Low Carb / Keto Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This recipe is posted as a courtesy to those following a variety of low-carb and ketogenic diets (not necessarily Meal Plans designed by me). This recipe may or may not be appropriate for you.

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I’ve tried a few of the keto pancake recipes online in the search for one of my sons that adores pancakes and found they either fell apart when cooking or were gritty because they contained psyillium husk or coconut flour. Undeterred, I invented my own this morning. These are light and fluffy, turn over intact (provided you don’t try and do it too soon!) and have the texture of real pancakes! Perfect for an easy-to-make breakfast or serve as part of the popular “breakfast for dinner”, along with a side of eggs, sausage and sauteed zucchini or other veggie.

Maybe it’s just me, but I resent the ridiculous price charged for specialized unsweetened “keto” chocolate chips ($8 for a tiny bag!) so this morning I took 4 squares of an 85% dark chocolate bar (15 g of carbs) and cut it diagonally in opposing directions and made the perfect size mini chocolate chunks to put in my batter.

In minutes I made the loveliest, light and fluffy pancakes and served them to one of my sons along with a side of eggs (and even ate two mini pancakes myself and I’m not a ‘breakfast person’). The recipe and nutritional information is below.

Since I eat this way myself (and have for over 17 months!), I create recipes for myself and for my family that are so close to the originals that we really don’t miss the carb-laden ones and don’t feel deprived and I share some of my favourite recipes here on my website so that others can enjoy eating this way, too.

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Low Carb / Keto Chocolate Chip Pancakes

(makes 12 small diameter pancakes)


2 cups almond flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Swerve® sugar replacement, granulated
1 tsp salt
1 tsp xanthan gum

40 g – 85% dark chocolate, finely chopped

4 large eggs
1/2 cup pseudo-milk (1 part cream: 2 parts filtered water)
(+ added filtered water, if batter too thick)
1/2 oz real vanilla extract (or 1/8 tsp. fresh vanilla bean seeds)

2 tbsp butter


  1. In a medium sized bowl, put the almond flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, Swerve® and salt.
  2. In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs, add the pseudo-milk and real vanilla extract (or fresh vanilla bean seeds), mix well.
  3. preheat a non-stick skillet to medium hot and while heating, mix the wet ingredients and fold into the dry ingredients.
  4. Toss chocolate chunks into batter and stir well.
  5. When the fry pan is hot, melt some of the butter and make 4 pancakes per pan (each 2″ in diameter)
  6. lower heat to medium, cover pan for a minute or two to enable pancakes to rise well and to cook inside
  7. lift off cover and when the edges of the pancakes loose their wet look, flip each of them over and recover the pan for allow the pancakes to finish cooking.
low carb / keto chocolate chip pancakes

Nutritional Information (per pancake)

Energy: 172.5 kcals
Protein: 6.4 g
Net Carbs: 2.1 g
Fat: 14.8 g

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