Put the orange zest, cardomom, butter and maple syrup into a bowl and combine. Shape into a log , wrap and chill
Combine the ricotta, egg yolks and milk
In a separate bowl sift the flour baking powder and spices then stir in the quinoa flakes and almond meal. Make a well in the centre and stir in the ricotta mixture.
Whisk the eggwhites in a separte bowl till stiff peaks form. Fold into the ricotta mixture with the grated carrot.
Melt a little of the butter in a non stick frying pan over medium heat and drop 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake into the pan. Cook for 3 minutes, until the underside is golden, turn and cook the other side for 3 minutes, until golden. Transfer the pancakes and keep warm in the oven while you cook the remaining pancakes.
Serve the pancakes topped with orange, cinnamon and maple butter and a good splash of maple syrup