Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

I have few philosophies in life, but my number 1 motto is “Always say yes to pancakes”. Very, very rarely will a pancake let you down, because a crappy pancake is still a pancake and pancakes are a miracle food of deliciousness.  They’re perfect for brinner after a bad day, breakfast on a special day, or late night diner food after a night out.  Is there anything pancakes can’t do?  I don’t think so.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce


I normally make vegan pancakes at home, but I was craving something way more indulgent on a lazy Saturday.  I remembered some sort of ricotta zeppole/beignets/deep fried deliciousness that I had for dessert a couple of months ago that was made with ricotta (and whiskey caramel sauce, respect), and I knew that’s exactly what I wanted from these pancakes.  Because it’s breakfast, I also wanted to cover them in fruity goodness.  Thus, these lemon ricotta pancakes with strawberry sauce were born!  These beauties have the same delicate texture I loved in that dessert.  In fact, I might actually eat these for dessert with a big ole pile of whipped cream on top! Ooooh or chopped macadamia nuts!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce


Is anyone else obsessed with lemon, by the way?  Every time I see lemon bars, lemon cake, lemon pancakes, lemon muffins, lemon curd — I just CAN’T stay away.  I even love drinking glasses of hot water with half a lemon, juiced and floating in the hot water.  Please send help.  Or more lemons.  Thanks in advance.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce


Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce
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Serves: 4

  • 1 c ricotta (I used low fat, fat free is fine)
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • ¾ c white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 lb strawberries, quartered
  • water
  • honey, to taste

  1. Heat a griddle to approximately 300 degrees (medium heat).
  2. Meanwhile, combine the strawberries with a splash of water in a sauce pan. Cover and bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer, letting the strawberries cook until broken down and the strawberries have released their juices (while cooking the pancakes).
  3. Whisk together the ricotta, honey, eggs, and milk until well combined. Add the zest and lemon juice and stir.
  4. Add the flour, the baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined.
  5. Spritz the griddle with nonstick spray, and pour the pancakes by ¼ c onto the griddle. Cook until bubbles form and then flip, cooking an additional 2 – 3 minutes, until the other side is browned. This recipe makes 10 – 12 pancakes.
  6. Before serving, taste the strawberries and add honey, as desired. This will vary based on your personal tastes and how ripe your strawberries are (I used less than a TBSP).

Recipe makes 10 – 12 pancakes, nutritional estimate is assuming 12 pancakes with 3 per serving + ¼ of the sauce.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 pancakes + ¼ of the sauce Calories: 220 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 37 Fiber: 4 Protein: 12


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    marcie May 13, 2014

    These pancakes look so light and fluffy, and that strawberry sauce is a must! I’d probably use way too much of it. haha This looks like one delicious breakfast. 🙂

      Kelly May 13, 2014

      After I took the photos (with a proper serving of sauce) I poured even more on top. It’s fruit, so… it was an extra healthy delicious, right? :-p

    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext May 13, 2014

    These lemon ricotta pancakes look right up my street! Love the strawberry sauce- that sounds divine and goes perfectly with the light lemony flavours! 🙂

    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens May 12, 2014

    I’m on the lemon train with you, my friend! We don’t need any help. We need more foods with lemons! Mmmm … and your lemon ricotta pancakes look DELISH!!! I want them, I want them now! 🙂

    Baby June May 12, 2014

    That looks awesome! I love ricotta pancakes, they’re just so fluffy and delicate. The strawberry sauce sounds so sweet and refreshing.