These fluffy lemon blueberry pancakes without buttermilk are made from scratch in about 20 minutes from start to finish. This drool-worthy pancake recipe is perfect for a quick breakfast or even weekend brunch.
What I Love About This Recipe
This lemon pancake batter is so fluffy! I really love how these pancakes fluff up as they cook. With the juicy fresh blueberries and maple syrup, these lemon blueberry pancakes are one of my favorite weekend brunch recipes.
- All-purpose flour: Any type of allpurpose flour, bleached or unbleached will work just fine.
- Fresh blueberries: Do not use frozen blueberries.
- Lemon zest: Don't use the lemon juice in the pancake batter. Just use the zest from the outside of the lemon.
- Cow's milk: Any type of cow's milk works well for this recipe. I prefer reduced fat milk and whole milk.
- White vinegar: Use white vinegar, also known as distilled white vinegar. Red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or any other type of vinegar is not a substitute. The other vinegar flavors will alter the taste of the pancakes
- Sugar: Substitute sugar in the raw or cane sugar for white sugar.
- Melted butter: I recommend using melted butter because of the flavor, however other fat substitutes are coconut oil and avocado oil.
- Baking powder and baking soda: Any type of baking powder and baking soda work for this recipe just check the expiration date on your container.
How To Make Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Sour the milk by adding vinegar to the milk. Mix with a spoon and set aside for 5 minutes.
Measure out the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Mix with a whisk. Set aside.
Once the milk is soured, add the melted butter and egg. Zest a whole lemon into the bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients together using a whisk.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix with a whisk.
Heat a greased nonstick frying pan on the stovetop to medium-high heat. Add ¼ cup of the lemon pancake batter. Once the pancake batter starts to bubble, add the fresh blueberries.
When there are several bubbles forming, flip the pancake with a spatula. Make multiple pancakes at a time to cut down on the cooking time.
Serve with maple syrup or honey.
Tips and Tricks
- Measure out the ingredients accurately. I prefer to weigh flour using a kitchen scale rather than use a measuring cup because I have found that to be the most accurate. Baking soda and baking powder can be measured with measuring spoons. Pancake batter is a science, and getting the right ratios for the most fluffy pancakes need accurate measurement.
- Sour the milk with vinegar. Basically, we are making a substitute for buttermilk with ingredients you likely have already at home.
- Use fresh blueberries not frozen blueberries. The pancakes cook too quick to use frozen blueberries.
- Pancake flipping is an art. Check the pancake by lifting up the side with a spatula to see if the pancake is cooking too slow or too quickly prior to flipping the pancake.
- Wipe out the pan with a paper towel in between pancakes. Grease the pan prior to adding new pancake batter.
Variations and Substitutions
- Make these pancakes plain. Substitute a teaspoon of vanilla extract for the lemon zest and blueberries.
- Eat these pancakes with all natural maple syrup or honey instead of high-fructose pancake syrup.
- Use whole milk, reduced fat milk, or fat-free cow's milk.
- Substitute coconut oil or avocado oil for the butter.
- Use a kitchen scale (or measuring cups) to measure out the flour.
- Use measuring spoons for the other ingredients.
- Whisk the ingredients together using a hand whisk in a large bowl
- Zest the lemon using a zester or microplane (same thing)
- Cook the pancakes on a griddle or nonstick frying pan
- Flip the pancakes with a spatula
Store the cooked lemon blueberry pancakes in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave when ready to serve.
Substitute 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar for buttermilk.
Buttermilk interacts with the baking soda to form extra fluffy pancakes.
Serve bacon and scrambled eggs alongside blueberry pancakes.