Low Carb Chocolate Pancakes Recipe
Pancakes are something which a lot of people on a keto diet tend to miss. The traditional pancakes are full of carbs and sugar, which as we all know, does not fit into a low carb lifestyle. With this recipe for keto chocolate pancakes, you don’t have to miss pancakes anymore! The great thing about these pancakes is that kids tend to love this recipe too! I mean, chocolate pancakes for breakfast? What’s not to love? So, if you’re following a ketogenic diet but do not want to cook a different breakfast for each member of the family, this is the perfect keto breakfast recipe for you! This filling recipe can even be made as a breakfast on weekdays before the kids head to school.
Coconut Flour Pancakes
This keto pancake recipe is made with a balance of eggs and coconut flour. Coconut flour is preferred over almond flour as it gives the pancakes a golden brown colour, which resembles traditional pancakes more! Plus almond flour tends to burn easily. By the time your almond flour pancakes are done cooking they have a dark brown, burnt appearance. If you don’t like the taste of coconut flour or think the pancakes will have an eggy taste, not to worry as these flavours will be masked by the cream cheese and also by the cocoa powder.
Is Cream Cheese Keto Friendly?
Cream Cheese is keto and is actually recommended to have on a low carb diet. Cream cheese can be used in various recipes and it helps to hit your fat macro goals, whilst also keeping within your protein target. It is a favorite amongst many people following a keto diet as with less than 1g of carbs per serving. It only adds fat to a meal, thus cream cheese is a great addition to any meal or snack where you need to add more fat.
This always depends on the brands you choose, so when picking out cream cheese, it would be wise to have a look at the nutrition label before purchasing. Don’t get flavored cream cheeses. Just stick to plain cream cheese with minimal fillers.
On a keto diet, cream cheese can be used as a thickener for sauces, mixed with heavy creams and herbs to create a dip and even to add more fat on top of meats.
Best Pancake Size
Since keto chocolate pancakes do not contain gluten which is typically what helps to hold traditional pancakes together, it is recommended to make your pancakes no larger than three inches. Any larger and your gluten-free pancakes will be hard to flip.
Keto pancakes are a bit more fragile, so the smaller they are, the less difficult it is to keep the batter together whilst flipping them over. If you would prefer to have bigger pancakes, add in 1/2 teaspoon of xantham gum, as this could help them bind better, and thus, makes them easier to flip.
Griddle vs Non-Stick Skillet for Cooking Pancakes
A griddle is recommended for cooking cream cheese keto pancakes as pancakes are delicate and a griddle can produce more consistent heat which can help the pancakes cook more evenly. If a griddle is not available, a non stick skillet can still be used. Preferably the non stick skillet should be of good quality and have a heavier bottom as it will distribute the heat more evenly than a thin pan would.
However, make sure that the skillet is preheated and that the burner is set to low or low medium. The first side of the pancakes should be cooked longer on low heat so that the pancake batter has time to set around the edges, making it easier to then flip. It would also be better to cover the pan when frying, as this also helps make it easier to flip the pancakes.
Keto Approved Cocoa Powder
For this recipe to be keto friendly, one must use 100% unsweetened cocoa powder as it doesn’t contain sugar. If it doesn’t say 100% cocoa powder, it probably contains additional fillers and sugar that may contain carbohydrates. Look for a cocoa powder that contains 2 g net carbs or less per serving. Sugar free cocoa powder is great for adding chocolate flavor to keto friendly desserts and other sweet keto recipes.
Mixing Cream Cheese Pancake Batter
It is also not a breakfast one would typically get bored of, so it is a fun and positive start to the day! These keto chocolate pancakes are easy and quick to make, perfect for someone who doesn’t like to spend hours in the kitchen. Many keto pancake recipes found online require a lot of time and hassle to make, which is why a lot of people avoid making them. Or they taste gross and eggy; however, these delicious pancakes can be made with a blender, which is such a game changer! Blenders are easy to use and can be quickly washed up afterwards.
It is recommended to use a blender to cut up all of the cream cheese. A blender would probably be the easiest to use and the fastest to clean, which is why we recommend using a blender. However, a food processor would work as well. It is also possible to use a hand mixer, but the pancake batter may come out a little lumpy from the cream cheese. If this doesn’t bother you, then a hand mixer could be a good choice too.
My favorite blender is by BlendTec. It blends this keto chocolate pancake batter super smooth. Other high powered blenders that are recommeneded are the Vitamix and Ninja.
Keto Pancake Syrups and Toppings
Some toppings which can be use to enhance the flavours of these low carb chocolate pancakes are sugar free syrup, yogurt, whipped cream or even berries!
My favorite keto pancake syrup is by ChocZero. Their line of keto syrups are sugar-free and sugar alcohol free. They taste like regular syrup too!
Other Keto Pancake Recipes to Try
If you are pancake lover, try these other keto pancake recipes for breakfast,