4-Ingredient Cream Cheese Pancakes Recipe
Pancake Topping Ideas
Take these cream cheese pancakes to the next level by drizzling them with monk fruit maple syrup, or top them with fresh blueberries and dig in. You could also go the savory route for these.
Keep the base keto pancake recipe the same but add savory toppings instead of syrup or fruit. Consider adding avocado, nut butter, or even bacon on top. For an extra-salty twist, try olive tapenade or a basil pesto and have these pancakes for lunch.
Who says a low-carb diet can’t be fun?
Featuring just a few simple ingredients mixed together and tossed on the griddle, these fluffy pancakes can be yours in just ten minutes.
These low-carb pancakes are:
The main ingredients in this cream cheese pancake recipe are:
Optional additional ingredients include:
- Sugar-free syrup or monk fruit maple syrup
- Melted butter
- Sugar-free chocolate chips
- Peanut butter or nut butter drizzle (heat nut butter to soften, then stir in monk fruit or a 1/2 teaspoon of Swerve for a sweet, nutty drizzle)
- Any of the savory toppings above
3 Health Benefits of Cream Cheese Pancakes
Who’d have thought that a cream cheese-based, sweet breakfast treat would have any real health benefits? Rest assured, this low-carb, high-protein pancake recipe packs in some nutrition.
In particular, the eggs offer both micro- and macronutrients that you can get excited about. This recipe is perfect for the ketogenic dieter who is ready for something new on the breakfast plate.
#1: High in Protein
Unlike traditional high-carb pancakes, these low-carb cream cheese pancakes are loaded with protein to keep your blood sugar stable and your ketone production running smoothly.
When you eat protein, it causes an increase in something called diet-induced thermogenesis. Diet-induced thermogenesis measures an increase in energy expenditure above your basal metabolic rate[*]. In other words, how much energy it takes to metabolize the food your eating.
As compared to carbohydrates, protein causes a high rate of diet-induced thermogenesis, so you’re burning more calories just by eating protein-rich foods than carb-rich foods[*].
But there’s more. Protein consumption, when compared with carbohydrate consumption, increases satiety and may boost your weight loss efforts[*][*].
#2: Supports Brain Health
One of the key ingredients in these keto pancakes are eggs. Eggs are a great source of choline, a nutrient crucial for brain health.
Choline is a precursor to phospholipids which help to create the membranes around your cells. This improves the integrity of your cells and allows nutrients in and out[*][*].
While its role in cell membrane health affects your entire body, choline also plays a special role in brain health and function.
Specifically, it is the precursor to a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is an essential neurotransmitter for mood, memory, and muscle control.
Choline also plays an important role in gene expression and early brain development, so this eggy breakfast treat is doing your body and brain some real good[*].
#3: Boosts Fat Loss
There’s a big difference between “weight loss” and “fat loss.” When you lose weight, it could come from water, muscle, or stored body fat. But fat loss is much more straightforward — you’re getting rid of unwanted extra fat.
While many diets and diet foods may claim they can help with weight loss, few have been found to have a direct effect on your fat cells.
An exception to this rule is monk fruit, which this awesome recipe features as its low-carb sweetener.
A compound in monk fruit called mogrol has been found in vitro to inhibit the growth of fat cells[*].
Out With the Old, In With the New
While regular pancake recipes that conform to the keto diet contain a number of ingredients that aren’t totally carb-free (like almond flour, coconut flour, protein powder, and baking powder), these cream cheese pancakes contain just three simple ingredients.
And the best part? They come in at just 1 net carb per gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free pancake. Add a little melted butter and monk fruit syrup, and you’ve got yourself a tantalizing high-fat, low-carb breakfast or even a midday snack.
If you’re a keto pancake or waffle fan, but you’re sick of the same old low-carb recipes, these are the pancakes for you. Add these to your regular keto breakfast of bacon and eggs for a brunch your family won’t forget.
And because these pancakes don’t contain the usual keto flour alternatives, you’ll get a unique and fluffy texture with just a little bit of crispiness around the edges.
This easy recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and hardly makes a dent in your daily carb count. So gather your ingredients and pull out your hand mixer — it’s time to add this cream cheese pancakes recipe to your low-carb breakfast plan.