Paleo Chocolate Pancakes (low-carb, keto, grain-free)
Only six ingredients in these light, paleo chocolate pancakes. Chocolate based and indulgent, you'll never guess that these low carb chocolate pancakes don't have a huge flour base. Eat them as-is if you're looking to scale back your calories or indulge in deliciousness and top with your favorites!
When most people hear the word "pancakes" they think of lazy Sunday brunches. But in my house, pancakes are a regular breakfast staple- which is why I need them to be healthy! Like my daughter's favorite pancakes (my high protein yogurt pancakes), these low carb chocolate pancakes are healthy and delicious!
While breakfast is often viewed as the most important meal of the day it's not often nutritious or even really filling. More often than not, children's breakfasts are full of processed sugar, poor quality carbohydrates, and minimal nutrition.
It's no wonder that we end up with hyperactive kids who can't focus in school and crash only an hour after eating. Not only are we not giving them the fuel they need to start their day but we're literally setting them up for failure!
Now don't get me wrong, depending on what you top these low carb paleo pancakes with, they can definitely be decadent! But at their base, they're simple, low-carb, and still delicious.
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Why To Use Coconut Flour
As a certified nutrition coach, back when I was coaching figure competitors we used to call coconut flour "a competitor's best friend". And with good reason!
Coconut flour gives the light and full feeling of traditional food (muffins, pancakes etc) but without all the carbs! Coconut flour absorbs water so it tastes like a carbohydrate in baking recipes but is actually a great balance of healthy fats. Plus, coconut flour is approved by a paleo diet which gives you a lot more options when baking.
This is why these low carb chocolate pancakes are so amazing. They have the feel of a regular chocolate pancake (light not dense) but they have the health benefits of coconut flour.
Freezing The Pancakes
If ever there was a mom hack it would be having make-ahead breakfasts on hand (here’s our favorite make-ahead breakfast options). It makes busy mornings far easier!
However, I haven't tested freezing this particular chocolate pancake recipe- my kiddos eat them too fast. I have however made a big batch, kept them in the fridge, and reheated them in the oven the next day. My peanut butter and banana pancakes freeze wonderfully but they have a very different base.
If you do try to freeze them, make sure you separate them with parchment paper to keep them from freezing together. And of course- let me know how the reheat!
If you're looking to keep these chocolate pancakes low carb for weight loss or diet reasons, you'll want to avoid topping them excessively. Personally, I love topping them with a bit of extra coconut milk in place of syrup if this is my goal.
However, our favorite toppings are a mish-mash of:
- extra coconut milk or coconut whip cream
- maple syrup
- enjoy life chocolate chips (dairy-free and gluten-free)
- 2-ingredient chocolate syrup (cacao powder + maple syrup)
You’ll notice in the photos that the paleo chocolate pancakes are pretty circular. And in the video, I use a mold. I am obsessed with these circular egg and pancake molds.
Not only do they make the pancakes look better and more uniform but it helps to portion out the batter so everything cooks evenly too! They’re definitely one of my favorite kitchen tools. Not necessary but still freaking awesome.
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Low Carb Chocolate Pancakes
These paleo chocolate pancakes are low in carbohydrates, light and decadent! They work for people following a low carb diet as well as those of us who like to indulge. And of course, being chocolate, they're kid-approved 😉