Lemon Blueberry Chia Pancakes

Lemon Blueberry Chia Pancakes made with whole wheat flour, chia seeds, blueberries, buttermilk, and lemon are a healthy and delicious spin on a traditional breakfast. Make these for a weekend breakfast everyone will love and freeze the leftovers for quick weekday breakfasts.

257 CAL 36g CARBS 10g FAT 9g PROTEIN

Lemon Blueberry Chia Pancakes that are seriously delicious and no one will ever suspect are healthy. These simple pancakes pack in whole grains, omega 3 fats from the chia seeds, and antioxidants from the blueberries and lemon. 

Pancakes are one of my favorite things to make on weekend mornings. I am constantly, at the protest of my husband, trying to add all kinds of extra stuff to our pancakes.  You name it, I have probably tried to add it to a pancake. In our house, it's rarely a traditional pancake.  I just can't help myself from throwing in something extra. 

One recent Saturday, I whipped together these whole wheat buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, lemon, and chia seeds. We loved the outcome.  The blueberries, lemon, and buttermilk add a delicious tang and I love the texture of the chia seeds. Plus chia seeds are full of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, calcium, and phosphorus. It's a great ingredient to incorporate into your favorite recipes to pack in some extra health benefits.

Chia seed pancakes with blueberries and bananas on a white plate.

Freezing Chia Seed Pancakes

Since these pancakes freeze well, you can make up a big batch and save them for quick weekday breakfasts.  I find the best way to freeze them is to place the pancakes on parchment paper in the freezer uncovered for 1-2 hours.   Then once they are frozen and any moisture has been wicked away, place them in a freezer-safe container or bag.  To reheat, you can microwave them for 1.5-2 minutes or pop them in the toaster oven.

Making Gluten Free Chia Seed Pancakes 

To make a gluten-free version of chia seed pancakes, you can swap out the whole wheat flour for either gluten-free baking flour or oat flour. There are lots of gluten free flour mixes, I like to use the options that are one-to-one, meaning you don't need to change the amount of flour in the recipe. You can also make these with oat flour. To make it at home, just pulse rolled oats in a food processor or blender until they form a fine flour. For the oatmeal chia seed pancakes, you may need extra liquid since the oatmeal absorbs more liquid than traditional flour. You can either add more buttermilk or use water.

Ideas for Making Chia Seed Pancakes

There are lots of ways to switch up the flavor combination and use other combinations other than blueberry lemon. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Apple Cinnamon: Instead of the blueberries, add 1 cup of sauteed apples and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Use the lemon but only half as much so it doesn't overpower the apples.
  • Banana Chocolate Chip: Swap out the blueberries for 1 cup of chopped banana and a handful of chocolate chips. Leave out the lemon zest.
  • Mango Coconut: Add 3/4 cup of chopped mango and 1/4 cup of shredded coconut. Instead of lemon zest, use lime zest.
  • Raspberry Lime: Use raspberries instead of blueberries and use both lime zest and the juice of 1 lime.
The Recipe
Lemon Blueberry Chia Pancakes

Lemon Blueberry Chia Pancakes

257 CAL 36g CARBS 10g FAT 9g PROTEIN
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  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 lemon (zest only)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries

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Mix together the flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking soda, salt, and chia seeds.


In another bowl mix together the buttermilk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract. You can add some lemon juice here as well if you want a stronger lemon flavor.


Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.


Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle of medium high heat. Add ¼ cup batter for each pancake. Cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles begin to burst. Flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes until cooked through.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2-3 pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257
Calories from Fat 88
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 64mg
Sodium 543mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 10g
Protein 9g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Kimberly Burkett
May 19, 2018 - 00:03
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One of our favorites!
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May 23, 2018 - 11:15
So glad you enjoyed them!
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Carrie Drissi
February 7, 2016 - 13:13
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Seriously delicious! I added the lemon juice to the wet mixture and i'm glad I did. They were moist and fluffy.
I did have to add about 1/2 a cup more of buttermilk then the recipe called for as the batter was extremely thick.
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May 23, 2018 - 11:15
The batter can get thick so it's really up to personal preference in terms of how thick you like your pancakes. Love the idea of adding lemon juice.
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Jennifer Judkins
January 9, 2016 - 06:05
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These were delicious. I added the juice of one lemon to the wet ingredients. I got 19 pancakes out of my batch (I made a batch for 8 servings), so 2 pancakes a serving.
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May 23, 2018 - 11:16
Great idea to add the lemon juice! The pancakes I made were defintiely on the large side so you can easily get more out of a batch.
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Melissa Guinta
October 15, 2015 - 12:47
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This is my super favorite recipe now to make for breakfast! I love to make a couple extra to freeze for snacks too. My picky teens said they taste super yummy too.
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May 23, 2018 - 11:16
Yay! Love when a recipe works for picky eaters .
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