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Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

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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.
Course Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon, pancakes, poppy seed
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Additional Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6 servings
Calories 283
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs optional
  • 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}


  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • 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.
  • Combine the lemon juice with the whole milk to make a "faux buttermilk" [and don't be alarmed, it should curdle].
  • 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.*
  • 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.
  • Keep pancakes warm on a rimmed sheet pan, in the oven on the lowest temperature.
  • Serve with butter, fresh blueberries and real maple syrup. YUM!


Serving: 2pancakes | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 529mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 3mg