Low-Carb / Sugar-Free / Gluten-Free Pancakes Recipe

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  • Prep Time
    7 min
  • Cook Time
    15 min
  • Total Time
    22 min
  • Yield
    6 (4-inch) Low-Carb Pancakes

I actually think these Low-Carb /Sugar-Free / Gluten-Free Pancakes with Almond Meal recipe tastes better than the old white flour kind, and almond meal is healthier as well.

Almond meal (same as almond flour) differs a bit from one batch to the other, so you may have to adjust the amount of liquid to get the thickness you want. Feel free to add blueberries or other fruit.

This recipe is great for gluten-free diets and Passover.


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water (for puffier pancakes, you can use sparkling water)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup almond meal, 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup water or sparkling water, 2 tablespoons oil, 14 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon sweetener until well incorporated. Let the batter sit a few minutes before cooking them.
  2. Cook as you would other pancakes. I like to use a nonstick pan with a little oil. The only real difference is that they won't "bubble" on top the same way as regular pancakes. So you'll have to check the underside to see when they are brown. Then it's time to flip them.
  1. Serve with sugar-free maple syrup, Easy Sugar-Free Three-Berry Syrup Recipe, Sugar-Free Strawberry Topping Recipe, or other low-carb topping.

Nutritional Information: Each pancake has 1 gram effective carbohydrate, plus 2 grams of fiber (3 grams total carbohydrate), 6 grams of protein, and 155 calories.

Which Oil Should I Use?

In my cooking, I use olive oil wherever I can. Not only does it have a good fat profile (high in monounsaturated fat), but it has other healthful properties such as antioxidants.

On the other hand, sometimes, I don't want the flavor of olive oil, then I use one of the high monounsaturated safflower and sunflower oils because they have a neutral flavor and a high smoke point. An example of a brand of this type of oil is Saffola. Read the label—most of the fat should be monounsaturated, with only a small amount of polyunsaturated fat.

More Low-Carb Breakfast Options

  • Eggs: Scrambled, over easy and poached are just the tip of the iceberg. Try omelets, frittatas, breakfast burritos and more.
  • Cereals: Some off-the-shelf brands are now making low-carb varieties, but tried-and-true cereals are those made with flax meal, almond meal and even TVP (textured vegetable protein).
  • Breakfast Breads: Muffins, biscuits, breads and coffee cakes can be made low-carb with almond meal, flax meal and other meals. And there are low-carb breads out there now.
  • Spoonable Dairy Products: Yogurt, cottage cheese, ricotta and tofu, when combined with fruit, make a satisfying breakfast. And don't count out protein shakes.

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