Low Carb Blini - Two Ways

LOW CARB BLINI – TWO WAYS

Low Carb Blini – Two Ways. Both DAIRY-FREE and NUT-FREE. With only 1.2-1.5g net carbs for 4, depending on which option you choose.

Never heard of blini? They (blini is plural) are pancake morsels served with various toppings as canapés. Perfect for entertaining guests at a dinner party, because their tiny size means they’re gobbled up in one single mouthful. No need for cutlery. Zero mess. A truly fancy, yet clever finger-food choice. And easy to make ahead of time.


I don’t bother to wait for special occasions, guests, or fancy dinners. I’ll have blini for lunch, as a savoury snack, or as a starter.  Why not?

DAIRY-FREE and NUT-FREE options for Low Carb Blini – Two Ways

Blini may be small, but they need to be sturdy enough to be picked up using fingers. Without them breaking or collapsing from the weight of whatever topping is put on them. After many, many tests, with different ingredient combinations, I think I have managed to create two decent options. Obviosuly, neither of them are identical to real high-carb blini. But they’re as close as I could get them to be.

Low Carb Blini - Two Ways

BLINI OPTION 1

My firm favourite. The taste is almost like classic blini, with the right texture. This recipe uses Ultra Fine Fiberflour, which is a low-carb product with gluten and wheat derivatives. I cannot tell you how much I love this flour. However,  it clearly isn’t a clean keto choice. Both because of the grains and because gluten is known to cause gut damage even in people who can tolerate it. So yes, I do use Fiberflour. But only occasionally and in moderation. For specific ketofied recipes that would otherwise not be a good enough version of the high-carb originals I’m trying to re-create. Unfortunately, Ultra Fine Fiberflour isn’t widely available outside Europe, so it may not be an option for you, depending on where you live. Standard Fiberflour won’t work. You definitely need the Ultra Fine.

BLINI OPTION 2

A good compromise. Not quite the neutral texture and flavour that you’ll get with option 1. But not outrageously different, either. Having tried many flour combinations, I think my lupin + coconut combo achieves the best result.

There are plenty of keto/low carb pancake recipes on the net that you may be attracted to. Of course you’re free to use one of those recipes (or your own) if you don’t like my flour choices. But I should tell you that I’ve probably tried them all. I wouldn’t bother with almond flour ones. Too sweet, moist and nutty. Coconut flour only? Nope. Too dry and brittle for blini. Remember: these miniature pancakes must be able to hold toppings and be strong enough to be lifted with fingers from plate to mouth. In one piece.

Low Carb Blini - Two Ways

Both options are NUT-FREE and DAIRY-FREE – unless you use butter for frying. Both can be made ahead and revived with a blast of heat when you want to use them. They are also freezer friendly.

As for topping, the world is your oyster. The classic choice is smoked salmon on a creamy base, like crème fraîche, or soft cheese. But really you can put on them whatever you want. If you feel like something unusual, but easy and super-healthy, you could try my Smoked Salmon Pâté or Beetroot & Gin Salmon Gravadlax.

Enjoy!

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LOW CARB BLINI - TWO WAYS
 
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Nutrition
  • Yield: 24
  • Serving: 4 blinis
  • Calories: 56
  • Fat: 2.7g
  • Net Carbs: 1.5g
  • Protein: 3g
Recipe type: Bread & Crackers
Cuisine: Ketogenic. Low Carb. LCHF. Dairy Free. Nut Free. Grain Free. Gluten Free.
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These delightful morsels have the right texture for any topping. Best served as keto-friendly canapés. Two version: both nut-free and dairy-free. One with gluten, one without.
Ingredients
Option 1 (contains gluten)
Option 2 (gluten free)
Instructions
To Make Option 1:
  1. mix dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. make a well in the centre and crack your egg into it.
  3. add oil and ½ the milk, and whisk vigorously by hand using a manual balloon whisk, until you have a nice smooth batter.
  4. incorporate the remainder of the milk and leave to sit for 10 minutes.
  5. heat a pancake pan or similar, melt a little butter or oil, and spread with a pastry brush.
  6. pour 1 dessert-size teaspoon (1 TBSP if using volume measures) of the batter onto the sizzling fat.
  7. repeat until you’ve used up all the space - but leave gaps or you won’t have enough room to turn them - you will probably need to do two batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  8. once little bubbles appear and the blini move easily (about 2-4 mins), flip them over to cook the other side.
  9. Makes 24 blini.
To Make Option 2:
  1. separate egg and whip albumen to stiff peaks; set aside.
  2. weigh and mix dry ingredients; set aside.
  3. in a medium mixing bowl, hand-whip yolk, oil and milk, then add dry ingredients and whisk vigorously by hand using a manual balloon whisk, until you have a nice smooth batter.
  4. gently fold in the whipped egg white.
  5. heat a pancake pan or similar, melt a little butter or oil, and spread with a pastry brush.
  6. pour 1 dessert-size teaspoon (1 TBSP if using volume measures) of the batter onto the sizzling fat.
  7. repeat until you’ve used up all the space - but leave gaps or you won’t have enough room to turn them - you will probably need to do two batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  8. once little bubbles appear and the blini move easily (about 2-4 mins), flip them over to cook the other side.
  9. Makes 16 blini.
Notes
Macros reported above are for OPTION 1 (1 serving= 4 blini).

Macros for OPTION 2 (1 serving= 4 blini): Kcal 21; Fat 5.5g; Protein 5g; Net Carbs 1.2g.

Macros exclude toppings.

Both versions freeze well.

If intended for future use, store at room temperature. Re-heating not necessary, but recommended.

The only way to ensure accurate measurement of ingredients is with Metric Kitchen Scales. Click HERE for the ones I use, or HERE for U.S. alternative.

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2 Comments

  1. Made these yesterday as part of a birthday meal for my son in law. Also made your naan breads. They both went down really well. We are going to try making a couple of large pancakes using the mixture.

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