Whole Wheat Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Going out for brunch is the best. Breakfast restaurants always have fresh coffee brewing, delicious mimosas and everything from savory eggs benedict to sweet treats like waffles and pancakes.

While I’m always tempted to get the banana bread french toast with a mound of whipped cream or the chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes drenched in syrup, I typically never do because I always leave feeling like I have a nasty hangover: bloated and sluggish!

Restaurant foods have so much sugar in them, especially the sweet ones like waffles, french toast and pancakes. So whenever I’m craving that sort of thing, I always make it at home because I can control how much and what kind of sugar I’m putting in.

Anyone who knows me well knows that lemon is my favorite dessert flavor ever! Lemon cake, lemon cookies, lemon squares, lemon cheesecake… and now lemon PANCAKES!!!

These little suckers are fricken’ awesome! Not only are they refined sugar-free, they’re also 100% whole wheat and contain as much protein per serving as 2 eggs. Not to mention their extreme fluffiness and moistness, the tang from the lemons and added sweetness from the blueberries… Just go make them!

Perfect topped with maple syrup, blueberry jam (or any kind of jam), fresh fruit, lemon yogurt (yes, more lemon) or just totally plain.

Let me know how you like them by leaving a comment and rating below!

Enjoy, friends!

Whole Wheat Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

: 12 small pancakes
: 10 min
: 20 min
: 30 min
: easy

NUTRITION FACTS: (per 3 mini pancakes) Calories: 230 Total Fat: 3.8g Saturated Fat: 1.5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.7g Cholesterol: 55mg Sodium: 240mg Potassium: 146mg Total Carbohydrates: 37.5g Dietary Fiber: 4g Sugars: 17g Protein: 10g

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 3/4 cup plain, full fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest from half a large lemon
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup almond milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup fresh, or slightly thawed frozen blueberries, coated with flour (so they don't sink to the bottom of the batter)
  • Step 1 Heat a large skillet over medium heat and grease with extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
  • Step 2 In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Step 3 In another bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, maple syrup, vanilla extract and almond milk together. Beat in an egg until well incorporated.
  • Step 4 Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Overmixing will result in less fluffy pancakes. Carefully fold in blueberries.
  • Step 5 Scoop a bit of the batter onto the preheated skillet to form mini pancakes, about 6 inches in diameter. If batter is too thick, spread the batter a bit to flatten the pancakes and help them cook more thoroughly. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes on the underside.
  • Step 6 Transfer to a baking sheet or platter and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.
  • Step 7 Serve with maple syrup and extra blueberries, if desired.

Recipe adapted from: Life Made Sweeter’s Fluffy Blueberry Lemon Pancakes.


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7 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Lemon Blueberry Pancakes”

  • Hi Brianne. Your blog is looking so fresh and professional! And your pics are stunning in their simplicity and beauty. I lived nextdoor to Ashton ‘s mom in Bend when you and Ashton were in college. I have enormous empathy for where you are in your life…..making shifts in life from something so all-consuming to the unknown is daunting and exciting! Your passion for healthy lifestyle and your gorgeous food seem like a natural area upon which to focus. After a similar transition from being a university program director, I took a giant leap of faith and focused on becoming a chef, eventually landing a position as a private chef/personal chef for a hollywood film actor! We had a great time, as my skills (ethnic, healthy, macrobiotic, seasonal, organic food) blended well with her needs. And I was able to travel a bit, which was optional, and very fun! Enjoy this path you are pursuing and say hello to Ashton from Victoria, nextdoor neighbor in yellow house!! cheers.

    • Wow!!! This is so cool to hear Victoria! It’s exciting to have all the freedom in the world now to do whatever we want but you are right, it is daunting at the same time. Thanks so much for sharing that with me. I would love to get some of YOUR recipes at some point as I always like learning and seeing how other people cook. Ashton says hi! 🙂
      – Bri

  • I love pancakes, so I was excited to try this recipe. Unfortunately, due to gluten sensitivities in my family, I couldn’t use the whole wheat flour. I substituted Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. I kept everything else the same. (Well, I did add some extra lemon juice, but other than that…!) They were delicious! I didn’t even put butter or syrup on them, and usually I have to have melting butter and at least a little drizzle of syrup on my pancakes. These were great plain. Thank you. I’m really enjoying your blog! 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing this, Cheryl!!! First of all, 100% agree on the lemon. I’m a lemon fanatic and totally put more in mine at home, but didn’t know if it’d be too much for other people so I reduced the amount in the original recipe. We’re totally on the same page with the lemon juice 😉 I also eat them plain. They’re like cookie pancakes! And I’m glad to hear it worked with gluten-free flour. Thanks so much for letting me know so that others can benefit from it. Have a great weekend!
      – Bri

  • I love that your recipes have simple, common ingredients , even with a commitment to using non-processed and refined foods. I usually get intimidated when I see recipes with these claims, but yours are ones I totally could do very easily! For this recipe I will probably use whole milk vs almond milk (we have two small children in our household!) but I can’t wait to try them 🙂 loving catching up on your blog right now while on holidays! Hope marathon training is going well, even in the heat of summer!

    • Hi Fay! So glad that you are liking the recipes. I used to feel the same way overtime I’d pick up a cookbook and it would like a hundred ingredients I didn’t know.
      Whole milk will work just fine in these pancakes. Go for it, and let me know how you like them!
      – Bri


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