Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes are both healthy and a treat for breakfast, thanks to whole-grain quinoa, almond flour, and coconut sugar. They are vegan, gluten-free and totally delicious!
These pancakes are simple, classic and delicious. Just how pancakes should be. Perfect for a lazy weekend.
If you were to ask me what a perfect weekend morning looks like, it would definitely include a tall stack of these fluffy vegan and gluten-free lemon blueberry quinoa pancakes. Or maybe BOTH blueberry and Fluffy Gingerbread Pancakes because hey, it's the perfect weekend after all!
How to Make Easy Vegan Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Because these pancakes are gluten and refined-sugar-free, there are a few key ingredients you'll need to make the batter.
- Toasted quinoa flour. This is a nutty-tasting flour that adds lots of plant-based protein and structure to these pancakes. This is my go-to brand.
- Almond flour. I love using almond flour in gluten-free baking recipes. It's rich, warm and has a delicious Salmon flavor (perfect with fresh berries!). I like Bob's Red Mill almond flour.
- Coconut sugar. This is a less-refined granulated sugar. If you like, you can sub the coconut sugar for regular sugar or monk fruit sweetener. Read more about monk fruit and how to use it in this Monk Fruit 101 Guide.
- Non-dairy milk. You can use any plant-based milk for this recipe, including almond, soy, hemp, flax or coconut.
- Flax eggs. Make a vegan egg replacement by combining flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons of water and letting it sit until it gels like an egg.
Homemade Blueberry Sauce for Pancakes
Move over maple syrup because there’s a new pancake topping in the house! Don't worry, I'm still a die-hard maple syrup fan, and I'll always use the good stuff on my favorite Maple Sea Salt Vegan Hot Chocolate.
But really, this simple blueberry sauce is the perfect topper to lemon blueberry pancakes.
All you need to make this magical sauce is:
- Frozen blueberries. You can also use fresh if they're in season!
- Honey. OR maple syrup to make this breakfast 100% vegan.
- Lemon juice. For a little brightness to match the sweetness of berries.
- Chia seeds. These little seeds magically thicken up the sauce into a jam-like consistency to spoon over the top of your vegan pancakes.
To make the fruit topping for your pancakes, combine everything in one pot and let it simmer. Then remove the sauce from the heat and let it thicken slightly as it cools.
Other Ways to Use Blueberry Sauce
You can store leftover sauce (if you have any) in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. There are SO many ways to put this fruit and chia sauce to use, including:
- Spread some on your morning toast
- Swirl it into yogurt
- Add it to hot or overnight oats
- Top ice cream for a fruity touch on dessert
More Quinoa Flour Recipes To Try
- Gluten-Free Quinoa Flour Naan
- 5-Ingredient Quinoa Flour Pizza Crust
- Vegan Quinoa Flour Tahini Brownies
- Vegan Gingersnaps with Quinoa Flour
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Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes
for the pancakes:
- 1 cup toasted quinoa flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 2 flax eggs 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen, but frozen will turn them more blue!
for the blueberry sauce
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or more depending on desired consistency
- Preheat a griddle over medium low heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix until a smooth batter forms. Stir in the lemon zest, followed by the blueberries.
- Lightly grease your griddle with nonstick cooking spray or coconut oil. Ladle 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle and repeat until you have filled your pan. Cook the pancakes until small bubbles begin to form, about 2 - 3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 1 - 2 minutes longer until the other sides are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and repeat until no batter remains.
- While the pancakes are cooking, add all the sauce ingredients (minus chia seeds) to a small saucepan. Heat over medium and bring the mixture to a bowl. Turn down to low and let simmer for 2 - 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the chia seeds. Let sit for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Serve pancakes warm with blueberry sauce and a pat of vegan butter if desired. Enjoy!