Almond Flour (Extra Fluffy) Pancakes

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Julia February 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm

due to some fairly extreme diet restrictions, i can’t have seltzer water any suggestion on what else I can sub the liquid with?

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Heather Eats Almond Butter February 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Julia, Just use plain water or nut milk. The seltzer just adds some fluff, but the pancakes are still good without it. :)

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Jessica December 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

If you are wanting more fluff without the seltzer, separate the egg. Meaning put the yolk in separately then as your very last step, whip the whites to a fluff and fold it in before pouring to cook. This usually doubles the size of my batter!

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HEAB December 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for the tip Jessica! :)

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deanna January 5, 2014 at 1:39 am

Julia,
maybe try apple cider vinegar, I ve seen were other receipes use it to make breads and waffles fluffier…

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HEAB January 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Good to know Deanna. I hadn’t heard that before – thank you!

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Janell Hartman May 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Whoa, girl. These were really good. I’m gluten-free and LOVED the rich, creamy texture of the almond meal. Hah! they’ve got like, 2 carbs? Well, I guess I’d have to count the carbs in the homemade raspberry jam I slatherd on them :)
A couple of hours later I commuted by bicycle the 20 miles it takes to get to work, and these are definitely energy food. I was flying!

Made two batches to feed my sweetie and myself… the first, I followed your recipe and enjoyed the fluffiness. The second, I wanted a denser pancake, so I used coconut milk in place of the seltzer water, and added 1/4 cup ground flax, one less egg, and a pinch of cream of tartar. Awwww, yeah.

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Heather Eats Almond Butter May 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Janell, Thanks for letting me know and so happy to hear you enjoyed the pancakes. I haven’t made this particular recipe in a while. Thanks for reminding me how good they are! :)

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Shara May 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Can I replace the egg with something else?

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HEAB May 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

Shara,
You can try a flax or chia egg, but the pancakes won’t come out nearly as fluffy without the beaten egg whites.

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Brian May 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Do you have the nutritional info on the pancakes themselves? I’m on a strict high protien very low carb diet. I generally eat protien and vegetables but I want pancakes and these look acceptable for my diet.

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HEAB May 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Hi Brian,
I don’t, but the almond flour has 6 grams of carbs (3 of those being fiber) per serving (28 grams) which I think is 1/4 a cup? Not sure, but the pancakes above call for 1/2 cup. So, 12 grams of carbs from the flour and then the egg has less than 1 gram as do the egg whites. So, the entire recipe probably has about 13 or 14 grams of carbs, and it yields 10 or 11 small pancakes. Hope this helps and that you’re able to enjoy some pancake goodness soon. I have several other low carb pancakes on my recipe page: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/recipes/.

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Nikki @ Resistant Nikki July 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

Just wanted to let you know that I just linked to this recipe on my blog post about almond meal pancakes. Love this recipe! :)

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Nikki @ Resistant Nikki July 18, 2011 at 7:32 am

Just wanted to let you know that I just linked to this recipe on my blog post about almond meal pancakes. Love this recipe! :)

http://resistantnikki.blogspot.com/2011/07/lemon-ricotta-pancakes.html

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fack u September 9, 2011 at 4:02 am

your website sucks and these pancakes smell like dirty cherry pie. screw you

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HEAB September 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

FU,
Really? Hmm, that’s odd as there were no cherries in the recipe. Sounds like you did the screwing and screwed up the recipe.

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Good September 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Love this response, negative people are such a downer to deal with and your witty response I loved and I am going to be trying this tomorrow morning. Looking forward to it…Thanks :) If I like them or not I thank you for posting this for other people to try…I am always on the look out for new recipes and appreciate so much the people that do post these great ideas for us less creative people to try….

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HEAB September 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Thanks Good, hope you enjoy your breakfast tomorrow. :)

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Kristin October 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

These were truly awesome. Not just for Paleo/Primal/Gluten-Free, but in general these were crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.

Totally worthy of Breakfast-for-dinner nights.

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Soranja October 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

These are absolutely delicious! I’m not a fan of pancakes and was delightfully surprised by wonderfull texture and balanced flavors. I used agave for sweetener and added lots of blueberries to the mix. Yum!

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HEAB October 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

Hi Soranja,
So glad you enjoyed the pancakes. You can’t go wrong with a blueberry version! :)

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Angie November 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

thank you so much! These are amazing!! We used our honey syrup. Equal parts honey and coconut oil heated on the stove as i cook the pancakes. My kidsloved them.

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HEAB November 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Angie,
Oh good – happy to hear the whole family enjoyed the pancakes, and I must try your honey syrup. Sounds delicious!

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Harry December 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thw amount if egg whites to batter seems off. While it creates a delightful bit of fluff, it’s not like a pancake. I like the flavor enough, however, that I’m going to experiment with the proportions to get a more pancake like texture.

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HEAB December 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Harry,
Let me know if you come up with something a bit more dense and pancake like, and I’ll edit the recipe to include your version as I know not everyone likes their cakes on the extra fluffy side. Thanks for experimenting. :)

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Petite Miette December 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Hey there,
How many people does your recipe serve? I’m planning on making it for a family of 4. It seemed like your recipe was for only one serving but using 12 eggs for 5 people seems like a lot of eggs so I thought I’d ask to be sure. :)
Thanks!

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HEAB December 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Hi Petite Miette,
The recipe yields 10 to 11 silver dollar size pancakes – enough for probably two people. I’ve been known to eat the entire batch myself though. :)

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Nan December 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

YUMMY !! I just made a batch and fried in butter – crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Thank you so much for sharing!❤❤❤

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HEAB December 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Nan, so glad you enjoyed your pancakes. Thanks for letting me know. :)

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Margo January 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

These pancakes were delicious, but I wasn’t thrilled with the consistency. I think I’ll add some almond butter to thicken it a bit, and try the coconut milk instead of the seltzer. They also took a really long time to cook. The flavor was excellent with the cinnamon. I added a tbs of raw honey as the sweetener and blueberries. They didn’t even need syrup! Thanks for the recipe. Looking forward to trying some more :-)

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HEAB January 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Hi Margo,
So glad you enjoyed the pancakes, and you’ll have to let me know how they work with the addition of almond butter and coconut milk. I’d love to know how they alter the consistency. And now, I think I need to make pancakes for lunch. :)

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Rick February 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

This is a great example of being creative in finding alternatives to the high carb things we love (type II diabetic here). I use a bit of cream to slow the carbs down even further, and a mix of Trader Joe’s almond meal (a little pricey but nothing like sources such as Bob’s Red Mill) and of all places, Winco carries true blanched almond flour in its bulk section! I use a mix with the meal in lower proportion. In my first outing, my family concluded the taste was much superior to regular pancakes which are, after all, pretty bland. No complaints about the texture. I will do some more experimenting with dried coconut, coconut flour, etc., and of course all the wonderful potential spices (Vietnamese cinnamon, cardamom, mace, nut meg, et al).

They are harder to cook. You really need a pristine non-stick pan, and careful attention to avoid over, or under cooking. Nice thing is, if you overcook, the results are just a bit more crumbly and taste great.

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HEAB February 8, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hi Rick, so glad you and your family enjoyed the pancakes, and I bet they were good with a little cream. We don’t have a Wincos – wish we did. Blanched almond flour in bulk? That would be nice!

Enjoy your weekend.

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Rick February 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

No Winco? The Horror … cheaper than Walmart and enormous variety, and a huge bulk food section: everything from dog food to spelt flower, and guar gum. Lots of Asian and Hispanic products. And best of all, employee owned.

I will be back in a bit to talk about Konnyaku and Shirataki noodles (zero carbs, zero fat, basically zero calories) used by the Asians for thousands of years. While they won’t substitute for pasta, they are great substitutes for asian noodles in everything from sukiyaki to Pho, AND they have the advantage of absorbing a lot of water, so you feel full with less food.

Also there is an Indian product called Chana Dal (a relative of the chick pea family) with a glycemic index of under 10! And they are way delicious in everything from soup to chili (not counting Indian food). I haven’t tried the flour made from them (Besan) but I will.

I absolutely believe it is possible to eat delicious food as a diabetic, without too much reliance on processed stuff. It takes some research and some effort in exploring the foods of other cultures, and experimentation … but worth it.

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HEAB February 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Nope, no Winco. I don’t think they exist in the Southeast. Trust me, I would have found one by now!

And I could not agree more – eating good and tasty food is totally possible as a diabetic. You just have to be willing to get a little creative in the kitchen. Glad you’re treating your body well and enjoying some delicious eats. Keep it up Rick!

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Cassandra Long August 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

Rick, I am not sure if you will still see this but I have just been diagnosed insulin resistant in a very extreme way while I was already on metformin. Diet is my only solution. My weight is just 136 lbs so even weight loss to help drop the numbers is not a solution as much as controlling my diet will be. My goal is not weight loss but to eat properly for my condition. I read your comments here and think you may be a great resource for help. Please please contact me at cassishines@gmail.com if you can help.

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HEAB August 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Hi Cassandra,
I forwarded your comment to Rick.
-Heather :)

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Lisa February 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

We eat a paleo/primal diet and love these pancakes. If there are any left over, I like to use them as the “bread” for an almond butter and jelly sandwich!

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HEAB February 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Lisa,
So glad you and your family enjoy these pancakes…err, I mean this loaf of bread recipe. ;)

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Manda March 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Thank you for this recipe! I have been wanting to try more gluten free recipes and was looking for something different to try with my batch of almond flour and your recipe hit the spot. I agree- Winco is GREAT! They even have Chia Seeds in the bulk spice section!
I didn’t have seltzer water (and have been avoiding carbonation for 8 months now) so I just used milk. My husband likens these to german style pancakes on the consistency. Not what I would make when craving a short stack, but it will be my go-to recipe for healthy german style pancakes on the griddle!

Thanks again!

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HEAB March 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Manda,
I’m glad you and your husband enjoyed the pancakes. Also happy to hear they made your go-to pancake recipe list. :)

Oh, and having major Winco envy right about now. Maybe they will open in Nashville someday.

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Dody March 10, 2013 at 8:48 am

HUGE success! Love this recipe. They taste just like Buttermilk pancakes with butter and no sugar fruit spread. So happy to have found this. Thanks. I am going to share on FB!

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HEAB March 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Dody, so glad you enjoyed the pancakes and thanks for sharing! :)

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Freya April 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

Ahh! I started Paleo in March and was DESPERATE to find a good pancake recipe!!! I’ve tried a few different recipes but nothing makes them this great!

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HEAB April 10, 2013 at 10:13 am

Freya,
Oh good, so happy to hear it! Good luck with the Paleo thing and enjoy your pancakes. :)

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Miriam G November 30, 2013 at 3:58 am

Thanks for the recipe. They were delicious!!!

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HEAB November 30, 2013 at 7:51 am

Hi Miriam,
Happy to hear you enjoyed them! :)

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Bob DePasquale December 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Does anyone know what the carbs are in these pancakes?

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HEAB December 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Hi Bob, according to my calculations, the entire recipe contains about 13 carbs.

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HEAB December 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm

PS 6 of those carbs are fiber

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cdfsd February 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Second time making these. Tried it with diet tonic instead of seltzer water. Amazing. Thanks you’re a lifesaver!

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HEAB February 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

cdfsd,
Welcome! Glad you enjoyed. :)

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Cindy June 7, 2014 at 11:32 am

These were very good! I made a double batch and only used 4 egg whites and subbed almond milk for the seltzer water. I can’t imagine them needing to be any more fluffy than they were. Loved the cinnamon! One comment that might be helpful in the recipe instructions is that, because they are more like a waffle batter, they cook very differently than traditional pancakes, or at least they did on my griddle. They browned a lot faster but also took longer to get the center done, so I needed to turn down the burner quite a bit from where I normally cook pancakes. Speaking of being more like a waffle, have you ever tried this recipe in a waffle maker? Thanks for the recipe!

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HEAB June 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

Hi Cindy,
So glad you enjoyed the pancakes, and you’re right, they do brown up a lot faster than regular flour pancakes. I need to edit the recipe and include that info. I was perusing my archives because I thought I’d tried the batter in my waffle iron, but maybe I haven’t. Looking back, my favorite go-to waffle batter was made with coconut flour: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2010/05/30/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-the-waffle-edition/. Seeing that recipe makes me want to dust off my waffle maker. It’s been way too long!

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Jessica September 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm

How many do these serve? I ate them all to myself… Lol

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HEAB September 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Hi Jessica,
For me, the recipe yields about 10 or 11 small pancakes. So, probably enough to feed two, but according to my belly, it’s enough for one. ;)

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