One of my favorite ways to eat pancakes as a kid was with lots of real maple syrup. You can't mistake that sweet sticky taste!
I remember soaking up my breakfast pancakes and waffles in it... that flavor still makes me drool a bit.
The problem is all the sugar and high fructose corn syrups in these pancake syrups. They are definitely not low-carb friendly.
But, being on the keto diet shouldn't mean that you have to give up all of your favorite foods. Instead, you just need to find sugar-free ways to make them.
I already created some of the best low-carb pancakes. Now, all you need is this recipe for the sweet syrup you can pile on top!
If you have kids or live with other family members, this recipe is perfect for them too. It is well known that too much sugar isn't healthy. This recipe is an easy way to cut back on how much sugar they eat.
Ingredients Needed For Keto Maple Syrup
There are really just a few easy ingredients in this syrup. All of them are really easy to find at your grocery store, too.
There are tons of different types of sugar-free sweeteners from which you can choose.
The only one that really works for this syrup is a brown sugar substitute. As it melts, it creates the perfect consistency and taste for the syrup.
Want another option? Take a look at this complete guide I put together on all the best keto and low carb sweetener substitutes and find the one that works best for you!
Maple extract is a sugar-free flavoring that makes the syrup taste just like maple syrup. Add some vanilla for a well-rounded taste.
Finally, you need xanthan gum to make it thicker!
If your syrup is too thin or runny, add a tiny bit more xanthan gum as this will give it the same mouth-feel as authentic maple syrup.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Use different extracts. You can create entirely different flavors and varieties. Try adding in some peppermint extract instead of maple for a peppermint syrup. Or, add a touch of orange extract for a fun breakfast surprise!
- Store in a mason jar with a lid. This is the easiest way to store it since the lid makes it completely airtight. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to a month.
- Do not use granular sweeteners. If you use a granular sweetener, it will give the syrup a gritty texture.
- Add more water. If you think your syrup is too thick, use a tiny bit more water until it is the consistency that you like.
How To Make Keto Syrup For Pancakes
This syrup is so easy to make, that you'll never go back to buying store-bought syrup again.
All of the exact steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here are some of the basic steps.
Make A Paste With Xanthan Gum
The very first step to making this low-carb maple syrup is to mix the xanthan gum with a small amount of the water. You want to create a thick consistency before you add the other ingredients.
Tip: Make sure it is well blended before you move to the next step.
Heat It In A Saucepan
Next, you'll heat everything up in a saucepan on the stove to make sure it all comes together.
- First, heat up the water and brown sugar substitute.
- Then, add the xanthan gum mixture.
- Keep whisking this until it becomes as thick as you like it.
Add The Flavorings
When you think the maple syrup is thick enough, take it off the stove and add the maple and vanilla extracts.
Give it another quick stir, serve and enjoy!
How To Use Sugar-Free Keto Syrup In Recipes
The most obvious way to use sugar-free syrup is on top of some of your favorite pancakes. These are the top 3 recipes we are currently rotating through:
Don't forget the waffles!
How about drizzling some of this syrup on your bacon and enjoy some maple-glazed bacon?
Lightly pour over the top of some low-carb French toast slices or use it as a dip for French toast sticks.
So many choices!
Frequently Asked Questions About Low Carb Maple Syrup
Before we get to the recipe, here are some questions that people usually have about sugar-free maple syrup.
Is my store-bought maple syrup keto-friendly?
Real maple syrup is not keto-friendly. It is another form of pure sugar and has way too many carbs to fit with a low-carb diet.
That is why I made this recipe. My keto-friendly maple (flavored) syrup has no carbs!
That's right - there are zero net carbs in each serving.
How long does homemade syrup last in the refrigerator?
If you store this in an airtight container, it will stay fresh for up to a month in the refrigerator.
Which are the best keto-friendly maple syrups you can buy?
If you don't have time to make homemade syrup, there are plenty of sugar-free options that you can buy.
Some of my favorites are:
- ChocZero Maple Sugar-Free Syrup
- NuNaturals Maple Flavored Syrup
- Pyure Organic Flavored Sugar-Free Syrup
- Lakanto Flavored Syrup
Can I make homemade syrup in the microwave?
Honestly, the best way to make this syrup is on the stove. You can control the temperature better and remove it from the heat as soon as it reaches the perfect consistency without it burning.
But, yes, it is possible to make this in the microwave.
When you begin heating everything up, do it in 30-second intervals, stirring it really well in between each one. If you keep a close eye on it like this, you can make it in the microwave without it burning or boiling over.
Make This Keto Pancake Syrup For Breakfast!
Enjoy breakfast or brunch - even when you are on the keto diet! Not only is this syrup good for pancakes, you can even use it to make a keto ham glaze.
With this homemade low-carb maple syrup recipe, you never have to be without your favorite topping ever again. It tastes so yummy that kids and other family members will want some too.
More Keto-Friendly Breakfast Ideas
Now that you have a recipe for keto-friendly sugar-free maple syrup, here are some more low-carb breakfast ideas. Plan your next brunch with these scrumptious ideas!
- Keto Granola Bars are easy to take with you on-the-go and are packed with fiber to help you feel full.
- Keto Pancake Mix Donuts look and taste like your favorite cake donuts - but with only 2g net carbs in each donut.
- Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole is a savory and filling option that will feed an entire crowd.
- Keto Biscuits and Gravy is perfectly creamy and has the same spices and flavors as typical biscuits and gravy, but with a lot fewer carbs.
- Low Carb Ham and Cheese Frittata Muffins are cute enough to serve at a brunch and easy to take with you on the go.
Keto Maple Syrup
- Place ½ cup of the warm water in a small bowl and add the xanthan gum to it. Whisk quickly and continuously until thickened and well blended.
- Add the rest of the water and the sugar substitute to a saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Once hot, whisk in the xanthan gum mixture until completely blended and smooth. Allow the syrup to thicken to your liking.
- Remove the syrup mixture from the heat and stir in the maple and vanilla extracts. Let cool and serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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