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A Pancake Recipe for the Ages

Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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A Pancake Recipe for the Ages

Scott Benner

Arden stumbled onto a simple pancake recipe that doesn't seem to effect her blood glucose adversely - After making them a number of times... I just had to share it with you to see if you have similar results.

Until now, every pancake recipe, box mix and restaurant pancake that we've tried has sent Arden's BG sky-high. A few weeks ago, Arden found a recipe in a Williams-Sonoma book that we've had for years. I can't vouch for the other recipes in the book, but these pancakes are light, tasty and don't make Arden's BGs spike or rebound.

There is nothing special about the recipe or the ingredients, and I have no way to be sure that your experience will be the same as ours, but if you love pancakes and have trouble eating them without a huge spike or a high or low rebound BG... this recipe is definitely worth a try.


All-purpose Flour - 1 cup

Sugar - 2 tablespoons

Baking powder - 2 teaspoons

Baking soda - 1 teaspoon

Salt - 1 pinch

Milk - 1 cup (I use 1%, recipe isn't specific)

Large egg - 1

Unsalted butter - 2 tablespoons, melted (I use salted when I have to)

Vanilla extract - 1/4 teaspoon

Nutritional Information and Insulin

This recipe did not include nutritional information so I was forced to guess about the carbohydrates when I administered Arden's insulin. I made the pancakes approximately 4-5 inches in diameter and, almost randomly, assigned a 15g carb value to each. I've made this recipe multiple times and each time Arden's CGM line, post-meal, was incredibly steady and she did not require additional insulin or food to keep the line steady. I think you'll agree, that is a huge success after pancakes. 

Pre bolus as you normally would.


Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside. 


In another bowl, whisk milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry, and stir until the lumps are not visible.

Cook pancakes on a griddle or frying pan. The recipe suggests canola oil to coat the pan, but I've also used a cooking spray with the same results.

I adjust the consistency when necessary with flour - (Probably thin because I use 1% milk).

Arden uses sugar-free syrup and butter on her pancakes.