Gluten-Free Carrot Apple Maple Pancakes
Hi Friends! I woke up one Sunday morning in the mood for pancakes! We often make pancakes or waffles on the weekend, yet this weekend I wanted to try out a new recipe. While I do believe my kids eat pretty well being the kids of an RDN, they are also regular kids who would gladly eat crackers for dinner versus vegetables. They do eat their vegetables, yet knowing how important they are for our health and digestive health, I’ve been wanting to come up with more tasty veggie packed recipes. I give you… Carrot Apple Maple Pancakes! My kids gobbled these up and my daughter said they were “Grrrrific!” which if you watch Daniel Tiger, that’s pretty much the best complement a young child can give.
Carrot Apple Maple Pancakes
Pancake Batter Ingredients
- 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped
- ½ large apple diced
- 1 banana
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup almond milk or milk of choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- A dash of sea salt
Pancake Topping Ingredients
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- ½ large apple diced
- ¼ cup of pecans
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- Add all pancake batter ingredients into a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec.
- Blend until the batter is smooth and creamy.
- Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to a skillet and heat on medium heat.
- Once the skillet is hot, pour pancake batter in a small round circle, about the size of a palm, to cook.
- Wait until you see multiple little bubbles coming through the pancake and the edges start to look cooked, this should take anywhere for 2-3 minutes. Then use a spatula to flip the pancake over and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- While the pancakes are cooking, add coconut oil to a pan with diced apples and let cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Then add the pecans and make syrup and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples and pecans look toasted.
- Top pancakes with apple maple pecan mixture and another drizzle of maple syrup if you prefer and enjoy!
Also, you may want to make a double batch of these pancakes because they are so good!
My daughter asked if I would make these pancakes every day and we agreed that every Sunday would be a good plan. Although I may make a double batch and save the extra for pancakes during the week!
What I love about these pancakes is they are delicious AND they are so packed full of nutrition!
A Few Key Ingredients and Their Health Benefits!
Did you know that oats contain protein? One cup of oats has 13 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Impressive!
Carrots contain fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which support healthy eyesight!
Apples are rich in fiber and antioxidants to support gut health.
Maple syrup is a great natural sweetener that also contains vitamins and minerals such as Manganese and Riboflavin.
I love a tasty recipe that’s good for us too! If you make this recipe, I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram @HealthyGroceryGirl