These healthy carrot pancakes for babies and toddlers are nutritious, refined sugar-free, and great for anyone who wants to sneak more vegetables into their diet. It only takes 10 minutes to whip up these healthy oat pancakes with carrots.
After scrolling Pinterest, I became inspired to make these carrot pancakes for babies after seeing a delicious-looking carrot cake muffin. I thought to myself, I wish I had time to bake healthy desserts like carrot cake. And then it hit me. I need to make some easy and healthy carrot cake pancakes!
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This banana oat pancake recipe is super easy and delicious, so I decided to modify the recipe to make healthy carrot pancakes that my 11-month-old baby girl and I could both enjoy.
The recipe was a hit from the get-go, and my little girl loved them, especially when topped with plain yogurt and a touch of honey.
I am always thinking of ways to sneak vegetables into my baby girl’s diet through meals that we can both enjoy. Blending carrots into a homemade oatmeal pancake batter is such an easy and yummy way to get vegetables into your kid’s diet and yours.
As a mom and nutritional therapy consultant, I am all about turning unhealthy meals and making them nutritious for my family and me. For example, classic storebought pancakes lack nutrition and are made with processed wheat flour, a common food intolerance for many people.
Refined flours strip the body of essential nutrients such as magnesium to metabolize processed carbohydrates. Not all carbohydrates are the same. This post is all about the difference between healthy carbohydrates and unhealthy carbs.
On the other hand, these healthy carrot pancakes contain whole food ingredients along with almond milk and baking soda:
- Chia seeds
Oat flour is a great substitute for highly processed white flour used in traditional pancakes. I make my oat flour in 30 seconds by blending oats in my high-speed blender. Investing in a good blender such as the Vitamix is worth every penny as it makes blending this pancake so easy, plus you can easily make oat flour. However, you can use any storebought oat flour as well.
Benefits of these healthy carrot pancakes
Oats are an excellent source of folate, thiamine, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese.
Folate is required for the MTHFR gene and methylation detox pathway.
Thiamin is crucial for a healthy nervous system. Childhood beriberi is associated with stunted growth caused by a thiamine deficiency.
Iron is an important nutrient for babies six months and older, plus pregnant and breastfeeding moms.
Magnesium is required for over 300 plus functions in the body with many benefits, including weight loss, energy production, stress reduction, sleep, muscle relaxation, and heart function.
Manganese is the co-factor for the SOD enzyme and helps boost the body’s internal antioxidant production to combat free radicals.
Zinc is essential for immune support and needs to balance with copper. Both nutrients are found in oats.
Carrots are a phenomenal source of vitamin A which is essential for eye health and the immune system.
Eggs are one of the best sources of choline required by the PEMT gene. Decreased PEMT function due to a choline deficiency is associated with fatty liver, a sluggish gallbladder, and SIBO.
Chia seeds are packed full of essential omega-three fats for brain health. Omega 3 fats are healthy anti-inflammatory fats that help reduce inflammation in the body.
Rest assured that your nutritional needs are covered when your start your day with these healthy carrot pancakes.
Enjoy these carrot pancakes with some low-fat plain yogurt topped with a dash of cinnamon and honey for extra sweetness! Also, be sure to sign up for my gut health guide and gain access to my FREE resource library with recipe E-books for weight loss, gut health, and babies!
Healthy Carrot Pancakes for Babies and Toddlers
- 1 High speed blender
- 1 frying pan
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 1 egg
- ½ cup oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 ripe banana
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup carrots
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Blend chia seeds and oats into a fine flour using a high speed blender or nut and seed grinder. Place in a mixing bowl with cinnamon and baking soda then stir.
- Add egg, almond milk, banana and chopped carrots to a blender then blend into a smooth consistency with no chunks.
- Combine the blended wet mixture to the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients then stir into a pancake batter using a fork to whisk and stir.
- Heat a large pan over medium heat with coconut oil then measure out 1/4 cup of pancake batter for each pancake. Cook each side of the pancake until golden brown.
Try these banana oat pancakes as well which was my inspiration for this easy carrot pancake recipe 🙂
Also, these spinach banana pancakes are another great way to sneak greens into your toddler or babies diet!