Healthy Carrot Cake Pancakes with Apple Sauce

Pancake day has totally sprung up on me this year – it’s so early compared to last year!

I’ve got to say that I LOVE PANCAKE DAY. When I was growing up my dad would always make us pancakes after dinner and it was so much fun to load them up with Nutella or lemon juice and sugar. At uni I made pancakes with my house mates and we even entered a pancake eating competition at Walkabout, which was a great bonding experience. I used to love eating pancakes until I felt sick, but now I prefer to pick less sickly toppings (e.g. fruit and yogurt) and eat until I am comfortably full.

My pancake making skills have really improved in the time that I’ve had Healthy & Psyched blog. From failing to make Deliciously Ella’s Mango pancakes in 2016

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to uploading my very own tried and tested recipe for gluten-free pancakes in 2017. Also, to make things even better, this recipe was included in a round up post of 10 vegan and gluten free pancake recipes in the Metro online!!

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2018 – Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake Pancakes with Apple Sauce

healthy vegan carrot apple pancakes

A few people commented on my recipe last year that it required too many different kinds of flour. So this year I have just used spelt flour. Spelt is my new favourite flour- it has a less noticeable taste than buckwheat (which was my previous favourite), and is more nutritious than plain white four that you might typically use in a pancake recipe. If you don’t have spelt flour to hand you could use wholewheat flour, but I find the taste quite strong so I prefer spelt.

I made these carrot cake pancakes to try out the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil that I was sent from Pipkin. Did you know that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rising agent when mixed with baking soda! Also, I had some apples in the house for an upcoming project focusing on British Apples, so making healthy pancakes with apple sauce seemed like a good idea.

The recipe is inspired by @charlotteemmma, who has some great vegan pancake recipes on her instagram.

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I haven’t included exact quantities for the spices because everyone has different preferences and I usually just shake in a bit of this and a bit of that. Also, the pancakes in this picture don’t have any raisins in, but I thought that raisins would be a great addition to make them more like ‘carrot cake’, so I retested the recipe with raisins, but I didn’t photograph those pancake. In the recipe below I have added extra sweetness compared to my first try because they seemed a bit bland, but you don’t have to add the maple syrup if you’re looking for a low sugar pancake recipe.

If you have any questions about the recipe then just let me know in the comments.

carrot cake spelt pancakes
Heatlthy Spelt Carrot Cake Pancakes with Apple Sauce
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Servings: 2 people
  • 1 apple
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup finely grated carrot
  • 2 tbsp raisins (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 heaped tbsp cashew butter
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp spices to taste (e.g. cinnamon, ginger, all spice, nutmeg)
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (add more if desired)
  • coconut oil (to cook)
  • unsweetened soya yogurt for topping
  1. Mix together the flax seed and water in a small bowl, then leave it to stand.

  2. Grate the apple using a fine grater to make apple sauce. Add half of the apple to a mixing bowl and half to a small container. Squeeze the lemon juice over the apple in the container and store in the fridge - this will be your topping, so add maple syrup if you would like it to be sweeter.

  3. Add the carrot, raisins, apple cider vinegar, cashew butter and flax seed gel to the mixing bowl and stir in.

  4. Next mix in the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Followed by the milk and maple syrup. The mixture should be thick with bubbles appearing.

  5. Place your pan on a medium heat. Use 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and 1 heaped tbsp of batter per pancake. Cook each pancake for around 3 minutes per side. Remember not to press the pancake down otherwise they won't be fluffy.

  6. Once you have cooked all of the batter then stack up your pancakes and top with the apple sauce and yogurt.

What’s your approach to pancake day?

Eat ALL the pancakes or just have 1-2?




  1. February 12, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    I love Pancake day! Especially when Pancakes have alternate flours, it gets the best out of them.

  2. February 12, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    These look so delicious! Would you recommend buckwheat flour as the best gluten free alternative to spelt? x

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 13, 2018 / 7:42 am

      Hi Sophie. I really like the taste of buckwheat flour, but sometimes it does weird things when you’re baking. I have made pancakes with just buckwheat flour before and they didn’t cook all the way through, so I would probably recommend gf oats made into flour instead.

  3. February 12, 2018 / 11:45 pm

    Ohh they look so good!! I did laugh though, mine would definitely look more like the first photo you shared! I love pancake day but struggle with being GF!

  4. February 13, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Wow, I super love this! I have another pancake flavor to try on. Thanks to internet and thanks for people like you who share their recipes.

  5. February 13, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    What a delicious combination! These look amazing! My pancakes always end up looking like the top photo! Haha

  6. February 13, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Ooh and the pancakes are vegan as well? Now that is a treat, I do love a spelt pancake. Also I agree that pancake day completely sprung up on me this year. I even forgot that it was today!

  7. February 14, 2018 / 12:17 am

    Love pancake day wish it was more than once a year but I’ve got to say I usually just stick to the plain lemon and sugar. It’s been a busy day today so didn’t get chance for a pancake so I think I’ll definitely be trying these tomorrow. Already excited about making them!

  8. February 14, 2018 / 9:05 am

    So first I read the title and was a bit like “hmmm, I don’t know about these pancakes…”, then I saw your 2016 mango attempt and LOL’d a bit. Then I looked at the new spelt pancakes and drooled, these look amazing! And so healthy too! Will have to give them a try x

  9. February 14, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    I love the idea of making pancakes unique, I used food colouring in mine, without thinking about the mistake of not being able to see when they’re cooked. Healthy pancakes sound like something worth making, when you’re fancying something a bit naughty! 🙂 x

  10. February 14, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Pancakes with Nutella & strawberries are my fave! But any pancakes are good pancakes! X

  11. February 14, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    I didn’t celebrate pancake day and I wish I did! I would have definitely given these ones a try!

  12. February 15, 2018 / 12:26 am

    You bought back memories, my Dad used to cook the pancakes too. Your carrot cakes ones look delicious and nothing I’ve ever heard of before. Mich x

  13. February 15, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    this is definitely not a recipe I have tried before! will have to try this next year -bryanna skye

  14. February 15, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    These look so tasty! I will have to try these this weekend!!

  15. Deborah Patrick
    February 16, 2018 / 9:25 am

    These look fun to make! I’ll have to give them a go!

  16. Yeah Lifestyle
    February 18, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Your pancake looks yum! I am just like you and reduce the sugar when I make my pancakes then just add a drizzle of maple syrup if its really bland. Will have to try your version soon.

  17. February 18, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    these look tasty! I’ve never had vegan/veggie pancakes but they look yum!

  18. February 20, 2018 / 5:26 am

    I saved the recipe just now and I’m going to go and make myself one. It looks so delicious.

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