Lemon Ricotta Pancakes


These fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes are made with 10 simple ingredients and flavored-packed with ricotta cheese and lemon zest, these healthy pancakes can’t be beat!

pouring syrup on pancakes.

Ricotta and lemon zest in pancakes, you say?! These delicious lemon ricotta pancakes are reminiscent of fancy pastries, except they’re easy to make, and you don’t need ingredients you’ll never use again!

If you’re looking to jazz up your breakfast game for the fam, or wow brunch guests coming over, then this flavorful pancake recipe is for you!

ingredients on countertop.

What You Need for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Each of these ingredients plays a delicious role in these healthy pancakes! Let’s get into it:

  • White whole wheat flour: We have many GF pancake recipes here on FFF, but for these lemon ricotta pancakes, we decided to stick with trusty ol’ white whole wheat. If you try these pancakes with a GF option, let us know how it goes in the comments!
  • Baking powder: Baking powder is the way to go with pancakes! You’ll need 2 teaspoons.
  • Ricotta cheese: The true star of the show for these pancakes! Ricotta adds a fantastic tart flavor and a delicious texture that’s perfectly mixed throughout the entire batter.
  • Lemon zest: Lemon zest is the perfect complement to ricotta!
  • Eggs: Eggs not only add fluffiness to this pancake recipe, but protein, too! If you’re looking for a vegan option, you can try using 2 flax eggs instead.
  • Almond extract: Can’t go wrong with a splash of almond extract. A little goes a long way with this flavor!
  • Coconut oil: We nixed the butter and used coconut oil instead for a silky smooth flavor and texture!
  • Honey: Just the right amount of sweetness in these pancakes comes from the honey!

We always recommend whole fat ricotta cheese becuase it tastes the best and adds a great amount of fat.

pancake batter in bowl.

Toppings for Ricotta Pancakes

These lemon ricotta pancakes are delicious on their very own, but even more jazzy with any of the following (or a combination!) toppings:

  • Raspberries
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Blackberries (pictured here!)
  • Additional lemon zest
  • Nut butter
  • Whipped cream
  • Syrup
  • Greek yogurt
  1. First, let your pancakes cool completely. The reason we do this is so that the pancakes can come down to room temperature and stop producing so much moisture (steam). This will prevent freezer burn in the freezer.
  2. Then, stack 1 serving of pancakes (2 pancakes) together. Tightly wrap them in a piece of plastic wrap or a Ziploc bag. Make sure to remove as much air as possible (this is also to prevent freezer burn).
  3. Place pancakes in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months. Make sure to write the type of pancakes and the date you’re freezing them on the outside of the bag or plastic wrap!

How to Thaw & Reheat Pancakes

  • Option 1: Thaw ricotta pancakes in the refrigerator overnight. Then, microwave for 60 seconds in the morning.
  • Option 2: Place frozen pancakes directly in the toaster and toast on medium until warm all the way through.
pancake stack.
  • Place dry ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well. Set aside.

  • Then, in a separate bowl, crack 2 eggs and whisk. Add almond milk, lemon zest, ricotta cheese, almond extract, and honey and whisk to combine.

    wet ingredients in bowl.

  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix making sure all ingredients are combined. Finally, add in 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil and mix again.

    combining wet and dry ingredients.

  • Next, heat a large skillet over low/medium heat. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray.

  • Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop pancake batter into the skillet. Let the pancake cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, flipping when bubbles start to form in the center of the pancake. when Repeat until all pancake batter is gone.

    pancake batter in bowl.

  • Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Calories: 349kcal Carbohydrates: 42g Protein: 16g Fat: 16g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 12g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

About Emily Richter

Emily spent the first 10 years of her career in marketing and advertising roles and started side-hustling with Fit Foodie Finds in Fall of 2015. Em lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son, and manages FFF editorial operations as well as all things sponsorships and brand collaborations.

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