Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes {vegan}

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Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes {vegan} // nutritionstripped.comMost of us enjoy pancakes, and you know that I LOVE pancakes and what a better day to share one of my favorite pancakes than on National Pancake Day! These Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes are not only gluten free but also vegan. I’ve had so many requests from all of you out there to do a vegan variation of my pancakes and today that’s what I’m here to share! These cake-like, sweet and chewy pancakes are filled whole food ingredients such as sweet bananas, carrots, nuts, cinnamon spices, and nutty tahini paste.

I’ve always loved carrot cake and tahini has been a kitchen staple of mine for years, so blending the two of these came very naturally. I love pancakes all day long, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner but sometimes you need a different topping than good ole’ maple syrup and tahini is the beez neez. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals especially calcium, magnesium, and zinc. These Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes are not only loaded with minerals, but also contain a good amount of plant-based protein and fiber, perfect to add into a vegan lifestyle.

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Why do I create gluten free recipes on Nutrition Stripped? First, check back here to read the About me section where I share my story on why I practice a  gluten and dairy free lifestyle. Also, I’m trying to expose and share new ways of eating for the typical Standard American Diet, which is overly processed and nutritionally-dead in comparison to many whole foods that are included in a plant-based diet. Gluten free lifestyles also open you up to a whole new world of fresh food including, fresh fruits, fresh veggies, and whole food sources of carbohydrates that you may have overlooked since relying on processed foods such as quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, etc.

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Many of the carbohydrates that we eat contain wheat and gluten, most are highly processed to the point where they severely lack wholesome nutrition; not to mention most taste dry and lifeless- just sayin’. Whole foods coming from the ground, the trees, and the earth are loaded with water, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that processed foods (including gluten containing) don’t have. Think of the difference between a popular kids cold cereal on the shelf and rolled oats, vastly different in terms of ingredients and nutritional profile.

Should you go gluten free? Several years ago when gluten free diets were the “new thing” to try and gluten was the new buzz-word, people jumped on the diet wagon in hopes to lose weight or feel better. That’s fantastic, but we also have to pay attention to the reason behind it. Going gluten free is extremely important if you suffer from an allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance to gluten; but also if you may suspect gluten is an issue. Having constant issues with your digestion and generally feeling low in energy are just a couple of signs gluten might not be jive with your body. People who suffer from gluten sensitivities, intolerances, or worse Celiac, have to participate in this lifestyle or else they’d feel down right crummy. I know what it’s like to have tummy troubles and they’re nothing but frustrating; I’d be more than happy to help share my tips and come up with a plan to whip that digestion back into shape (I’m an email away).

So, let’s jump back onto these amazing gluten free and vegan friendly pancakes. I have to say this recipe was so fun to experiment with; I found myself dancing and singing (as I often do in the kitchen) into my wooden spoon, mixing up the batter and cleaning while listening to records. It was a fun and relaxing weekend to say the least, and it was even better to have been rewarded by the perfect plate-o-pancakes.

Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes {vegan} //

Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes {vegan}
Recipe type: breakfast
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Serves: about 10 pancakes
A gluten free and vegan carrot cake pancake drizzled with nutty tahini. GF VGN
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk + ⅓ cup water
  • 1 cup oats, ground into a flour
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • ⅓ cup grated fresh carrot
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla Sunwarrior warrior blend protein powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, for the pan
  • Pour 1-2 tablespoons of tahini on top (this can be adjusted to your liking)
  • Garnish with maple syrup, tahini, walnuts, and sesame seeds
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir all dry ingredients together (flours, powders, spices).
  2. In a food processor or blending on pulse, combine the almond milk, banana, and vanilla until mixed.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients from the blender into the dry ingredients and mix until a batter forms. Add grated carrots here.
  4. Add additional almond milk if needed.
  5. Let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes or until all is well soaked and combined together.
  6. In a medium skillet, add a little bit of the coconut oil just to grease the pan, scoop about 2 tablespoons of the batter into the pan and cook until bubbles form on the top side.
  7. Flip, and continue cooking until both sides are golden brown.
  8. I typically will put the cooked pancakes in a warm oven (about 150 degrees F) to keep them nice and warm and also helps continue the cooking process in the middle if it's a bit wet.
  9. Serve and garnish with walnuts, sesame seeds, bananas, grated carrots, and of course tahini!
  10. Enjoy!
Nutrition information is for 1 pancake, this batter made around 10 (using 2 tablespoons of the batter per pancake).
Protein // I like using a bit of Sunwarrior Warrior blend to give it a boost in protein while also maintaining a nice texture.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 pancake Calories: 70 Fat: <1 Carbohydrates: 14 (net 12) Sugar: 2 Fiber: 2 Protein: 3

These Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes are not your “normal” super light, fluffy pancakes you typically find in most diners or out-of-the box mixes. These are a bit more dense, nutty, and rich, which I love! Top these with more fresh grated carrots, bananas, sesame seeds, and smother in maple syrup and tahini and you won’t think twice about boxed pancakes and you’ll also have peace of mind that these pancakes won’t add to your waistline or give your tummy troubles.

Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes {vegan} // Carrot Cake Tahini Pancakes {vegan} //

I enjoyed recipe testing these pancakes so much, especially the end result as you can see from the photo- I ate the entire plate… in my pajamas…listening to Otis Redding on our record player. I hope you all have a beautiful and relaxing weekend just as I have spent.

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Cheers to a lazy day,

xx McKel

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  • This looks utterly delicious! I’ve made a pact with my husband that he’ll try making pancakes if I produce a sticky date pudding cake – this is definitely going to be what I insist on! 😀 I hate to be a pest but is there alternative for the banana, since we don’t really keep those in the house. I know it acts as a binder and sweetener, so not sure what could be used – avocado? applesauce + vegan egg?

    Nom nom!

    • Awesome! Hope you both love them, it’s so delicious I couldn’t help but eat almost all of them. Great question- instead of using a banana you could possibly use applesauce or even pumpkin puree to get a similar taste/texture. You may need to adjust for sweetness. Let me know how it works out! xx-m.h.

      • Hi

        Is the nutrition information correct seems off??

  • This looks so so tasty! I need to try tahini on pancakes next. I love the idea of the savory nuttiness.

  • Amy

    Tahini and maple syrup? This combo seems so, so strange to me. The tahini I purchased in the past was super bitter. Are some brands better than others? Or is it an acquired taste?

    • Ohhh you gotta try it before you knock it, it’s delicious. Most tahini has a slightly nutty/bitter taste but when paired with all of this, it’s great balance 😉 xx-m.h.

  • Misty

    Yay! Protein pancakes! Yes please. I know vegans say we don’t need as much protein as we think but when I am pregnant or nursing if I don’t get enough I get really really ill. Also, the thought of eating a giant amount of kale while pregnant makes me nauseous. There is no way I could keep it down. Usually I love Kale! Any advice?

  • Looking good! I need to try ;)))

  • These look so good! I love using tahini in sweet recipes as well. Happy National Pancake Day 🙂

  • I love hearty pancakes! These look like they would be a hit in my house. I really appreciate your view on whole foods. It is so refreshing to hear in the midst of a processed world of food.

    • Me too! They’re the best and so filling 😉 Hope you enjoy and thank you for the kind words and support xx-m.h.

  • lou

    I know what I’m making for breakfast tomorrow! yum! I’m new to your blog but I’m loving what I’m seeing!

  • Wow, these look great! I love carrot cake (my favorite cake) and Tahini. I got to try these!

  • Sarah

    Can I replace the flours for buckwheat flour?

  • Birgit

    I’ll be definitely trying these next Saturday morning! Voted for you on Saveur Magazine. Good luck with it!

  • Nicole

    These look amazing! Is the psyllium husks a must in this recipe? Any alternative? Thanks! Love your blog 🙂

    • Hi Nicole,
      Great question! The psyllium husk is a vegan binder to keep the pancakes together- although it’s best to use this you can also use flax egg- see my PANTRY page for vegan egg replacers! Thank you so much for your support of Nutrition Stripped xx mh

  • Absolutely delish! Just had them for dinner, and will be making again!

  • Loving your blog and recipes! Just made and ate these pancakes and they were delicious. I am new to dairy free, gluten free and it is SO nice to eat pancakes again! Question: I am the only one eating this way in my house (hoping that will change!) so do these freeze well? If not, how long will they keep in the fridge?
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for all your kind words and support! Great question- I’m often the only one eating these as well so I simply keep them in the fridge (without the tahini drizzled on) in a tupperware container and they last for a good week! Enjoy 🙂

  • Hi McKel!
    I recently bought some tahini so what better way to use it than to make your delicious carrot cake tahini pancakes. I was curious though, can I sub the brown rice flour for another flour? Would it work with whole-wheat, almond flour, or coconut flour?
    Thanks for your help, and I am so excited to try the pancakes 🙂
    Alice xx


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