Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 12, 2011

I love playing with pancake batters. I recently made some Whole Wheat Zucchini Carrot Pancakes, and decided to take them to the next level with a cream cheese-maple syrup.

And oh. oh. oh. my. word.

Yes…these are safe to call dinner. Or breakfast. Or lunch. Or after school snack. Or midnight snack. Or all of the above. (But maybe not in the same day!!?!!)

These pancakes are made with whole wheat flour and maple syrup. So they are actually good for you. (Despite the fact that the name of the recipe sounds like dessert. They are the real deal for a meal!)

(I get maple syrup free from Amazon, using credit earned Swagbucks.)

Now for the recipe…

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Carrot Cake Pancakes

Yield – 18 3″ size pancakes

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time –  25 minutes


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour ($.56)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ($.05)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder ($.10)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups milk (depending on how thick you like your pancakes) ($.20)
  • 1 egg ($.10)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce ($.20)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup ($.50)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted ($.20)
  • 1 1/4 cup grated carrots ($.25)
  • Syrup: equal parts cream cheese and maple syrup with dash of cinnamon ($.50-$1)
  • Side: Sausage, eggs, fresh fruit ($2.50)


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  • Whisk in the milk, egg, applesauce, maple syrup, melted butter. Fold in the grated carrots.
  • Cook pancakes on hot, greased griddle. Repeat until all batter is used.
  • To make cream cheese syrup, whisk together equal parts of maple syrup and cream cheese and add a dash or two of cinnamon. Pour over hot pancakes.
  • Serve Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes & Cream Cheese Maple Syrup with side of sausage, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit.

Cost $5.16


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

karen September 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Is there a brand of potato pancake you can recommend(aside from the Jewish kinds)? I like the ones that are flat, large and crispy, can’t seem to find it since I had it at a breakfast place from home.


Rikki September 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Am I missing something, or are there actually no carrots in this recipe?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Ack! I forgot the most important ingredient! I’ve updated the recipe! :)



Melissa September 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I’m with Rikki. UMMM Where is the CARROTS!!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

LOL! I can’t believe I left out the most important part! I’ve updated the recipe :)



Tammy Gomory September 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm

It’s all better now Erin! Adding the carrots makes it all make since. Definitely want to try these.


Liz@PocketChangeGourmet September 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Thanks for hosting Erin! The pancakes look delish!
~Liz @ Pocket Change Gourmet & Hoosier Homemade


Alea September 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

YUM! What a delicious pancake recipe! I love the idea of topping it with cream cheese.


Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet September 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thanks for hosting. I have tons of carrots, so I think I will make a double batch for the freezer.


Jacquie Z September 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

I think you forgot the zucchini too ?


Jenn@slim-shoppin September 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

It’s so funny, I was just checking here to see if I missed something – thanks I knew it had to have carrots in there somewhere :)

It sounds like a great recipe


Nicole September 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

I thought it was weird that there were no carrots, but that has been fixed. However, if the recipe title has zucchini in it, shouldn’t that be an ingredient too???


Nicole September 18, 2011 at 7:22 am

Nevermind. I see that was a different recipe.


Kristen - Camp Counselor Mom October 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I cooked this recipe and blogged about it for our Real Food pledge:

Thanks for the great recipe!


Sarah October 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

how well do these freeze if you batch make them?


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