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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

March 2, 2020

Spring into action with these Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes! A pancake recipe made with wholesome ingredients including oat flour, poppyseeds and maple syrup that will make you feel great about your next brunch.

When I lived in Toronto, I tried to schedule yearly trips in the winter to sunnier locations. Seeing the sun makes a huge difference when you’ve got the winter blues! I feel like people fall into two camps when it comes to winter:

  1. You need to feel the sun on your back to be your best self. 
  2. You love winter and think it’s the perfect time to look inward, nest and focus on yourself. 

I personally prefer spring and summer!  I’m such a better, nicer, more patient person… maybe that’s why I live in California instead of Toronto now…

Spring has arrived early in the Bay which is pretty bitter sweet. It’s been lovely having everything in bloom but we usually have rain through till the end of March and our planet (and state) desperately need it. Not to mention my prolonged seasonal/basically year long allergies?

The citrus trees are poppin’ and I’ve been loving that I now love in a neighborhood where people have baskets outside their houses with freshly picked oranges and meyer lemons. Wish I could make this up!

If you fall into camp #1 you’re probably hating me right about now so let’s just segue into these lemon poppyseed pancakes so you can at least get a dose of spring even if it’s the tundra outside…

Watch me whip up these delicious Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes 


Here’s What You Need:

Do I Have to Use Lemon Flavoring?

This recipe calls for 1 tsp of lemon flavoring. The recipe was originally developed 5 years ago when I was living in Toronto and honestly, the citrus quality isn’t great there – also lemons cost $2 each at the time (!!!). I have since tested the recipe with real lemon in place of lemon flavoring and honestly, the recipe tastes better with lemon flavoring. Seriously. That being said, if you want to substitute fresh lemon you can use the juice and zest of 1 fresh lemon.

Making These Pancakes Vegan

Making these pancakes vegan is super simple. Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside for a few minutes to allow the flaxseed to absorb the water and gelatinize. This flaxseed “egg” replaces the traditional egg in the recipe. 

Tips for the Perfect Pancake

The first tip for pancakes is the consistency of the batter. You’ll mix the dry ingredients first in a large bowl then add in the wet ingredients. You want your batter to be the same consistency as brownie batter but not thin like crepes. If you need to thin out your batter a little, add in a little more almond milk – I’m talking 1 tablespoon at a time!

Tip #2 is to prepare your pan by spraying or melting coconut oil. This will keep the pancakes from sticking but will also help with the browning and slight crisping of the edges. After greasing, preheat the pan over medium heat. Make sure your pan is warm before adding the pancake batter!

Use a ⅓ cup measuring cup to scoop the batter onto the greased pan. Don’t touch your pancakes until there are bubbles all over the top of the pancakes (about three minutes). It’s important to be patient until you see bubbles all over! Flip your pancakes and cook for an additional minute. 

Serve with maple syrup, nut butter and/or fruit!


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

Spring into action with these Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes! A pancake recipe made with wholesome ingredients including oat flour, poppyseeds and maple syrup that will make you feel great about your next brunch.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 pancakes depending on size 1x



  1. In a large bowl combine oat flour, baking powder, and poppy seeds.
  2. Add in almond milk, applesauce, egg, lemon flavoring and maple syrup
  3. If batter is too thick add in a bit more almond milk, but batter should NOT be thin like crepes.
  4. Spray or melt coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  5. Add a 1/3 cup of batter to form pancakes.
  6. Cook until all bubbles have popped (about 3 mins) & flip over for 1 min. Repeat until all batter is used.
  7. Serve warm with maple syrup, nut butter or berries.

*you can replace with 1 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour if not gluten-free

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  • Reply
    Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It
    March 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    These look so lemony and divine! Lemon poppyseed-flavored things are the best for springtime and warmer weather. 🙂 Thanks for sharing Davida <3 I'll be making these this weekend!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Is it the weekend yet?! Hehe I need this weather to start heating up!

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    Alysia at Slim Sanity
    March 8, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I’m a fall weather person. And unfortunately we don’t get much of that in Texas! Luckily I prefer summer over winter too 🙂

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    March 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Pancake master.

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    March 8, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I hate both extremes, but I LOVE the sun! It’s a great time to wear shorts and crop tops! Anyways, these pancakes look awesome because I love poppyseed pancakes and lemon-flavored things!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Sun changes everything, eh? I’d take a sunny winter day over a rainy summer day I think!

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    Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet
    March 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    These totally remind me of the giant, planet-like poppyseed muffins that I used to eat from Costco. Ultimate childhood fave. Can’t wait to re-create that joy with these pancakes!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Ohhhhhh a costco hack! I didn’t even realize I was doing that 😉 Glad I could help!

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    March 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Perfect Poppyseed Pancakes…LOVE! I haven’t had a lemon poppyseed in so long…I always love to have them in the form of muffins…As far as weather, let us just say that I am beyond ready for warmer temperatures and it wasn’t even a bad winter here on the east coast! 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Ugh the worst! Island life is so much better in the summer 😉

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Ahh I love your videos ♥︎ And I know I would love these pancakes. I don’t really know if I’m a cold or hot weather person… I’m going to say hot though, because I love being outside. It’s a different story when it’s SO hot that my face hurts as soon as I walk outside.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      I’d take that over a frozen face, which is how I feel all winter long wahhhhh! Thanks for the support, gorgeous! Hope all is well with you!!!

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    rachel @ athletic avocado
    March 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I’m totally a warm weather person and I can totally understand why you’ve been taking trips to warm places! At least these pancakes trick you into thinking it’s spring outside 😉

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    March 8, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Great recipe! However I have a lemon tree and I would like to use lemons instead of the flavoring. How many lemons or juice from do you recommend ? Love the simplicity of this :).



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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    March 9, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Totally a warm weather person! I like the winter when the first (not massive) snowfall comes, but then it turns all brown and gross and I am over it. Lakes, camping, and sun, count me in 😀
    Love lemon poppyseed ANYTHING, and I love using lemon extract to boost flavor.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Lakes, camping and sun in the canadian wilderness? Even better! Best be seeing you this summer!

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    Liora (Allthingsloveli)
    March 10, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    i am 100% a warm weather person, and the weather this week has been amazingggg. Too bad I haven’t been able to spend much time outside 🙁

    These pictures are absolutely incredible! And those raspberries! They look so vibrant and delicious I’m not even surprised they were 8 dollars. I cant wait until summer fruits! I actually just read that raspberries have more fiber than apples, I had no idea.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      That is so interesting! I never knew that! Hope you’re able to get outside a bit more! The weather is getting so much better 🙂

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    March 11, 2016 at 4:37 am

    I am a sun-lover. Of course I prefer milder/warmer weather, but the past couple of summers were too warm (around 36-38 C), and that kind of weather is only good if you are sea-side, relaxing and sipping lemonade. But if you have to be in teh city and go to work, that is sweaty-hot. If there is sunshine, I can live with the cold winter/autimn/spring days. But I like it if you don’t need to put on scarf, gloves, winter coat in order not to freeze. A light sweater/blazer/jacket for windy or nightttime is what I prefer.

    I love the combination of lemon and poppy seed, they represent the taste of spring/summer perfectly. And those raspberries! gorgeous! I’ll have to make these this weekend 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Yeah that may even be a little hot for me haha. But honestly, if I could wear shorts and a T from day to night, I would be thrilled!

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    Silvia Ribas @RibaswithLove
    April 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    YES, thumbs up for this awesome video + recipe! I haven’t had pancakes for ages but you just made me so want them… This is an easy quality recipe that one must try. Thanks 🙂

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    September 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Oooh, I *have* to try this recipe! When I was younger and lived at home we’d have pancakes like this in the afternoon, with just a little melted butter on top and served with a cup of tea.

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