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three bacon pancakes on a white plate. One bacon pancake has a dollop of sour cream on it. Snipped chives decorate the plate.

Bacon Pancakes

  • Author: Mark's Daily Apple
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings (6 small pancakes) 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Bacon pancakes sound like a sinful breakfast treat, but these slightly sweet, mostly savory cakes require no repentance. Fluffy, moist, and salty with just a hint of sweetness, you can serve bacon pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of sour cream and a hit of hot sauce.

Primal and paleo pancakes are a far cry from diner-style pancakes made from all-purpose flour and browned in butter on a hot griddle. But, our bacon pancakes provide a grain-free salty, smoky breakfast treat with a chewy, sturdy texture. These aren’t bacon slices cocooned by airy, fluffy pancakes that get drowned in syrup the minute they hit the serving plate, rendering the once-crisp centerpiece soggy and flabby when it touches the tongue. 



6 slices of bacon

3 egg whites

1/4 cup coconut flour (30g)

1 tablespoon purified granular gelatin (like this) (15 ml)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (30 ml)

2 tablespoons finely chopped chives (30 ml)

1/2 cup water (120 ml)

Optional: 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream for topping


Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium heat. Leave the bacon fat in the pan. Crumble or finely chop the bacon and set aside.

Whisk egg whites into soft peaks (an electric mixer works well for this). Set aside.

In a large bowl mix together the coconut flour, gelatin, butter, chives, and bacon. Add the water and mix well then gently fold in the egg whites until combined. The batter will be thick and lumpy.

Re-heat the bacon fat in the frying pan over medium heat. Scoop small amounts (about 2 tablespoons) of batter into the pan, gently smoothing the batter out with a spoon to form small pancakes. Better yet, set a 3-inch biscuit cutter in the frying pan, drop the batter in the middle and then smooth out the batter to form perfectly round cakes.

Cook about 3 minutes on each side. Serve warm.

*Using the entire egg instead of just the whites can be done but it makes a heavier, less fluffy pancake.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 405
  • Sugar: 4 grams
  • Sodium: 575 mg
  • Fat: 33 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 18 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 grams
  • Trans Fat: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 11 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 18 grams
  • Cholesterol: 11 grams

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