Carrot Cake Pancakes with Key Lime Cream
The perfect breakfast for all the carrot cake lovers out there. These pancakes come together in 45 minutes or less and taste just like the classic dessert when topped with the key lime cream.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free & Vegetarian
Serves: 2-4
key lime cream:
  • ½ cup raw cashews soaked for at least 4 hours
  • scant ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp key lime juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ cup plant-based milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend (sub spelt or wheat flour if not gf)
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp.honey
  • ½ Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups finely grated, loosely packed carrots*
toppings (optional):
  • granola, chia seeds, honey, maple syrup
  1. To make the cream, combine the cashews, water, lime juice, vanilla and honey in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Scrape cream into a small bowl and store in fridge until ready to serve – it will thicken a bit.
  2. To make the pancakes, mix the chia seeds and water together until combined. Set aside for 5 minutes or until the mixture gels.
  3. In another bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar and milk. Set it aside and let it to curdle for a few minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, orange zest, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir in the egg, honey, coconut oil, chia gel and curdled milk mixture. Mix in carrots.
  5. Warm up a skillet to medium-low. Lightly grease with coconut oil and once hot, drop ⅛ cups of batter into the skillet. Spread gently to create a circle. Cook until bubbles appear at the surface and the edges are golden. Flip pancakes over and repeat on the other side. Continue to cook remaining batter and store cooked pancakes in the oven on warm (170 degrees F).
  6. Serve warm with cashew cream and optional toppings.
  7. *I grated my carrots in my Kitchen Aid food processor on the fine side of the grater attachment. If you do not have a food processor grating attachment, use the finest side of your cheese grater if possible.
Recipe by The Local Sprout at