This Recipe For Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes Will Totally Make Your Mornings


When it comes to whipping up a fast breakfast for your kids, pancakes pretty much come in last on the morning menu. There are bowls to take out, frying pans to heat up, a whole host of ingredients, and So. Much. Mixing. But you might rethink your stance on weekday pancakes when you try this recipe for lemon poppy seed pancakes from the Grand Lux Cafe.

Sure, you could stick with simple ingredients, but adding lemon and poppy seeds to your pancakes makes for a more interesting and good-for-you meal. Plus, it’s super healthy, too. After all, poppy seeds are rich in manganese, copper, and antioxidants, and can even help with cognitive brain function (via Healthline). And lemon zest contains calcium, potassium, and is awesome for your immune system.

Read on for this recipe for lemon poppy seed pancakes to give your kids the healthiest (and delish) start to their day.


  • 1-3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbl. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1-1/2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 ea. Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Tbls. Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Tbls. Lemon Zest (minced)
  • 1 Tbl. Poppy Seeds
  • 2 tsps. Vegetable Oil
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)



  • Place the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir all of the ingredients together until evenly combined.  Set aside.
  • Pour the buttermilk into another mixing bowl.  Add the eggs, vanilla and oil into the bowl.
  • Add the lemon zest and poppy seeds into the bowl with the buttermilk.  Using a wire whisk, gently stir the ingredients together until evenly combined.
  • Add the flour mix into the bowl with the buttermilk.  Continue to gently stir and fold the ingredients together until evenly combined with a few small lumps remaining in the batter. Do not over mix the batter.
  • Heat 1/4 tsp. of vegetable oil on a griddle or in a large non-stick pan.  Using a 4 oz. ladle, pour the batter onto the griddle or into the non-stick pan, forming one pancake that is 6” in diameter.
  • Cook the pancakes for approximately 2-1/2 minutes or until the edges begin to dry and puff up with little air bubbles will start appearing over the top surface of the pancakes.
  • Flip each pancake over and continue to cook for another 1-1/2 minutes or until done.
  • Place two pancakes onto each serving plate and sprinkle with a little powdered sugar.
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