If you are trying to cut your carb intake, Carb Quick pancakes might be a good way to start. For me, I can’t imagine a world where I don’t eat pancakes. However, I know they really aren’t that great for my health. That’s why I started looking into low carb pancakes, and quite quickly found that Carbquik is the preferred method for so many people.
Now, I’ve tried quite a few ways to cut back on the carbs in pancakes. I’ve used coconut flour and almond flour, which weren’t that great. I’ve tried those egg and banana pancakes that shouldn’t even be called pancakes. But fluffy Carbquik pancakes? They tick all of the boxes.
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Carbquik Pancakes Recipe
When I first made this recipe, I hoped that it would make about 16-18 pancakes, but it doesn’t. You will need to use slightly more batter than you think to get thick, fluffy pancakes. Each pancake comes in at about 1.5g net carbs, but remember you will probably want to add syrup or sugar on top.
- 1 Cup Carbquik
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1/2 Stick Butter (Melted)
- 1 Egg (Beaten)
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- Vegetable Oil Spray (You Can Sub With Any Other Oil Spray You Want)
- Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl. Do not overmix your pancake batter because with every second longer you mix, the more fluffiness you will lose. It is okay to have some lumps.
- Add oil or grease to your cooking surface. Use a bit more than you normally would for a regular pancake.
- Pour about ¼ cup onto a griddle or into a frying pan.
- Flip your pancake when bubbles form and the edges look cooked. Turn and cook until it is golden. This mixture may take a little bit longer than regular pancakes.
- Serve and eat hot. These are not great when they have been allowed to sit for a long time.
You can serve your pancakes with just about any topic. I like mine with just a bit of syrup and some berries on top.
How Do I Ensure That I Get Fluffy Carbquik Pancakes?
If you have tried to make Carbquik pancakes and they aren’t fluffy, you are probably mixing too much. We are all so used to making batter that isn’t lumpy, but it is actually a good thing to have lumps in this case.
You want to mix your batter until it is just combined. You shouldn’t be able to see any of the streaks from the Carbquik, but you don’t want to get your arm workout by mixing your pancakes.
Why Are My Carbquik Pancakes Burning?
If your Carbquik pancakes are burning, it is probably because you are using butter to grease your pan. There is something in the mix that makes butter burn much more quickly than it usually would. I suggest using vegetable oil on your griddle because that doesn’t seem to burn as quickly, at least in my experience.
You can use coconut oil or another type of spray if you are worried about using vegetable oil, but it is such a small amount that it will still be okay. Vegetable oil makes the perfect surface so that the Carbquik batter doesn’t stick.
If you absolutely must use butter on your griddle, use a clarified butter, which is milk-solid free. This will help to reduce the risk of burning. Even so, you may want to cook at a lower temperature. It will take longer to finish your pancakes, but they will be much easier to manage.
If you are already using vegetable oil spray to grease your skillet and your pancakes are still burning, it could be because you are pressing down on your pancakes. Do not do this! Allow gravity to press down on your pancake. Not only will this prevent burning, but it will also help you to have light, fluffy pancakes.
Why Are My Carbquik Pancakes Runny?
If your Carbquik pancakes are too runny, you are flipping them too soon. Most people will start to flip their pancakes the second they see a singular bubble form on the top. When I’m really hungry, I do the same thing, especially if I’ve been cutting carbs and see these pancakes in front of me.
You should wait until the bubbles pop and leave small holes on the surface of your pancakes. This will take a little bit longer with Carbquik pancakes than it does with other types of pancakes. You should figure on 3 to 4 minutes for each side.
If you aren’t sure if it is time to flip just yet, try to lift one edge of the pancake. When it lifts easily, it will be ready to flip.
Can I Make Anything Else With This Batter?
Carbquik baking mix is really similar to Bisquick and other traditional pancake mixes in that you can use it to make so many different things. I’ve made biscuits, waffles, bagels, breads, and even cookies with it. Each box comes with a bunch of recipes, but I’ve found that you can really explore and play with different recipes.
If you are watching your weight and what you are eating, one serving size of Carbquik contains about 16 grams of carbs. But that isn’t all you need to look at when it comes to health, it also contains 14 grams of dietary fiber. This means it has 2 grams of net carbs per serving.
You need to be careful about the other ingredients you use in your recipes. Pancakes are great, but they tend to get overloaded with syrup, sugar, and butter. I tend to save these pancakes for a sweet treat on the weekends or when I have something to celebrate.