These lemon ricotta pancakes are fluffy, moist, and full of lemony flavor. These pancakes are made with lemon zest, lemon juice, and ricotta cheese that makes these pancakes moist, extremely fluffy, and flavorful.
One of our favorite things about this recipe is that they are very easy to make, they are full of protein they take only a few simple ingredients, and they are melting in your mouth delicious! These are the perfect pancakes to eat on a bright summery day.
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What you will need for this recipe:
Ricotta cheese- we like using low-fat ricotta cheese, but any ricotta cheese will work.
Buttermilk- we make our homemade buttermilk (1 cup of milk plus 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar).
Eggs- use room temperature eggs.
Lemon juice– we suggest using lemon juice from a fresh lemon for the best flavor.
Vanilla extract- for extra flavor.
Lemon zest- for flavor and zingy aroma.
Sugar- we use granulated sugar, but caster sugar will work as well.
Baking powder- to help the pancakes rise.
Baking soda- to help the pancakes rise.
Kosher salt- use kosher salt for this recipe.
Flour- we use all-purpose flour for this recipe, but cake flour will work great as well.
How to make lemon ricotta pancakes:
1. In a large mixing bowl, add the ricotta cheese, buttermilk, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon zest, and mix well with a whisk.
2. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix with a whisk or with a spatula, make sure you don’t overmix so you won’t get dry pancakes.
3. Melt ½ tsp of butter on a skillet over medium heat and cook each pancake until bubbles are formed on the top of the pancakes.
4. Flip the pancake and cook for another minute on medium-low heat.
5. Serve these pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup and enjoy!
These pancakes are amazing while fresh and hot, but if you want to reheat these pancakes the day after, simply preheat an oven to 150c (300f) and heat them for 5-7 minutes.
Another way to reheat these pancakes is by reheating them in the air fryer for a few minutes at 150c (300f).
Another way to reheat pancakes is by toasting them in the toaster oven, just like you would do with bread.
What oil should I use for cooking pancakes?
There are a few options:
Butter- our favorite way to cook pancakes is with ½ tsp of butter at a time. The butter gives the pancakes a delicious buttery flavor.
Coconut oil- we love making pancakes with coconut oil, it’s a slightly healthier option and gives the pancakes a light coconut flavor.
Vegetable or canola oil- we love using vegetable or canola oil for cooking pancakes as well, you won’t need a lot, for each pancake you will need about ½ a tsp.
Topping ideas for lemon ricotta pancakes:
- Maple syrup
- Fresh berries
- Lemon curd
- Whipped cream
- Powder sugar
- Blueberry sauce
- Extra ricotta and lemon zest
Frequently asked questions:
What kind of ricotta cheese should I use?
We like using low-fat ricotta cheese. every ricotta kind or percentage of fat will work thought.
Can I freeze lemon ricotta pancakes?
Yes, these pancakes freeze great although we prefer and suggest eating these pancakes fresh. If you want to freeze these pancakes, place them in an airtight container for up to a month in the fridge. To preheat, place the pancakes in a preheated oven for 150c (300f) until the pancakes are heated well.
How long will lemon ricotta pancakes last?
These ricotta pancakes will last for up to 3 days stored in the fridge in an airtight container. We suggest making these pancakes the day you eat them, they taste the best fresh.
How to serve lemon ricotta pancakes?
We love serving lemon ricotta pancakes with whipped cream, blueberries, and maple syrup. These lemon ricotta pancakes are extremely moist, so you won’t need to add a lot of maple syrup.
More breakfast ideas:
Chocolate chip pancakes- chocolate chip pancakes are one of our favorite sweet breakfasts to make, they are super simple to make, come together in under 20 minutes, and tastes amazing.
Shakshuka- Shakshuka is an easy Israeli and middle eastern dish of eggs poached in a sauce made with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, peppers, onion, garlic, and spices.
Chocolate Chips Banana Bread- This super moist banana bread is stuffed with melted chocolate chips is just amazing. This chocolate chip banana bread is made in just one bowl and takes only a few minutes to prep. This recipe is a family favorite and hard to resist.
Peanut butter banana overnight oats– Overnight oats are one of our favorite healthy breakfast ideas, especially for busy mornings. We find this peanut butter banana overnight oats combination is the best combination for overnight oats.
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