Meyer Lemon Quinoa Pancakes

These Meyer lemon quinoa pancakes are a thick, fluffy, lemony and sweet gluten-free pancake packed with an extra protein boost from the quinoa.

*Post updated 1/21/2018 to include a video on how to make these Meyer Lemon Quinoa Pancakes. Scroll down to watch and enjoy these quinoa pancakes this weekend for breakfast!

These Meyer lemon quinoa pancakes are a thick, fluffy, lemony and sweet gluten-free pancake packed with an extra protein boost from the quinoa.

I’ve made (and eaten) a lot of bad pancakes over the past 5 years. You’d think pancakes would be something pretty basic; a hard meal to really screw up.

Well, not really.

The progression of my pancake concoctions over the last few years is a pretty good indicator of where I was/am on my health journey.

5 years ago, when I was first trying to lose the 20 pounds that crept up on me since college it was all about the calorie counting. And so my pancakes were a multi-grain, out of the box, precisely measured proportions kind of thing. They were usually pretty good as it’s kind of hard to screw up boxed pancake mix.

But, as I slowly transitioned away from calorie counting and focused more on nutrient dense food, things like chia seeds, ground flax, pumpkin and an assortment of flours (oat, almond flour, rice flour, coconut flour, gf baking mix, etc.) worked their way into my pancakes and let me tell you, there’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re experimenting outside the safety net of all-purpose flours and a normal egg.

Pancake recipes like these oatmeal pumpkin pancakesapple spice pancakes, cinnamon pear pancakespomegranate chocolate chip pancakes and gingerbread pumpkin pancakes were all winners during this pancake phase though.

I went through a “let’s try and leave as much dairy out as possible” phase and used chia and flax eggs for awhile, something that taught me there’s a reason they call a normal egg “The Incredible, Edible..”

Chia seeds are great for things like chia pudding (see pumpkin chocolate chia pudding, blueberry coconut chia pudding and strawberry guava chia pudding for good examples of that!) but can get dicey as an “egg” substitute.

Then there was the paleo obsession of 2012 which was like a double whammy; no dairy & no grains. A lot of bad, bad pancakes were eaten during that time.

Although, these pumpkin paleo pancakes that came out of that phase are still one of my favorites and one of the top 3 most popular posts on this site.

That brings us to now.

Meyer Lemon Pancakes made with quinoa for an extra protein boost.

The paleo phase has subsided a bit, but having experimented with it for 30 days last year, I now know a lot more about how I react to grains, gluten and dairy.

I definitely don’t need to eliminate any of those things from my diet, but when it comes to meals that can be made gluten-free or grain free and still taste good, I sometimes opt for that route because I know the benefits it brings to my body now.

Why in all these 5 years I’d never had the thought before now to add some quinoa into pancakes is totally beyond me.

I’ve added protein powder up the wazoo. Oh, that was another phase I forgot about. High protein EVERYTHING!

Although that phase led to two of my favorite protein pancake recipes – perfect protein pancakes and these pumpkin protein pancakes.

Not bad, unless you go overboard and end up with chalky tasting baked goods which happened a few too many times in the pancake department for me to really do that much any more.

These quinoa pancakes are filled with sweet Meyer lemon flavor, the perfect stack for your wintertime breakfast.

The quinoa gives these pancakes a nice protein boost and a fun texture. The blend of flours is like the gluten-free stars aligned because these pancakes are the perfect balance of dense and fluffy.

I hate a thin pancake. These are the total opposite of that.

And then there’s the Meyer lemon. Oh, how I adore those little guys.

Why is it that we can get blueberries from Chile right now without pause but we can’t get Meyer lemons in the middle of the summer from wherever Meyer lemons grow that time of the year?!

Anyway, they’re a bit milder than your typical tart lemon which results in a perfect lemony, sweet pancake.

If you like lemon in your pancakes try this raspberry lemon Dutch baby – it’s a skillet pancake with puffy sides! Or, try another citrus fruit with these orange basil ricotta pancakes (also gluten free!)

If the pancake roller-coaster had to end for me here with these Meyer lemon quinoa pancakes, I think I’d be ok with that.

Yield: 1-2 servings

Meyer Lemon Quinoa Pancakes

These meyer lemon quinoa pancakes are a thick, fluffy, lemony and sweet gluten free pancake packed with an extra protein boost from the quinoa.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup gluten free baking flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 meyer lemon
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa

Instructions

  1. Heat a pancake griddle over medium heat.
  2. Combine flours, baking powder, salt and lemon zest in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk together egg, vanilla, maple syrup, lemon juice, coconut oil and milk in a small bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir together with a spatula.
  5. Fold in quinoa until incorporated.
  6. Grease the griddle with fat of choice and pour the batter on the pan to form about a 3-4 inch circle. The batter will be a little thick and will need some guidance with a spatula.
  7. Cook for about 2 minutes until starting to firm up around the edges and bubble in the middle of the pancake, flip and cook on the other side for an additional minute.

32 Comments

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I love your pancake journey. I have been victim of a few too many nasty pancakes experiences myself!
    These pancakes look so light and fluffy and I love the texture that the quinoa would give! I have just started experimenting with quinoa in baked goods…so this is perfect timing! Plus, I am sort of totally obsessed with pancakes.

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  2. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    I used to eat a lot of whole grain pancakes, thinking that they were good. They weren’t. At least up until a few years ago when I figured the whole thing out. :)

    I saw quinoa for the first time the other day and it was about $6 for a small bag. I better look online so I can make goodies like these pancakes!

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    1. Shirley

      If you have an Adli’s in your area try them….Also quinoa may seem really expensive….I thought so too but the trade off is worth it….I half of a cup dry cooks up to twice the amount.

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  3. SallyBR

    Nice looking pancakes! I have a quick question, though – I don’t need to cut gluten from my diet, so I wonder if I use regular flour instead of gluten free, can I just substitute the same volume?

    sorry if it is a silly question, but I really want to try these, as I have all ingredients, except gluten free flour and don’t feel like getting some

    :-)

    thank you!

    Reply
  4. Alaina {Fabtastic Eats}

    These sound crazy good! I never would have thought to put quinoa in pancakes, but why not? Such a great idea! I generally dont cook GF so Id have to literally go buy all the flours, but like you mentioned and Ive read a lot, that when we can eat GF without sacrificing flavor than its better…Ill have to do more research! Love the sound of these pancakes though!

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  5. Aparna B.

    I just got the most amazing idea ever: Come make me pancakes! Hooray! Ok but seriously, these look delicious and they sound even better. I never really thought to use quinoa in pancakes — very clever!

    Reply
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  14. Robin

    I made these this morning for a Valentine’s Day breakfast and they are SOOOO good! These are definitely my favorite pancakes now. Thank you!

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  15. Sarah

    Hi there would these be good for meal prepping? I love to make pancakes on Sunday but enjoy them for the next couple of days..fingers crossed

    Reply

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