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Keto Johnny Cakes


These keto Johnny cakes are a must-have for anyone doing a keto diet. They can be as sweet as you like or enjoyed as a savory type of flatbread. 

Whether you call these keto hoecakes, keto fried cornbread, or keto panfried cornbread cakes, one thing is for sure, you’re going to call them delicious! It tastes like the real thing, minus all the carbs.

Serve these low carb hoe cakes with keto chili as a side or for brunch with some melted butter and sugar-free maple syrup.

It’s an easy recipe that everyone will embrace even if they are not doing a keto diet. 

I have several popular recipes that use almond meal to mimic cornmeal, like my easy keto cornbread, my keto almond flour cornbread muffins.

And I also have some made with coconut flour like my keto coconut flour cornbread, and my coconut flour muffins so you have quite a number of keto cornbread recipes to choose from. 

However, this is the first time I made cornbread pancakes with only 3.5 net carbs per serving. And guess what? Each serving includes 3 journey cakes!



Keto Johnny Cakes

Keto Johnny cakes made in a black skillet and then served stacked on a white plate

Keto Johnny Cakes

Traditional Johnny cakes are made with cornmeal making them very high in carbs and therefore not permitted on a low carb, ketogenic diet.

After reading the comments from our readers I realized that many were making pan-fried cornbread cakes using one of our trusty, cornbread recipes. I just had to try this for myself. 

Let’s just say once again our readers got it right and now I can share these gluten-free Johnny cakes with you all.

It’s a low carb cornbread recipe that won’t leave you feeling deprived or kick you out of ketosis. Winning!

These keto Johnny cakes are a different spin on pancakes, the addition of cornbread extract is what perfects the flavor.

Low Carb Johnny Cakes

In the South, these are known as hoecakes but just about every culture has some variation of cornmeal, maize pancake. 

Wondering why Johnny cakes are called Johnny Cakes? There is a little Native American history behind this name. You see they called it “noekhick” and they would cook these small cornmeal cakes over hot coals.

The name evolved to “journey cakes” because they were easy for American pioneers to travel during long journeys. And eventually, they became known as Johnny cakes also known hoe cakes in the Southern parts of the U.S.

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Let’s just say this form of pancake has been a staple in American cuisine for hundreds of years. 

Do you know you can even make keto arepas, “corn” pancake sandwiches with this recipe by simply placing a thick slice of mozzarella cheese between each pancake and bringing them back to the skillet to allow the cheese to melt perfectly?  Yumms.

keto Johnny Cakes on a white plate and white table

keto Johnny Cakes on a white plate and white table

How To Make Keto Hoecakes

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The following are all the simple ingredients you’ll need. Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the page.

Making these “cornbread” keto flapjacks are pretty straightforward. Although these are made with almond meal, I have given instructions on how to make these using coconut flour for those who prefer a nut-free option. 

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Cornbread Extract

What’s the secret in mimicking the flavor of cornbread?  It’s the use of sweet corn extract so that you can have all the flavor minus sugar and carbs. 

The use of a corn extract is really effective in getting the flavor of cornbread without the use of any corn.

OOOflavors cornbread flavored concentrate has managed to create a cornbread extract that has zero calories, zero sugar, and zero carbs.

Since it’s a highly concentrated extract a tiny amount is all you need to get the flavor of corn.

I recommend using 4-5 drops in this recipe and see if it won’t elevate the flavor further.

Low Carb Syrup Options

The following are my favorite sugar-free syrup options that are sugar-free and keto-friendly.

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Keto Johnny Cakes stacked on a white plate with a pat of butter melting

Keto Johnny Cakes

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Cooking Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 15 minutes
These keto Johnny cakes are a must-have for anyone doing a keto diet. Whether you call these keto hoecakes, keto fried cornbread, or keto panfried cornbread cakes, one thing is for sure, you're going to call them delicious! It tastes like the real thing, minus all the carbs. They have only 3.5 net carbs per 3 pancake serving.



  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine the almond meal, sugar substitute, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
  2. In another medium-sized bowl combine the heavy cream, sour cream, and eggs. Mix until fully combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir with a spatula until fully incorporated.
  4. Next, add the melted butter, and stir till mixed.
  5. Heat a nonstick skillet, griddle, or cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add one tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Note you can also use reserved bacon grease or lard.
  7. Drop by rounded spoonful onto the hot skillet. Cook each for about 1 1/2-2 minutes then flip. Cook the other side of the griddle cakes until golden brown.
  8. Serve immediately with butter and sugar-free syrup.
  9. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.


If you prefer to make these out of coconut flour, follow the same instructions in this recipe and use our coconut flour cornbread recipe as the batter.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 3 Johnny cakes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 28.6gSaturated Fat: 11.6gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 5.9gNet Carbohydrates: 3.6gFiber: 2.4gSugar: .2gProtein: 7.3g

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