Light & Fluffy Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes

Light and Fluffy Lemon-Poppy Seed PancakesLemon, poppy seeds and blueberries… what a wonderful combination! These pancakes are SO good that no one will ever guess that they are grain-free! These pancakes are light and fluffy, just the way pancakes should be!

My favorite time of the year, Blueberry Season! I am fortunate to have an unlimited supply of “organic” big and juicy blueberries at my disposal from my in-laws 2 bushes. For a few weeks, we eat them a few times a day, put them in smoothies, freeze them for a cold treat and I create as many blueberry treats as I can! :) This blueberry compote can be used on anything and is PERFECT on these lemony pancakes. Lemon-Poppyseed Pancakes

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Poppy Seeds & Drug Testing

Please tell me I am not the only one who thinks about the Seinfeld episode where Elaine fails a drug test (actually a couple) because she was eating poppy seed muffins?!? Check out this short clip… hilarious!

So will eating poppy seeds cause a drug test to come back positive for opiates?? The simple answer…. Yes!

“Eating a couple of bagels heavily coated with poppy seeds can result in morphine in a person’s system for hours, leading a routine drug test to come back positive. A subsequent test can rule out heroin, though not other opiates, by looking for a specific metabolite, 6-acetylmorphine. But someone who has a poppy-seed bagel for breakfast and is tested later that day would still have far lower levels of morphine than a person who, for example, abuses painkillers.” SOURCE

So there you have it… eating too many of these pancakes can cause your employer to think that you are on drugs! πŸ˜€ If you can’t have poppy seeds, omit them and maybe add a few finely chopped nuts or a few seeds for a bit of texture. 

048About the recipe

These pancakes are truly light and fluffy which can be hard to find in a grain-free pancake. The key is 3 different forms of leavening: 

  1. Baking Powder
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Egg Whites

Each of these ingredients contributes to making these pancakes nice and airy. Be sure not to over mix the batter once you have folded in the egg whites. Check out my Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes post for a step-by-step guide to mixing up your batter to insure the pancakes get a good rise. 

056Variations and Modifications

This recipe is delicious as listed but can be modified to fit your specific dietary needs, goals and taste buds. Here are a few modifications that I KNOW will work. If you modify it in any other way, please let me know in the comments below.

  1. Sweetener– Use any sweetener you choose in the recipe, just be sure to taste your batter before cooking the pancakes. For questions about sweeteners, be sure to check out THIS post. 
  2. Fat of choice– I used butter but you could also use ghee or coconut oil for dairy-free. Also feel free to use expeller coconut oil
  3. Milk– Use whatever milk you choose. Buttermilk, regular milk, heavy cream, sour cream, coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk will all work. My favorite is a combination of 2 tbsp. regular milk along with 2 tbsp. sour cream.
  4. Lemon Flavor- I am not a big fan of lemon extract so I chose not to add any. I relied on the zest and lemon juice for the lemon flavor.  
  5. Dairy-Free– Use unsweetened almond or coconut milk for the dairy and ghee or coconut oil for the fat.
  6. Nut-Free–  For nut-free, substitute ground raw sunflower seeds in the place of the almond flour. 
  7. Waffles– Feel free to use this batter to make waffles as well. 

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Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Compote
Yields 6

Nutrition per pancake: 100 Calories, 9 grams Fat, 1.6 Net Carbs, 3 grams Protein

Nutrition per 1 tbsp. Blueberry Compote: 12 Calories, 0 Fat, 3 Net Carbs, (including honey)

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  1. Blueberry Compote

    • 1/2 lb. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    • Sweetener of choice to taste*
    • 1-1/2 tsp. arrowroot powder
    • 1/4 cup water

    *I used 1/8 tsp. Trader Joe’s Stevia and 1/2 tbsp. raw honey. The amount of sweetener needed will depend on the sweetness of your blueberries. Check out THIS blog post for more information on my sweeteners of choice.


    • 3/4 cup almond flour (I use Honeyville)
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1-1/2 tsp. poppy seeds 
    • 1/8 tsp. Organic Trader Joe Stevia or sweetener of choice, to taste
    • 2 large pastured eggs (separated)
    • 2 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee, melted
    • 1/4 cup milk of choice*
    • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp. lemon extract (optional)
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • Salted butter for frying pan/skillet

    *Use milk of choice. I used 2 tbsp. pure sour cream and 2 tbsp. regular milk.

  1. Blueberry Compote

    Add the blueberries to a small sauce pan. Using a potato masher, mash the blueberries just a few times to release some of their juices. Cover and cook the blueberries on medium-low heat for approximately 8-10 minutes or until blueberries have burst.

    While berries are cooking, add the arrowroot powder to the water and stir. Set aside. 

    Once the blueberries have burst and released their juices, remove the lid and lower the heat to low. Stir in sweetener then add the arrowroot and water.  Stir the blueberry mixture until it starts to thicken (about 1 minute) and then turn off the heat. Taste for sweetness and adjust if needed. Refrigerate or serve warm. Makes about 1 cup.


    Blend dry ingredients, including poppy seeds,  in a medium bowl.  In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with hand mixer until SOFT peaks form.  Add egg yolks, butter and milk of choice to dry ingredients.  Blend well until all ingredients are incorporated.  Gently fold egg whites into pancake batter. Do not over mix. Taste for sweetness and lemon flavor, and adjust if needed. 

    Or Quick Method: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add all of the wet ingredients to a blender and then the dry. Blend for 1 minute.

    Heat electric skillet or large frying pan on low-medium heat. DO NOT OVERHEAT! Add 1/2-1 tbsp of SALTED butter to pan.  Using large ice cream scoop, scoop batter into preheated pan, 3-4 inches apart (they will spread). Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until bottom edges begin to brown. Carefully flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. (Cooking times will vary.)

    Serve hot with Blueberry Compote and salted butter (optional).

    Pancakes freeze well and can be reheated by placing in a toaster on a medium setting.  

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  1. Brenda Korinek says

    I never would have dreamed that lemon and blueberry would go together. But they do! And these pancakes topped with blueberry compote are absolutely delicious! Yes, I did make 6 of them but…2 are plenty filling – the other four will go in the freezer.

    Thank you again, Melissa, for coming up with another winning recipe. And for making breakfast (or today’s lunch) anything but boring.

    • satisfyingeats says

      I am so glad you enjoyed them Brenda! Yes, perfect for the freezer… pancakes on a lazy day, you can’t get better than that! :)


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