Sticky sweet homemade Keto Pancake Syrup is the perfect topping for all your breakfast recipes. Much healthier than traditional syrups, and you only need 5 ingredients. This keto pancake syrup recipe is also low carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free, and has zero net carbs!
Your repertoire of keto breakfast recipes just got a whole lot better with this homemade keto maple syrup recipe! Now you can eat a stack of almond flour pancakes topped with butter and syrup without the guilt. In the past, I didn’t have the best results with using store-bought, so I knew with some practice I could come up with something great, and here it is! I think you are going to love my keto pancake syrup as much as we do.
Back in the day before keto, I would have never thought to make my own syrup. It wasn’t even a thought in my mind. But nowadays, I love taking a regular recipe and transforming it into something low carb. It feels good making food that fits my needs and tastes awesome. Plus, it’s not filled with a bunch of preservatives and chemicals that many store-bought low carb maple syrup brands and pre-packaged foods have.
I think you will be a little surprised by how easy and how few ingredients you actually need to make the best keto maple syrup!
Sweetener - I recommend my sweetener, which is a blend of erythritol, stevia, and xylitol or allulose. It has no aftertaste and is twice as sweet as sugar and most other sweeteners so you use less. I have also included some substitutions in the recipe card too.
Butter Extract - If you haven’t used butter extract yet, get some! It tastes great in many recipes.
Maple Extract - The maple extract is what really gives the syrup that amazing maple flavor we all love.
Vanilla Extract - The vanilla really enhances the other flavors.
Xanthan gum - It’s used to thicken the syrup, so you don’t want to skip it!
How To Make Keto Pancake Syrup
Okay, are you ready for a super easy recipe? Here we go!
Step One: Boil the water and stir in the sweetener in a small pot until it has melted completely. You will want to whisk it while it melts. If you let it go too long it can caramelize.
Step Two: Pour in the butter, maple, and vanilla extracts. Add the xanthan gum and stir. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
Expert Tip: You can add an additional ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum to thicken it if you want but the syrup will continue to thicken in the refrigerator.
Step Three: Strain the sugar-free syrup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any chunks of xanthan gum for the best texture.
See how simple it is? Even if you don’t have lots of experience in the kitchen, you can throw this together!
Brown Sugar Syrup - You can sub in a brown sugar substitute for a stronger molasses flavor to the sugar-free pancake syrup.
Fruit Flavors - Simmer some orange zest, lemon zest, lime zest, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries in the syrup. Strain out the solid pieces. You can easily make a few different fruit-flavored syrups with this method.
Herbs - For a unique flavor add a sprig of rosemary, lavender, or basil while the syrup cooks.
Spices - Pumpkin spice is a nice choice in the fall and we like to add cinnamon any time of year.
Is real maple syrup keto friendly? Is maple syrup high in carbs?
Traditional maple syrup has a lot of natural sugar. It is not suitable for a keto diet. I do believe it can be used in moderation if you are eating a low carb diet and at your goal weight. Be aware that many syrups for pancakes also have high fructose corn syrups which I would never recommend.
How Do You Store Sugar Free Syrup?
If you don’t eat it all right away, you can certainly save keto pancake syrup! Pour it into an airtight container, and it will last up to 1-2 weeks if you keep it chilled in the fridge. Before eating, you can warm it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds because it tastes better warm.
You can add a little bit of lemon juice to the syrup, and it will last a little bit longer. It will typically last up to 4 weeks with some lemon juice. It just helps preserve it. Another option would be a dash of citric acid.
What Do You Store Syrup In?
Any glass jar would work well to store this sugar-free maple syrup recipe. Mason jars are fantastic because they have a tight-fitting lid. Another option is to save any old maple syrup bottles that you come across or order some online. While it’s not required to use glass, it just lasts better than in plastic, but it’s entirely up to you.
How Do You Fix Crystalized Syrup?
It’s perfectly normal for the syrup to develop a few crystals as it cools. You’ll simply need to warm back up the syrup and stir to dissolve them. You can reheat it in the microwave or pour it into a saucepan and heat it over very low heat. Stir frequently, so it doesn’t burn. Once warmed and crystals have dissolved, it’s ready to eat.
Does Keto Syrup Taste Good?
Yes! It tastes, terrific and the maple extract, along with the vanilla and butter extract make the flavor strong and delicious. It’s going to taste very similar to the maple syrup you used to eat before going low carb. While not identical, it’s the best solution to sweeten your breakfast recipes.
What To Serve With Keto Pancake Syrup
You can serve this syrup with any of your favorite keto recipes for pancakes or waffles. Here are a few of our favorites that I think you will enjoy.
Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes - these have so much flavor already all they need is a bit of syrup.
Keto Buttermilk Pancakes - just 5 ingredients and ready in minutes!
Keto Pumpkin Pancakes - wonderful in the fall or any other time of year.
Low Carb Waffles - I love making these super crisp by popping them in the toaster after cooking and cooling.
Almond Flour Chaffles - easy recipe that is great on lazy weekends.
Keto Crepes - one of our favorite treats, we normally make these for dessert instead of breakfast.
Keto Butter Pecan Ice Cream - yes, this is even good on ice cream!
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 1 teaspoon butter extract
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- Heat water to boiling. Stir in the sweetener until completely melted.
- Add the extracts. Stir in the xanthan gum. Let cool to room temperature.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. If you would like the syrup thicker add ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum at a time until thickened.
Originally Published March 15, 2021. Revised and Republishes January 12, 2023.