Ultra Low Carb Almond Flour Pancakes

There’s nothing quite like “real” pancakes, but I’m confident my ultra-low carb version won’t disappoint. They’re fluffy, slightly sweet and only have 6.4 grams of usable carbs per serving! So whether you’re on The Carb Nite Solution or Carb Back-Loading, these pancakes are acceptable to eat on your ultra-low carb days and nights.

If you like them sweet, feel free to add in the optional Stevia and vanilla extract. Neither will affect the nutritional data below. Topping these pancakes is optional as well, and as much as I love syrup, I’m perfectly satisfied with just a little dollop of butter!

Try making these for friends or family without telling them they’re ultra low-carb pancakes and see how they like them!

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Ingredients (4 pancakes):

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup water (sparkling water is ideal)
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup almond flour
Sweetener to taste – optional
Vanilla Extract – optional 

Toppings – optional:
Sugar-free syrup
Almond butter

Tools needed:

Non-stick pan or skillet
Mixing bowl
Measuring cup
Measuring spoon
Fork or whisk
Serving plate


ULC Almond Flour Pancakes Recipe Step 1: Preheat panStep 1: Preheat pan.

Heat a medium sized pan or skillet over low-med heat. If you’re not using a non-stick pan, you’ll want to spray the pan with a non-stick spray.



ULC Almond Flour Pancakes Recipe Step 2: Melt oilStep 2: Melt oil.

Place the coconut oil in the mixing bowl and heat it in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds, or until liquid in form. If it’s not completely liquid in form, it won’t mix thoroughly into the batter.


ULC Almond Flour Pancakes Recipe Step 3: Add eggs and whiskStep 3: Add eggs and whisk.

Crack the eggs into the bowl with the oil and whisk together with a fork.



ULC Breakfast Sandwiches Step 4: Add water and saltStep 4: Add water and salt.

Pour the sparkling water and salt into the bowl and whisk together. 

*If you want to add sweetener and/or vanilla extract, do so now.


ULC Almond Flour Pancakes Recipe Step 5: Add flourStep 5: Add flour.

Add the almond flour to the wet ingredients and mix well with a fork. Make sure there are no lumps in the batter. If the batter is very thick, you can add a little more sparkling water. I suggest starting with a tablespoon, and then adding from there. I’ve never needed to add more water, though.


ULC Almond Flour Pancakes Recipe Step 6: Pour batterStep 6: Pour batter.

Once your skillet is warm, but not hot, pour 1/4 of the batter into the pan. Pancakes should be about 4-5 inches in diameter. Keep an eye on the cakes so you don’t overcook them.


ULC Almond Flour Pancakes Recipe Step 7: Flip - CAREFULLY!Step 7: Flip – CAREFULLY!

Once the edges have set and begin to turn a slight golden brown, carefully flip the cake over using a large spatula. Allow the other side to cook for 1-2 more minutes. Remove from heat and repeat steps 6 and 7 for remaining batter.


ULC Almond Flour Pancakes Recipe Step 8: Toppings - OptionalStep 8: Toppings – Optional.

These cakes are great on their own, but if you’re in the mood for something a little more traditional, try adding 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar-free syrup. I’ve also tried topping the cakes with a little almond butter, which was also a tasty choice. Whatever toppings you choose should be added into the nutritional info below.


Nutritional info:

Serving size: 2 pancakes

Calories: 525
Fat: 45.2g
Usable Carbs: 6.4g
Protein: 18.3g 

  • s0uLjah

    You guys are awesome!

  • Peter Scarpelli

    Thanks for this. So glad to see a pancake recipe without protein powder! If I want more protein I will have eggs and bacon on the side! Can’t wait to try them.

    • stelbel

      Watch the amount of eggs you are getting if your intention is LC as Kiefer explains that more than one egg can raise insulin. To the people that add protein powder to baking and pancake the heat apparently damages the protein and only a few powder a on the market can be heated, I would love the be wrong on that one SO I spoke to MetrX and they said in their pancake mix the protein used was one of the few not damaged. No, I haven’t got a Lab and a Bunsen burner to fact check this and after Ansel Keyes and his biggest hoax played on us all since 1956 I now question everything!

      • dee dee

        .. but egg is protein, I don’t understand why more than one egg would raise the blood sugar.

        • Inner West

          It doesn’t raise your insulin. I eat 3 a meal (including yolk) and my insulin levels have gone done where I’m not even considered pre-diabetic anymore.

  • Shane Donahue

    I was going to eat bacon and eggs for lunch, now it will be ULC PANCAKES!

  • conrad

    can’t wait to try it!

  • Chris Mannetta

    Coconut flour instead of almond?

    • Daniel Santiago

      you can but its tricky

      • dee dee

        … the key to making the coconut pancakes is to get a good non-stick griddle (… the one I use does not require any oil)…. make sure it is hot and put enough batter,but not too much where it is to large to turn. Cook one side until golden brown and flip. I have even mixed both coconut and almond flour together and either way the pancakes turn out great. Coconut flour pancakes are very soft in texture and may take some getting used to.

        • Inner West

          Prepare yourself for tummy aches too. It takes a while to adjust to coconut flour. I suggest half coconut and half almond flour otherwise stick to normal grain based pancakes for your cheat meal

    • Aaron VanDerMeulen

      I tried with coconut flour tonight ended up more like biscuits then pancakes. Tasty though.

      • SomeOther BonnieHayes

        You would need to use more eggs and less coconut flour because coconut flour absorbs way more liquid…I do 4 eggs, 1/2 cut coconut flour and a cup of unsweetened almond milk or sparkling water.

    • Inner West

      made it last night, it doesn’t taste as good as almond flour. Unfortunately there is significantly more calories in almond flour – it’s really not worth the effort and cost. It’s best to eat clean and leave the pancakes purely for a cheat meal

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  • MikeM3

    Is that 6.4g per 2 pancakes? or each?

    Thanks, Will be trying this.

  • MikeM3

    Also can this be done without Almond flour? That is very hard to get here. Closest thing for low carb content is flaxseed

    • Helen

      You can make your own Almond flour. I make it all the time. Freeze the almonds and then process them info flour using a coffee grinder or processor. Be careful not to process to long or you will have almond butter. Keep the almond flour in the freezer between uses.

      • Inner West

        Dont forget to soak the almonds and peel the skin or else you’ll get almond meal.

  • Sunny H

    Would it work if I reduce the amount of coconut oil? Given my body weight it doesn’t give me much room to consume any fats if I have 2 servings of pancakes for my first meal.

    • Shelley

      I just halve the recipe and make one serving, works perfect for a meal.

  • mscuilli

    Has anyone tried adding some u/s cocoa powder to this? Wonder how it would taste.

    Oh and for the record this recipe was awesome. So damn close to the real thing honestly it would be hard to tell the difference

  • Obama Zombie Killer

    That’s a lot of fat. Smh

    • Stephen Williams

      That’s the best way to get the calories! haha

      • Obama Zombie Killer

        That’s true… if that’s what you’re looking for. I try to stay lean between 7%-10% bf so I avoid all but the essential fatty acids. Cheers.

  • Robert Smith

    I’m sure it’s nice to skip protein powder, but not sure why I would give up my Isopure no carb protein and egg pancakes for 6.4 g of carbs in these. Use the isocarb pancakes only after a workout and it works great

  • tilaka

    Can you repost the recipe in gram and ml. So far it amounts to about 75g of almond flour for, which is 4 small pancakes, but I had to use a lot more water. Otherwise its hard to distribute it in the pan fast enough before it hardens up and falls apart…

  • ck

    I cannot see how you arrive at 525 kcal. One cup of almond flour alone has over 600 calories.

    • Joshua

      The nutrition information listed is for 2 pancakes. The whole recipe makes 4 pancakes.

    • Stephen Williams

      Not to mention 1 tbsp of coconut oil is 140 cal, each egg is 80 cal a piece

    • tommy

      30 grams of almond flour

  • Luke

    do you reckon you could add some peanut butter!? :)

    • Inner West

      absolutely if it’s sugar free YUM

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  • Tommy

    i promise you this recipe tastes better and is far less calorific but it does include milk protein powder. the above recipe comes out at double the calories that it says so the whole recipe is like 1000 calories. This one is far less and you get more pancakes, win win win.

    30g almond flour
    30g milk protein – vanilla flavour but any flvaour will do
    1 egg
    15g coconut oil – melted as above
    100ml coconut milk
    1-2 packets truvia depending on sweetness
    pinch of salt
    half a tsp of bicarb – if you want them fluffy american ones
    10 drops of toffee flavdrops (optional, i love toffee)

    and thats it, please try it and see what you think

    Nutritional info
    Calories – 521
    Protein – 38
    Carbs – 7
    Fat – 38

    • Dawne

      I just tried these and they are excellent! I like the original recipe, but there are only so many calories a 5’3 girl can handle in a day. These are tasty and satisfying. The only difference is that they cook REALLY fast, so stay close to the stove!

  • stelbel

    Saw these recipes and just wondered are they Kiefer approved? I know you describe these forums as “beasts” growing of thier own accord but a note from you about these recipes would be more comforting!

    • Stephen Williams

      I’m sure they are even though Kiefer would recommend something with a little more protein. Maybe add a meat to go with it. I’m sure he’s in tune with these since I’ve heard that Alex Navarro is his girlfriend.

  • mike

    Are there any approved syrups? All sugar free syrups have sweeteners that are not recommended.

    • Juliane

      Agave nectar is good if you’ve got diabetes- it still raises your levels, but it is slower and acts less aggressively. I use it on my pancakes and things work out great!

    • Inner West

      apple sauce, natural maple syrup, liquid stevia mixed with agave nectar.
      Dr Oz is better at making suggestions. lol

  • Melissa Ekdahl

    I can’t seem to find this, but I saw in the store a pasta brand called dream fields “healthy carb living” which claims to have 5 digestible grams of carbs. The nutrition label says 41 total carbs subtract 10 for fiber…. But then it says something about the 31 remaining as protector which supposedly can’t be digested…. Can someone tell me if this is ok to eat on my ulc days?

    • Missy_Belle

      DietDoctor has an article on this and say no. It’s made from wheat and to claim that some of the carbs are protected is false marketing. His blood sugar levels reacted the same as if consuming carbs when he tried this food. His summary was, if it’s made from a carb then it’s got carbs in it regardless of what the food manufacturer is trying to claim.

  • Missy_Belle

    Delicious. I’m on a keto diet so I added 2tbs cream, used 1/4 tap water and added 1/2 tsp baking powder to replicate more the ingredients in normal pancakes. I tried a coconut flour pancake from another website and it was terrible and I couldn’t flip it without it falling into a million pieces. So almond meal pancakes are the way for me.

  • Michael Murphy

    I substituted 1 tsp of lemon extract instead of vanilla. Yummmmm.

  • Kimberly Walker Cruz

    Just made these with the almond flour was happy to see how nice they turned out! I was full after just 1!

  • Kaela Wyles

    How much fibre is in these? Is usable carbs another way of saying net carbs? I count net carbs. Thanks so much!

  • didi mi

    Hi Alex, I just made these, but added pinch of Cinnamon. Topped them with almond butter like you suggested and a little bit of pure maple syrup…..yummo!!! Thank you so much for a great recipe :-)

  • Julia Blanchard

    Absolutely love this recipe. I used natural coconut flavored sparkling water and they were wonderful. Thought I would not be able to stop at the portion size, but they are very filling!