

Ingredients:

 

5.6 oz organic all-purpose flour (about 1 1/4 cups)

1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp grated fresh nutmeg

Dash of ground cloves

Dash of ground ginger

1/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups finely grated carrot

Cooking spray

 

Directions

 

Weigh or lightly spoon four into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 7 ingredients (through ginger) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and next 4 ingredients (through eggs); add sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in 2 cups carrot. Letting the batter sit for 5-10 minutes really helps to activate the baking soda, which in turn makes for a fluffier pancake.

 

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Spoon 4 (1/4 cup) batter mounds onto pan, spreading with a spatula. Cook for 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Carefully turn pancakes over; cook 1 minute or until bottoms are lightly browned. Repeat procedure twice with remaining batter. Serve pancakes with your choice of syrup.

 

Our choice with this particular pancake is this:

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup organic  ginger syrup

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/8 tsp kosher salt

 

Combine all ingredients in a small glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until butter is melted. Serve over pancakes

 

 

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