Danish Pancakes (Ableskiver)

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My recipes are grain free, refined sugar free and many are dairy free. My recipes are good for those with allergies and those who are grain free. I began this journey because my health had deteriorated to a point where I was barely living. I could hardly walk down my stairs. My energy was beyond being tired to the point of pure exhaustion just getting dressed. My balance was so bad I could not get dressed from a standing position. I had a hard time remembering things. I had experienced a couple of mini strokes. My quality of life was deteriorating daily. Yes, I have autoimmune illnesses and needed to become proactive. I and a friend went to a functional doctor’s seminar. The information resonated with me. I became a patient of the functional doctor. I only use butter, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil or olive oil. My energy has returned. Is it 100%? Not yet but it is improving. My lab results keep coming back as improved.

My mother is from Sweden. When I was a child my family owned a Scandinavian restaurant in Ririe, Idaho. My family was involved in cultural activities with the Son’s of Norway a cultural club.  My children have also participated in Scandinavian activities at Vasa’s clubs, Daughter’s of Norway, and Danish Lodges (clubs). My husband and kids have also gone to and attended Scandinavian festivals in various states. I even participated in a Scandinavian club when I lived and worked in Japan in the 1980’s. For some history on the Danish Pancakes (Ableskiver) click here.

I have eaten my fair share of Danish pancakes (known as Ableskiver) in my life. I needed to have a recipe that was grain free. I can’t even remember when the first time I had Danish pancakes was. These Danish Pancakes are often served at the Danish Lodge for  Christmas Program (Jul) which includes Sankta Lucia (Santa Lucia) and her court including star boys and Tomte (Tomte are Swedish Santa Clauses) helpers. After the Sankta Lucia program, there was always a traditional Danish (Jul) Christmas smorgasbord. After dinner then the Danish Jule Nisse (Santa Clause) would show up and hand out gifts. The Jule Nisse was always entertaining and humorous. My son loved being a Tomte helper. What fun memories!

In order to make true Danish Pancakes (Ableskiver) you will first need a Danish Pancake pan. I am sure you can find them other places than Amazon but here is a link. I have a glass top stove so therefore I cannot have a cast iron one as it would scratch the glass.

My starting point was the recipe I wrote before my diet was revamped. These pancakes are so lite and airy. Danes sprinkle them with powdered sugar and dip them in a little jam. They can be eaten with your fingers or a knife and fork. These pancakes make a nice appetizer. Enjoy with Strawberry Preserves, Raspberry Jam, Blueberry Jam, Apricot Preserves, Roasted Strawberry Jam, Lingonberry Jam, Mouthwatering Orange Marmalade, and Plum Preserves.

*Nutritional Facts are listed below the photos. 7 Danish pancakes per serving.

3 egg whites

3 egg yolks

3 tablespoons powdered Vanilla Monk Fruit Sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cup Cassava Flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon pink salt

1 cup Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt

1 cup Dairy Free Plain Coconut Buttermilk (see recipe here)


Separate your eggs. Put egg yolks in one bowl and egg whites in another. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks in a separate bowl. Whisk together egg yolks with powdered vanilla monk fruit sugar, and vanilla extract and set aside. Combine cassava flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.  Make a well in the cassava flour add the egg yolk mixture, coconut yogurt, and coconut buttermilk and blend with a mixer until thoroughly combined and smooth. Finally, fold in the egg whites into the batter. Next oil your Danish Pancake pan and heat on medium heat on the stove. When the pan is hot add approximately 1/4 cup per indent (hole) in the pan. Cook approximately 2-3 minutes per side. When the pancakes have bubbles in them it is time to use a butter knife to carefully flip them. The top side will be brown. Now cook another 2 -3 minutes and remove pancakes from the pan. Add pancakes to a serving plate. Top each pancake with powdered monk fruit sugar and add a small amount of homemade jam and a small amount of whipped cream if you like. Can be eaten with your finger or silverware.

My notes: How to powder pancakes? I use a loose leaf teaspoon infused and scoop a little-powdered monk fruit sugar over the pancakes.


Nutrition Facts
Servings 7.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 13 %
Saturated Fat 6 g 32 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 79 mg 26 %
Sodium 140 mg 6 %
Potassium 17 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 22 g 7 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 6 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 3 g 6 %
Vitamin A 4 %
Vitamin C 3 %
Calcium 3 %
Iron 13 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. yechen1989 says:

    This looks delicious! I’m a fan of pancakes and this is just perfect. It reminds me of the Dutch pancakes called “poffertjes.” Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. You are so welcome. I have never had Dutch pancakes and will now have to do research into them. These pancakes are so tasty. Thanks so much for dropping by my friend. It is always nice to hear from you. Have a wonderful day/night!

      1. yechen1989 says:

        Haha that’s great! Likewise my dear. Have an amazing day/night as well 🙂

  2. This looks very yummy! I’m from Sweden but I’ve never realized that the Danish have their own way of making pancakes. Thank you for sharing!

    1. They are tasty. But I also love Swedish pancakes I have a dairy one and a dairy free one one on my blog. Thank you for the kind words. I wish you a wonderful day/night!

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