One Pancake to Rule Them All

Keto Girl Pancakes

 

Hello fellow ketoers, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Most of this has been for lack of inspiration, but through some recent cooking experiences, I think the blogger’s block is gone.

And to kick off a new set of recipes, I thought I’d share with you my recent favorite recipe, The Best Keto  Pancakes in the world.

Pancakes have always been a favorite of mine. When I was little, my nana would make them for me from a box in a pan with a ton of grease to the point when they were “crispy around the edges”. My mom would refused to make them that way, thinking that the fat in the grease would clog my 3 year old arteries. Of course, mom was a product of the low fat high carb craze of the time, and somehow miraculously stayed thin through that crazy time.

As a teenager, I learned the dangers of high carb diets, so despite my love for them, I generally stayed away from them. However, three or four times a year, I’d whip up a batch and devour them with a smile on my face. Pancakes are definitely a favorite “comfort” food of mine.

As a ketoer the last few months, I have been very intrigued by various recipes and have tried a lot of “low-carb” versions of famous high carb foods. I tried the cream cheese pancakes, made primarily of cream cheese and egg. I found them to taste very… ummm…. cream cheesey and eggy…. for lack of better words. I literally felt like I was eating cream cheese eggs. Not a fan. And then I tried mostly almond flour based ones. And they tasted very gritty and grainy. Much more like a “health food” than a “comfort food”.  And then I’ve SEEN recipes for other pancakes with 50 low carb ingredients that I’ve never heard of and would not be able to buy at my local grocery store. Sorry, but I am a human, and if I crave pancakes, I can’t wait for my amazon order of low-carb foods to arrive in 2 weeks… I want pancakes NOW.

And so, after several attempts, I have found my absolute new favorite recipe for pancakes. And I’m going to make a bold statement: I like them better than high carb pancakes!

No crazy ingredients. These pancakes call for things that almost every ketoer probably already has.

Basic Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of almond flour or meal
  • 1 brick of cream cheese

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You can make these pancakes with just these ingredients. However, I add a little more to them to make them tastier.

Full ingredient list:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1 brick cream cheese
  • 1 TBS vanilla (in the picture it looks like vodka, don’t get too excited. That’s homemade vanilla extract!)
  • 2 TBS Sugar Free Caramel Syrup
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

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Directions:

  1. Measure out all the ingredients and blend them together. I used a magic bullet (it didn’t quite fit, but I mixed it up in two batches). You could use a hand blender or a food processor. A blender might be more difficult because a a lot of the ingredients are solid or semi-solids and may not mix well.

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2. Put a BUNCH of butter in a big skillet or griddle, and turn the burner on a medium heat.

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3. Once the butter has melted, put the pancake mix in. I make each pancake about 3-4 Tablespoons, about the size of the head of my spatula. These pancakes stay together pretty well, but still break occasionally, especially if they aren’t ready to be flipped yet. The pancakes aren’t ready to be flipped for 3-5 minutes. Once they bubble up, like regular pancakes, you can flip them. This is one of the reasons I prefer this recipe over the cream cheese and egg only mix, because it was impossible to tell if the pancakes were ready to be flipped or not.

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Above, is what the batter looks like when you first put it in the pan. Below, you can see what the flipping process looks like. The ones on the left were just flipped, and the ones on the right are ready to be flipped.

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5. Top with your favorite toppings. I like making my own whipped cream and then adding a couple of Tablespoons of low/no carb syrup.

 

Carb facts for this batch are below. In the picture, there are 5 pancakes. The batch makes about 30. So the myfitnesspal information is for 1/6 of a batch.

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Keep Calm, Keto On, and Enjoy!!! 🙂

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Finding Real Comfort in Food

Up until just a few months ago, for most of my life, food has been my security blanket. Whenever I had a rough day, an interaction that left me feeling insecure, or my depression began to enclose on me again, I knew exactly how french fries and a cheeseburger would make me feel. I knew they wouldn’t reject me, they’d make me feel the same way they always did, and I could enjoy them for about ten minutes. Ten minutes of comfort. Ten minutes of easing the pain of being tormented by depression and insecurity. Ten minutes of feeling “happy”.

For a brief moment, I felt good.

But all of those brief moments of good tasting mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and pizza left me feeling empty inside. When my plate was clean and the dishes were done, I was still insecure. I was still depressed. I was still ashamed of my body.

And each time I ate a curly fry dipped in Arby’s sauce, I gained a little more on my waist, and lost a little more confidence in who I was.

Why couldn’t I control my weight? Why couldn’t I have controlled what I had ate three months ago, so I look different today? Why was the person in the mirror so much different than who I thought I was?

To be fair, I didn’t eat fast food or carbs all of the time. I did not seek comfort in every single meal. Primarily, I ate pretty good. I ate a standard “food pyramid” American diet with the occasional fast food.  But I did eat impulsively sometimes. And sometimes I’d stretch those ten minutes of feeling good into twenty minutes by getting a second helping of a meal. Part of this was biological; when we eat a few carbs, our body starts wanting more, so we eat more. The other part of this was psychological. We feel good when we eat carbs, so we want more.

So, week after week, I lost the food battle. The weeks turned into months, and the months turned into years. And after I had lost enough battles, I became overwhelmed with the feeling of defeat. That feeling of defeat controlled me. It became a part of who I was. Most of the time, I hung my head down in shame. I avoided pictures with my family. I avoided mirrors. I avoided people, because I didn’t want them to see me like this.And the extra weight that stuck to my body stood as a testament to my lack of self-control and my battles lost.

And so the cycle would continue. I’d eat to numb that pain. I’d eat to feel in control. As if I were telling myself, This isn’t something that is happening to you, it’s something we are choosing. It’s ok to be a little “thick”. I’d eat for that ten minutes of feeling “happy” again.

Then, I started Keto. For those of you that are already ketoers, you probably know the feeling of eating just for the sake of getting your body some nutrients. Eating keto usually means eating a lot of the same foods over and over. After about two months of keto, your body starts to stop craving carbs all the time. I thank God that I had the discipline to keep it together for those two months, to get those cravings out of my body!

It wasn’t until recently that I realized I’d been winning the battle, though. While at multiple Christmas dinners this year, I realized my plate was not as full as it was in previous Christmases. I did not make excessive trips back to the food to fill my plate again. I did not feel overly stuffed or uncomfortable with the foods I ate.

In fact, over Thanksgiving, I lost a pound. And over Christmas, I maintained my weight.

That is what real comfort food, my friends.

Food that makes you feel comfortable in your own body. Food that helps you exude confidence, rather than defeat.

Food that’s “good feeling” lasts longer than the ten minutes you are tasting it, you have that good feeling every time you look in a mirror. Food that gives you fuel to be the person that you know you are. Food that doesn’t make you feel guilty or fuel your depression.

Real comfort food isn’t about what makes you feel good for a fleeting ten minutes. Comfort food is about fueling your body so you can be confident in who you are.

And this is why I won’t go back to the other lifestyle. Its about more than what is on my plate. I don’t want to go back to hanging my head in shame. I want to continue to be happy with who I am. I want the food I eat to reflect who I want to become.

I broke the cycle. I’ve won the battle. It’s about keeping it that way now.