Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

How to make it

For Pancakes:


2 c all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 c granulated sugar

Pinch of salt

1/3 c poppy seeds

2 Tbsp lemon zest (about 2 med. sized lemons)

2 c buttermilk

2 large eggs

2 Tbsp butter

For Lemon Glaze:


12 Tbsp powdered sugar

4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Fresh blue berries to top

1. In a large bowl, combine 2 c of flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 c sugar, and a pinch of salt. 

2. In another bowl, combine 1/3 c poppy seeds, 2 Tbsp lemon zest, 2 c of buttermilk, 2 eggs, and 2 Tbsp of butter. Stir until well combined.

3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. If not using immediately, you can cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

4. Add 12 Tbsp of powdered sugar and 4 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice to a mason jar.

5. Seal the top of the mason jar with its lid and shake until well incorporated. You can also use a fork to whisk it together, but it’s far less fun. Set aside for later. 

6. Melt a pat of butter over med-high heat on a griddle. 1/3 c at a time, pour batter onto griddle and cook until it begins to bubble. Flip, and cook on the other side until golden brown.

7. Repeat for the rest of the batter. You can keep cooked pancakes warm in a 200 degree, pre heated oven.

8. When ready to serve, stack cakes on top of one another and top generously with lemon glaze. You can also add lemon glaze to a squirt bottle and squeeze liberally over the top of the pancake stack for a fancier look.

9. Top with blueberries and garnish with a lemon. Enjoy!

About the recipe

How we came to find out about this dish


We thought we'd try a few recipes from a camping cookbook we bought long before we went on our first camping trip together in Big Bear. A particular one for biscuits called for small amounts of many different seeds, which of course left me wondering what to do with the massive amounts I had left over. Cue google.


I was actually surprised by how many delicious treats incorporate poppy seeds into their recipes and decided to give lemon poppy seed pancakes a try. 


To this day, these are the best pancakes we've ever had. We make them at least once a week and consider them a must for every camping trip we take. 

Kitchen Essentials 

Tools we love to help make it easy


We love this reversible griddle that lends itself to breakfast and dinner dishes, with a flat cooking surface on one side, and grill marks on the other - available here

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Helpful tips:

Notes from our kitchen to yours

If you don't have a griddle don't worry, you can still make delicious pancakes on a regular skillet. 

If you don't have a mason jar for the lemon glaze, just whisk the powdered sugar and lemon juice together with a fork in a small bowl.

If you're going camping consider bringing this dish along for the trip. It packs and travels easily and is just as enjoyable on a camp stove.