Keto Pancakes with Almond Flour and Cream Cheese

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Low-carb pancakes recipe - Dr. Axe

Pancakes are typically viewed as one of those indulgent foods that you can never enjoy when you’re trying to be healthy or lose weight. Luckily, with some great gluten-free, low-carb and high-protein flours on the market today, you can prepare pancakes so that they are actually beneficial for your health — and waistline.

My fluffy keto pancakes (that are also low-carb pancakes) are made with almond flour, grass-fed cream cheese and eggs. If you’re on a keto diet, low-carb diet or just trying to keep to a certain amount of net carbs or carbs per day, try these delicious and nutritious pancakes that have the perfect keto macros: 22 grams of fat, 11 grams of protein and just 2 grams of net carbs per serving.

You’ll want to make them your new go-to breakfast!

Keto Pancake Ingredients

For the ideal keto pancake, you want to have healthy fats, little to no carbs and moderate levels of protein. These following ingredients deliver, plus they’re also loaded with health benefits.

  • Almond flour: Almond flour is a completely gluten-free flour that’s made up of ground almonds and comes with a ton of health benefits, like boosting your heart health, managing your blood sugar levels, improving your energy levels and helping you to lose weight. It’s low in saturated fatty acids, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, and contains filling fiber, unique and protective phytosterol antioxidants, as well as plant-based protein.
  • Eggs: For most keto dieters, eggs are mainstay. Eggs are high in a number of important nutrients. Although the exact amount can vary based on the type, size and cooking method, eggs are typically high in healthy fats, protein, selenium, vitamin A, phosphorus, riboflavin and vitamin B12.
  • Cream cheese: A classic keto food, regular cream cheese is ideal nutrition for the macros you’re looking for. A two tablespoon serving provides 96 calories, 9.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of protein and 1 gram of carbs.
Keto pancake ingredients

You may also be surprised to find that this recipe doesn’t contain any type of sweetener. Of course, you can always top your almond flour pancakes with syrup just like you would with regular pancakes, but then this would no longer fall under the category of keto recipes.

Instead, if you need extra sweetness, I recommend using stevia along with some berries that you can heat up and pour over. I personally think the cinnamon adds the perfect amount of flavor, though, and you won’t need it.

Otherwise, if you crave that maple syrup flavor, you can buy Lakanto Maple Syrup, a keto maple syrup that uses monk fruit extract for its sweetener. It contains only one net carb per serving.

Low-carb pancakes recipe - Dr. Axe

How to Make Keto Pancakes

For this low-carb pancake recipe, you’re going to need a blender and frying pan. If you don’t have a blender, or you rather mix the ingredients by hand, that will work, too!

Start by combining your ingredients, which includes almond flour, baking powder, grass-fed cream cheese, eggs and cinnamon. You may be worried that with so many eggs, these pancakes will have an eggy consistency, but don’t worry! When cooked properly, these pancakes have an incredibly soft, fluffy texture.

Low-carb pancakes step 2 - Dr. Axe

Use a blender or fork to mix all of the ingredients up until combined and smooth.

Low-carb pancakes step 3 - Dr. Axe

Next, add butter (I prefer grass-fed butter) or avocado oil to a frying pan over medium heat. Once the butter or oil begins to spread, you can start frying up your low-carb, keto pancakes.

Pour in 2–3 tablespoons of batter per pancake. Once the center begins to bubble, which usually takes about 3–4 minutes, it’s ready to turn over. If you keep the pancakes on the smaller side, they are easier to handle and turn over without breaking.

Low-carb pancakes step 5 - Dr. Axe

Now that’s a good looking stack of pancakes to serve!

Low-carb pancakes recipe - Dr. Axe

Just top them off with butter and cinnamon, and your low-carb keto pancakes are ready to enjoy. Alternatively, heat up a half cup of frozen blueberries (a keto-friendly fruit), add a little stevia and pour over the pancakes. Or use a monk fruit–sweetened maple syrup.

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Keto pancakes

Keto Pancakes Recipe


  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

My fluffy low-carb keto pancakes are made with almond flour, grass-fed cream cheese and eggs. You’ll be amazed how delicious they are, as well as easy to make.


Ingredients

Scale
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup grass-fed cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter or avocado oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.
  2. In a frying pan, over medium heat, add in the butter or oil.
  3. Pour in 2–3 tablespoons of batter per pancake and turn over once the center begins to bubble (usually takes about 3–4 minutes).
  4. Top with butter and cinnamon. Alternatively, use half-cup of frozen blueberries with a little bit of stevia; heat up in small pan and pour over pancakes. You can also use a keto-approved monk fruit maple syrup.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Breakfasts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 pancakes (91g)
  • Calories: 256
  • Sugar: 1.8g
  • Sodium: 194mg
  • Fat: 22.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12.1
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.5g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 10.5g
  • Cholesterol: 198mg

Keywords: keto pancakes, low carb pancakes, cream cheese pancakes, almond flour pancakes

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59 Comments

  1. Emma Garza on

    Thanks for providing Keto friendly recipes. Since I am a diabetic I am always looking for
    Keto friendly recipes that help me control my blood sugars.

    Reply
    • Jim on

      You could try buckwheat flour or coconut flour. Coconut flour is hydrophilic (it likes to drink a lot of water), so research some recipes for coconut flour pancakes and experiment.

      Reply
  2. Senta on

    Sounds wonderful! May I add protein powder and maybe a few blueberries?and substitute cottage cheese for the cream cheese? Thank you!

    Reply
  3. Irma on

    Hi Dr. Axe
    Searching the internet for low carbs food I just happen to stumble on your website; I enjoy reading the information you place on the internet about the importance of keeping a low blood sugar level. Thanks very much for the good information I read today about how you can keep a normal blood sugar level.

    Reply
  4. Nicole on

    Hi I cant eat eggs. Which is making me struggle with this keto lifestyle. I still tried this recipe but the eggs still caused me pain. What are some good substitutes for the eggs in this recipe or in general?

    Reply
  5. Marci Nelson on

    Hi I have a problem with developing kidney stones from oxalate, my urologist tells me I need to limit high oxalate foods as well as protein and salt, due to this, is the ketogenic diet even an option for me?

    Reply
  6. Melissa on

    The grams are for the people who track what they eat daily on apps. You would use the measurements that were provided at the beginning to make them.

    Reply
    • Nicole on

      They make lactose free cream cheese as well as vegan cream cheese. Depending on if your dairy sensitivity is lactose related. Both of these should work in this recipe.

      Reply
  7. Terry Nelson on

    Can you please tell me where I can find all these grass fed items such as butter and cream cheese? I would like to try the keto diet however I cannot afford many of these higher priced diets……………I will do my best! I am diabetic and have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and I can’t lose weight to save my soul!
    Thank you for your response! I live in Florida and do not know many places to obtain these items besides possibly – Trader Joe’s???

    Reply
  8. Lisa on

    Wonderful recipe. Will pancakes freeze? Will leftover batter keep in refrigerator?
    Great with organic pure peanut or almond butter as topping.

    Reply
  9. Brenda Swaby on

    Hi I have just joined you ,I am so pleased ,like having my own doctor on hand ,so interesting ,can not put my I pad down ,I really find it comforting ,in what I am reading and learning ,Thank you Dr Axe .

    Reply
  10. Maria on

    Recipe looks great! I was wondering if creamy goat cheese could replace cream cheese?
    Also cinnamon used should be Ceylon rather than cassia right?
    They probably could be fried on iron pan not on teflon? or it doesn’t matter?

    Reply
  11. Bernadette on

    Dr Axe, if on chemo for primary colon tumour with mets to large and small bowel and pelvic area – I have to try regain / maintain weight, would ketogenic diet be best as I need to eliminate sugar but definitely need to bump up a bit of weight/calories
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Pete Zuhut on

      Hi Bernadette, as a colon cancer survivor I just wanted to reach out and let you know, I have your back. Just FYI, you might want to look into the interaction of sugar and cancer cells. Amazing stuff.

      Reply

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