Blueberry, Lemon and Ginger Pancakes

`blueberry pancakes on a plate with butter, honey and coffee
blueberry pancakes on a plate with butter, honey and coffee

Brighten up your blueberry pancakes

I can’t think of anything that would put a more of a spring in my step than these blueberry pancakes.  Dull and dense, they are not.  These fluffy little buttermilk silver dollars are full of life with fresh blueberries that burst in your mouth when you bite into them and bleed into beautiful purple pancake puddles.  Not only that, but the tartness of those blueberries is perfectly complemented by the added depth of tangy lemon and spicy ginger.

Buttermilk for the win

As a kid, nothing was more of a bummer than pancakes for breakfast.  Tasteless flabby and dense little discs on my plate  The only way to make them edible was to drown them in butter and syrup.   As I got older and became more interested in cooking, I started to revisit my stance on pancakes.  Could they be improved and in what ways?  The answer to this is relatively simple-always go with a buttermilk pancake batter.  The buttermilk not only provides a little tang to the pancake but also chemically reacts to the baking soda and baking powder resulting in fluffy little creations on your plate.

Why stop with blueberries?

Growing up, I loved blueberry pancakes.  My grandmother grew blueberry bushes in her garden when she tasked us to pick for her.  Our reward for our hard work was making pancakes with handfuls of blueberries thrown into them.  That addition alone was something that made pancakes palatable for me.  Which got me thinking, what else could you add to pancake batter that instantly improves it so greatly? For me, that was lemon zest and grated ginger.  The ginger spices it up and the lemon zest complements the flavor of the blueberries.

For someone who is not big on the sweet and definitely not a pancake fan, I must admit that just a bite of these blueberry buttermilk pancakes makes my day a little sunnier and my morning a lot more delicious.  Drizzle with a little honey and top with a pat of butter then wake up from your sleepy haze to elevated homemade blueberry pancakes that will be devoured before you can make a second batch more.  Better brew some more coffee…
 blueberry pancakes cooking in a pan

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Blueberry, Lemon and Ginger Pancakes

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-3 1x


Fluffy buttermilk blueberry pancakes brightened up with grated lemon zest and ginger. Make your morning a little sunnier and tastier! #breakfast #pancakes #blueberry #lemon 



  • 1 1/2 cups  flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 12 handfuls of blueberries (about 125 g)


  1. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda together.
  2. Next, add the buttermilk, egg, honey, melted butter, lemon zest and ginger and mix together until thoroughly combined.
  3. Gently fold in the blueberries and let sit for 5-10 minutes. After 5-10 minutes, the batter should be slightly bubbly.
  4. Heat a tablespoon or so of butter or oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium/medium-low heat.
  5. Add a large spoonful of pancake batter to the pan and cook until golden brown on each side.
  6. Remove from heat and serve with a dab of butter and drizzle of honey.


If you don’t have buttermilk on hand like I sometimes do, no problem!  Just mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar with 1 cup of milk, stir together and wait 10 minutes. It’s a great buttermilk substitute if you ever find yourself suddenly in need.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: pan frying
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blueberry Pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, blueberries, lemon, ginger, breakfast,

blueberry pancakes on a plate with butter, honey and coffee
blueberry pancakes on a plate with butter, honey and coffee


3 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Looks yummy

  2. Anonymous says:

    This one’s a winner

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