I made this low carb pumpkin pancakes recipe after a trip to the pumpkin patch with the kiddos. This happened a while back, well before Halloween. As we're quickly approaching Turkey Day, I figured I'd better hurry up and share it before the pumpkin spice craze subsides until next year; it always resurges.
After stomping through the pumpkin patch and hauling a wheelbarrow full of squashes home, you'd think I would have used fresh pumpkin for the low carb pumpkin pancakes. But you'd be wrong, I still cheated and used pumpkin puree straight from the can. I did, however, roast all of our pumpkin seeds... so it's a wash, right?
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Pumpkin on Keto Diet
Pumpkin is pretty low in carbohydrates. As long as it's not mixed up with a bunch of sugary stuff, you'll probably be just fine indulging in The Pumpkin when Fall rolls around. In 100 grams of raw pumpkin, there are 6 grams of net carbohydrates.
But let's be real, most of us use canned pumpkin puree. You don't have to lie to kick it. In 100 grams of the canned stuff, there are only 5 grams of net carbohydrates, according to the USDA database. Not sure of the reason for the discrepancy myself, I've got no clue what goes on at the pumpkin processing plant, but the numbers seem to check out with different brands and sources. Lower carb is lower carb, even if it's only by one gram; if you were feeling bad about using canned pumpkin for some reason, you can go ahead and stop now.
The Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe
The low carb pumpkin pancakes are based on my keto pancakes recipe, but with loads of Autumn flavor. Pumpkin puree and the classic pumpkin pie spices (or as I like to call it, the basic bitch spice mix ?) give the pancakes a beautiful, deep color and all the flavors you're missing from your beloved PSL.
Mix egg yolks, whipping cream, pumpkin puree, your favorite low carb sweetener, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, and a pinch of salt. Whisk in almond flour and baking powder. If you were hoping this was a dairy-free recipe, try subbing in almond milk or coconut milk instead of whipping cream!
Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until you get soft peaks, then gently fold them into the pumpkin mixture. The egg whites help keep the pancakes light and fluffy, so take care not to overmix or the batter will deflate a bit.
Spoon batter into a greased skillet and cook 2-3 minutes on each side. Simple, delicious, fluffy fall-inspired pancakes! Enjoy your low carb pumpkin pancakes with a keto friendly sugar-free syrup or, my personal favorite, butter.
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- In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, whipping cream, pumpkin puree, low carb sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice, and salt until the mixture is smooth.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine almond flour with baking powder; whisk it into the pumpkin-egg mixture until uniform in appearance.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter.
- Melt butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat, then wipe with a paper towel to evenly distribute the butter for cooking. Spoon in the batter to make your pancakes; use about 2 tablespoons (60ml) per pancake.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly browned, and then gently flip each pancake and cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side. Take care not to agitate the pancake before it's ready to flip or the pancake will fall apart and you will hate yourself.
Hi, I'm Tasha–nutritionist, recipe developer, and multi-published author dedicated to helping people thrive and succeed using low carb and keto dietary patterns.