The day before Ash Wednesday is called many things and celebrated in many ways. Mardi Gras might be the most famous way to celebrate, but it’s not our favorite. Pancake Tuesday is another option that is quieter, easier to do at home and more enjoyable for some people.
It’s observed in many Christian countries. But you don’t need to be a Christian to participate. It’s basically a great excuse to have pancakes for dinner! Traditionally it’s a way of getting eggs and butter out of the house. One member of our team is English and grew up in a household where Pancake Tuesday was a big deal. Even now, living far from home in California, she fills her apartment with people for English-style pancakes served with lemon juice and granulated sugar. The toppings and crepe-like pancakes always confuse her American friends!
Traditional pancakes aren’t usually a go-to food for people with blood sugar concerns. We want everyone to be able to enjoy pancakes today or any day. Because of that, we’re presenting four delicious low-carb options to make for breakfast or dinner that are worthy of enjoying for a celebratory meal or any day of the week!
If you want to enjoy the same type of pancakes as our team member, this is an excellent recipe for you. These delicious crepes are easy to make, low in carbs and use simple ingredients. If you top them with lemon juice and sugar, be sure to swap the sweet stuff for your favorite sugar substitute! These can be filled like French crepes with sweet or savory fillings and are absolutely delicious. A serving has 276 calories, four grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
These pancakes are fluffy and tasty, and perfect. The best topping for them is sugar-free syrup because they are just like regular pancakes, just without a high carb count. Using a sugar alternative and almond flour, you cut out a ton of carbs but keep the great flavor and feel of pancakes! A serving has 131 calories, five grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Depending on who you ask, these pancakes have a lot of names. They’re hoecakes, cornbread cakes, griddlecakes or Johnny cakes. We grew up calling them Johnny cakes, and that’s what the author of the recipe calls them, so we’re sticking to it! You can serve them as the main course or as a side with chili or a saucy meat dish. This recipe skips the cornmeal and instead uses almond meal and cornbread extract. That might sound crazy, but you get all the flavor and texture without the sugar of corn! A serving has 311 calories, 5.9 grams of carbs and 2.4 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Buckwheat flour isn’t wheat at all but a ground seed. These pancakes made with a mix of buckwheat and almond flour are light, incredibly fluffy and have more flavor than normal pancakes. They also have more protein! The secret to how fluffy they are is that the eggs are whipped before being folded into the mix. A serving has 70 calories, 8.7 grams of carbs and 2.4 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope that you use one of these pancake recipes soon. You can celebrate today, enjoy them for breakfast tomorrow or have breakfast for dinner soon. All without thinking about your blood sugar!