Coffee Quinoa Pancakes with Carrot Frosting are moist, fluffy and a satisfying morning meal. Rich in protein and other nutrients these pancakes are bursting with flavors. They are so perfect for Easter mornings.
These pancakes have a subtle flavor of aromatic coffee and a strong taste of quinoa, mellowed down with sweet carrot frosting. These hearty and flavorful pancakes are made with easily available ingredients and gets ready in about 25 minutes.
Ingredients for Coffee Quinoa Pancakes with Carrot Frosting
Unsweetened coconut milk
Easy steps to make these pancakes
In the first step, I combined all the dry ingredients of the pancake in the mixing bowl.
Next, I combined all the wet ingredients ( including mashed banana) in another mixing bowl.
Next, I whipped up the batter by mixing the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients together.
Then, in a warm griddle/pan started pouring about 2 tbsp of the batter on it. Let the pancakes cook until light brown. Then I flipped it over with a spatula and cooked again until golden brown in color.
However, these pancakes are yet incomplete without the carrot frosting. Like Yashvi always phrases her sentence ‘You know why?” Because, it’s Easter weekend!!!! Bunnies want some carrots on the table. So, my little bunny is crazy about carrot frosting.
In the process of coming up with the right flavor I ended up blending the frosting 5 times in a week. My bunny would finish up all the frosting every time while licking her fingers 🙂
Easy steps to make the carrot frosting
In a blender I combined some fresh baby carrots, cashew nuts, sugar, and unsweetened coconut milk and blended until smooth and creamy.
Just before serving, generously drizzle the carrot frosting on the pancakes.
These pancakes were a delight and was consumed within minutes on a wonderful Sunday morning.
It is true that caffeine is not for kids but a little amount on special occasion is harmless. If you still want to trade chocolate with coffee I am completely up for it.
I would still insists that grown – ups should pair their coffee quinoa pancakes with carrot frosting. It would make your Eater morning more fun along with being a complete delicious satisfactory.
Coffee Quinoa Pancakes with Carrot Frosting
For the pancakes
- 1 cup quinoa flour
- Pinch of cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 banana (mashed)
- 1 tbsp instant coffee powder (dissolved in 2 tbsp water)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (tetra pack)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
For the frosting
- 1/4 cup raw cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup baby carrots
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (tetra pack)
- Dissolve coffee powder in 2 tbsp. water and keep it aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients ( quinoa flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt).
- In another bowl combine mashed banana, dissolved coffee, vanilla extract, coconut milk and maple syrup.
- Now, add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whip it well. Let it stand for a minute.
- In the meanwhile, pour boiling water on cashew nuts and let sit for few minutes.
- Warm a griddle/pan. Grease it with oil and pour about 2 tbsp. of the pancake batter on it. Shape it round and cook at low flame until bubbles form. Flip it over to the other side and cook for a minute or until done. (Do not overcook or else it will taste bitter)
- Repeat the same process for the rest of the batter.
- While the pancakes are cooking, drain the cashew nuts.
- In a blender combine all the ingredients of frosting including the drained cashew nuts. Blend smooth until creamy. Keep it aside.
- Stack the pancakes in a serving plate and cover them with the frosting. Enjoy!!!
- This recipe makes 6 pancakes and the serving is 2 pancakes per person.
- Quinoa flour has its own strong flavor. When it is mixed with coffee these pancake may have a strong and prominent flavor of the ingredients. These pancakes many not taste very smooth for many depending on the preference of taste.
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(P.S. This recipe was originally published in 2017)
Everything about this is so unique – what a great twist on normal pancakes. I’d love to try some quinoa pancakes; adding this to our list for next weekend.
Karyl Henry says
Never in a million years would I think to combine these ingredients together! But I have to admit, it does sound very intriguing, and a wonderfully nutritious way to start the day
This is a such a creative recipe! I’ve used coffee in gingerbread pancakes before. Interested to try this.
Now this is a unique breakfast recipe for sure! I love carrot frosting on the top, would make a great Easter breakfast.
Markus Mueller says
I’ve been looking for a dairy-free pancake recipe! Can’t wait to try these as my wife has recently had to stop eating all dairy products, and finding a good pancake substitute has been hard!
Oh my…count me in for quinoa pancakes! I love quinoa, and these pancakes are perfect for Easter brunch.
Anne Lawton says
Yum! This is like a combination of pancakes and cake, a perfect way to start the day!
Talk about the perfect Easter brunch recipe! I love the idea of adding coffee to the pancakes — brilliant! Thanks for sharing.
Sooo blown away by this! I love quinoa pancakes but the addition of the coffee is really fantastic and I’ve gotta say, that frosting is awesome 😀 Hurray for a healthy stack of pancakes <3
Danielle Wolter says
what a great idea! i am loving the frosting and the use of cashews. i’ll bet it’s deliciously creamy!
It indeed is delicious. I hope you get a chance to enjoy these pancakes.
You made carrot frosting 5 times in one week. Your poor little bunny obviously wasn’t suffereing with the taste testing. LOL. I have a question about the chocolate substitution for coffee. Would you use unsweetened cocoa dissolved in water like you do the coffee, or would you do something else?
I would just use dry cocoa powder like we do in cakes and brownies. Cocoa powder does not need to be dissolved since they are finer than coffee powder.
Veena Azmanov says
Pancakes with such healthy options is awesome. This healthy and perfect breakfast is always special to my family. I love it all.
I’ll admit, this sounds SO weird, but you totally make it look amazing!
these sound so interesting, i’ll need to five them a try. cheers and thanks for sharing!
Let me know how it turned out for you 🙂
The colors are SO pretty! That carrot frosting is genius, such a great idea.
Thank you Mira.
Nicole Parise says
I am so intrigued! I will definitely pin this to try later 🙂
Melissa Chee says
What a UNIQUE and beautiful dish.
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
These look wonderful, and certainly perfect for the season! I’m really loving the frosting – can’t wait to try it! Very nice recipe!
Sue Tanya Mchorgh says
Yummmy! This looks so good 🙂 I cant wait to try this.
Thank you Sue.
This is an interesting combo!
I can’t wait to try this!
Hahah. Indeed it is an interesting combination.