Fat Almond Pancake


“I don’t want to eat rocket salad. Actually, I don’t think it is vegetarian.” Elsa says to me, while giving me the most serious look in her repertoire. She is not serious though. Not the least.

The mind of a 3 year old is just amazing. They say the funniest, weirdest and wisest things. Every day I find myself sitting just listening to Elsa while she blabbers on. “…and then she did this and my shoes are purple and, and … Daddy, soon it will start growing flowers on me” Ehh, what, why? I reply. “Because it was raining on my head today.”

From the moment she wakes up until the moment she falls asleep, she says all these funny lines that you know you want to remember. But you don’t. A friend told me that we should take notes of all the weird and funny things that Elsa says. He had been doing that with his kid and still went back and cherished them, 15 years later. It is a good idea actually.

The reason why I am thinking of Elsa today is because she has never been further away from us. Luise and I are currently in Las Vegas at the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards, together with some of the most amazing and inspiring food bloggers out there. It might seem a little bit insane to fly 17 hours for only a few days here. But since we were invited by Saveur, and Elsa could stay with my parents, we thought it was crazy enough to do. We will tell you more about our amazing stay here in a later post. Now it is fat pancake time.


This recipe started out with a photo on instagram. It is a classic Swedish dish that I loved as a kid and was reminded of when I saw it in a new Swedish cookbook. We did a gluten free version of it and put it on instagram without any intention of actually sharing the recipe. But apparently internet wanted otherwise. In Swedish it is called ugnspannkaka or tjockpannkaka, which means oven baked pancake or thick pancake. However, fat pancake sounds more fun.

This is super simple. You just have to whip the ingredients together and throw into the oven. The pancake will rise throughout the baking, and then fall together a bit once removed from the oven. It has a outer crust and is quite soft and creamy inside. I guess it is somewhat similar to a soufflé?

We weren’t sure how to label this. It can be a breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Here we had it for breakfast, but we have also made it for dinner, by replacing the strawberries for a salad. You can make it more savory by adding spinach, onion or cheese. Or go down the sweet route by adding shredded apple, nuts and seeds. The possibilities are endless.


Fat Almond Pancake
Serves 4-6

5 organic eggs
2 1/2 cups / 590 ml milk of your choice
1 cup / 100 g (220 ml) almond flour

2 tbsp buckwheat flour or flour of your choice
2 tbsp maple syrup or runny honey (optional)
1 tsp baking powder

1 pinch sea salt
2 tbsp (30 g) organic butter or coconut oil

To serve:
a handful fresh strawberries and raspberries
a few fresh mint leaves, torn
1/2 cup / 125 ml yogurt

Preheat the oven to 420°F (220°C). Place a 8×10-inch (20×25 cm) baking dish inside the oven. Use a whisk to beat the eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Add milk, flour, maple syrup, baking powder and sea salt. Keep whisking until smooth. Now place the piece of butter into the warm baking dish in the oven. Remove the dish as soon as the butter has melted and pour it into the batter. Pour the batter into the dish and place back in the oven and bake for around 30 minutes or until nicely browned and set. Let cool slightly and serve with fresh berries, fresh mint and a dollop of yogurt. Dust with coconut flour (or powdered sugar) for a fancier presentation.


  • Stumbled across your blog yesterday and I can't stop reading. Thought follow a Paleo diet for health reasons, I see many recipes I use is as or adapt. Enjoying the recipes and cooking in the context of family life. Just the right balance of food to family. Easy-to-follow and well-written recipes and where does one begin when complimenting the photography? You have a new fan or fanatic, to be more accurate.
  • melissa
    This looks soooo delicious, what kind of milk did you use??
    • Hi Melissa, we used oat milk because it is easy to come by in Sweden. But almond milk or soy milk (or cow) would work great as well. /David
      • melissa
        I'm soo glad you said that, as we are living in Germany and I drink oat milk everyday!! Anxious to try this Recipe tomorrow morning for breakfast for the whole family! We are used to making the dutch babies or German pancakes on the weekends and this looks like a much healthier version! :)
  • This sounds and looks scrumptious! :) //Anne
  • Hanne Vinther Sørensen
    Sorry to say that I did not like it too much, it tastes like an omelette with almonds, and that is a bit strange to me. Did I do something wrong? Have you guys tried it? And what did you think about it?
  • I made this this morning and enjoyed it thoroughly. It reminded somewhat of finnish pancakes, but it was different with the almond flour. It took less time in a smaller cast iron, which is to be expected. Strawberries and maple syrup on top. Delicious for June when strawberries are everywhere! Thanks for sharing.
  • This looks amazing and I want to try it immediately. Fat pancake sounds like heaps of fun - and much less work for a pancake brunch with friends!
  • Gorgeous! I love your blog so much. It was a real pleasure meeting you in Vegas!
  • To anyone reading this, you have to try it! Hi prepared this recipe on Sunday for my parents. They were delighted and wanted me to prepare more. How cool is that?
  • I am soooo looking forward to making this with my kids!
  • Oh yes the possibilities are endless. I like to add banana and nutmeg to mine. However, once strawberry's are in season we'll for sure use them :) Great recipe, thanks so much.
  • Amy
    I made this for brunch today! It was lovely however 450F was far too hot. It cooked in less than 30 minutes abd and it was very, very browned on the top. Next time I make this I'll cook at 350F to prevent the browning and increase the baking time.
    • jo
      yes, that was also my experience. I reduced the heat to 350 5 minutes into baking when i noticed browning of some batter that has smeared the sides of the baking dish. Despite reducing the heat, i ended up with a very brown , some black pancake :) . Anyways, the good news is that the pancake tasted very nice. Thank you for the recipe :-) Jo
  • This looks like it would be perfect for a strawberry shortcakes this summer. I can't wait to try it! Your blog is very inspiring!
  • Not only is this beautiful, but such a lovely way to feed a group of people. Bookmarked.
  • georgina t
    That's my Sunday brunch sorted this weekend! x
  • Anything almond baking is on my to bake list! I think I may need to try this recipe out over the weekend, LOL. Can I share this link with my rcipe group https://www.kumbuya.com/restaurant-reviews-recipes/ They will love it too!
  • Gunilla
    Hi. Lovely receipe! I will have to try it soon. Just one question. How big is the baking tin - I have tried fat pancake before but got it wrong because my tin was either too big or too small for that quantity. Thanks
    • Hi Gunilla. It is 20x25 cm / 8x10 inches. So slightly smaller than an average size. /David
  • That looks so good (& simple...v important to me!)....& spot of for sweet & savoury!Sounds like a winner to me. Thanks!
  • i love it, sounds delicious. Elsa is so adorable, I hope to meet her someday. It was such a pleasure to finally meet you two. So glad you made the trip. Hope you had a wonderful time in NYC and safe travels home. Love to you both.
  • Oh, I'm so glad you decided to share this. It looks so good especially since strawberries are in season. Yum. Hope you had fun in Vegas and are having a great time in NY! Two VERY fun cities!
  • This is such a lovely dish. You're right. You can do so much with it. Love that it's gluten-free, as well. Thanks!
  • Our daughter is almost two and we are already seeing hints of what is to come. I can't wait! And what a great recipe, a nice all-rounder for breakfast...or morning tea...or dessert! Yum. A massive congratulations on the award too - it is very much deserved. Cheers, Zoe.
  • This looks amazing!! Pinned for later! YUMMY!
  • Michealla
    My daughter LOVED this, repeatedly thanked me. Thank you for sharing!
  • We grew up eating something similar we called German pancakes. I was so excited to see this glutenfree version, so I can enjoy them again. Gave them a try this morning, but I can never seem to make your baked goods turn out. What is your elevation? These are more eggy than cakey. Love the concept, so I'm going to keep working at them...adjusting the temp and cooking time. Elsa is hilarious. Her comments are magical.
  • I really love this fat pancake, I'm going to try it for sure, thank you for the recipe. And beautiful photos, Elsa is so cute :)
  • I just bought a punnet of strawberries at the market and now I see where their destiny will fall. Making this right this minute - I've never had a baked pancake before and I must correct this oversight :) XO
  • Oh my goodness, what a pancake - it's gorgorgeous. Like the sweet idea of little Elsa that flowers grow on heads after the rain ;-).
  • I love any type of baked pancake, and this almond one looks so lovely! Elsa is too cute!
  • I absolutely love your blog, the prize is well deserved!! This recipe looks heavenly, I can´t wait to try it! Beautiful pictures as well, and such a cute story about your daughter. It is a good idea to write down her quotes, you will get so many laughs in a few years, and it will be cherished for sure! Enjoy your trip :)

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