Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes are light and fluffy pancakes studded with lemon zest and poppy seeds. All you need is butter and real maple syrup and breakfast is served.

I forgot the eggs.

This kind of thing happens all the time in my world. I forget to put garlic in the ingredient shot, I forget to write out ingredients in the recipe directions and/or to list items in the ingredient list etc. and believe me I super duper proof read… that’s the scary part. But the weird thing? Is that I didn’t notice until after I ate the entire stack of 5 pancakes and sat down to write this post. Like I didn’t notice there weren’t eggs in’em! Who does that?

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I mean look at these? Does it look like they’re lacking eggs?? So I guess add them, leave them out … it’s up to you. Eggs will give them a fluffier more pillow-y texture… but like I said… I didn’t notice. If I was brilliant I’d say I did it on purpose for the readers who have an egg allergy… but I’m just not that smart or thoughtful apparently.

Wanna know what’s Hilaaaarious? When you eat poppy seed pancakes and then go answer the door, smile at the UPS guy and then when your hubby comes home and points out that there’s “rocks” in your teeth. Yeah… we were laughing for days about that… still are actually ha-ha-he-he-ugh.

All I can say it’s a good thing I’m taken… sheeshhh.


Go get those pantry ingredients and get going!

dry ingredients collage

Start by sifting the flour, baking powder and kosher salt until they’re light and fluffy.


Zest enough lemons for two tablespoons.

zest and sugar

Combine it with the two tablespoons of sugar…

lemon sugar

With your fingers, rub the sugar and the zest together until it starts to resemble wet sand.

add the lemon sugar

Add that lemony-sugar-goodness to the dry ingredients and give it a stir.

cut and juice

Since the lemons are out, juice {and strain for pulp} them until you get 3 tablespoons.

lemon juice

Pour that into the whole milk. I will curdle… but that’s totally okay… we’re going for a little tang like buttermilk.


To the “faux buttermilk” add a teaspoon of real vanilla extract and stir.

add faux buttermilk

Add the wet to the dry… you know how it goes.

melted butter

Don’t forget the butter. Or the eggs… I’d add those now if you’re going that route.

add poppys

Poppy seeds in!


One last and final stir…

pour batter

…before pouring the batter onto a lightly greased griddle {or skillet} I like to use coconut oil… but any light oil will do.


I use the measuring cup to spread the batter around for {somewhat} perfect circled pancakes.

ready to flip

Once the bubble pop and no longer fill in… it’s time to flip.




Repeat until you’ve used up all the batter.

butter... blueberries

I topped mine with fresh blueberries…


And real maple syrup.


So so So so SO so SOOO good. I just can’t EVEN describe it.

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

But I’ll do my best. These Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes aren’t too sweet and they aren’t too lemony. But they ARE so darn good. Of course putting lemon in anything and it’s bound to be all kinds of fantastic. But add the blueberries… the blueberries send these over the top.

I may not recover.


Enjoy! And if you give this Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes are light and fluffy pancakes studded with lemon zest and poppy seeds. All you need is butter and real maple syrup and breakfast is served.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 whole eggs (optional)
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • coconut oil, for the griddle {or any light oil you like}


  • butter
  • fresh blueberries
  • real maple syrup


  1. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Combine the lemon zest with the sugar and rub together with your finger until the sugar is wet. Add the sugar to the dry ingredients, stir and set aside.
  3. Combine the lemon juice with the whole milk to make a "faux buttermilk" [and don't be alarmed, it should curdle].
  4. Add the vanilla, stir and add to the dry ingredients. *if making this recipe with eggs, add them to the "faux" buttermilk and beat them until combined.*
  5. Add the melted butter and the poppy seeds, stir just until combine before pouring a quarter cup of batter onto a hot, well greased griddle or frying pan. {My griddle temperature is set to 350-375 degrees} Once the bubble pop and no longer fill back in it's time to flip. Repeat with the remaining batter until gone.
  6. Keep pancakes warm on a rimmed sheet pan, in the oven on the lowest temperature.
  7. Serve with butter, fresh blueberries and real maple syrup. YUM!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 83mg Sodium: 601mg Carbohydrates: 44g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 10g Protein: 9g
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66 Responses to “Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 5, 2013 at 7:46 am

    These sound so perfect! Love!

  2. #
    Tieghan Gerard — June 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I am just like you, always forgetting something! It can be pretty frustrating, but not when it result in fluffy awesome pancakes! Luck you!
    These sound and look picture perfect! YUM!

  3. #
    Aparna B. — June 5, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Perfection! I love lemon popppyseed anything, so I am positive I would love these. I haven’t made pancakes or had them in forever! (pause for reaction and possible unfollow ;)). Since I have absolutely nothing planned for this weekend, MAYHAPS I need to bust out my griddle and make these beauties. Love how you styled this too, Laurie! Gorgeous 🙂

  4. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Oh gaaaaawl! Eggs or no eggs, these pancakes look delicious! I’m right there with you on forgetting to add ingredients to a recipe list…it’s usually one that reaaaaaaally matters, like baking powder. I love lemon poppy seed and can definitely go for a stack of these pancakes!

  5. #
    Daisy Ray @ flowers, fruit and fun — June 5, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Wow! I would just love these! Such a good summer recipe! Once I made Angel Food Cake, and I forgot a halfcup of sugar. My bad! 🙂

  6. #
    Thea — June 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Soooo making these Saturday for some girlfriends after my group run!! Awesome photos and recipe 🙂

  7. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I think forgetting the eggs might have been the best thing you did! Well, besides packing these cakes with lemon and poppy seed. That’s pretty good too!

  8. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — June 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

    These are some beautiful looking pancakes!!!

  9. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, those are definitely the most mouthwatering pancakes I’ve seen lately! Gorgeous, Laurie! Thanks for sharing.

  10. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — June 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Gorgeous!! Now, I want pancakes! See you tomorrow, roomie!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

      Thanks. A lot. GIRRRRL!! XO

  11. #
    Aly Mashrah — June 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    My favorite kind of pancakes! I’m going to try these out this weekend. Can’t wait!!!

  12. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Eggs or no eggs, these pancakes look fantastic!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

      Thank you so much Julie!!

  13. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Your pancakes are gorgeous!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn! I’m a bit of a pancake junkie 🙂

  14. #
    Patricia @ ButterYum — June 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Oh Laurie – How cool are these?!!!! Note to self – must make soon!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

      Thanks Patricia! They are fun aren’t they!? 🙂

  15. #
    Muna Kenny — June 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Feels like whatever you cook can’t be anything but amazing 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

      You are too kind Muna! Thank you!

  16. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    These are just gorgeous! I love lemon poppy seed, these pancakes are just perfect!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

      Thank you so much Erin! You are too kind!

  17. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    eggless pancakes! I have to try them, Laurie! They look perfect. And I love lemon + poppyseed!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

      I know… totally by accident too! 🙂

  18. #
    Raine Blunk — June 7, 2013 at 2:52 am

    This is a new pancake recipe for me. I will prefer making it without eggs since all my kids have food allergies specifically from eggs. This pancake looks so delicious and very easy to do. 😀

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

      Hi Raine! They are super delicious and you won’t even miss the eggs!

  19. #
    Orlando C. — June 7, 2013 at 3:44 am

    This is a fantastic pancake recipe! I liked what you did with the lemons. I found the procedure very interesting. I have never tried eating lemon poppy seed pancakes before but now that I’ve seen it and how it is done, I would like to prepare this lovely recipe for my loved ones. Thanks for sharing this, I really appreciate it.

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

      Thank you Orlando! I hope your loved ones enjoy them as much as we do!

  20. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 8, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I’m always forgetting crucial ingredients too! Either way, I’d gladly devour these pancakes, with the eggs or without!

  21. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 8, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Haha, I do the same thing! It happens to all of us, I think! Eggs or no eggs, these look incredible!

  22. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — June 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I love that you put poppy seeds in there. Who cares if you forgot the eggs! They look amazing.

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 10th, 2013 @ 11:44 am

      Thanks Courtney! Eggs-shmeggs 😉

  23. #
    Cheryl — June 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Pancakes without eggs, now I gotta try these 🙂 I too like the lemon, just not too much lemon. Pancakes are such a treat at our house, so add this for sure to next breakfast. Thanks for the great recipe

  24. #
    Thea — June 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Made these this weekend (with the eggs) and they are AMAZING! 🙂
    Fluffy and lemon-y.
    Made about 10 pancakes and we topped them with syrup, fresh blueberries and some used blueberry jam. Perfection.

  25. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — June 12, 2013 at 6:31 am

    these photos are gorgeous and I love the idea of lemon and poppyseed in pancake form!

  26. #
    eeny — June 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

    oh my, these look so good. i love lemon and poppy seeds. guess i have to make them for breakfast tomorrow.

  27. #
    Sarah — June 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for this great recipe. I made it the morning because I had a bunch of poppy seeds. Well, when I went to add them, they were gone. I think my 18 month old hid them. Nevertheless, the pancakes were delicious!

  28. #
    DJTopaz — July 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    These pancakes looked so gorgeous I had to try them. I haven’t made homemade pancakes in a while and these came out the best by far. Granted, I only had one other attempt, also using a recipe for a flavored pancake. They were NOT good, tough and not tasty, so I gave up on homemade pancakes and stuck with the “just add water” types. But I decided to try this recipe (with eggs) and they were DELICIOUS!! I garnished with maple syrup and defrosted some blueberries for the topping. I halved the recipe and was shocked that I ate ALL OF THEM!!! OK not really shocked 😉 This will be a “go to” recipe from now on. I can’t wait to make them for a brunch party.

  29. #
    Ashley — April 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I bookmarked this recipe a few weeks ago and finally decided to give them a try. They were awesome! I will add a bit more lemon zest next time, but that’s just because I am a lemon-fiend. Thanks for making my first attempt at homemade (not from a box) pancakes such a success. My husband and 2 year old also loved them.

  30. #
    auntieamy — April 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Recipe sounds great, eager to try it, but what I really want to know is what are the names/sources of the black floral and white plates in the photographs?!?

  31. #
    jane — February 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    OMG! I can completely relate to forgetting things like eggs in the pancakes! (I have severe ADHD) They look delicious in spite of it! These are going on pinterest!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 25th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

      Thanks Jane! I’m glad I’m not alone here! 🙂

  32. #
    Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky — December 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    This is so yummy and interesting lemon poppy seed pancakes. I tried this kind of recipe before but this is unique. Instead of 2 tablespoons sugar i took honey! Thx for sharing! I will try your variant, Laurie! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it.

  33. #
    Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy — June 25, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Really this would be special and great lemon poppy seed pancakes recipe, Laurie! Love healthy food! Thanks for sharing!

  34. #
    Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires — September 28, 2018 at 7:32 am

    These lemon poppy seed pancakes are the food of champions! Dying to eat this! Thanks for posting it, Laurie!

  35. #
    Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit — January 23, 2019 at 5:33 am

    These lemon poppy seed pancakes look absolutely fantastic. Beautiful photos, too. I look forward to trying this.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 25th, 2019 @ 9:20 pm

      I’m so glad, Kara! Thanks for taking the time to make the recipe and leave a comment!

  36. #
    taylor johnson @tayloright — April 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Yay! I am so excited to make these lemon poppy seed pancakes! I love poppy seeds!


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