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Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes (vegan + gf)

These healthy lemon poppy seed pancakes are the perfect addition to your breakfast routine. Quick, easy, healthy and also naturally gluten-free and vegan.

Who wouldn’t love waking up to a mile high stack of warm pancakes? That pretty much sounds like heaven on earth to me!

Since we’re approaching Mother’s Day, and we have a long-standing pancake tradition in my family, I thought it would be fun to give you a new quinoa pancake recipe, but in a flavor that’s perfect for Spring.

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These Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes are not only gluten-free and vegan, but they’re also super healthy, quick to make, and the ultimate breakfast show stopper. Mom will love them, Dad will love them, kiddos will love them and the whole family will be happy!

how to make gluten-free and vegan lemon poppy seed pancakes

Pancakes have been a longtime fave around here, and deservedly so. Pancakes are the best! But getting perfectly fluffy pancakes that are also gluten, dairy and egg-free can be tricky.

My solution is to go back to what I know. My standard quinoa pancake base and then jazz it up from there.

I love having staple recipes that can be transformed into something completely different just by adding a few extra ingredients and changing up the flavors. It makes life so much simpler – your pantry is streamlined, you’ve got the recipe down cold and you know it’s going to turn out every single time.

That’s what I call a win!

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To flavor our lemon poppy seed pancakes, we’re pulling out all the stops!

Of course, we’ve got lemon, but that’s a flavor that can sometimes get lost. I wanted to make sure it really popped so we’re using lemon three different ways: lemon juice, lemon zest and Simply Organic’s Lemon Flavor.

I know that flavorings and extracts can sometimes be intense, but I haven’t found that with any of the ones from Simply Organic. They’re not overpowering, don’t have that bitter alcohol aftertaste (it’s alcohol & sugar-free!) that some brands do and they actually taste like the real ingredients.

So while it might seem like we’re going crazy with the lemon here, I promise, it’s like a flavor explosion in every bite! (in a very good way)

how to make gluten-free and vegan lemon poppy seed pancakes

But we’re not leaving it there. We’re also adding in some of Simply Organic’s Ceylon Cinnamon, which adds some warmth, a subtle sweetness and kind of soothes the lemon a little.

We’ve also got Simply Organic’s Vanilla Extract (I love the Madagascar one!) which again, doesn’t have that strange aftertaste that some extracts do, and it adds a really nice pure, yet subtle, vanilla flavor. Their extract is derived from high-quality vanilla beans – no fake stuff here! – so you know that it’s only going to enhance the flavor of everything else!

And finally… POPPY SEEDS!

We’re also using the Simply Organic Poppy Seeds for our pancakes! Can you tell they pretty much have you covered from head to toe with all your flavor needs? I love that these teeny tiny seeds don’t really affect the flavor, but add a nice little crunch and make our pancakes look oh-so-pretty!

lemon poppy seed pancakes that are also gluten-free and vegan

From there, we just whip everything together and in about 10 minutes, you can have a batch of fluffy gluten-free and vegan pancakes on your breakfast table!

And what I love about these pancakes is that they’re perfect for a slow, lazy weekend morning, but can also be frozen and reheated during the week!

I do this all the time with my pancakes and find that they make a really delicious pre-workout snack as I’m racing out the door to yoga in the morning. Just slather on some nut butter and I’m good to go!

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So next time you’re in the mood for pancakes, whip up a big batch (maybe even double!) of these babies. They’re light, fluffy, moist, healthy and super duper flavorful!

I think they make the ultimate Mother’s Day breakfast option, but they’re also pretty darn fab any other morning you’re craving something simple and sweet.

And don’t forget to save some extras – you’ll love having them for a quick breakfast option!

gluten-free and vegan lemon poppy seed pancake recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes (vegan + gf)

Preparation 0:05 2018-05-13T00:05:00+00:00

Cook Time 0:10 2018-05-13T00:10:00+00:00

Total Time 0:15 2018-05-13T00:15:00+00:00


  • 2 flax eggs (or 2 chicken eggs)
  • 1 cup quinoa flour (I like to toast mine)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 2 teaspoons coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Organic Ceylon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana (about 1 small)
  • 1/4 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil (or other light flavored oil)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic Lemon Flavor
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon Simply Organic Poppy Seeds
  • Fresh berries, coconut yogurt & maple syrup to serve


  1. Preheat a griddle over medium heat.
  2. Whisk together the flax and water and set aside to gel.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Beat together the flax eggs, banana, yogurt milk, oil, lemon juice, vanilla and lemon flavor, then pour into the dry and mix until a smooth batter forms. Fold in the lemon zest and poppy seeds.
  5. Lightly grease your griddle with nonstick cooking spray or coconut oil. Ladle ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle and repeat until you have filled your pan. Cook the pancakes until small bubbles begin to form around the edges, about 2 – 3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 1 – 2 minutes longer until the other sides are golden brown. Repeat until no batter remains.
  6. Serve warm with fresh berries, a dollop of coconut yogurt and pure maple syrup.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 103kcal Calories from fat 52
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

This recipe is brought to you in partnership with Simply Organic. As always, all opinions are my own. I only share companies I love and trust, so thank you for continuing to support Simply Quinoa!



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