Healthy Lemon Zest and Blueberry Oat Pancakes

lemon zest and blueberry pancakes

Pancakes normally aren’t my thing. I am more of a veggie omelet type of breakfast gal, but one bite, and these pancakes make me forget about green smoothies and veggie scrambles.

Fresh and filling, these Healthy Lemon Zest and Blueberry Oat Pancakes are divinely delicious.  Made with lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, blueberries, honey, cinnamon, almond milk, whole wheat flower, and old fashioned oats, the pancakes are dense yet juicy.

I know your thinking, did she just use “juicy” to describe a pancake?! Yes, yes I did. Well, actually my husband did. I’ve been making these for a few years, but this weekend was the first time Ryan had ever tried them. He loved them, but when he explained “I love how juicy and filling they are”, I thought he might be a little cray-cray or maybe he was still making up and his brain needed some time yet to warm up.

Take a bite, and you will understand how these pancakes are a wonderful blend of fresh and juicy out-of-this-world, we are taking pancaked to a whole new level kind of thing. While most pancakes need to be covered in syrup before they are eaten, these healthy lemon zest and blueberry oat pancakes have such a delectable flavor that they can be eaten without any syrup.

I like to eat mine topped with even more blueberries {because I can never eat enough berries} with either pure maple syrup or agave nectar.

Lemon and blueberry are like a match made in fruit combo heaven. To me, there is nothing more refreshing than a pop of lemon zest in a recipe. Combine that with the tartness of the blueberries and you have perfection.

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Easter was spent sleeping in and snuggling in bed eating our divinely delicious Easter brunch, made up of these healthy lemon zest and blueberry oat pancakes and fresh fruit smoothie. This was the perfect way to start off our Easter Sunday, because we never get to have those lazy lay-in-bed kind of morning. I wake up between 5:00-5:30 every morning now the gym before work since I have a 40 minute commute and have to be in the office by 8:00.

I can’t complain because I do it to myself, but I felt sorry for myself until I see how many people are on the interstate doing the exact same commute as me, and then I walk in the gym at 6:00am and think…


While these Healthy Lemon Zest and Blueberry Oat Pancakes are not as fluffy as a traditional buttermilk pancakes, they are a great substitute to fit into your healthy lifestyle. You won’t be falling asleep from sugar comatose.

Plus, boy oh boy are they filling! I ate three lemon zest and blueberry oat pancakes all by myself because there was no way I was putting my fork down with my hungry hubby eyeing my plate as he finished his! It was a good thing that after watching General Conference at home, we went for a wonderful Sunday hike. One of our favorite things to do together on Sunday is get outside and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. Although hiking may not seem romantic to some, going for a long bike ride or hike with just my husband and I is one of my all-time favorite dates. There is nothing like taking a few hours away from our phones, work, and the stress of life to take some time to appreciate just how darn good life is!

Healthy and full of goodness, these Healthy Lemon Zest and Blueberry Oat Pancakes will make your life that much better.

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Speaking of how life good and bikes rides… last week I hit the century mark – yup, my 25th birthday. But really, who cares. The important part is… I GOT A ROAD BIKE!

Happy Birthday – to me! I can’t wait for another biking date with Ryan or one of my girlfriends. However, I don’t technically have it yet, because we had to order it in midget size. It will be here any day now… so trust me, I am already making weekend biking plans.

Is it Friday yet?!

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Healthy Lemon Zest and Blueberry Pancakes
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Serves: 3-4
  • 1 cup all-purpose flower
  • 1 cup whole wheat flower
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-3 cups fresh blueberries (washed and dried)
  1. In a large food processor, add flour and oats and pulse until oats are ground.
  2. Add everything else, except the blueberries, and pulse until all ingredients are pureed and well combined.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium heat. Pour ¼ cup batter on to griddle and add blueberries on top of each pancake.
  4. Once you start to see little bubbles form, flip and continue to cook until pancake is browned on each side.
  5. Place pancake on an oven safe dish and place in oven to keep warm ( set oven to 200 degrees).
  6. Continue making pancakes until you have used all pancake batter.
  7. Top pancakes with blueberries and pure maple syrup or raw agave nectar.

healthy lemon zest and blueberry oat pancakes

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    Rach Young

    I made this last weekend, and seriously the best pancakes I have ever had. I also tripled the batch, and froze the leftovers.

    Jacob R.

    I made these for my wife, and she asked where I learned to cook so well. Thanks for the easy and delicious recipe!


    These pancakes sound absolutely delicious! I Can’t wait to try them.

    Valerie Hansen

    wow these sound and look amazing! I love healthy pancakes, and anything lemon is always a hit with me..thanks for sharing!!



    I love the combination of lemon and blueberry! Your photos are gorgeous!


    These look soooo delicious! Anything blueberry + lemon and I’m in. Definitely made sure to pin this! xo

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    these are making my mouth water! i love anything with blueberries, and i make similar cake with oatmeal and blueberries. gonna give this a try!

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