These pancakes are my salvation right now. I eat them almost every morning…honest! They were created in a scramble one morning. I had been using a similar pancake recipe with low fat ricotta cheese, but I was out. All I had was low fat cream cheese, so I gave it a try. AMAZING!!!! Dukan requires us to eat 2 Tb of oat bran everyday, so we began adding that to the original recipe and viola! A low carb pancake that is awfully darn outstanding….but please remember I am also a bit carb deprived at the moment so anything that resembles a real carb is complete heaven for me 🙂Print
Low Carb Pancakes and Waffles
- 1/4 C low fat cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tb oat bran (you can leave this out if you need pure protein)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 Tb or less of sweetener (I use Truvia)
- Heat your griddle over medium heat, or preheat your waffle iron. In a small glass bowl, microwave your cream cheese until soft, about 20-30 seconds. Beat with a fork. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until completely mixed in. Add your remaining ingredients and mix them in with your fork. Pour your batter onto your griddle or waffle iron and cook as you would normal pancakes!
- Serving Size: 1/5th
- Calories: 145
- Sugar: 1g
- Sodium: 146mg
- Fat: 6g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 26g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 10g
- Cholesterol: 80mg
I made these this morning and they were AWESOME! Thanks for this simple, easy recipe!
So glad they were a hit Taryn! I seriously have them about 5 days a week 🙂
Forrest + Kim Flesch says
I even forgot the sweetener and they were still AMAZING! Thank you!!!
I accidentally purchased wheat bran instead of oat bran. (Didn’t look closely enough!) Do you think wheat bran will work?
Absolutely Heather! I use oat bran because I have a gluten intolerance and it has a bit more texture to it, but wheat bran would work as well. You might want to add just a bit more than the recipe calls for just because it isn’t as dense as oat bran.
Great! I’m going to try this recipe tomorrow morning. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
Heather G. says
Is it possible for you to add the nutrition facts to this recipe please? I am trying to use weight watchers for weight loss and my husband is using the no-low carb route so when finding and making recipes I need to take both of us into consideration 🙂
Heather- these are great for both diets! I don’t include nutritional facts for my recipes but there are a ton of resources online that offer that service. All you have to do is plug in the ingredients. Thanks for your note! Carole
Elizabeth Fitzmaurice says
I’m wondering…. this recipe doesn’t contain any kind of grain, right? Cream Cheese, Eggs, a little sweetener and baking powder. How in the world does that become a waffle or pancake? Not that I’m doubting you, but how in the world would that work?
Elizabeth- the recipe calls for 2 Tb of oat bran so there is some grain in there. It does work without the oat bran as well but what is pictured contains the bran.
Elizabeth Fitzmaurice says
Thanks for responding so quickly. Wow, this I’ve got to try! I have Oat Bran on hand from before I went low-carb (my favorite hot cereal) so that’ll come in handy with this recipe.
Elizabeth Fitzmaurice says
One more question…..since you mentioned cottage cheese, can I use that instead of cream cheese in this recipe?
Not sure if your question was answered, Elizabeth, but I’ve often blended my cottage cheese to make it smoother and creamier – it becomes sort of like ricotta. This could work instead of the cream cheese. Don’t see why it wouldn’t. Good luck…
Would ground flax seed work instead? More fiber – less carbs.
I’ve never tried it with ground flax Tina. The oat bran soaks up quite a bit of the liquid and wonder if the flax would do the same. Give it a try and let me know! -Carole
how many carbs are in it
I’m not sure Terrornika. There are a lot of great online nutritional calculators that you could use!
Vilma A Rosario says
Would Almond flour work instead? I can’t use oat bran.
Great question Vilma. I have used almond flour as well and yes, it does work. The texture is slightly different but still very delicious -Carole
Susi Vroman says
I used coconut flour and they were delish!
I’ve used almond flour many times in this recipe but never coconut. I’ll have to try that next time -Carole
If you haven’t tried the coconut flour yet, a word of advice: start with 1tbs. Coconut is an extremely thirsty flour and leaves baked goods dried out if you swap it 1 for 1. 🙂
Susi Vroman says
Made these for breakfast! My husband and I are following Atkins, I can see these waffles as dessert with a few strawberries and whipping cream! Yum!
I love that idea Susi!
Linda Z says
Getting ready to go on the Dukan Diet and was hesitant to give up my carbs. I googled low carb pancakes by image. Yours were the fluffiest!! So, I made these tonight after dinner just to try it and they were totally amazing! I can see myself eating these everyday. Thanks for giving me the confidence to move forward.
You can do this Linda! I adore these pancakes and glad you did as well
Hi. Do you have any ideas of what I could use for a dairy and coconut free sub for the cream cheese? I’m on a special diet right now too, and these look so good. I just can’t have dairy, and I don’t tolerate coconut products at all. Thank you!
Hi Kati. I’ve never tried a substitution that meets both of those requirements. Sorry!
Lisa M says
Oooh! I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been searching for low carb pancakes that don’t use up so many of my eggs! Thanks so much for this!
You are very welcome Lisa! It is a great recipe
Do you have to use low fat cream cheese
Nope, I just try to keep my fat content down whenever I can!
Kimberly M. says
I made these this morning and they were great! Mine weren’t as fluffy because I mixed mine in my nutribullet, but the taste was there and 2 pancakes filled me up.
They are still my favorite low carb breakfast and I’m glad you loved them too Kimberly!
How do you get yours to puff up as shown? Mine don’t look like that.
Hey Denise! Mine puff up while they are cooking but do deflate a bit after they cool down. Your end result should still have some volume to it! One trick is to let the batter sit for about 10-15 minutes before cooking the pancakes. This allows the oat bran to absorb some of the liquid and gives the finished pancake some more body.
Of you don’t use Oat bran, is the batter going to be thinner and more runny?
It will Jessica. They are still good, just much thinner
Made these great waffles this morning! I added two spoonfuls of vanilla when protein powder instead of the oat bran. Used the Walden Farms Syrup with Kerry Gold butter… Excellent waffles! Thanks for sharing!
I will try the protein powder next time I make them! Thanks Dave
Thank you soooo much! These are spectacular!
You are very welcome Karen 🙂
Had pancakes this morning…yummy..I did not have oat bran , but very good anyway..I will try with the oatbran next time…Thanks for sharing
You are so welcome Lupe!
Can egg whites be used instead of the whole egg? Trying to keep fat low as well. Can’t wait to try!
I’ve never used egg whites Mary. How about an egg substitute instead?
How did you get yours to be so fluffy ? Also – still get lumps from cream cheese. Any ideas on how to get them out? Thanks!
Great question Tina because I struggled with that as well when I was first making these. It is the main reason I have you soften your cream cheese in the microwave first, so that it is easier to mix in with the eggs. You can also try using room temperature eggs. All I do is put my cold egg from the fridge in a bowl of really hot tap water for a couple minutes. With the warm cream cheese and warmer eggs, they will combine much easier. It does take some work though so keep beating!
Robin Juelich Shima says
Hi Carole! Do you think that I could substitute some pumpkin for the cream cheese (a 50:50 ratio)? My BFF and I are low carb addicts and she loves pumpkin pancakes.
Thank you in advance!
Hey Robin. Instead of making a substitution, I would try adding the pumpkin into the original recipe and also add a bit note oat bran.
Michelle Mayer says
Wow!! I’m amazed 🙂 Thank you for sharing.
Made these waffles this morning with out the oat bran. Used a little orange zest glaze instead of syrup. So good!! Thanks!!
Ooooo! I love the idea of some orange zest Kathryn. Glad you enjoyed them
Carole are you following a low carb diet? Also what are you topping with fruity? Syrup?
Hey Kim! I use a sugar free syrup
This recipie saved my diet!!!!!
Fab, right Kim?!?!
What’s the nutrition on these?
Hey Kay! I don’t have exact numbers but you can certainly use an online nutritional calculator to get what you need.
David Farrar says
Since egg whites are the bad cholesterol (LDL) and egg yokes are the good cholesterol (HDL), l wonder, I can, make these pancakes with just the egg yokes?
Hey David! I’ve never tried that but you can certainly try. My bigger health concern is the extra fat and calories that would add, but I guess if cholesterol is your focus, then go for it.