Even I cannot deny that we are truly heading into fall 🍁💐🍄. I am here for it!! I absolutely love this cozy time of the year. It always feels that after summer, the air is fresher, crisper. The days are still sunny and warm, yet the nights are cool and snuggly. You can totally curl up with a homemade Hot Chocolate in front of a fire at night and crawl into bed early after a warm shower (and in my ideal world, a day of hiking 😂). And your days? Your days start a bit cozier with these Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Frosting that I have for you today.
I have to admit that I love carrots as a vegetable. They are super versatile!! You can eat them savory, crisp, cooked, or raw. You can eat them, sweet-style, in the form of a cake or carrot cake muffins, cookies, and… well pancakes now 😉. They are delicious and in addition super high in nutrients.
I love these Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Frosting because they come together super easily (I feel like I say this about all of my recipes 🤣). First, mix the flour with spices and baking powder. Then you mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Finally, you mix the two and add the shredded carrot – easy! When the pancakes are cooking on the stove, you simply mix the ingredients for the Vanilla Frosting. Done. Want to know what I like best about this recipe? These pancakes rise super high and are extremely fluffy which I classify as “awesome”!!
Why are these Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Frosting good for you?
I feel like I speak a lot about some of the more “main” ingredients in this dish. We have covered carrots, oats, and eggs in some of our more recent posts. So I thought I would shine the light on something else this week – small but mighty cinnamon!
One of the oldest spices known to be around, Cinnamon has amazing medicinal properties!! Watch out for this powerhouse because it, truly, can do amazing things! Where to start? There are usually two types of Cinnamon that you find in the store: Chinese and Ceylon. Ceylon Cinnamon is slightly sweeter, more refined, and harder to come by. Cinnamon is super high in both manganese and copper. In essence, Cinnamon is the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. You can then either buy it as cinnamon bark or, once the bark is ground, as Cinnamon powder. Cinnamon has been shown to control blood sugar levels. When added to high carb foods, Cinnamon has allowed for blood sugar levels to rise more gradually, rather than spike. It has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes.
Cinnamon contains essential oils that make up most of its healing properties. “Cinnamaldehyde” is well known and researched for its effects on blood platelets. Platelets clump together in order to, e.g. stop blood flow from a cut. But unwanted clotting in our blood vessels is not wished and Cinnamon has been shown to prevent that. Cinnamon has also been shown to have anti-microbial properties. It can stop or inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. In a recent study, it was also used as a means to preserve foods by adding a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to a dish. Several foodborne pathogenics did not develop and thereby kept the food fresh for a much longer time period than under normal circumstances. Come on – not too bad for such a small, mighty spice – right?!
How can I adjust these Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Frosting to my Dietary Requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian, nut-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Due to the eggs and grains used in this recipe, it is, sadly, not suitable for either the vegan or paleo lifestyle.
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Everyone who knows me knows that I love pancakes… so I will give you a round-up of my favorite ones. It will be difficult, because truthfully – I like them all 😋😍.
- I will have to start of with my husband’s absolute favorite restaurant on this site… Chocolate Banana Pancakes. They come with a chocolate hazelnut sauce… what more can the chocolate lover’s heart want 😉?!
- These Fluffy Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes are simple, delicious and always hit the spot!! An absolute dream 🥰
- An oldy but goody, my Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes are super delicious and naturally sweet from the blueberries
- If you do not have that much time in the morning and want something fast, why not try my Easy Pantry Staple Banana Pancakes
And there you have it for this week!! Another pancake recipe in the books 😉. I hope you enjoy this more fall-inspired version and have it on the ready for your next pancake-flipping session 🤩. As always, please let me know how you get on by either commenting below and/or liking the recipe!! Happy pancake flipping 🙌🏻.