Low Carb Pancakes and Breads, Savory and Sweet Recipes
Posted on 27th of October, 2013 by Lévana
Just as it is true that if life sends you lemons, you make lemonade, so too, if life withholds carbs, you make low or no carb pancakes and other goodies, period. Smile please. Take a look in my giant file, High Carb Cravings at Low Carb Costs, you’ll be amazed how resourceful it will make you! I have been exploring low carb possibilities, and pancakes, both savory and sweet, turn out to be a real viable and delicious options, and have been right in the center of my kitchen playground these past three weeks. It is not a matter of swearing off carbs for life, just a matter of reducing them and exploring with their healthy no carb alternatives. Not having any carbs, it goes without saying they are also gluten-free to boot. I make no end of delicious and wholesome pancakes and crepes in every shape and form, both gluten-free and with spelt and other whole grain flour. Here the challenge is, NO GRAIN FLOUR, NO STARCH.
The secret is in the almond flour, ground whole almonds, with some ground flax, and coconut flour, not necessarily all at once, so nut-allergic diners can experiment more with flax and coconut flour. I was surprised to see how neutral all three turn out to be in each mixture, and how obediently they take on all flavors they are paired with. If you intend to use these flours on a regular basis, take yourself to a price club where they will be much more affordable than in retail health food stores. Curiously, some people, like my granddaughter Musia, can’t have tree nuts but are totally OK with peanuts. In this case use peanut flour.
Rather than give you set recipes, I am giving you a couple base recipe suggestions, and suggest ways to play with them in exciting combinations. My suggestions below are for just one serving, go ahead and multiply the ones that appeal to you the most.
I tinkered with low carb breads in loaf and muffin shape, and I must say I was not happy with the results; both the loaf and the muffins looked stunted and had no visual appeal whatsoever. So my advice is, make it a sort of skillet bread as I am making it here, sacrifice some of the pristine raised look (remember, in many cuisines, like Indian, ALL breads are flat breads!) and keep all the flavor!
For 1 serving. No problem multiplying the recipe, even up to 4 times larger, in a 12 inch skillet, then cutting it in wedges.
1/4 cup almond flour or coconut flour or a combination
1 tablespoon flax meal
1/2 cup water
Mix in a bowl with a fork, thin it with a little water i necessary. Get a 8 inch nonstick skillet very hot, spray it with pam, or add a little olive oil, ghee (ghee is my great favorite, health food stores) or butter (remember, no carbs no sugar or other sweetener, so a little good fat is OK now). Add the mixture and swirl it in the skillet so it will spread evenly. You will get a pancake about 1/2 inch thick. It won’t cook as fast as regular flour crepes and pancakes, so be patient. 2-3 minutes on each side. Eat hot.
VARIATIONS: Always starting out with the basic mixture, and taking it places. Get another exciting pancake each time!
- Use coconut milk, plain Greek yogurt (full-fat, very low carbs) or almond milk instead of , or in combination with, water. Add your favorite natural extract or natural flavoring: vanilla, orange flower water, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon or orange zest, instant coffee dissoved in a few drops hot water etc… a little stevia or truvia to taste
- Throw in 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Throw in about 1/4 cup of (choose one): natural unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana, canned pumpkin, chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
Savory pancakes or breads
- Again, as in dessert pancakes, use coconut milk, plain Greek yogurt (full-fat, very low carbs) or almond milk instead of , or in combination with, water.
- Add your favorite flavorings: Curry powder, cumin, oregano etc..
- Throw in a little crumbled strong cheese: Blue, kashkeval, parmesan etc…
- Throw in a handful frozen corn and peas, and a little minced onion
- Add a little less liquid to the basic mixture. Double or triple the basic mixture to make it worth your while to turn the oven on and wait for baking time. Add a few anise seeds and sesame seeds for a good Moroccan flavor. Shape little breads and bake them 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees.