Black Forest Pancakes

These thick and fluffy black forest pancakes are your answer to a guilt-free breakfast for dessert! Packed with protein and completely sugar free, they are naturally gluten free, low carb, vegan and dairy free! 

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Remember when I stated how I was waiting for cherries to be cheap so I could make black forest oatmeal? I think Australia, mother nature or a combination of the two have a secret vendetta against me.

  1. They are 95% of the time completely MIA at supermarkets
  2. The 5% they are available, it would cost an airfare to Canada and back.


Apologies. I have under delivered. However, to make up for it- I present you pancakes. That always makes things better. Black forest pancakes…without fresh cherries.

The other weekend when I was in Melbourne, I made the executive decision to help mum clean out her pantry. When I say ‘clean out the pantry’- I mean going through it and seeing what I can claim as my own.

Just pass me the ‘son of the year’ crown.


While ‘cleaning’ her pantry, I came across quite the assortment of intriguing items- stuffed vine leaves, peanut butter pretzels (which I had brought back from my  Fall semester in New York…in 2012), shredded coconut (expired), chickpea flour (my mum’s staple flour in many Persian dishes) and a lone jar of what I thought was strawberry jam.

Upon further inspection, the jar of jam was not strawberry but rather cherry jam- which she had brought back from Iran. I’m not the biggest fan of jams because I find them overly sweet and in Australia, very rarely is there an unsweetened variety. This, however, was not 100% cherry jam either.

Friends, it was 2% cherry. TWO. The other 98% was sugar, water and stuff which made it slightly tangy.

…..I ‘borrowed’ it anyway.


I still will work on the black forest oatmeal but will await the actual cherries- because let’s be honest- digging into a bowl of creamy oatmeal in the morning with bursts of cherries would be amazing- unlike fake cherry jam.

What this jam would be perfect for would be….pancakes. Said pancakes that were made when my friends came over with personalized choices. A thin layer of this fake jam wouldn’t detract away from classic taste of a black forest cake, with the main stars of the show being the whipped cream cheese.

These pancakes are so damn fluffy, you’d be fooled your actually eating a slice of black forest cake. Did you know these pancakes are ridiculously good looking healthy? Yep. They are flourless, gluten free, grain free and high in protein without protein powder! If you omit the fake jam and use Norbu– it is also 100% sugar free. 

If you love pancakes, you’ll LOVE these thick and fluffy flourless apple pie pancakes– Check out just how easy they are below!

Black Forest Pancakes

A delicious, sugar free pancake recipe which tastes exactly like a slice of rich black forest cake!
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Servings: 1
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


For the pancakes

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 T Norbu Sweetener/2 tsp Natvia natural sweetener or sweetener of choice
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk of choice I used almond milk
  • Cherry jam/fresh cherries to garnish

For the cream frosting

  • 2 T cream cheese
  • 2 tsp Norbu Sweetener/2 tsp Natvia natural sweetener or sweetener of choice
  • 1 T milk of choice I used almond milk


To make the pancakes

  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the coconut flour and unsweetened cocoa powder to avoid clumps. Add in the baking powder, sea salt and sweetener of choice. Mix well to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites and egg and add it to the dry mixture. Slowly, pour in the milk one tablespoon at a time until it reaches a thick batter consistency. Do not over mix.
  • Heat a frying pan on low heat and spray with cooking oil. Once pan is extremely hot, using a measuring cup pour 1/4 cup of the batter and then cover the pan. Once bubbles appear and the edges go brown, remove cover, flip the pancakes and cover again for approximately 1 minute. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • In a small bowl, mix the sweetener with the softened cream cheese and add the milk until a semi firm cream is made. Layer the pancakes evenly with the cream frosting and top with fresh cherries or cherry jam.

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94 thoughts on “Black Forest Pancakes

  1. Black forest is one of my favorite combinations. I love dark chocolate and cherry, it’s so bold and rich. I’ve helped my parents clean out our pantries which ends up in me finding interesting things I could use. HA.

  2. I love black forest, and these are totally making me want pancakes. Too bad I just finished eating cereal instead….
    I definitely raid my mom’s pantry. We like to pick through each other’s and check out our respective Trader Joe’s finds.

  3. I am not a fan of black forest cake. It’s too sweet. And I don’t like cream on my cakes either. Most traditional German cakes are not for me.
    I love to raid my mother’s kitchen. I don’t usually find food to claim but I always get useful kitchen utensils. Like a juicer. For food I raid my mother-in-law’s kitchen. She always has a ton of things I need and she always is happy to share.
    The most bizzare thing in my pantry is a single serving instant tomato soup. We found it this weekend and both have no idea where it comes from. How odd!

  4. I’m surprised you didn’t go the cocoa route–I always think of black forest cake as being chocolate! But still, anything with cherries (fake or not) is good by me!

  5. Don’t even get me started on my parents’ pantry. One time I found SIX containers of half used molasses in it. They drive me nuts!

    I’ve never had black forest cake before. It’s hard to find nut free versions of desserts and I haven’t gotten around to making my own black forest cake yet. I think I would love these pancakes though!

  6. yes to raiding my family’s kitchen – one of my favourite activities when I’m at my parent’s house! I don’t even really know what’s in Jo’s cupboards, I haven’t thoroughly inspected them yet. I’m sure there’s something weird hanging around though.

  7. I wonder why they call some ham black forest ham, because it doesn’t have chocolate or cherries in it? At least I’m pretty sure it doesn’t. The pancakes look legit, but yeah sorry, all I’ve got is ham.

  8. These pancakes are so fluffy! Too funny that only 2% of the jam is made of cherries though, haha! It’s incredible what gets labeled as what… I will keep my fingers crossed for you so real cherries eventually find their way to you!

  9. Hahaha I used to do that in college ALL the time. I would just kidnap a jar of peanut butter here, some canned goods there…no one ever noticed and it saved me so much money! Also dumb question but where did the term “black forest” even come from? It just seems random to me !

  10. I would NOT dare raid my mother’s kitchen! She is kind of like a hoarder and that terrifies me. I have not tasted black forest anything but you are tempting me with that stack. Those look yum. And cream cheese anything is a favorite. Aren’t you coming my way soon?

  11. I would kill for a slice of black forest cake right now, but I’m not willing to sell my soul for fresh cherries (if I could even find them). So thanks for the pancakes haha

  12. 2% cherry in a cherry jam? Outrageous. How can they even call it cherry when there’s only 2%?!! oh Lord, now you have me upset. Way to go buddy. Way to go.
    On another note, I now want a fatty piece of Black Forest Cake, so thanks for that craving. Sheesh.

  13. These look amazing– especially the consistency– I want a batch now for dinner (and another for dessert 🙂 ) Plus that some cream cheese frosting looks amaaaazing. However, I have a confession- I’ve never actually had black forest cake before… I know, I know… it’s okay, don’t get up, I’ll see myself off the internets now.

  14. I feel your pain- cherries, which I can buy for practically nothing back in Oregon where I’m from, cost so much here in Malaysia– plus, they’ve traveled so far, they aren’t even good anymore! Those do look amazingly fluffy! I love coconut flour, so will give these a try!

  15. Wow! That is one gorgeous stack of pancakes. I’m telling you, a cookbook is in your future.
    I must admit I have never had black forest cake. I know, I know, first no Subway, now this, I am really behind on my foodie experiences. I have had black forest flavor ice cream but I am not sure how it earned the name as it was, essentially vanilla ice cream with cherries. Granted, I like vanilla ice cream (as well as cherries) but without the chocolate I don’t think it qualifies for the black forest category.
    I always raid my mom’s pantry. Since we currently live over 1000 miles apart her stash is safe.
    I don’t have anything strange in my kitchen but I did just purchase kale pesto and it is scrumptious!

  16. MY GOD these are fluffy. The texture is perfect, literally perfect. I haven’t discovered an alternative to egg whites though…not sure what I could do for those. Perhaps I will experiment. I’ve also never had black forest cake, does it taste like a black forest? Have you ever seen a black forest?

  17. Black forest cake probably tops my favourite cake list, especially because it has so much sentimental value behind it. For pretty much as long as I can remember, my mom’s been making Black Forest for every special occasion, and she always uses the weird cherry pie goop, so I can’t hate on it too much. Now I want chocolate. And cherries. Or chocolate covered cherries.

  18. Margie refuses to throw food out. She will cook a chicken, force feed it to us all week and then whatever is left after 2 weeks of sitting out she will freeze it and then serve again in a year. Never EVER trust her food unless you watch her cook it!

    p.s. nice breakfast cookies…;)

  19. There’s nothing quite like fresh cherries in the summertime, which is pretty much the only time I will touch them. I can’t even handle the weird stuff which comes in a can and is used on cakes and in pies. It does an injustice to cherries everywhere. 😉

    Your pancakes do look remarkable fluffy. You’re a natural.

  20. 2% cherries! Ha that sounds like jam over here…!
    I always raid my mums cupboard when I go home – my mum eats paleo and get the most amazing ingredients and treats! And she is always generous to share them with David and I!

      1. Nope – David and I were first. My mum had a severe digestive condition and was stuck with eating mostly processed food actually – fresh fruit, veg and more natural ingredients made her very ill. I explained on how she could heal her gut through paleo and she was willing to give it a try, the doctors had given up on helping. Now over a year later she has no digestive issues, eats only a clean diet and feels healthier and happier than ever before! She actually gets comments on how much she glows! 🙂

  21. These might be the FLUFFIEST pancakes I’ve ever seen! You know, I hate black forest cake (the texture grosses me out) but I love the chocolate cherry combination. Funny you intended on making an oatmeal. Last year I went through a phase where I would mix almond milk, oats, chocolate protein powder and frozen cherries in a bowl and microwave it until the cherries were thawed but still slightly cold. Ate it every day for at least six months. Soooo good.

  22. I would love to be able to say that I raid my parents kitchen when I go home, however sadly that’s never the case. It’s always me going grocery shopping to get my favourite things. I do, however ALWAYS raid my grandparents’ kitchen…that’s a completely different story

  23. Too bad the oatmeal still doesn’t happen.
    These pancakes look good though. However, black forest cake is traditionally not made with a cream cheese frosting but with simple whipped cream! So this means pancakes with cream for breakfast? Oh yeah! 😀

  24. HAHAHA, I love that your mom still has those pretzels from 2012 because my mom does the exact same thing!! I try to those things out when she’s not looking…These pancakes are the fantastically fluffy! Maybe I’ll hold off on bringing my maple syrup this time.

  25. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

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