Keto pancakes usually come as a quick relieve to carby breakfast cravings. Let’s face it, they have been in our lives for ages. Literally, pancakes are something people enjoyed for centuries and millennia. Especially in the ancient Mediterranean basin. From ancient Egyptians, Persians, Minoans to my ancestors Greeks. I think the Romans loved them too! No wonder pancakes stayed among us and play a major role in breakfasts of all cultures worldwide. Sometimes, after a fight or an argument, people like to apologise by preparing fresh pancakes.
Let’s travel to Ancient Greece
I’ll set up the time machine to take us approximately twenty-five centuries in the past. My hometown, Athens. Ancient Athenians gathered to watch theatrical plays. From the bright stage of the Athenian theatre, the actors who played gourmands and gluttons talk about food. In particular, they talk about what a delightful breakfast could be. The stars of the ancient Greek comedies (from the theatrical plays of Cratinus and Magnes) all agree that there is nothing more delicious than “Tiganites” – Pancakes!
Gluten free but not quite Keto pancakes
As one of the preferred breakfasts, pancakes were served very early in the morning, usually at dawn. If someone desired a good breakfast in Ancient Greece, they had to wake up very early. Contrarily, they would be forced to skip it and do some intermittent fasting. Let’s remember, Ancient Greeks did not eat wheat, this thing was brought to Greece by Romans. Instead, they used barley and Zea. It was a cereal, yes, but with almost no gluten content and therefore much healthier than wheat.
From ancient to modern
The Greek pancakes were far from the advanced contemporary French crêpes but had much in common with the American thick pancakes. In the Modern Greek cuisine, there is a great abundance of similar recipes for “Tiganites” – the Modern Greek word for that sort of fried dough. The ancient recipe calls for a simple mixture of Zea flour and water. However, Ancient Greeks had no idea that one of their successors will Ketonise their invention! I’m offering you Keto pancakes with ancient Greek wisdom and simplicity!
Unique Keto honey substitute
Can we make Keto honey? Well, not actually. But we can create a substitute that will taste similar and have some of those health benefits. You can use it as a syrup for your Keto pancakes, waffles, biscuits, smoothies and salads. It’s worth trying because our goal is to make Keto lifestyle enjoyable, fun and healthy. Without missing anything from our previous gastro-habits. Especially for enriching Keto pancakes and make them ancient and modern at the same time.
For this recipe, I decided to use another extremely healthy bee product which has only 2g of carbs per tablespoon. Well, I am talking about bee pollen, considered as the ultimate health boosting supplement by many experts. It’s proclaimed to be boosting immunity by conventional and alternative medicine specialists. So let’s see how we can make it!
Before making these pancake, give a try to my Keto honey substitute – it’s a versatile syrup that will give you numerous benefits of Keto Mediterranean lifestyle!
Ancient Greek keto pancakes
- 2 large eggs free-range
- 100 g (1/2 cup) sour cream grass-fed
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1/3 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp coconut flour organic
- 1 tbsp psyllium powder organic
- 2 tbsp butter or ghee grass-fed
- 4 tsp Keto honey substitute link to the recipe is in the description
- Beat the eggs with yoghurt using a whisk until you get a smooth emulsion. Add the olive oil, cinnamon and salt. Keep beating.
- Mix coconut flour with psyllium and start adding it to the pancake mixture. Keep mixing.
- Melt the butter or ghee on a frying pan and bake 4 medium pancakes or 8 very small ones.
- While the pancakes are still hot, place a teaspoon of Keto honey substitute on top of each one, and add a small amount of butter. Decorate with crushed nuts, berries or sesame seeds.
- Sunflower seed flour can be substituted with almond, sesame or hazelnut flour.
- Make sure you use organic and natural products that have not been overprocessed. Use full-fat versions of Keto-friendly flours. Reduced fat flours tend to have much more carbohydrates.
- The nutritional label for Keto Honey substitute can be seen under its recipe. Please use this LINK
- To make these Keto pancakes as close to the ancient Greek version, top them with sesame seeds and crushed walnuts.