Skinny Pancakes

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The last time I had real pancakes was when I was going to college and drinking a little more than I probably should have been. Pancakes (and bagels) were the perfect hangover cure back then. That was also during a time when I wasn't taking the best care of myself and unfortunately my diabetes took a little back seat.

I have decided that just because I can't eat carbs does not mean I need to sacrifice some of my favorite foods. HELLO pancakes and mashed potatoes.

These might just change your life...okay maybe not but they have definitely made my Saturday mornings just a little bit more exciting. I used this recipe as a guideline and made a few tiny tweaks along the way. The magic ingredient in these pancakes that makes them virtually carb free is almond meal/flour.

What you will need:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 tbs of cooking oil. I use walnut oil
  • 1 tsp of stevia or sweetener
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (optional but I think it makes them taste delicious)

* you could also add a dash of vanilla for a little extra sweetness.

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Measure out 1/4 cup of batter and pour onto a a hot pan will a little butter or oil. Cook them as you would normally cook pancakes.
  3. Flip them when you see a few bubbles on the top and the underside is light brown.
If you are a carb counter here is a little break down of how "skinny" these really are...Pancake mix or regular flour has about 24 grams of carbs for every 1/4 cup, almond flour has only 3 grams of carbs for every 1/4 cup. That is a HUGE difference.

These definitely have the taste of almonds, which I love. They are not as sweet as regular pancakes but you can add blueberries or bananas into the mix to spruce them up a bit! I also recommend topping each pancake with a little butter. I noticed this helps to soften them up and make them taste even more like the real deal. Not only are these delicious but they will not make a dent on your scale!

PLEASE leave a comment below if you try these. I would love to know what you think!

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90 comments:

Olivia said...

This looks amazing! I will have to try it!

Michelle P said...

Yum that looks good!

Torikay said...

So grateful for your "skinny" posts. My husband is Type 1 and I had gestational diabetes with my second pregnancy, so I'm always on the look out for diabetes-friendly recipes that don't taste like..... well, yucky.

Paislea Elyse said...

pancakes sound so tasty right now!

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musingsofheatherlyb said...

This is such a great idea - I recently discovered almond flour for my low carb lifestyle. I found a recipe online for chicken nuggets, and I'll eventually post it on my blog - but it's just cut up chicken breasts, dipped in beaten egg, dipped in almond flour with some spices, and then baked. It was so good, and I love feeling like I'm not missing out on any foods.

Thanks,
Heather

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

These look positively delish! I have never used almond flour - sounds soooo good!
J

Kristen said...

Mmmm, I am definitely going to have to try these babies out! I would have to add some Blueberries and Strawberries to it as my tweak!
Thanks for the recipe!


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Lauren said...

I wonder if you could pour this into a waffle maker? I totally bet you could. It's worth a shot anyway... I love pancakes, I'm just obsessed with my new waffle maker because it's idiot proof =X

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Lauren- They might actually be even better as waffles! Great idea!

Elaine said...

Another genius post. Thanks! These look so yummy.

Lindsay said...

Awesome recipe! I would love to give it a try! Thanks Linds!

Kelly . said...

They sound great! I will give them a try & let you know. Thanks for the banana recipe on twitter...I had a heck of time trying to find it :)

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Oh I would love to make pancakes tomorrow for breakfast! Those look so yummy!

sherri lynn said...

Wow these are definitely a lot skinnier! I love how creative you are when it comes to finding alternatives for the foods you love!

Alexa said...

What? Wow...and I mean just by looking at them I would have guessed they were the real things. Going to give them a try!

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Oh, wow! These look delicious!! I'm gonna have to look for almond flour next time I go to the store! :)
I hope you're having a wonderful week!
xoxo,
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

YUM. I have been making pancakes lately with equal parts all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, quinoa flakes, and flax seed meal. I have kind of forgotten what the regular kind tastes like. :)

Shannon said...

I just recently went gluten free (for a second time) and I've been trying to come up with a good pancake recipe. Thanks! I'll try them this weekend and let you know!

Joanna said...

Great recipe!I love Almond Meal. It can also be used to make French Macarons! YUM!

Daisy said...

Wow these sound great!

Anna Elder said...

Yum! Pancakes are my ultimate comfort food and definitely my hangover cure. I'll have to try these. I've stopped making them the last few years. Mmmmmm already thinking about the weekend. :)

Erin said...

I love eating pancakes as a midnight snack...how terrible is that?! ha ha..I have not done it in so long, but now I am craving them! :) At least these are "skinny!"

Natalie said...

I just ate 8 pancakes in my mind!! I'm SO making these so that I can eat 8 and think that I'm just eating one! Thanks Linds!! xx Nat

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Thanks for the recipe, definitely recreating it when I get back to Toronto (can't get Almond meal here) ;)

Little Tree Vintage said...

im a giant pancake girl! this made me soooo hungry!

The Tiny Closet said...

I just discovered your blog and I love all of the tips and healthy recipes!!! I'm a new follower!!

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Jamie said...

I love pancakes on Sunday mornings, my husband and I do it every week! I've tried making them with almond flour but they never turned out quite right, so I'm excited to give these a try!

Sharstin said...

my kiddos are pancake freaks so i will for sure try this!

Ali said...

I recently found your blog through Katrina's and I love reading your posts. I'm trying to change my lifestyle to be much healthier and I just love your recipes!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jamie said...

Ive never tried almond flour but these sound yummy.

Angela [Simply Simple Me] said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing! I have to try these!

little miss olive said...

oooh, those pancakes look delicious! thank you for stopping by my blog. btw, you are one beautiful looking pregnant lady! :)

wj said...

Do you have a calorie count on this?

Kate said...

These look delicious! I think coconut oil instead of walnut oil could be amazing! About how many pancakesndoes this recipe make?

angelacez said...

Just made some almond flour and totally have to try! I'm a low carber and getting bored with my "normal" foods. Thanks for the breakfast idea!

Shades Of Amber said...

:( I just tried these and they were super dense and very mealy. The flavor was amazing though! I wonder what I did wrong.

Quequito said...

Definitely a different texture... but so yummy! I added almond extract, because I'm an almond freak ;) Maybe butter, instead of the walnut oil next time. Definitely a keeper!

Nancy said...

So glad I found your site on pinterest. Thanks for all of the great ideas!

alyssaraenh said...

where can you find almond meal? is it gluten free?

Angela said...

Hi Lindsay! I'm pregnant with my first baby, and find your recipes, and other tips, quite delightful. I just made these pancakes this morning, and they are delicious! Different texture, yes, but it was a nice change. I added fresh blueberries and strawberries on top for a little sweetness. Thanks for sharing! these are definitely a new weekend treat in our house! :)

Rachael said...

I tried these!
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Mandee said...

I tried it and we just can't get over the texture. The taste was fine, but we felt like we were eating grits. Any suggestions?

Patti said...

I can't wait to try these pancakes on my family. My son is Type 1 & my daughter has Celiacs Disease. Tough combination when cooking since most gluten free recipes are loaded with carbs.

NOELLE ALOUD said...

These are so pretty! And I'm a big fan of almond flour.

For those wanting nutritional information:
1 pancake, made with 1/4 batter (or about 1/7 recipe) provides:

Calories: 190
Fat: 17.1g
Saturated fat: 1.6g
Cholesterol: 53mg
Sodium: 18mg
Carbohydrates: 5.5g
Fiber: 2.8g
Protein: 6.7g
Vitamin A: 1%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 6%
Iron: 7%

Melanie said...

I just tried them and they are good!! Mine didn't look like yours though. LOL I will be trying these again with some added fruit. Mmmmm Thanks for the recipe!!

Melanie said...

I added the nutritional info to www.myfitnesspal.com if anyone is on there. It is now easier to add to your diary. :)

Added it as "Delighted Momma - Skinny Pancakes (Almond), 1/4 cup"

91b08b5c-76b3-11e1-901a-000bcdcb471e said...

Tried them, loved them!!! I used honey for sweetener and also put a little honey and butter on the top! Yummy! I would definintely throw some banana or blueberry in the mix next time around.

Kate said...

Oooh I haven't made pancakes with almond meal but I do love it as a coating for fried food alternatives. I use it to batter chicken, pickles, zucchini....bake at 400 degrees and it turns out nice and crunchy!

ohshineon.com said...

Is this recipe simple enough that us carb lovers can substitute regular or whole wheat flour?

Marie said...

I tried these and they needed at least 1/2 cup more liquid in order to "pour" like pancake batter. I used unsweetened soy milk instead of water and they were very good.

Misha said...

These. Are. Amazing!! Thanks for posting this recipe :)
Sometimes I smear a little bit of reduced fat peanut butter on top to jazz them up a bit... Sooooo yummy! Don't miss the real thing at all!

Misha said...

These. Are. Amazing!! Thanks for posting this recipe :)
Sometimes I smear a little bit of reduced fat peanut butter on top to jazz them up a bit... Sooooo yummy! Don't miss the real thing at all!

Bel Ramos said...

Amazingly good! So glad I tried this. I had to improvise a touch, only because I didn't have exact ingredients. Used coconut oil instead and equal...and yet, they were incredible. The coconut oil definitely gave it a good kick. Thanks so much!

JoniW said...

I made these today with a different brand of almond flour and my batter was MUCH thicker. Not in a bad way, though. I loved the pancakes that it made, and I also think that I could omit the sweetener, throw in some herbs and have the perfect base for eggs benedict. :D

Unknown said...

Uh-oh...used Almond Meal from Trader Joes... they turned out like biscuits! No one in my family would eat them but me... I will make sure to use the Almond Flour next time! :)

ladydi115 said...

if you can have dairy, add a cup of low fat/fat free cottage cheese and another egg and they'll be super tender.

fro_mommie said...

Silly me, forgot the water, and mine also turned out really thick. But I still ate them, and the flavor was delicious. I added blueberries (amazingly good in there), and I also used Agave for my sweetener. Will definitely do these again and won't forget the water. :)

fro_mommie said...

Ok, I did them again this morning. DELICIOUS. Added Vanilla Almond Milk instead of water. Perfect batter. #win

Kate Dampier said...

Super tasty, but really high in fat and calories. It can be an every once in awhile treat, thank you!

JM said...

I used this recipe this morning but put the batter in the waffle iron. Delicious! I'd love to try it next time with milk instead of water, maybe take fro_mommie's suggestion and use vanilla almond milk.

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

tressays said...

I made these this morning. I liked them, but I think if I make them again I will substitute apple juice for the water. That will make a nice apple/cinnamon combo. You really don't need more than a pancake or two to be satisfied.

Chris and Sarah said...

I've never been a pancake fan, however I've recently gone Paleo and decided to give these a whirl since I can no longer have french toast (a favorite). I have made these 3-4 times now and I absolutely love them. I add blueberries to the mix and they are quite delicious!

Daniela Conversano said...

How many servings does this make?

Daniela Conversano said...

I loved them!

The Monad said...

Great recipe! Very filling.

Les said...

I make them with cheese, no sweetener. I spread home made pesto on top and take them with as part of my lunch!

Tanja said...

It's so delicious! Yummy

Anonymous said...

I made these this morning- delicious! I get to enjoy pancakes alongside my kids once again!

Three tweaks which will add to the recipe and not the carbs, I promise:
*A dollop of sour cream (it provides richness)
*1/4 tsp. of salt
*1/4 tsp. of baking soda
The latter two provide a leavening agent and will help the pancakes rise as they cook.

Anonymous said...

I make a similar "paleo pancake" with almond meal, a mashed banana, a tiny bit of baking powder, and an egg... maybe add a little cinnamon and vanilla if you want. They taste like banana pancakes, or even more like banana bread. Try it out... it's awesome!

Blissfully Fresh Gourmet Cooking said...

These are a great foundation for lots of ideas! I am a professional chef and was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes due to insulin resistance. Being pregnant and on a limited diet means I'm always starving!!! These COMPLETELY curbed that and only raised my sugar 4 points! I added 2 tsp of sour cream to mine and a little baking soda. I also found that the almond "meal" doesn't work as well as the straight almond "flour". After I got the mixture right, they were perfect!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!

Anonymous said...

what is the nutrition value for these?

Lin24xox said...

This sounds great regarding carb content but I'm allergic to all nuts. Any substitutes out there that are similar??

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure 1 tsp of cinnamon would make these inedible - I added 1/4 tsp to mine, and that was plenty! They were OK, you can't go into it thinking they will taste like your usual pancakes. I'll try it the next time with half almond meal and half all-purpose flour, that should be a good balance of tasty, more healthy and easier to flip.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if the 2T of cooking oil goes into the batter or is it for frying pancakes? Please advise

Anonymous said...

I make these all the time so easy and yummy thank you

Anonymous said...

I can't thank you enough!

Angela L. Rhodes said...

I am not a carb counter but I do check the sugar content even if I am not diabetic. I am pregnant right now so I just taking extra precaution.

Selina A. Marlin said...

Mixing almonds to pancakes is a great idea! I am not a carb counter because I just focus on the sugar content of the food that I am going to eat.

Angela said...

With two T1 sons, one of whom is also coeliac, these pancakes are a hit! Tasty, low carb and low sugar they really hit the spot. The advice of adding sour cream and bicarb works beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kristy Smith said...

Made them today, didnt look at all like your pics, and were much heavier than expected. where did i go wrong!

Dorleen Johnston said...

Made these fo the fist time today,my husband & I loved them. I used almond milk instead of water. Will try with sour crean next time,

Cheryl said...

I made my own almond meal by grinding natural raw almonds. From reading the comments, I will try almond flour next time as mine were heavy, dark in color, and mealy. I enjoyed the flavor though. Had mine with no sugar added pancake syrup and butter.

Anonymous said...

can you add whey protein to them

Jaswinder said...

The above given recipe is really very nice. It is easy and tastes good. Thanks for such a great recipe.

GABY said...

thanks for the recipe! I don't think supermarkets sell almond flour over here, but it sounds totally delicious and probably low calories!

Anonymous said...

This was great! No, they don't have the exact same texture as finely ground flour, realize that you are using almond meal NOT flour. You can help that a little bit by using a coffee grinder to pulverize the Almond more though.

I also used sparkling water instead of regular, added a TB of cream cheese for texture, and a tsp of baking powder for the fluffiness. If you use flavored sparking water (I used blueberry) then top it with something like Walden's cal free/sugar free syrup? It's HEAVEN!!

Emma Watkins said...

These look fantastic! I use a similar(ish) recipe which tastes just like the real deal. I use:
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
They taste fab :)

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S. said...

I just made them! I also use the addition of baking powder/salt as someone else wrote, and I also think they need a bit more water ( I didn't use milk) and a lot of patience to cook :) but they taste great!.. and I have leftover, yeyyy :)

Anonymous said...

I made them for breakfast this morning and added fresh blueberries and topped with a little whipped cream (no carbs in the whipped cream) and they were delish! I also added 1/4 cup of almond milk to make it a little less dense.

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