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You know how they say “better late than never”?

So not true for hurricanes.



What’s a girl to do, then, when a hurricane is supposed to arrive by 9pm but then decides to be fashionably late and show up at 6 the following morning?

Ummm.  She snacks.


(Especially since she’s also the kind of girl who ran 12 miles the morning of the day the hurricane was supposed to hit.  And consequently has the appetite of a seriously hungry boar.  Oy.)


Thankfully, I almost always have Greek yogurt on hand for situations such as these.  It’s my favorite post long run snack,  And pre-bedtime dessert.  And mayo/sour cream substitute.

I can’t even tell you how much of the stuff I go through in a week.  (Though…my grocery bill can.  It’s shameful.)

But it’s just so thick! and creamy! and also just happens to taste so perfectly wonderful with peanut butter swirled into it! I would almost feel bad eating so much of it…except that it’s incredibly healthy to boot.  High in protein and calcium, it’ll keep you full for hours and will keep your bones strong (very important for a stress fracture-prone runner like myself!).  Plus it’s low in calories and fat!   

Dannon Oikos greek yogurt may be new to the Greek yogurt table, but it makes up for it’s youthfulness with it’s great flavor and perfect texture.

Here are some nutritional stats: Dannon® Oikos® Plain and Fruit on the Bottom contains 0% fat, while the Dannon® Oikos® traditional blended varieties contains about 3% fat. Both are an excellent source of protein, twice that of most regular lowfat yogurts.  Dannon® Oikos® 0% varieties contain active yogurt cultures and range from 80 calories (Plain) to 130 calories (Fruit on the Bottom) per 5.3 oz. cup.

See what I’m saying?


Added bonus – it also tastes really good de-healthified.

Check it – carrot cake pancakes.  With maple greek yogurt icing as syrup.

(Stop the accusatory eyes!!!  We were in the middle of  waiting for a HURRICANE people!)

Desperate times.

And desperate measures.

Delicious desperate measures.


I just want to thank all of my fabulous readers for their concerned tweets and texts and messages over the past few days.  Knowing that all of you guys were out there thinking about me kept me strong.  Thankfully, all is well here and we experienced no power outages or flooding but my thoughts are with everyone who did not fare quite as well! 


Carrot Cake Pancakes
Serves 2, adapted from Closet Cooking


  • 1/2 cup multigrain flour mix or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 cup reduced fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 6 oz vanilla Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • confectioner’s sugar, to taste


  1. Mix the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, sugar and carrot.
  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Spray with cooking spray.  Pour the mixture into the pan in 1/4 cup increments.  Heat each pancake until the surface starts to bubble, about 2-3 minutes.  Flip and cook the other side until the bottom is golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and repeat with remaining batter.
  5. Mix the greek yogurt and maple syrup together.  Add some powdered sugar until it is as sweet and thick as you’d like.
  6. Serve the pancakes in stacks with the yogurt sauce drizzled in-between each pancake.

I am submitting this to Meatless Mondays, hosted by Chaya of My Sweet and Savory.


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79 Responses to Carrot Cake Pancakes

  1. Kristen says:

    So glad to hear you are okay and that you had appropriate snacking material in these pancakes. They would make any natural disaster endurable.

  2. Audrey Ellen says:

    Those look incredible! I once had carrot cake french toast, which was actually french toast made out of CAKE. This looks much healthier and same spicy, carroty flavor!

  3. I did way too much “I’m bored so I’ll eat hurricane snacking” and am regretting not braving the hurricane to come to your apartment and eat these!

  4. bellini says:

    Pancakes can even be healthy and delicious! Love the yogurt maple syrup combination.

  5. Sofia says:

    oh yum. these looks to die for, hurricane-fearing or not. is this dannon greek yogurt cheaper than the others? and do they sell it plain? i just may give it a try. hm.

  6. Johanna GGG says:

    glad you survived the hurricane unscathed – but also glad you were prepared with these pancakes – they sound exactly what i would want in the face of a natural disaster

  7. Ooooh, what a great flavor combo of the carrot pancakes and maple topping! Healthy & yummy too. Awesome job. 🙂

  8. You have just combined my favorite cake in the WORLD with my favorite breakfast item in the WORLD So sweet of you to do this post just for little ole me! 🙂 Seriously, beautiful, intoxicating and simple genius

  9. I LOVE this yogurt! i’ve been putting it in just about everything! In fact, I JUST finished some for breakfast not 5 minutes ago. Yum!

  10. Oh now these pancakes just look beyond awesome!! Just looking at the pictures of them makes me want to go make some right now!!

  11. OohLookBel says:

    Hope you are coping with the aftermath of the storm – though with delicious pancakes like these, who needs rations of canned baked beans?

  12. Glad to hear you’re weathering the storm well.. I know you have a well stocked pantry…. I mean, I was expecting a post with some canned pumpkin or something! 😉

  13. Lora says:

    Fantastic. I especially love the greek yogurt/maple syrup/powdered sugar topping. Wow! Perfect hurricane snack food.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Seeing as carrot cake is my all time favorite cake, it’s a wonder I’ve never made one of the many carrot cake pancake recipes I’ve come across. And the maple yogurt icing? Yummm

  15. Sam says:

    These look great! I especially love that the recipe is for two. Pancake recipes always make enough for a crowd and have a number of eggs that isn’t easily divided. As you know, I’m always looking for ways to sneak veggies into food!

    I’m glad you survived ok in Manhattan. Things aren’t so bad in this part of Brooklyn. We’re going to take a walk and survey the neighborhood in a little while.

  16. Those pancakes look fabulous, esp. with the yogurt sauce flowing all over…

  17. So glad to hear that you are ok….
    These looks wonderful, I love the yogurt.
    Healthy and delicious start to the day.

  18. I did a lot of snacking during the “hurricane” too…and I spend unhealthy amounts of time using my bf’s new ipad 🙂 These carrot cake pancakes look seriously fluffy and delicious! I’m always looking for a new pancake/waffle flavor and will definitely be trying this.

  19. I snacked a ton during the hurricane. My husband took care of the baby all day, bless him, and I puttered around the kitchen like I haven’t had time to do in a long time. Lovely.

  20. Jeanette says:

    Glad to hear you fared well during Hurricane Irene. We were one of the fortunate ones in our town that did not lose power – almost 80% did. Love the carrots in these pancakes!

  21. Good to hear that Irene didn’t wreak havoc.

    I have never heard or nor seen fat free Greek yogurt. Need to pay closer attention when shopping, or maybe its not available here.

  22. Oh goodness! I just want to gobble these up. I have hours to kill before my next class and I’m surfing the net to avoid eating lunch too early. Maybe food blogs were not the best idea for that goal ;p. Glad you’re ok!

  23. yep! i remember when kevin made these lil beauts. and here they are again.
    and i still haven’t made them. fall is coming right? ok good enough

  24. I love Greek yogurt too, but have not had made pancakes with it yet! And – shame on me – I can’t believe I never swirled peanut butter in it. Will remedy that today 😉

  25. Danielle says:

    I need to add this one to our pancake Saturday rotation!

  26. girlichef says:

    Mmmm…carrot cake pancakes sound wonderful! And Greek yogurt is a staple in my fridge, too…can’t get enough!

  27. It’s so hard to find greek yogurt in Rio de Janeiro! Such a shame because I love it!

    Camila Faria

  28. Veronica says:

    As far as things with “carrot cake” in the title go, I’d say these are more like “healthified” than “dehealthified!” They sound so delish! I love Greek yogurt too for the same reasons you do. Regular yogurt just can’t hold a candle to it. I’m glad you fared well with the storms!

  29. Did you say carrot cake, Joanne? Oh my gosh, these pancakes would get me through any natural disaster! Can you somehow stick them in an emergency preparedness kit? Glad you are safe and well; it was better for everyone to be safe than sorry!

  30. Glad you survived the storm just fine. I love that even when you are stress eating you manage to use greek yogurt to somewhat healthify up a recipe. It looks pretty darn tasty.

  31. Tasha says:

    Oh my. I know what we are having for breakfast this Sunday morning. This combines my love of carrot cake with my three year old’s favorite breakfast of pancakes and my current obsession with greek yogurt. So glad you fared well this weekend!

  32. Take care dear girl. These pancakes look so yummy. I love carrot cake and you have integrated the flavors beautifully in the pancakes. with!

  33. Rachana says:

    Take care dear! Those pancakes looks so inviting. Love the yogurt-maple syrup combination.

  34. Oh dear! Carrot cake pancakes! Your crazy. crazy good that is.

  35. I’d call these Irene carrot cake pancakes! So glad you tastefully survived the “gal”. I overate for all of you that I was worried about!!


  36. I am right there with you… I think I ate my weight in honey wheat pretzels sitting at home this weekend.

    Good thing I didn’t have access to these pancakes or I would really have had no self control!

  37. Shannon says:

    Mmmmm, i think i tried joy the baker’s version… fabulous. But who says I can’t make them again? Soon I hope!

  38. Of course, you did healthy hurricane snacking…can’t say the same about this house 🙂 These look great.

  39. Glad you didn’t have any problems from Irene!

  40. cam says:

    glad you were safe in the storm and Ob.Vi.Ous.Ly. well fed!

  41. kankana says:

    I don’t know why all these are happening every where ,. one after another natural calamities. I am glad you are safe and these pancakes looks lovely. Stay safe and healthy 🙂

  42. I got my coupons today! Can’t wait to give the new Greek yogurt a try.

  43. Now that is a post-hurricane type of breakfast. I am glad to hear you made it through alright.

  44. That Girl says:

    I was just at the store picking up yogurt today for the husband and I don’t think I even saw Dannon yogurt anymore. How weird.

  45. Pam says:

    Glad you are safe. I am loving these pancakes and I think my kids would too!

  46. Glad to hear everything is ok with you. You had no choice but to keep yourself busy with pancakes. I understand

  47. I LOVE carrot cakes, and making it in pancake form is so much less guilt-inducing! Glad you made it through the hurricaine ok!

  48. newlywed says:

    Mmm! These look great!

  49. Gloria says:

    Love greek yogurt and these pancakes look yumm Joanne! gloria

  50. Gloria says:

    Im happy of course you are safe and OK, LOL, gloria

  51. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say this on a dannon sponsored post, but here goes: I eat obscene quantities of greek yogurt too and I was delighted to discover that Costco makes their own Kirkland brand which is really good and really cheap. Happiness!

  52. again…genius idea!…and stay safe.

  53. Faith says:

    Glad you’re ok, sweetie! And oh my…these pancakes are exactly why I love you! I’m bookmarking them to make on Saturday (if I can hold out that long! 😉 ).

  54. Reeni says:

    Glad you weathered the storm with lots of scrumptious carrot cake pancakes to help you through! They sound delectable! I love yogurt and syrup on my pancakes.

  55. Amy says:

    I do miss a good ‘ol fashioned thunder storm that are plenty in the midwest. But hurricanes? Um, no. That’s the scary shit. Where people wish they had basements. And definitely Greek yogurt.

    I actually made pumpkin pancakes over the weekend. Now I’m thinking the next time, I’ll add in a little shredded carrot. Jesus, that sounds good.

  56. Desperate times demand desperate measures. These carrot cake pancakes sound like just the thing for a hurricane vigil. 🙂 So glad the storm was kind to you!

  57. Swathi says:

    This carrot cake pancake looks perfect for breakfast.

  58. The pancakes look so thick and tasty!

  59. Oh My. Perfect hurricane therapy!

  60. daphne says:

    hope you are safe!!! and what good looking pancakes- i can’t believe you even managed to sneak in carrots in them! just like carrot cake-but better!

  61. Candace says:

    I’m not usually a pancake eating gal; but, these are calling my name. Carrot cake? Maple Icing? I just got a brand new bottle of syrup so these look like Saturday morning breakfast to me or maybe Tuesday night dinner instead. I’m glad you weathered the storm so well. The mother in me worried about you. 🙂

  62. Monet says:

    I’m officially drooling. I want to make these for dinner. Seriously too good! I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday morning. I’m about to head off to work and begin my day. Much love and hugs from Austin!

  63. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Now I want carrot cake pancakes…right now. Not happy I have to go to work and can’t just sit home and eat pancakes 🙁

  64. Glad to hear that you are safe and sound. Those pancakes look delicious! I’ve had a carrot cake pancake recipe on my desk for a couple weeks now and I am so impatient to make it. After two (well, technically four) batches of zucchini waffles though, I figured I should wait. Now I’m thinking that these just might make a great lunch!

  65. glad you safe, wow what a way to snack!! carrot cake for breakfast!! I’m in!!

  66. Lori says:

    If I had run 12 miles and there was a hurricane coming, I’d be eating too! Hungry in a hurricane would be the worst. And there is absolutely nothing like a little dessert inspired breakfast! Thanks for also mentioning the Blog with Integrity. Love that!

  67. Glad to hear you were not adversely affected by the hurricane. This stack of pancakes with the maple syrup yogurt icing looks fantastic! Greek yogurt is really the best.

  68. Kelly says:

    Great carrot cake pancakes – these are so fabulous and delicious looking to boot. Happy that all went relatively well on the Mother Nature front. Was thinking of you…

  69. Carolyn Jung says:

    Carrot cake pancakes? Holy moly! Now, THAT is the way I wish I could start each and every morning. 😉

  70. grace says:

    boo to hurricanes, hooray to carrot cake anything! great use for that yogurt, joanne!

  71. I really just want to have a day in your mind girl. I think that would be a total blast. These pancakes amaze me 😉

  72. These pancakes look delicious–loving that yogurt sauce. So glad that you were OK. 😉

  73. The next time I have a pancake brunch, I got to try your recipe. the yogurt sauce sounds sound.

  74. Chris says:

    That sure isn’t Aunt Jemima pancakes, lol. Very creative approach, Joanne!

  75. Beth says:

    Oh good lord, Joanne! You were baking at home during the hurricane while I was Shake Shack snacking at the new CT outpost in Westport. I think we both win – but these pancakes look heavenly! And I love greek yogurt. On just about anything. YUM

  76. I love how thick these are! Must make them.

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