Stack of pancakes with berries and syrupWith Shrove Tuesday just around the corner pancakes should traditionally be on the menu. Whether breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert they are a sweet or savoury treat enjoyed by many. Opt for thick and fluffy American style or French Crepes and finish with a topping of whatever your desire.

However, for those who are currently on the Ketogenic Diet, either child or adult, such foods may prove a slight issues in terms of suitable ingredients. But worry no more as we highlight exactly what is suitable and provide some recipe suggestions in our latest blog:

Remind Me, What Does The Ketogenic Diet Involve?

When seizures cannot be controlled with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) individuals often adopt the Ketogenic Diet in an attempt to deter seizures. A solution dating back as far as the 1920s, it consists of high protein and low carb intake.

High protein and low carbs change the way energy is used in the body, as well as lowering glucose levels and improving insulin resistance. Therefore this dietary intake means that the body is induced into a state known as Ketosis; a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. The end goal of introducing this diet is to force your body into this metabolic state resulting in the reduction in the occurrence of epileptic seizures.

The diet typically involves approximately 20-30g of net carbs for every day eating. However, it is extremely important to consult with your doctor before beginning this lifestyle change.

Pancake Batter Recipe

Search the web and you?ll find an abundance of pancake recipes designed to work alongside this diet. In fact, there are likely thousands. Below we detail two of our favourites, which are both basic recipes that can be adapted slightly to suit your personal tastes and dietary preferences.

Basic Pancake Mix

  • 30-35g of Protein Powder
  • 1tbsp Flax Meal
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • ? tsp Baking Powder
  • ? tsp Baking Soda
  • Few drops of Vanilla Extract
  • 1tbsp Butter

Simply mix all the ingredients together, preheat a pan and melt the butter. Once the pan is hot enough ladle in the pancake mix turning to cook on both sides until golden brown.

Chocolate Pancake Mix

We discovered this fantastic chocolate pancake recipe from Christine Bailey, an award winning Nutritional Therapist and chef.

  • 40g Ground Flaxseed
  • 60g Almond Flour
  • 30g Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 1tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • 200-250g Coconut Cream
  • 1tbsp Erythritol
  • Coconut Oil For Frying

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Add the vanilla, eggs, and sweetener in and blend. Slowly add enough coconut cream to form a thick batter. Heat a little coconut oil in a frying pan and pour a little mixture in the pan to form a pancake. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the edges turn golden then flip and cook briefly on the other side.

Pancake Toppings

  • Stick with Artificial Sweeteners such as Stevia, Sucralose, and Erythritol.
  • Whipping Cream ? choose full fat
  • Cream Cheese
  • Maple Syrup
  • Low Carb Fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and peaches
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chopped Nuts such as Macadamias, Walnuts and Almonds, Nuts are high in Omega-6 fatty acids so try to be careful with over consumption.
  • Protein Powder Frosting

Ketogenic and Assistive Tech

Despite taking on the Ketogenic Diet it is still important to ensure the complete safety of an individual with the use of Assistive Technology, particularly in the initial stages.

Assistive technology is an excellent solution to detecting seizures and ensuring peace of mind. In fact, a recent survey carried out by the Alert-iT team said that 100% of respondents would recommend our products. When monitoring the risks and activities of those who have epilepsy our monitors and alarms are both reliable and robust.

More Help and Information

Whether you are considering the keto diet or have already started it, you may also be in need of assistive technology to ensure peace of mind throughout the night. Our range of Ep-iT alarms have been designed to detect signs of an oncoming seizure providing you peace of mind.

For more information and advice give our friendly and experienced team a call on 0845 217 9552 or 01530 231215.