Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Lemon ricotta pancakes. I’m sure I could just leave it at that and everyone will be as excited as I am to make these pancakes AND eat them. In all honesty, they’re probably the best pancakes I’ve ever had.

And I’m excited that today is the day I’ll be sharing them! (I mean, not literally sharing them, but sharing the recipe – this stack is all mine).

Stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a white plate

How to make fluffy pancakes

A very important part of my job was/is to figure out how to make pancakes really, really fluffy. It’s something I know we’ve all worked really hard to accomplish over the years, and I’m here to serve. I mean, we all go ga-ga over fluffy diner pancakes, right? Well, I’ve tried a million recipes and not many of them have delivered, unfortunately.

However, there have been characteristics of many of the recipes that come together to create a super fluffy batch of pancakes, so I’m here to share.

  • Tip #1: Once you’ve mixed the batter together, let it rest for 5 minutes. This gives the ingredients in the batter (the baking powder/soda, eggs, flour, etc.) to come together and do their jobs – aka create fluff. You’ll even see the batter itself start to change/activate as it sits. I promise it’s worth the wait.
  • Tip #2: Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and whip the egg whites until fluffy. I fully realize this is another step, but again, it is 100% worth it. When you whip egg whites (I recommend using a hand mixer, stand mixer or immersion blender), air is incorporated, which equals fluff (think of a fluffy meringue!). You can also use an immersion blender to mix together the wet ingredients, as this will add air and more FLUFF to the batter as well – totally optional, though.
  • Tip #3: Carefully measure the ingredients. I know how easy it is to lazily scoop the ingredients into a bowl without accurately measuring (I’m totally guilty!), but it’s worth it to measure the ingredients using the proper measuring cups and spoons and be sure to level off the dry ingredients with the back of a knife. This ensures the batter will not be too thick or too thin, but just right.
  • Tip #4: Adding a bit of seltzer water or club soda to a standard pancake recipe can add some additional fluff! So can adding yogurt or ricotta cheese. In this recipe, I use ricotta cheese and not only does it make the cakes a little fluffier, but it adds to the overall texture of these melt-in-your-mouth pancakes.
  • Tip #5: Try not to rush the cooking process. First, heat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium to medium-low heat. Use butter (or cooking spray) in the pan to keep them from sticking. When the skillet or griddle is hot, add the batter using a 1/4 cup measuring cup to make even pancake rounds (give the pancakes some space – don’t overcrowd the cooking surface, as this brings the heat down). Let them cook until the tops bubble and the bottom is lightly browned and crisp on the edges. Give them a flip and cook just until set.
Stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a white plate

All the reasons to make lemon ricotta pancakes

The tips I’ve provided for making fluffy, delicious pancakes go for any pancake recipe you make – yay! And as for these lemon ricotta pancakes, I can tell you that with the extra yummy ingredients I’ve added to the batter, they’re even more delicious than traditional pancakes!

I’ve added loads of freshly squeezed lemon juice + the zest (which has a TON of flavor), ricotta cheese for texture, fluffiness and to make them a bit heartier, and I top them with a bright and delicious berry compote.

The berry compote is also super easy to make and really compliments the lemon in the pancakes. Simply simmer the berries, more lemon zest and juice and a little sugar until the mixture is thickened.

I keep the extra in a jar in my fridge to add to other stuff, like waffles and peanut butter toast! It’s also totally scrumptious when eaten by the spoonful, just sayin’.

Also, this recipe originated in my Brain Health Cookbook, so if you LOVE these cakes, be sure to check out the rest of my cookbook recipes!

Other scrumptious breakfast recipes:


Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a white plate

Light, fluffy and rich lemony flapjacks with blueberry compote.

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 10-15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10-15 mins
  • Total Time: 20-30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 5 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American



Berry Compote:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Zest and juice of ½ medium lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ½ tablespoon granulated sugar

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes:

  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat or oat flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, yolks and white separated
  • Zest and juice of 2 medium lemons (about ¼ cup)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Stir together the blueberries, lemon zest and juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese and egg yolks until fluffy. Whisk in the lemon zest and juice, milk, oil, and vanilla extract until combined. Fold in the dry ingredients until combined.
  4. Place the egg whites in a separate bowl. Use a hand mixer to whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter, just until combined.
  5. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Working in batches, pour ¼ cup batter into the hot skillet and cook 2-3 minutes per side, until set. Repeat with remaining batter.
  6. Serve the pancakes with blueberry compote.


Variation Tip: Try stawberries, blackberries or raspberries instead of blueberries for the compote.

Cooking tip: Once mixed, let the batter sit 5 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 2 pancakes
  • Calories: 277
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 471mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 86mg

Keywords: breakfast, make-ahead, make ahead, freezer friendly, brunch

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