Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes

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Josh and I love making pancakes together on the weekends. Caleb is enjoying the tradition too. He plays with his whisk and measuring cups until it’s time to eat. He never passes up pancakes.

Josh always begs for Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes, but I rarely let him get his way:) Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE those pancakes. They are our favorite, but I like to keep life interesting by creating new pancake recipes. Josh would be fine with the same pancake recipe for the rest of his life.

I recently suggested that we make Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes. Josh loves lemon so I knew he would be on board. And our fridge was overflowing with citrus, so we needed to put some zest into our breakfast!

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Every time we make pancakes Josh asks if they have to be whole wheat. I almost always say yes. I love whole wheat pancakes and they are good for us. Well, this time I said we can use white flour, but let me take care of the dry ingredients. While Josh wasn’t looking I got out our Gold Medal WHITE whole wheat flour. I am so sneaky:)

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Gold Medal White Whole Wheat flour can be used in any recipe. It is 100% whole grain but has a lighter taste and color. So if someone in your family whines about eating whole wheat, you have to try this flour. They will never know they are eating whole wheat. It is amazing! And I love the packaging. SO pretty! Another reason to buy it:)

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The pancakes are made with Greek yogurt, giving the pancakes a slight tang and fluffy texture. The pancakes are also bursting with lemon flavor. A little trick-rub the sugar and lemon zest together until fragrant. It brings out the essential oils from the zest and will make the pancakes extra lemony. The poppy seeds add a slight crunch and remind me of one of my favorite muffins.

Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes are the kind of pancakes that put a smile on your face and make you feel good about starting a new day. Make a big stack and start eating!

And just in case you are wondering… Josh never knew that he ate whole wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes for breakfast. He loved them and said we should make these pancakes again! I just grinned and said, if you insist my dear:)

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Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes

Light, fluffy, and refreshing pancakes! Start your morning with a big stack!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Servings
8 medium pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Whisk into the dry ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, lemon juice, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, mixing only until combined. Stir in the poppy seeds.
  3. Heat a griddle pan or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 of a cup of pancake batter onto the hot griddle pan, spacing out the pancakes a few inches from each other. When the pancakes start to bubble up, flip and cook until pancakes are slightly golden brown. Serve warm with butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit, or jam-if desired.

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This post is in partnership with Gold Medal Flour, but our opinions are our own. We love Gold Medal Flour. Check out our Farm to Table Event in Kansas City with Gold Medal Flour. 

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Yummy recipe! Lemon poppyseed is a favorite combination of the hubs and mine, so this is a refreshing take on regular pancakes. I can’t eat much wheat, but I made a batch for the hubs so he has ready-to-go breakfasts for the next few days. I left out any sweetener and used only buttermilk for the liquid. He likes his pancakes on the less-sweet side but stacked with plenty of butter and maple syrup. I imagine these would be super tasty with a blueberry sauce.

  2. this recipe produces my favorite of all time pancakes, thank you so much. My daughter is a huge fan of poppy seeds so she’s very happy.

  3. I am NOT often found in the kitchen, but have recently started trying to cook more. This was a wonderfully simple recipe and tasted DELICIOUS – thank you! I actually made them with ‘real’ whole wheat (not white whole wheat) flour because I had it in the house (no idea why I had it…), and my husband didn’t even notice. My 2-yr old loved them as well. Bonus – zesting the lemon is a little bit of an arm workout (if you’re like me and don’t do any real workouts!)

  4. I’m going to make these soon. But, here’s what I’ll do differently: Plain yogurt & vanilla yogurt are the same price at the store. I’ll use vanilla instead of plain & reduce sugar added to just 1 tablespoon along with just a half teaspoon of vanilla.

  5. Thank you for the White Whole Wheat flour tip. I offered to make pancakes last weekend and my husband (Captain picky-pants) said, “Whole wheat, no thanks,” and got out the Frosted Flakes. I am so going to try the switch. He also loves lemon poppy seed, so this could really make his morning.

  6. Used chia seeds instead of poppy seeds. You can’t tell the difference and you get the added benefit chia seeds bring to your life. Pancakes are really delicious!

  7. Hi
    I made your lemon poppyseed pancakes this morning. Im very disappointed in how they came out, not enough of the lemon taste, even after I added some lemon extract (I know, it’s not in the recipe) and two more tsp of lemon zest. I did everything as stated, idk why but I’m tasting like a flour or powder taste after eating them. Any advice on how to make these come out better?

  8. Just made this recipe to get rid of the last Meyer lemons! It was pretty good! I can’t wait to try it with real lemons, not the Meyer ones I discovered I really don’t like!

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