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April 29, 2021

by Alyssa

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

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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!

stack of vegan blueberry pancakes with a bite cut out and a fork stuck in with blueberries and sauce

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!

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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.

Ingredients

  • 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.

skillet with a single blueberry pancake cookingHomemade 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.

whole stack of vegan lemon blueberry pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup poured on topOther 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:

And of course, it's delicious on these Vegan Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes, Banana Quinoa WafflesGluten-Free French Toast with Berries, and more!

white plate with a stack of vegan blueberry pancakes topped with fresh berries and blueberry sauce

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Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

These fluffy vegan and gluten-free pancakes feature quinoa flour, almond flour and fresh berries with a sweet homemade blueberry-chia sauce on top. A delicious and healthy breakfast recipe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Pancakes
Calories 158kcal
Author Alyssa
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stack of vegan blueberry pancakes with a bite cut out and a fork stuck in with blueberries and sauce
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Ingredients

for the pancakes:

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

Instructions

  • 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!

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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    • Unfortunately no I don’t think it would. You could try another nut flour if that works – like hazelnut or cashew. But tapioca will definitely not work since they have such different properties when used in baking. Hope that helps! xo

  1. These look wonderful!
    My husband can not eat almonds so almond flour is out
    What else would you recommend using?
    Thanks!

  2. These look delicious! I just recently bought almond flour and I’ve been looking for more ways to use it 🙂

  3. Just want to clarify, is it 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and 3 tablespoons of water for each flax egg or is that the total for the 2 eggs?

  4. O yum!!!! Loveeee these bright flavors! Do you toast the quinoa flour in a skillet yourself, like you would a grain?

  5. What a way to come home indeed! Nicely done, and glad that maple syrup didn’t really get the boot! Ha ha.

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