Low-Carb Aebleskiver Pancake Balls

Low-Carb Aebleskiver Pancake Balls
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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.

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

Aebleskiver Pan

Aebleskiver Pan

In order to make aebleskiver (or ebelskiver) you’ll need a special pan. They come in various styles like cast iron as well as non-stick metal.

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.

Keto friendly aebleskiver that are low carb, gluten-free, sugar-free.

Ingredients for Low-Carb Aeblskiver | Ebelskiver

To make low-carb aebleskiver, you’ll need:

Dairy-free Option

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?

Inside of a keto aebleskiver

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.

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Low Carb Aebleskiver

Aebleskiver or ebelskiver are a Danish pancake ball, made in a special pan. This recipe is keto, low carb, THM-S, Dairy-free, and Gluten-free.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Danish, European
Almond flour, Breakfast, Brunch, Dairy Free, Danish Pancake Balls, Dessert, Ebelskiver, Eggs, Gluten-free, Keto, Low Carb, Low Carb Desserts, Pancake Balls, Sugar Free
Servings: 3
Calories: 220kcal


  • 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.

Cooking Instructions:

  • 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.


Note* If you are not filling the aebleskiver, you can add more monkfruit sweetener to the recipe (about 1tbsp).
Also note, due to the ingredients used for these aebleskiver, they will deflate a bit while cooling. 

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6 thoughts on “Low-Carb Aebleskiver Pancake Balls”

  • 5 stars
    So glad you’ve given me a healthy way to enjoy these. They evoke warm emotions, as certain foods do, and allow this pleasure in my life.

  • 5 stars
    Made these for a Sunday socially-distant-lawn-mimosa get together. A little on the labor-intensive side but soooooo worth it! I used a keto raspberry chia seed jam that I had in the fridge for the filling. Delish! Thank you so much for the great recipe! 🙂

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed these! Yes, they take a bit of work but they’re really so worth it!!

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