High-Fat, Low-Carb Pancakes: A Keto-Approved Breakfast

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 low-carb pancakes (that are also keto pancakes) are made with almond flour, grass-fed cream cheese and eggs. If you’re on a 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 — you’ll want to make them your new go-to breakfast!

Health Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

When you follow a low-carb diet, you are reducing the amount of glucose being consumed. Without glucose, your body begins to burn fat for energy instead. And when you add healthy fats to your meals, like you do on a ketogenic diet, your body uses fat for energy, and you experience weight loss and improvements in your overall health. Keto recipes include foods like coconut oil, eggs, avocados, nuts and other healthy fats.

Low-carb pancakes recipe - Dr. Axe

What happens on the keto diet is your body goes into a state of ketosis, which means that most of its energy comes from ketone bodies that are created by the liver so it can burn fat for fuel. Ketones can burn fat more efficiently than carbs, and you become a “fat burner” rather than a “sugar burner.”

Not only will a low-carb, high-fat diet help you lose weight fast and reduce cravings, it also improves your cognitive function, reduces your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, improves your digestion and hormone balance and may even help fight cancer. (1)

Nutrition Facts

One keto, low-carb pancake made with this recipe contains roughly the following (2, 3, 4):

    • 170 calories
    • 7 grams protein
    • 14 grams fat
    • 3 grams carbohydrates
    • 1 gram sugar
    • 1 gram fiber
    • 0.2 milligrams vitamin B2 (25 percent DV)
    • 96 milligrams choline (23 percent DV)
    • 2.8 milligrams vitamin E (19 percent DV)
    • 425 IUs vitamin A (18 percent DV)
    • 0.35 micrograms vitamin B12 (15 percent DV)
    • 0.4 milligrams vitamin B5 (10 percent DV)
    • 20 micrograms folate (5 percent DV)
    • 0.07 milligrams vitamin B6 (5 percent DV)
    • 0.5 milligrams niacin (4 percent DV)
    • 0.03 milligrams thiamin (3 percent DV)
    • 9.9 micrograms selenium (18 percent DV)
    • 120 milligrams phosphorus (17 percent DV)
    • 0.24 milligrams manganese (13 percent DV)
    • 0.1 milligrams copper (13 percent DV)
    • 0.7 milligrams zinc (10 percent DV)
    • 144 milligrams sodium (10 percent DV)
    • 29 milligrams magnesium (9 percent DV)
    • 1 milligram iron (6 percent DV)
    • 57 milligrams calcium (6 percent DV)
    • 130 milligrams potassium (3 percent DV)
Low-carb pancakes ingredients - Dr. Axe

You couldn’t get those nutrients from regular pancakes! Here’s a quick glance at some of the top health benefits associated with the ingredients in these low-carb, Paleo pancakes:

  • Almond flour: Almond flour is a completely gluten-free flour that is also low in carbohydrates. It’s made 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. (5)
  • Cinnamon: Maybe you don’t think much about the health benefits of cinnamon when you add it to recipes, but it’s actually full of very powerful antioxidants. Cinnamon is one of the most beneficial spices on earth because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial and immunity-boosting properties. (6) 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. I personally think the cinnamon adds the perfect amount of flavor, though, and you won’t need it.

How to Make Low-Carb Pancakes

Low-carb pancakes step 1 - Dr. AxeFor 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!

Low-carb pancakes step 2 - Dr. Axe

Start by combining your ingredients, which includes ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon of almond flour, ½ cup grass-fed cream cheese, 4 eggs and ½ teaspoon of 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 3 - Dr. Axe

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

Low-carb pancakes step 4 - Dr. Axe

Next, add 1 tablespoon of 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.

Low-carb pancakes step 5 - Dr. Axe

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 recipe - Dr. Axe

Now that’s a good looking stack of pancakes! Just top them off with butter and cinnamon, and your keto low-carb pancakes are ready to enjoy.

Low-carb pancakes recipe - Dr. Axe

Total Time

20 minutes




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


  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

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    • 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.

  1. Senta on

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. WHY on

    Why are INGREDIENTS in cups and Low-Carb Pancakes Nutrition Facts in grams?

    How much is 1/2 cup of almond flour in grams?
    How much is 1/2 cup of butter in grams?

    This is so confusing, I cant even measure it.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  6. 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???

  7. Lisa on

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

  8. 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 .

  9. 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?

  10. 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

    • 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.


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