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Fluffy Keto Pancakes (Like the Real Ones!)

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Look no further, these are truly the best keto pancakes! These fluffy keto pancakes are thick and buttery and only contain 1.8g net carbs per serving. No other recipes can stack up to these almond flour pancakes!

Look no further, these are truly the best keto pancakes! These fluffy keto pancakes are thick and buttery and made with no cream cheese. No other recipes can stack up to these best keto pancakes!

Pancakes. Flap jacks. Hot cakes. Whatever you call them, one thing remains the same, pancakes are the ultimate breakfast food. Fluffy, warm, buttery, syrupy pancakes…you really can’t beat it.

But what if you stopped eating carbs, grains, sugar, and maybe even gluten. What then? Do you have to say goodbye to your beloved pancake breakfast? Are you really expected to live the rest of your life without another pancake? No!

Lucky for you, I wasn’t willing to accept a life without pancakes, so I set out to make the perfect keto pancakes. I wanted to create keto pancakes that were fluffy and full of healthy fat to keep you feeling full, keto pancakes that you could easily freeze and reheat, keto pancakes that tasted just like “real” pancakes!

Finally, after a long year of trying and testing, I landed on a recipe that has been a huge hit ever since I originally shared it way back in 2018. Thousands upon thousands of readers and social media followers have fallen in love with this recipe, and I know you will too!

Short stack of the best keto pancakes.

You’re Going to Flip for These Flapjacks

Let me tell you why:

  • Tastes just like a “real” pancake
  • Thick, fluffy, and buttery like a pancake should be
  • Full of healthy fat to keep you satiated (i.e. you can eat less and feel full)
  • No cream cheese
  • 100% kid approved
  • Gluten free
  • Freeze and reheat well
Tall stack of fluffy keto pancakes.

What Are Keto Pancakes Made Of?

A lot of the low-carb pancake recipes out there include cream cheese, but these pancakes tend to have a chewy, rubbery texture. I’m not a fan! To achieve that magical fluffiness, here’s what you need:

  • Almond flour
  • Avocado or coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder
  • Any keto-friendly sweetener
  • Salt

Tips for making the best keto pancakes

  • Mix the batter very well – You should use a blender or food processor to make the batter as smooth as possible. Since there’s no gluten in these, you don’t need to worry about overmixing, it’s more important to get all the clumps out. 
  • Get your batter to the right consistency – Your pancake batter should be thick like brownie batter. If it’s too thick, add another tablespoon or two of water to thin it out. But be careful, if your batter is thin or runny, you’ll get a crepe-like pancake. The thick batter yields a big fluffy pancake! 
  • Know when to flip your pancakes – Since there’s no gluten in these pancakes, you won’t see many bubbles. You’ll know it’s time to flip them when the edges are taught and a spatula slides underneath easily.

What Do Keto Pancakes Taste Like

They taste like the real ones! The texture is thick, fluffy and buttery thanks to the almond flour. They go incredibly well with your favorite zero carb syrup. I also love that they look like the conventional ones.

I tried a bunch of different recipes after we started eating keto and all of them were just…meh. They left a lot to be desired. The worst one was probably those cream cheese pancakes? I really don’t understand the fascination with those, they tasted closer to an omelette than a pancake.

Can I Substitute Almond Flour With Coconut Flour?

In short, no! As I mentioned above, it took me a year to perfect this recipe. The quantities are optimal as they are and I would not recommend changing any of the ingredients. The only potential substitution for almond flour I can recommend is using sunflower seed flour in equal quantities but once again I think the almond flour version tastes just perfect.

And if you insist on using coconut flour, then my waffle recipe is for you.

Can You Use Pancake Batter For Waffles

Yes, this pancake batter works fabulously for a keto or low carb waffle. You do not need to make any adjustments to the recipe to use the batter in a waffle iron. The amount of waffles produced will vary on the size of the waffle iron. If using a mini waffle maker, you should get 10 to 12 waffles.

Can These Almond Flour Pancakes Be Frozen and Reheated

These almond flour pancakes (or waffles) reheat very well. You may either refrigerate or freeze extras. If refrigerating your pancakes, reheat them by microwaving in 30 second increments until the desired temperature is reached. You may also use a toaster oven to reheat them but a standard toaster is not recommended. If freezing extras, place a small piece of parchment paper in-between each pancake so that they don’t stick together. Follow the same reheating instructions. 

bite of fluffy keto pancakes with almond flour

How Many Carbs Are In Almond Pancakes?

This recipe makes 10 full size pancakes, not “silver dollar” size if the batter is prepared as written. The serving size is 1 pancake and each pancake has 1.8g of net carbs / 266 calories. If you want less carbs or lower calories, just divide the batter and make smaller pancakes. You could easily do silver dollar sized pancakes for roughly half the macros. However, because these pancakes are full of healthy fat and void of refined carbs and sugar, one or two of these keto pancakes should suffice your satiety. 

Stack of almond flour keto pancakes.

What Kind of Syrup is Keto Friendly?

The popularity of low carb and sugar free lifestyles has saturated the market with sugar free products, like syrups. Many of them are sweetened with maltitol (iykyk) or artificial sweeteners. My favorite keto syrups are ChocZero. They are sweetened with monkfruit, only 1 net carb per tablespoon, and are dairy, soy, and gluten free. I have linked other options that I like in the recipe card below. 

Fluffy Keto Pancakes (Like the Real Ones!)

Anna Hunley
Thick, fluffy, and buttery keto pancakes! Only 2 net carbs per serving. If you miss real pancakes, then you will love these!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Calories 266 kcal


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or coconut
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water see note
  • extra butter for griddle


  • Combine the first 7 ingredients in a food processor or blender. With the speed set to low, slowly pour in the butter and process until smooth and incorporated. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons and mix. The batter should be thick, not runny.
  • Let batter rest 5 minutes before cooking.
  • Set a griddle (or nonstick skillet) to MED LOW heat. Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to portion out pancake batter.
  • Cook until edges are set, there are a few bubbles on top, and a spatula slides easily underneath.
  • Flip and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Serve hot with a pat of butter and sugar free maple syrup.



The batter should be thick (similar to brownie batter). If the batter seems too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to slighlty thin in out but the batter should NOT be runny.


Serving: 1pancakeCalories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 4.2gProtein: 7.3gFat: 24.1gFiber: 2.4g
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