My mom invented this recipe a few years ago for our low carb lifestyle. It makes a nice break from eggs. We have often served these pancakes to guests not on a diet and they enjoy them too. It's a great way to get your omega-3's from flax. The recipe is very flexible, and you don't even need to measure the ingredients--just eyeball the proportions, or vary it to suit yourself after you've gotten the idea. I have used sour cream or cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and it works just as well (plain yogurt would be good, too). Cottage cheese makes a very tender, flavorful pancake, but omit the salt because cottage cheese is quite salty compared to the others.
- Mix all ingredients together and stir well. (Optional: You may also add one packet of artificial sweetener if you are accustomed to recipes that call for sugar.).
- Spoon onto preheated, oiled griddle and cook as usual.
- Serve with butter and low-carb syrup, or sour cream and berries.
- Note: If you want the batter a little thinner, stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Batter will thicken as it sits, so if you refrigerate it till the next day, you will probably need to thin it. If the batter is too thin, stir in a little more flax.
- Also note: Flax seed should always be fresh ground (keep a dedicated coffee grinder for this purpose) or stored in the freezer. You may use either regular (brown) flax, or golden flax, which produces a lighter texture and color. You can often get it in bulk bins at your health food store for a great price.
Finally a low carb pancake that is light, fluffy and tastes great. I had to make two more batches because my husband and I couldn't get enough of them!
OMG, thank you so much... Watching carbs so I haven't had a pancake in 2 months because of the starch. While this was a bit different in texture, it still satisfied that craving for round, slightly crisp breakfasty goodness. I used sour cream, as that's what I had in the fridge, light flax meal, and I did add a packet of splenda to this batter. I let it sit for a bit without stirring, as I wanted it to thicken but not turn into glue like a lot of flax batters do if you over mix. Served with agave that I flavored with maple extract. I got 4 huge pancakes and one smallish one out of this, so I think it's just about perfect for 2 people. Will get the ricotta next time to see how it compares. Thanks again! :-) UPDATE 1/2014: Used Ricotta and rather than sweetener added one scoop cookies and cream protein powder. Added 4 carbs to the whole batch, but got 6 big pancakes this way and also added 25 grams protein to the batch.
Wow, these were great! Very quick and simple recipe to follow. I topped mine with plain greek yogurt and sugar free maple syrup. I didn't have any fresh fruit on hand. Thank you.