Low-Carb Aebleskiver Pancake Balls
Low-Carb aebleskiver are Danish round pancake balls, modified to fit a ketogenic diet. Aebleskiver are also spelled as ebelskiver and are made in a special pan. These aebleskiver are gluten-free, dairy-free (option), and sugar-free.
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What are Aebleskivers (Ebelskivers)
Aebleskiver are Danish pancake balls. Recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. Some folks stuff the pancake balls with filling such as fruit or jam, while some make them without filling. Typically they’re served covered with powdered sugar.
Traditionally, aebleskiver are served around Christmas but I’m not Danish and I eat these all year long.
Tools needed to make Aebleskiver
While some would say “eh, I don’t need another tool in my kitchen” I would kindly ask you to pause. If you like to switch your breakfast routine up throughout the weeks and months, aebleskiver make for a great breakfast. I got this pan from my college professor after his wife passed away and I toted it across the country and have moved it from house to house and it is a tool I don’t plan to part with (the handle broke in the cross-country move and I’m still not going to part with it).
Sharp Tool for flipping the Danish Pancake Balls
Flipping aebleskiver is a bit tricky. You need a sharp tool. A knitting needle was traditionally used for flipping aebleeskiver. You could also use a large toothpick or a pointed chopstick.
Ingredients for Low-Carb Aeblskiver | Ebelskiver
To make low-carb aebleskiver, you’ll need:
- Almond Flour
- Baking Powder
- Monkfruit Sweetener
- Unsweetened Nut Milk
- Butter or oil (for the batter)
- Filling – like fruit or jam (optional)
- Butter or oil, or non-stick spray (for the pan)
- Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener (or low carb powdered sugar)
The only potential dairy in this recipe is butter, which is used in the batter and to grease the aebleskiver pan. You can use any other oil or use a non-stick spray.
Are Aebleskiver Low Carb?
Traditional aebleskiver are a Danish pancake ball, served around Christmas time. The original recipes are not low carb. However, here on this site, we modify your favorite recipes to fit in a low carb and ketogenic diet. So the answer to your question is, yes. This recipe is low carb, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
Instead of using traditional flour, almond flour is used. We’ve also used a fruit-only jam which is about 1 net carb per pancake ball when you add 1/2 tsp to each.
How To Make Low-Carb Aebleskiver
In making the batter, you’ll separate the egg whites from everything else. Whip the egg whites to a meringue (soft peaks).
In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients. Then fold in the egg whites.
Heat the aebleskiver pan on medium-low and grease it with butter, oil, or non-stick spray.
Fill each well of the pan 1/3 with the batter. If you want to add filling, you could use a fruit-only jam, fruit, nut butter, or low-carb chocolate chips. Spoon in 1/2 tsp of filling in each pancake then add an additional 1/3 batter. Allow the pancake to cook then use a sharp tool (like a knitting needle or sharp chopstick) to flip the pancake.
Remove the pancake ball from the heat when it is fully cooked. The balls will deflate because of the ingredients used to make these low-carb. Serve these by topping them with low carb powdered sugar, like Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener.
Other Breakfast Recipes to try
- Breakfast Egg Rolls
- Bacon and Egg Bites – These are also made with the aebleskiver pan.
- Keto Bacon Egg Cups
- Low-Carb Souffle Pancakes
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Low Carb Aebleskiver
- 2 Eggs Separated
- ½ c Almond flour
- ½ tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Monkfruit sweetener Or other low carb sweetener
- Pinch of Salt
- ½ C Unsweetened nut milk
- 1 Tbsp Butter (or oil if Dairy Free) Melted
- Nonstick spray or Oil / butter for greasing the pan with either or a brush or paper towel
- Jam made with only fruit or low carb chocolate chips for filling
- Low carb powdered sugar for topping
For the batter
- Separate eggs.
- Whip the egg whites with a mixer until they form soft peaks.
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients almond flour, baking powder, monkfruit sweetener, salt. Stir those together.
- Combine dry ingredients with egg yolks, nut milk, and melted butter.
- Gently add ⅓ of egg whites to the batter. Fold in in portions until everything is combined. Don’t overmix.
- Preheat the aebleskiver pan on medium-low. Be sure the pan is hot before greasing it.
- Cook on medium-low. Fill each section ⅓ of the way, add ½ tsp of jam* (or filling) then cover it with batter, filling about ⅔ full (it will grow).
- Allow aebleskiver to cook for 1-2 minutes. Use a pointed object like a knitting needle, chopstick, or a large toothpick to flip the pancake ball.
- Allow aebleskiver to cook on the second side for another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
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