Ketogenic diet & Pancakes

Epilepsy Ketogenic diet recipes for pancake day

Ketogenic pancake recipe

Ketogenic pancake recipes

With pancake day just around the corner pancakes should traditionally be on the menu. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Sweet or savoury they are a treat enjoyed by many. However, for those who are currently on the Ketogenic Diet, such foods may prove issues in terms of suitable ingredients. However do not worry! I have scoured the internet and books to bring to you pancake recipe suggestions so that those on this diet will not be left out and can still enjoy the tasty delights of pancake day.


So What Does The Ketogenic Diet Involve?

When seizures cannot be controlled with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) often the Ketogenic Diet is tried as an attempt to deter seizures. A solution dating back as far as the 1920s, The “classic” ketogenic diet is a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that helps to control seizures in some people with epilepsy. … The typical “classic” ketogenic diet, called the “long-chain triglyceride diet,” provides 3 to 4 grams of fat for every 1 gram of carbohydrate and consists of high protein and low carb intake.

High protein and low carbs change the way energy is used in the body, as well as lowering glucose levels and improving insulin resistance. Therefore this dietary intake means that the body is induced into a state known as Ketosis; a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. The end goal of introducing this diet is to force your body into this metabolic state resulting in the reduction in the occurrence of epileptic seizures.

So what about pancakes? Are these still possible? The short answer is yes, however you will need to make changes. So grab your shopping list and get ready to go shopping. Don’t be left out this pancake day. 


Pancake Batter Recipe

Basic Pancake Mix

  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup liquid egg whites or egg substitute*
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 packet of Stevia
  • Salt
  • Butter or oil for cooking

Pancake method

  1. Beat the egg whites (from the whole egg) with a pinch of salt until they have soft peaks
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the coconut flour, protein powder, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined!
  3. Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter; make sure not to deflate the whites!
  4. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.  For each pancake, lightly grease the pan with butter.  Then pour 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet, moving slightly to distribute batter.
  5. Cook until bubbles are visible on top, then flip the pancake over and cook until the other side is golden brown
  • This makes a total of 1 servings of Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes. Each serving comes out to be 422 Calories, 19.28g Fats, 13.01g Net Carbs, and 32.75g Protein.




Ketogenic blueberry pancakes


1/2 cup almond flour

2 tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1-2 tbsp granulated sugar of your choice

3 large eggs

1/4 cup milk of your choice

1/4 cup blueberries Fresh or thawed frozen ones work best


In a high-speed blender, add your ingredients, except your blueberries, and mix until a thick batter remains. 

Pour your batter into a large mixing bowl and stir through your blueberries. Let your batter sit for 5-10 minutes, to thicken. If the batter is too thick, add a little milk of choice.

Preheat a large non-stick pan over low-medium heat. Ensure the pan is greased. Once hot, Pour 1/4 cup portions of the batter onto the pan and cover immediately. Allow pancakes to cook for 2-3 minutes, until the edges go golden, before flipping and repeating. 

Once cooked, serve immediately, or cool completely before refrigerating/freezing for later. 

Pancake Toppings

•Stick with Artificial Sweeteners such as Stevia, Sucralose, and Erythritol.

•Whipping Cream ? choose full fat

•Cream Cheese

•Maple Syrup

•Low Carb Fruits such as strawberries, raspberries,    and peaches

•Peanut Butter

•Chopped Nuts such as Macadamias, Walnuts and Almonds, Nuts are high in Omega-6 fatty acids so try to be careful with over consumption.

•Protein Powder Frosting


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Despite being on the Ketogenic Diet it is still important to ensure the complete safety of anyone with Epilepsy. 

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