Sometimes it can be hard to come up with a great, hearty breakfast when you have certain dietary restrictions. It can leave you stumping for the same old stand-bys that can often leave you wanting. Luckily there are a lot of great ways to incorporate keto diet food restrictions into regular meals, simply by adding or substituting a few things.
So when your go-to low carb breakfast of coffee and eggs won’t do the trick, and you need to eat something on the sweet side, this stack of fluffy keto friendly pancakes will be a perfect choice! Traditional pancakes are loaded with carbs that will boot you out of ketosis, but this recipe for cream cheese keto pancakes is low carb, and packs a protein punch to get your day started on the right track!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Protein Packed</p></h4>
Many focus on the importance of eating a low amount of carbs when on the keto diet, but a part that can sometimes be overlooked is the importance of getting sufficient protein. Protein is essential for healthy brain function, skin, bone and muscle health, and recovering after workouts. The best pancake recipes can be a great way to find that protein that you need.
Cream cheese is rich in protein, and the little stacks of keto pancakes found in this recipe are packed with protein, from the cream cheese used, to the eggs, and even almond flour! In addition to the extra protein, using cream cheese in these keto pancakes will also provide extra vitamins, nutrients, and of course healthy fats to help fuel your energy throughout the day. Protein is one of the most important building blocks of your body. It provides you with essential amino acids and is required to build and maintain lean muscle mass.
As well as these essential health benefits, eating adequate amounts of protein will help to keep you full throughout the day, preventing the temptation to snack or graze in between meals. Cream cheese is also a wonderful ingredient, because it can be used in both savory and sweet keto recipes like this one! If you want an extra protein punch, you can simply switch out the almond flour and make these keto pancakes with protein powder.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Nutrient Rich Nuts</p></h4>
Health-wise, almond flour is a good bang for your buck and a great alternative for a ketogenic diet. This flour is high in protein with a ¼ cup serving containing 6 grams of protein, and the best part is it’s low in carbohydrates containing only 6 grams per serving! One of the best reasons to eat almonds on a keto diet is they contain a great combo of macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Almond flour has been shown to boost heart health, aid in managing blood sugar if you have diabetes, help keep you full on a low-calorie diet, and improve energy levels. What’s more is that, together, the nutrient and vitamin compounds contained in almond flour give your body sustained energy and help keep you feeling fuller longer. This means that the almond flour is also an important part of filling you up after breakfast, giving you plenty of energy for the day and preventing you from snacking until your next meal.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Cream Cheese Keto Pancakes</p></h4>
One of the best things about these cream cheese keto pancakes is how easy they are to make. Even if you are not an avid cook, you should have no problem whipping these up in no time. The preparation time is just 5 minutes, and they will be ready to eat in another 20! You won’t have to put off your breakfast or your daily routine for one minute. To make these keto pancakes, simply follow the recipe below.
<h5>Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | Serves: 20 Pancakes</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* 8 ounces cream cheese
* 8 large eggs
* 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
* ½ cup almond flour or keto protein powder
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Sugar-free maple syrup of choice for topping
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. Set out butter and cream cheese so they are at room temperature.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine cream cheese, butter and eggs.
3. Add the vanilla extract and mix again.
4. Add the almond flour to the wet ingredient mixture and mix until fully combined.
5. Heat a skillet on medium heat, melt a small amount of butter prior to pouring in the batter.
6. Take a ¼ measuring cup, filling it about 80% full, then pour in the pancake batter and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
And that’s all there is to it! These pancakes are quick and simple to make, and most important of all — they fit seamlessly into your diet and they taste good! So if you are looking for something new to add to your daily meal plan or list of go-to recipes, give these tasty cream cheese keto pancakes a try. Obviously you can experiment and add or substitute other keto-friendly ingredients any time, as well as adding whatever keto-approved toppings or sides that you love to eat. Of course, you can also just go with the old pancake standard, some (sugar-free) maple syrup. As with all things keto, the important thing is to follow the rules, but do what works best for you. So other than that, all you need to worry about is getting cooking, and you can enjoy your delicious protein-packed keto pancakes in minutes.