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Fluffy Keto Pancakes (without cream cheese!)

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Look no further, these are truly the best keto pancakes! They are thick and buttery and made with no cream cheese. 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!


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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 now you’ve stopped eating grains, carbs, sugar, and maybe even gluten. What happens to your beloved pancake breakfast?  Are you really expected to live the rest of your life without another pancake?


I’m here to save the day! My family loves pancakes. 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.

And those cream cheese pancakes? I really don’t understand the fascination with those. Yuck! 

So for a year, yes a YEAR y’all, I worked to perfect the keto pancake. This recipe has been a huge hit since I originally posted it way back in 2018. Thousands upon thousands of readers and social media followers have fallen in love with this recipe and I know your family 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.


How To Make Fluffy Keto Pancakes

  1. You must use a blender or food processor to make the batter. You want it as smooth as possible. The absence of gluten eliminates the need to leave “clumps” in the batter.
  2. Do not substitute the almond flour with coconut flour. The ratios are not equivalent and the recipe will fail.
  3. The absence of gluten will reduce the amount of bubbles you’ll see while the pancakes cook. You’ll know it’s time to flip them when the edges are taught and a spatula slides underneath easily.
  4. The batter is very thick. If your batter is thin or runny, make sure you added everything the recipe calls for. Thin/runny batter will yield a crepe-like pancake. The thick batter yields a big fluffy pancake!



Can This Batter Be Used 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


Measuring and Nutrition Information for These Low Carb 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. 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. (You can save 10% off your purchase with affiliate code ketoinpearls.) I have linked other options that I like in the recipe card below. 

The Best Keto Pancakes

The Best Keto Pancakes

Yield: about 10 pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Thick, fluffy, and buttery keto pancakes! Only 2 net carbs per serving. If you miss real pancakes, then you will love these!


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Let batter rest 5 minutes before cooking.
  3. Set a griddle (or nonstick skillet) to MED LOW heat. Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to portion out pancake batter.
  4. Cook until edges are set, there are a few bubbles on top, and a spatula slides easily underneath.
  5. Flip and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  6. 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 pancake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 24.1gCarbohydrates: 4.2gNet Carbohydrates: 1.8gFiber: 2.4gProtein: 7.3g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate. Macros will vary by brands used.

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Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Would adding whey protein isolate to this recipe work?


Monday 18th of April 2022

Is there another GF flour that can be used? I'm allergic to almonds.


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Anxious to try this over the weekend, the comments are so positive. I’ve tried sooo many keto pancake recipes and find all I can taste is the flour. I’m hoping for the best - stay tuned!


Monday 11th of April 2022

Question, as a beginner to keto these look amazing. What is the best sweetener to use for these. Thank you


Tuesday 5th of April 2022

What brand almond flour do you use? When I calculated mine, they have higher carbs/net carbs, so I’d like to get that lower. . Also, my almond flour is much more brown yielding pancakes that look nothing like your light colored “traditional” pancake. Thanks!

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