Jessica Holmes Shares Her Recipe for a Decadent Carrot Cake Waffle

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It's not exactly fair to say Levi didn't like Jessica Holmes' carrot cake waffle – after all, he dumped it before he even tried a bite. But not only does Jessica promise this recipe is really delicious, she says it's also a great way to get children – and adults – to eat their daily veggies.

These are also excellent to make when you have overripe, brown bananas around the house that you're not sure what to do with.

This segment is a web exclusive for KTLA's California Cooking: Episode 2.

Note: This recipe is just a guideline. Jessica’s cooking philosophy is all about having the freedom to adjust a recipe and improvise in the kitchen based on your personal preferences.


For the waffle:

  • 1 pancake mix (add water or almond milk)
  • 1 overripe banana, mashed
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (can be fresh or from a bag)
  • handful of raisins
  • ½ cup of pecans or other similar nut
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon-sugar (bottled)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup

For the optional cream cheese drizzle:

  • Half block of softened cream cheese
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you want it
  • Splash of milk

To make waffles:

  1. Make the boxed pancake mix as directed on the box. (Jessica uses water or almond milk in hers).
  2. Place the shredded carrots raisins and nuts in the pancake mix butter. Mix in the cinnamon-sugar, vanilla and banana.
  3. If using waffle maker, turn it on and butter the inside.
  4. Pour the batter in and bake for about one minute, until nice and golden brown.
  5. Optional: Top with butter and maple syrup to serve.
  6. Serving size depends on how big your waffle maker is. And if you don't have a waffle maker, you can always make pancakes instead.

To make the cream cheese drizzle:

  1. Using a hand mixer, blend the cream cheese and sugar, using a splash of milk to thin the mixture out enough to drizzle over the waffles.

*Jessica used this $10 waffle maker you can buy at Crate and Barrel.

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