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Who can resist a plateful of pancakes with a fresh lemon-y flavor? This recipe for gluten-free and vegan lemon poppyseed pancakes reminds us to break out of our boring breakfast routine and try something new. Prepare to fall in love with these perky and plump vegan pancakes from the cookbook Angela’s Plant-Based Kitchen!

Because they’re made of oats, the cakes are full of heart-healthy soluble fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants. They’ll fill you up in a flash! You’ll not only get loads of vitamin C from the lemon juice but also a punch of potassium from the banana. 

After a quick blend and a couple of stirs, you’re ready to pour. Using a measuring cup makes each pancake symmetrical and allows them to cook more evenly. Let each side bubble and then flip before finishing off. 

Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

Author: Angela Rummans
5 from 7 votes
Luscious and lemony! Angela’s plant-based pancakes are positively full of poppy seeds and a light citrus tang. This recipe from Angela’s Plant-Based Kitchen is both vegan and gluten-free and will quickly become a family favorite.
Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes Stacked with Syrup and Butter
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 large or 2 small

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • cup + 1 tablespoon of plant-based milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of lemon extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • cooking oil spray
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup

Instructions

  • In a high-speed blender, add oats and blend on high until oats turn to flour.
  • To the blender, add banana, lemon juice, plant-based milk, granulated sugar, lemon extract, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Transfer blender contents to a small mixing bowl. Stir in poppy seeds and baking powder.
  • In a non-stick skillet over medium-high, lightly spray with cooking oil.
  • Pour about ⅓ cup batter into the center of the pan. Cook until bubbles form and the edges of the pancake appear dry. Carefully flip and brown the other side.
  • Repeat the pancake process with the rest of the batter.

Notes

  • Serve these vegan lemon poppyseed pancakes hot with maple syrup.
  • Like it extra lemony? Add a pinch of lemon zest to the batter.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, brunch, lemon, pancakes, poppy seed, weekend
Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes Stacked with Syrup and Butter

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How to Serve Up These Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

These vegan lemon poppyseed pancakes are pretty impressive on their own, but if you wanted to add a little extra for above-average appetites, here are some options:

  • Cover With Coconut Cream – Transform your breakfast into a beautiful dessert by decorating with a dollop of whipped coconut cream. Even better, serve with a scoop of Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream.
  • Add a Burst of Berries – Lemon and raspberry taste terrific together! Add a half of a cup of fresh raspberries to the top of your pancake stack or, if you’re really motivated, make a batch of our Strawberry Chia Jam (replacing strawberries with raspberries) the day before. A spoonful would be splendid as a pancake topping.
  • Pair With Potatoes – I know, I know, I always recommend potatoes. But, I really think they would be perfect with a plateful of these vegan lemon poppyseed pancakes. Our Hasselback potatoes can be a delightful as a breakfast-for-dinner option, while our Vegan Deviled Potatoes couldn’t be better to add for a breakfast brunch.
  • Start With a Smoothie – If your belly can’t wait while you prep your pancakes, hold off your hunger with our Tropical Mango Banana Smoothie. Simple, sweet, and satisfying.

Lucky to Have Leftovers?

Any leftover vegan lemon poppyseed pancakes can be refrigerated for a few days or frozen for up to a month. If you have time, consider making a batch that you can freeze for future use. When you’re ready, either thaw overnight in the fridge or defrost in the microwave.

To reheat, you can either give them a minute or two to sizzle on a warm skillet or pop them in the microwave. While you’re there, you might as well warm up a little bit of maple syrup on side. Super simple to save for a snack, too!

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes Stacked with Syrup and Butter Close Up

About the Cookbook & Author

This recipe comes from the cookbook Angela’s Plant-Based Kitchen by Angela Rummans. An ‘untrained chef writing for untrained chefs’ is such a brilliant idea. Angela’s over 100 favorite comfort meal recipes are incredibly inspiring and accessible for even a beginner in the kitchen. Recipes include No-Chicken Pot Pie, Faux “Crab” Cakes, Bang Bang Cauliflower, and (my favorite!) Ty’s Favorite Buffalo Chickpea Pizza. All recipes are plant-based and awaiting your pleasing palate. 

Angela Rummans is a TV personality, actor, and model. She is best known for being a contestant on season 20 of Big Brother, but she is also a former professional pole vaulter and a college dropout turned entrepreneur. She is the owner of Paper’d Moments LLC and co-owner of Naut & Chain and lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Tyler Crispen. They own the jewelry company, Naut & Chain, together. On top of all of that, they have careers as social media influencers, travel bloggers, models, and actors. Check out her Instagram account for more exciting recipes and adventures.

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This vegan and gluten-free pancakes recipe and photos is reprinted with permission from Angela’s Plant-Based Kitchen by Angela Rummans, Angela Rummans Publishing for Kindle, Copyright August 31, 2020. Article written by Gina House and edited by Amanda Meth. Photos by Please note that this article contains affiliate links which means shopping through them supports World of Vegan.

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9 comments
  1. Sandra B. says:

    Good, not great. Our blender might not have made the oat flour fine enough. Used 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest (I don’t like lemon extract) and more “milk”. It was reminiscent of being savory, possibly because if the texture. Will require more lemon, poppy seeds and possibly sugar if made again.

  2. 5 stars
    lemon poppyseed perfectIon!

  3. 5 stars
    OMG these pancakes made my day! I have to make these as soon as possible.

  4. 5 stars
    What a stack!! These pancakes look amazing!!!

  5. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    These pancakes are a lemon dream 🙂 I imagine eating them on a summer morning in the countryside!

  6. 5 stars
    I love lemon everything! Combine lemon with poppyseeds and pancakes and I’m a happy camper 😀 The light lemon flavor and lovely texture of the pancakes make this recipe really delightful. Perfect for a weekend brunch, but yummy at any time of day. I add maple syrup and a sprinkling of powdered sugar to mine. Heavenly!

  7. 5 stars
    I love that these are made with oats instead of flour! Such a delish recipe, and healthy enough to share with my little one 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Pancakes are one of my favorite foods and the poppyseeds add such a nice texture to them! Yum 🙂