Want a Simple Recipe for Low Carb Hoecake Success?

Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Breads, Easy Button Low Carb Keto Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Low Carb Keto Recipes | 40 comments

Want a Simple Recipe for Low Carb Hoecake Success?

For years low carb cornbread and low carb hoecake success eluded the Fluffys and their low carb lifestyle was hoecake-less and sad. Follow Fluffy Chix Cook to learn how they developed a low carb cornbread recipe that works great for low carb hoecakes with only a minor tweak. They’ll be the star of your hit parade in mere minutes. Bring “corny” back to your low carb life.






Low Carb Induction Hoecakes
Hoecakes, as they are called in the South, have enjoyed a long ride on the popularity hit parade float. Some might even claim they’ve been the grand marshal of the parade for centuries, dating back to our Native American ancestors on the Eastern seaboard (Algonquians) and funneling down through the Southeast Native American tribes (Choctaw, Cherokee, etc). (Johnny cakes or Journey cakes in the north.)

In their most basic form they are cornmeal gruel, cooked by the spoonful, in pancake form, over a hot fire in a special pan called a hoe (not a real garden hoe). And hot off the fire, heaped with butter…well, I swear, you’d think you died and went to heaven. And eleventy billion people along the Atlantic seaboard, down through the South and into the Caribbean Islands and into South America can’t be wrong, because they all jones for them and include them in their traditional, ancestral diets.


Low Carb Induction Hoecake Stack with Bacon


But, and it’s a big butt…because hoecakes are made of corn, they are super high carb, high glycemic index too, and forbidden on a low carb diet. Wah.

Ring Ring
“Buh bye hoecakes. We have to break up with you. (It’s not me; it’s you.)” *Broken hearted sobbing ensues.*

In our house, growing up, we had grits, hominy, and hush puppies as regular, weekly staple, menu items (for many meals). We were no strangers to the beauty and wonder of corn, or maize as our ancestors called it. And although we never formally enjoyed hoecakes, the hush puppy was a very close counterpart. Oh boy howdy, did we “know” hush puppies!


Low Carb Induction Hoecakes Close Up


It wasn’t until I hit my 20s and spread my culinary wings a little more that I found the Italian version of grits: polenta. Of course, true love followed immediately. And from there it was just a natural evolution from fried polenta (polenta set up into a loaf, sliced thinly, and pan fried in clarified butter or bacon grease) to hoecakes. What the hayull took me so long!!!?? And from there? Well let’s just say “mischief happened.”

If you’ve never tried using mini hoecakes as an “appetizer conveyance,” then you’ve never lived. Blinis (yeast-risen buckwheat pancakes) are traditionally used as a bread to become the base for caviar, smoked salmon, oh sooo many good things. And hoecakes are the Southern equivalent to the blini, with a just a tiny bit of “Hey y’all, watch this,” Southern swagger. Both Mr. Fluffy and I embraced hoecakes and celebrated their mighty position in our house and on our hit parade at any meal, or as part of any course.


Low Carb Induction Hoecake Recipe


Hold me. I need a moment. So it was with a little wailing and gnashing of teeth that the Fluffys broke up with hoecakes (hush puppies and blinis) back in 2000.

Until today.


Amoretti Popcorn Extract

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Over the past 15 years we’ve played around with several low carb cornbread recipes. But this past year, we developed a mighty little recipe that satisfies the cornbread itch like nobody’s beeswax! It’s made from simple, readily available ingredients and uses the optional, but delicious, Amoretti Popcorn Extract. Induction Cornbread bakes in 3 1/2-inch mini cast iron skillets, 5-inch cast iron skillets, or 3-4 ounce ceramic ramekins just like real cornbread.

Oh my. Thah craaaahhhhpppsss ahhhhhh sayyyuuvvveeed!!! And we knew it was only a matter of time to evolve back to our heroic hoecake. Back to Southern roots—low carb keto style.

The Fluffys are happy and content again. No more living in “deprivation” (hehe) without the foods of our people. We have one more low carb keto analog that is perfectly Induction legal, doesn’t spike our blood sugar, nor cause insulin to take a trip to the stars. Our palates and habits are satisfied and we once more get to interact with our food in a personal historic manner (that’s important for sustainability), enjoy a mini low carb hoecake heaped with butter and low carb salted caramel syrup, or topped with sour cream, onion, capers and smoked salmon. Life is good and we think Low Carb Hoecakes will do a lot towards furthering your long-term low carb satisfaction.

Please try our Low Carb Hoecakes in some form, at any meal—even, or especially as an appetizer bread base, then run back here and shout with wild abandon about how much you love the frick out of these tiny golden discs of joy. We believe you too will make Low Carb Induction Hoecakes the grand marshal of your personal hit parade.

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Want a Simple Recipe for Low Carb Hoecake Success?

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 10-12 cakes

Serving Size: 2-3 servings

Calories per serving: 55

Fat per serving: 5g

Want a Simple Recipe for Low Carb Hoecake Success?

Low Carb Induction Cornbread is now in low carb keto yum in pancake form. Flavor them any way you want! Sometimes we just want to have plain ol' Southern Cornbread, so we tend toward Amoretti Popcorn Extract and a drop or two of liquid stevia concentrate.


  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease


  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and stir until evenly mixed.
  3. Add wet to dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until batter is smooth.
  4. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brush pan with melted bacon grease or lard. Drop by rounded spoonful (we use a tablespoon from the silverware drawer) onto hot skillet. Cook for 1 minute then flip. Cook on the second side until golden brown. Remove and top with extra butter. Serve immediately. Repeat with the rest of the batter.


Low Carb Hoecakes are a different spin on pancakes. The addition of the corn extract really boosts the experience! Pay attention and remove them when they are just golden. Overcooking makes the “corn” cakes turn tough and dry. We love serving these with salted caramel syrup (recipe to come).

Serving Ideas Serve with your favorite syrup and heaps of butter. They also work great as a bread slice for griddler breakfast sandwiches! Yumtastic!

Nutritional Information Per Hoecake: 55 Calories; 5g Fat (77.2% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 0.5g Carbohydrate; 0.2g Dietary Fiber; 0.3g Effective Carbs

Per 1/3 Recipe: 182 Calories; 16g Fat (77.2% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 1g Effective Carbs

Per 1/2 Recipe: 273 Calories; 23g Fat (77.2% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 2g Effective Carbs

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  1. Susie,

    So if one is using all liquid egg whites, they would use 6T?

    Someone has a feeling this recipe will be made tonight. Liquid egg whites just added to shopping list by someone!

    Thanks (and AWESOME!!)


    • Haha yes dear. And as always, you know why I use liquid egg whites in these recipes…But I’ll repeat it for the class. It’s not that they CAN’T be made from whole eggs, but Alice and I found that egg whites allows for a greater rise. Also, I do not like the metallic taste of browned egg yolk and I’m sensitive to that taste…even a little bit makes me go, “Ewww.” It’s also cheaper in the long run. And there is a different viscosity from real eggs, or whole eggs to carton whites…

      Let me know how you like them hon!!!

  2. Absolutely can’t wait to make these hoecakes….so many possibilities. Ya’ll have made me lick my lips this morn in anticipation!

    • Hope you like them!!! Come tell me how they were!

      • This were absolutely delightful! Slightly crispy on the edges, perfect size, tasted like a down home hoedown. Dear husband said these were THE BEST ‘lc bread’ yet! Luv the hoecakes

        • Hahahaha this makes us super happy and our hearts leapt with joy!! 😀 Hope you enjoy them again and again! Oh the make great little griddler sammies and also make great “blinis” for appetizers!

  3. I need to get that flavoring extract, still. I’ve been dreaming about it for months. LOL 😀 Oh yeah, and Kerry Gold butter is boss. 😉

  4. I still have yet to plunge into the recipes calling for pork rinds. Cant get past the smell! But Kerrygold butter is boss!

  5. these look divine! I’ll have to try them. Kerrygold butter is boss!

  6. Can’t wait to try these sometime!! “Kerrygold Butter is Boss!”

  7. Can’t wait to try these sometime. “Kerrygold Butter is Boss!”

  8. Kerrygold is Boss! So is Sooze!!

  9. Omfg, these sounds absolutely amazing.
    Any idea where a European can get that popcorn extract? I have american friends who could mail it to me.
    Btw, we only recently got Kerrygold to Norway, at least up north where I am, and it sure IS boss.

    • Wish I could help you. We order on Amazon? Maybe search your Amazon.uk for popcorn extract or corn extract? Cheers!

  10. These look amazing, and I never heard of popcorn extract before! Kerrygold Butter is Boss! It’s the only sort I buy.

  11. These look amazing! I never actually had regular hoecakes so this will be super fun to try! And…
    “Kerrygold butter is boss!”

  12. I could eat the Hoe thing, bring on the induction Hoecakes slathered with Kerrygold Butter. YUM YUM

    • Ha! *snort* This tickled me! 😀

  13. Yum, love the appetizer idea with these mini hoecakes! And Kerrygold butter is the bomb! ☺

  14. AND Kerrygold butter is the boss!

  15. I can honestly say, I’ve never had hoecakes, but after seeing this recipe I will have to try them in the near future. With my Kerrygold butter. Kerrygold butter is boss!

  16. Kerrygold butter is boss! The first time I bought it and my daughter tried it, she was in heaven. I have to agree with her. Kerrygold offers the most wonderful flavor over other butters we have had in our house.

  17. Kerrygold Butter is Boss! Not to mention try go perfectly with a true southner staple like hoecakes!

  18. I am going to order this extract and make some awesome stuff. Sooze you rock!! Your recipes are so inventive and make living a lo-carb lifestyle so much more enjoyable. Kerry Gold is boss!!!

  19. Kerrygold butter is the boss! Ok so I’ve heard. I have never tried it because its $$. That being said I heard its like a spoonful of wonderful!!

  20. Can’t wait to try this. Love Kerrygold in my BPC. Love it so much that I let the little bits that get stuck on the knife melt in my mouth. Yum!

  21. Kerrygold butter is boss!

    Still learning to follow directions!

  22. These look amaze alls. Imma hafta get me some of that extract. And Kerrygold butter is boss!!

  23. Kerrygold butter is boss! I recently found it for sale around me after months of searching… hurray!

  24. Hoecakes sound great and I already have the popcorn extract. Kerrygold butter is the boss, and will be wonderful on the hoecakes!

  25. Love this site and Kerrygold USAButter is boss!

  26. Tried this, but put in too much salt. I’ll have to try it again. It would be great with Kerrygold Butter and my homemade pancake syrup. Can’t go wrong with that! Kerrygold Butter is boss!

  27. Kerrygold USA butter is gold

  28. Kerrygold is the tops!

  29. Kerrygold butter is boss!

  30. “Kerrygold butter is boss!” These sound amazing!

  31. Kerrygold butter is boss!

  32. Love your blog. Nom nom nom Kerrygold butter is boss!

  33. The extract is expensive but you use just a little at a time.

  34. Kerrygold butter is boss! So is the cheese and everything about Kerrygold!!! LOVE, love, love.

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