Fluffy, Diner-Style Healthy Pancakes… Low Carb and Gluten-Free!

Going to keep this post short and sweet. It’s been a busy weekend! Summer term is already wrapping up, with only a couple weeks of class left.

Healthy Low Carb Pancakes

This morning, I got a craving for pancakes! I’ve been searching for a healthy low carb version of those fluffy white stacks of carb-fog-inducing bliss ever since I saw my friends chowing down on flapjacks at my favorite breakfast diner, The Golden Griddle. It’s a mandatory stop on our annual trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the end of the school year. Every May, Dukies take over this quaint restaurant for a weekend, and get served by the likes of our super friendly waitress Kathleen, and other purveyors of Southern hospitality. We’ve had Kathleen as our server for two years running, so going to Golden Griddle now feels like a special welcome from the small beach town.

These pancakes are just perfect–fluffy, light, and lacking that musty whole grain flavor that tends to be associated with “healthy” bread products. In other words, they taste every bit as good as high carb white flour pancakes! They’re not grain-free, but they are dairy-free and gluten-free if made with certified gluten-free oats. I grind mine into a fine meal in my Magic Bullet or coffee grinder. If you’re looking for grain-free pancakes, check out this recipe using almond meal from Laura Dolson’s low carb about.com site. The blend of coconut and oat flours used here is much more budget-friendly (and low in calories, if you’re interested) than a nut meal based dish. Stay tuned for a recipe for all natural sugar-free “maple syrup”! If you don’t mind sucralose/Splenda sweetened products, the Maple Grove Farms brand sugar-free syrup is a satisfactory replacement for the carb filled “real thing.”

I eat a small serving of two flapjacks as an accompaniment dish to my standard breakfast of scrambled eggs and nitrate-free bacon, not as a main meal. Double or triple the batch to share the love!

Topped with real buttah. Viva la low carb!
Healthy Low Carb Pancakes


Healthy Low Carb Pancakes


Makes 2 medium flapjacks. Serves 1.

Ingredients:
1.5 tablespoons organic heavy cream OR 2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 large egg
3.5 tablespoons water (use only three if using coconut milk)
1/4 cup sifted oat flour (made from GF oats)
2 tablespoons sifted coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1-2 tablespoons sugar-free sweetener (I used a pinch of pure stevia extract and a tablespoon of erythritol)

Preparation:
Heat a nonstick skillet to medium heat, or until a drop of water sizzles and “dances” around the skillet. You don’t have to grease it. When measuring oat or coconut flour, sift a bit of it (or whisk it until the lumps are broken up), and lightly spoon the amount called for into a tablespoon or quarter cup measure. Level off with a knife. Whisk together egg and cream, and add dry ingredients. Whisk batter very well until there are no longer lumps. Let it sit for a minute or two to thicken up. Pour or scrape batter on to skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on surface of pancake. Flip and cook other side for about 30 seconds. Serve with butter and sugar-free maple syrup, or a bit of honey, if desired.

~12g net carbs per serving

Healthy Low Carb Pancakes

What is your favorite healthy breakfast? Leave a comment and share it with us!

Recipes from other blogs you might enjoy:
Grain-Free Coconut Flour Pancakes @ Organic and Thrify
Gluten-Free Flapjacks @ Elana’s Pantry
Low Carb Almond Ricotta Pancakes @ Denver Low Carb Examiner
Purely Pecan Pancakes @ Local Forage

  • Annina

    Ciao Lauren

    Thx so much for sharing this recipe. Sounds absolutely perfect and will give it a try sooooon soon soon! :-) I love to have nature yogurt for breakfast with fresh fruits like watermelon, pineapple, apple, berries,…. have a great weekend! Annina

  • Mélanie

    I'm so happy I found your blog through tastespotting! I'm paying attention to what I eat (no sugar except for fruits, no flour, etc…), which means that I don't get to eat a lot of the goodies I prepare for the others… Your pancakes look great, I'll be able to eat them guilt free!! Thanks a lot!

  • ew

    Hi, do you actually taste the coconut? (I've never used coconut flour before but have used the milder tasting version of coconut oil)

  • tastestopping

    We eat pancakes at our house almost everyday. To the point that I often get requests for something else from my kids! (I sneak sweet potato puree into ours.)

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  • shilpa

    Lauren these look delicious–and the fact that they are healthy makes them that much more amazing! I can't wait to try this out once summer session madness is over!!

  • Marta

    You had me at "low carb"!
    I've been living the low-carb lifestyle for 5 years now and I've never felt better, that's why I'm always excited to find new recipes and idea to add to the repertoire. I'm glad to have found your blog!

  • Kalyn

    The pancakes look delicious!

  • Alisa – Frugal Foodie

    Those look so pillowy and delicious!

  • Jennifer

    Im going to have to try these!!! I LOVE to cook with coconut flour but its hit or miss for me! thanks :)

  • ms. v

    those look glorious!

    do you think the oat flour could be replaced with protein powder, or maybe protein powder with a tiny bit of coconut flour?

  • BkBabe

    O Lauren!
    Thank you so much for this recipe. I, too, have also been fighting an immense weekly craving for pancakes. This recipe comes right in the nick of time.

    I've been making my own greek yogurt lately – easy, yummy and so economical – so may try using the leftover whey in place of water in the recipe.

  • Simply…Gluten-free

    Wow, I love the idea of using the cocnut milk. Great recipe. Would you like to participate in a gluten-free blog event I am hosying this month? I would love to have a submission from you – here's the link: http://simplygluten-free.blogspot.com/2009/05/go-ahead-honey-its-gluten-free-june.html

  • Meagan

    OOh Lauren! You are killing me with these great coconut flour recipes that I love! VIVA PANCAKES! I love them and am always searching for a healthier TASTIER version than the classic "american pancake breakfast" — Thanks so much for sharing! I enjoy your recipes so much, and I will definitely be trying this one THIS week!

  • GuusVR

    Those pancakes may be "low carb", but they are not healthy! They are packed with saturated fats from the cream or coconut milk. Who says carbohydrates are bad for you?

  • Rachel

    Maria, the cook in our house has been reading your blog for some time and tried several of your recipes.

    Today she made this one and they were awesome. Just like regular pancakes. You can't taste the coconut flour at all and its wonderful that it doesn't have Soy flour, like other pancake recipes we have tried. This one is going in the permanent cookbook.

    Thanks so much,
    rachel (wildflower)

  • Leslie

    WOW..those ARE some fluffy pancakes!!!
    my favorite healthy breakfast? An egg white omlet

  • Alisa – Frugal Foodie

    Oops, I forgot to mention my favorite healthy breakfast! Right now, that would definitely a huge smoothie, but I also love to whip up oat waffles.

  • comfybelly.com

    Great recipe! I have a coconut pancakes recipe, but haven't thought to use oat flour. I'll have to look for that – can't wait to try this.

  • lisamichele

    Those panackes look like full, fat IHOP pancakes and that's a compliment! I'm literally drooling! Thanks so much for the nice comment about my little apple dumplings. They WERE really yummy!

  • Anonymous

    The Maple Grove Farms product does contain Splenda, but it's the fifth ingredient down, while the second ingredient is Sorbitol – which is really problematic for many people, almost as bad as maltitol.

    I haven't yet found an acceptable maple syrup substitute. I tried the DaVinci product, but it was incredibly bitter, and it burned my tongue. If you have another suggestion, I'd welcome it!

  • Kimberly

    Hi Lauren,
    I may have to give those pancakes a try for dinner:)

    I wanted to let you know that I am having a give away on my blog tomorrow. Hope you can stop by:)

  • Kelly

    Oh my gosh, these look soooo good! I never would have thought to make gf oats into flour -so smart!

    My favorite healthy breakfast is just fresh berries or mango and walnuts with homemade almond milk. Not so creative, but very delicious :-)

  • Gwuinifer

    Those look so fluffy, Lauren! Thanks for reminding me about oat flour. I had shunted it to the back of my baking vocabulary for no particular reason other than that I had been out of it for a while! I also took a note out of your book about using honey, and concocted some SERIOUSLY fabulous lemon curd. I posted the recipe! I think I'll try your pancakes this weekend, maybe for dessert. I find that if I save my slightly carbier healthy indulgences for the end of the day, I have less cravings during the day. Plus, everyone loves breakfast for the midnight munchies! :D

  • pigpigscorner

    Loving the healthy pancakes! Looks so fluffy!

  • Cara

    These look great! I'll have to get some coconut flour to try them out. My standard breakfasts include eggbeaters and chicken sausage, or oateal mixed with protein powder. But for a special treat, these high fiber / high protein pumpkin pancakes are awesome. http://carascravings.blogspot.com/2009/04/high-fiber-high-protein-pumpkin.html

  • Venus ~ Vi

    Oh my! These are some fluffy pancakes! Drool~~~~~~~~

    Thanks for sharing this very special and interesting recipe~

  • Mommy Kong

    Yummy, I'm eating these right now as I write this. They are nice and fluffy but yet substantial, a nice change from making Oopsie Roll Pancakes. I doubled the recipe but it was more filling than I thought and I have two pancakes leftover…I'm thinking McGriddle sandwiches for lunch! Mmmm. Thanks Lauren. You're inspiring. I've made many of your recipes and they are always good.

  • Chet

    These are amaaazing! I made them this morning using coconut milk and half erythritol and half trehalose(healthy sweetener). They didn't turn out as fluffy as the ones in your picture but taste sooo good. Here's a picture i took.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v446/groovedaddy21/food/lowcarbpancakes.jpg

    I added some shredded coconut, macadamia nut and sliced banana on top, a tropical twist for an already perfect pancake. It's still low carb in my book. Thanks for the recipe and i'm so glad to have found your treasure of a site. Cheers!

  • Sophie

    Fantasticly fluffy! Never knew pancakes could be low-carb, awesome recipe. I love using almond meal, it almost gives baked goods (pancakes included) a yummy buttery flavor, minus the butter! It's awesome.

  • Anonymous

    These look delicious Lauren, can't wait to try them. There is an all natural sugar free maple syrup available from the link below although i haven't bought it yet so not sure what's in it. http://www.abountifulharvest.com/xcart/product.php?productid=296014&cat=296&page=1

  • Bonnie

    Thank you so much for these! I made them last week for my DH as he has been craving pancakes since we started Atkins (tried a pork rind recipe…ok, but not great). These were wonderful. I won't be making them often as they are still on the high side of carbs since we are still in the weightloss phase of our eating plan – but they will definitely go in my "keeper" file! Plus, my niece is going to start treatment for yeast overgrowth next week and this will be a blessing to her as pancakes are one of her favorites! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!!!

  • Bonnie

    FYI – Nature's Hollow makes sugar free syrups (maple & raspberry) with xylitol. There are several places online to purchse including netrition and emerald forest.

  • Scale Junkie

    great recipe. I'm really enjoying your blog, thanks for sharing your recipes with the world

  • Margie

    Just found your blog, whoa! Some great recipes I can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing, and the link to Iherb!!!

  • Chef Rachel

    Wow, Lauren these look fantastic, light, fluffy and delish! You do such a great job making your pictures look "to live for!" I look forward to trying them as a special sunday treat sometime! Sounds great with bacon or sausage, eggs, and some berries on top.

    I love reading your blog and looking at the yummy pix!

    Best,
    Chef Rachel

  • Chef Rachel

    Oh, one of my favorite breakfasts: an omelet or scrambled eggs w/herbs, bacon, blanched broccoli or mixed vegetables, and a bowl of blueberries or sliced strawberries topped with raw coconut butter. Hard to pick a single morning meal, I have so many foods I love.

  • Tricina

    Hi Lauren, I just found this blog yesterday and have been glued to it, reading each entry. You do amazing work. I've stopped eating all sugar and refined flours, all processed foods, etc. for about three weeks. And I feel amazing. Thanks to you and your blog I think I'll really be able to make it permanent. As soon as I can track down some coconut flour I'll be cooking up a storm.

  • à la ganache

    These look delicious!

  • bethinNC

    THese were great. 5 year old DS doesn't love coconut flour in various low carb goodies, but these (plus butter and some real maple syrup) passed his test. 2.5 year old DD had hers w/ just butter, as did I. I split the recipe among the three of us…one bigger pancake for me and two smaller ones for them.

    Nice to have another option once in a while! Thanks again, Lauren. You truly make it so much easier for us to keep up with the low carb lifestyle.

  • Lauren

    Annina – Your yogurt sounds delicious! Bet it's just wonderful with all that fruit. :)

    Melanie – I hope you enjoy the sugar-free recipes! Try the pancakes and lemme know how you like them.

    ew – No, you cannot taste the coconut! Give these a shot.

    Tastestopping – I bet that sweet potato puree makes your pancakes yummy! Thanks for stopping by. :)

    Shilpa – Thanks for stopping by, girl! I'll definitely make these for you.

    Marta – Glad you found the blog! Hope you get to try out these low carb treats. :)

    Kalyn – Thank you!

    Alisa – They are fluffy! Give 'em a shot.

    Jennifer – You can't even tell these have coconut flour in them. :) Enjoy!

    Ms V – The oat flour is pretty essential for the right texture in these. If you try them with modifications, please share how they work out!

    BkBabe – Please share how you like the pancakes if you try them with whey! Bet your yogurt is fabulous. I'd love to see your method for making it!

    Simply Gluten-Free – Thank you for the invite! Maybe next time. :)

    Meagan – Let me know how these work out if you try them! Viva la pancakes is right, yum.

    GuusVR – Please see the links to the left of my blog content for answers your health questions about saturated fats. Basically, as long as you keep your carbs low, you're good with the sat fats!

    Rachel – I am SO glad you've tried these and enjoyed 'em. Say thanks for Maria for me, haha!

    Leslie – Thanks! Omelets are a staple for me, too.

    Comfybelly – Hope you enjoy the pancakes!

    Lisamichele – They are better than IHOP, haha! Thanks for stopping by.

    Anon – Did you try the Maple Grove Farms product and have a bad experience? The amount of sorbitol it has per 1/4 cup serving does not seem to bother me. I will work on a syrup alternative for you using erythritol.

    Kimberly – Thank you for the heads up! Let me know how these pancakes work out for you.

    Kelly – Can't go wrong with fruit and almond milk! Sounds like a refreshing summer meal. Thank you for stopping by!

    Gwuinifer – Pancakes for dinner sounds great to me! I will be checking out your curd recipe. Good to see you around again!

    Pigpigs – Thank you!

    Cara – Thank you for linking me to the protein pancake recipe! I will definitely be checking that out.

    Venus – You're welcome! Hope you get to try 'em.

    Mommy Kong – Glad to see you commenting again! Great to hear the recipe worked out for you. McGriddles?! Oh man, that sounds fantastic. :D

    Chet – Thanks so much for sharing your success with the pancakes! And for taking a photo–always appreciated! Bet they were even better with the fruit.

    Sophie – Thanks for stopping by! Almond meal is so yummy.

    Anon – Thanks for sharing the link to that product! It looks great. I do wonder if it contains maltitol though–can't handle that stuff!

    Bonnie – Glad the pancakes worked well for y'all! I wish you success with the weight loss phase of your plan. :) Hope your niece enjoys these, too! Thanks for the tip about the syrups.

    Scale Junkie – Thank you for the nice comment!

    Margie – You are welcome! Iherb is a great source for some of these special ingredients. I am always looking to share the best deal! :)

    Chef Rachel – Thank you so much! I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. Hope you get to try these! I'll have to track down that coconut butter you mentioned.

    Tricina – I really hope you were able to find that coconut flour! Best of luck with your chosen eating plan. Let me know how you like the recipes you end up trying!

    A la ganache – Thank you!

    BethinNC – So glad the family liked the pancakes. Bet the butter and real maple syrup took them over the top! I always appreciate your feedback.

  • Kristen

    Wow! These look fantastic.

  • Carolyn Jung

    Low carb pancakes that look this fluffy? Wow, I am impressed! ;)

  • Anonymous

    These are the bestest ever!

  • Katy

    Lauren,

    These pancakes are fantabulous. If I hadn't tried them myself, I would never have believed it. Your recipes are amazing. I'm on mission to try them all. Thank you especially for avoiding gluten and soy–it's wonderful to find a pro WAPF low-carver. If you did a cookbook, I would be first in line to buy it. Looking toward to new posts!

  • Lauren

    Hi Katy! I am so glad you enjoyed the pancakes. Thank you for your sweet comment! GO WAPF. :)

    ~L

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  • Valen

    I just tried these pancakes and they were PERFECT! I'm on a very strict diet and have tried many pancake recipes, but they were dense and had funny flavors, but not these! They were just as good or better than the gluten ones and they are healthy. My favorite pancake recipe used to be with a bunch of white starches, not good. I am not supposed to have grain, but I splurged for these.

  • Holly

    Oh my soul, spectacular!!! Just tried these for the first time and they are just as good as my old standy, Krusteaz. Thanks for the site. I have tried many of your recipes and they never fail!!!

  • Sarah Catherine

    Hi Lauren! I recently cut out refined sugars and flours, and I've been lurking around your site trying to figure out which recipe to try first! My coconut flour finally arrived and I had these after my morning run. AMAZING!! Mine were a little less fluffy than your standard Bisquick recipe but the density made them much more satisfying. I threw some blueberries and strawberries on the stove with some erythritol and stevia to make a fruit syrup…so good! Thank you for all of the time you put into your blog. I'm trying your black bean chocolate cake to celebrate the beginning of Spring break. =)

  • amateur

    Would buckwheat be an acceptable sub. for oat flour? I live in a teeny town and any speciality flours I have to travel to buy. I wonder, though, because every single GF pancake recipe has turned out flat and tough, regardless of what went into it.

  • clark

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  • clark

    This would be great for our breakfast party. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Anonymous

    OMG, these are the best pancakes I've ever had!!! This is the first time that I've actually liked a flour-free, low carb version of something better than the original!!! You are a genius! Thank you so much for this!!! I might try using this batter to make a cobbler, too…hmmm…

  • igor

    thx for sharing this recipe with us,very much apreciated,lol

  • Amy

    I’ve been eating low carb on the Atkins way of living for the past 5 years or so. After I started the diet, I really enjoyed the extra energy I have while eating low carb and it has increased my blood chemistry as well! I’m very thankful to Dr. Atkins. I would really recommend it to anyone looking to adopt a new healthy way of living.

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  • john

    Looks and sounds yummy!gonna try right away!

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I used coconut milk instead of the cream and followed everything exactly (except I'm too lazy to sift flours ;) ) and it was INCREDIBLE! Scrumptious! I'm scheming a way to make them into chocolate chip chocolate pancakes that I used to have at IHOP as a child….

  • Anonymous

    Thank you very much for giving me this chance and writing such an interesting blog. Good recipes.

  • VanCityBookGirl

    These look awesome! Can't wait to make them.
    You should give this healthy recipe a try!
    http://vancitybookgirl.blogspot.com/2011/10/yummy-protein-pancakes.html

  • Mike @ HandmeaFork.com

    I love these ideas. I make great pancakes using greek yogurt in place of milk and butter. Here is a link to the recipe:

    http://www.handmeafork.com/2012/01/healthy-blueberry-pancakes-with.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02483137967174105912 K

    If you follow the scientists, the last ten years have found that actually st fats are very good for you.

  • Courtney

    Yum!
    I altered these a bit to suit allergies:
    Substituted almond meal for coconut flour as I am allergic to flour and vanilla yoghurt instead of cream as I am lactose intolerant. Great that that are wheat free already!
    I did use oat bran because I didn't have oat flour, but still tasted amazing.
    LOVE these! Not only are they not bad for you, they actually contain some good essential nutrients too! Nothing better than a pancake that's good for you.
    Finding your recipe made my day (:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07442810560977526337 Helen

    Ok, had an error when I posted first comment, will try this again. Thank you for this fantastic recipe. These taste better than regular pancakes. I spread some Olivio Coconut Spread (tastes like butter and sooooo good) and a little sugar free strawberry jam..one word, Heaven!

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  • Latia

    I made these this morning and my batter was super thin and watery and never thickened up even after letting it sit. You list water in the ingredient list, but then you don’t mention it in the directions. I added 3 tablesoons of water since I used coconut milk instead of heavy cream. I tried making a pancake and it came out extremely thin and flat. Was I wasn’t supposed to add water? Also, I used the refrigerated coconut milk “beverage” from Trader Joes instead of coconut milk from the can. Could that be part of the problem?

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

      Latia, the coconut milk beverage will not work. It has been thinned out, so it is watery and does not contain enough fat to stiffen the batter.

  • max

    since when eggs are healthy? They are full of chemicals most of the time.
    (unless self produced by your own hens, and even in that case, you still have to be careful)
    try a vegan recipe….that would be better

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Max, there are many wonderful vegan blogs with great recipes. I hope you are able to find some that fit with your eating plan.

    • JakUnlimited

      Eggs are always healthy.

  • http://www.sonyamccoywilson.com Sonya

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I am low carb, gluten-free, and I have usually hated all of the gluten-free pancakes I’ve had. These really hit the spot! I’m also pregnant and woke up today craving pancakes. Thank God I found your website and these pancakes! I am a happy pregnant lady!

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Hi, Sonya! Glad to hear that the g-free pancakes hit the spot. Sometimes you gotta try a lot of disappointing recipes to find a good one. ;) Congrats on the baby!

      Do you mind if I use your nice remarks as a testimonial? I’m shooting you an email.

  • Sandra

    How many total carbs are in this recipe?

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

      300 calories, 18g net carbs for the entire recipe

  • Cathy

    Did you use a non-stick tefal pan, or a non-stick ceramic pan?

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

      Hi, Cathy! I used a non-stick ceramic pan.

  • Cindy Hyson Hannon

    I will be making these this morning! Cannot wait to try, they look so yummy. If I want to lower the net carb count, I believe I can do so by subbing Oat Fiber for the Oat Flour… I will let you know how it works out! I will also be making a Blueberry syrup to top them as I have an abundance of them today. Just got your cookbook, thanks! Happy Independence Day :)