Blueberry Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes

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Perfect for lazy weekend breakfasts, these easy Blueberry Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes are the best! Made with buttermilk, lemon zest and a bit of cornmeal for a bit of texture, this easy, homemade pancake recipe feeds the whole family!

buttermilk and lemon zest

When my daughter wakes up (around 10:30) breakfast doesn’t appeal to her.  She would prefer to skip it all together, unless I can give her a reason to want to eat it.  For Emily — that means carbs.  Breakfast in the form of yogurt and fruit or an omelette???  Pass.  Breakfast in the form of waffles, pancakes or French toast?  She’s ALL-IN!!!

flour and buttermilk

So, this was Emily’s idea.  In fact, she practically insisted on it when I told her I was doing a breakfast post.  “No omelettes or frittatas” she said.  “You need to make pancakes.  Blueberry pancakes.”  

adding blueberries to batter.

That’s Emily-speak for “I want you to make blueberry pancakes for me.” 

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So, while she slept, (it was only 9:30 after all) I began assembling the batter.  It’s a thick one with creamy buttermilk, fresh lemon zest and a little cornmeal for some texture.  I added fresh blueberries and started heating up the griddle.

pancake on a griddle

 After the pat of butter started to splutter and spit, I ladled on  scoops of pancake batter and patiently waited to flip them — looking for those telltale bubbles on top of the batter.

pancakes on the griddle
Blueberry Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes with syrup
a stack of Blueberry Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes

At about this time, Emily shuffled into the kitchen with a big grin on her face.  “Pancakes!”

syrup in a pitcher

Indeed.  The fluffy cakes were lightly browned and oozing purple juice from the ripe berries.  We piled some on a plate and topped them with  a pat of butter, which quickly slid across the surface and melted down the side of the stack.  So much for presentation.

Blueberry Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes on a plate.

She bathed her plate in warm maple syrup and contentedly dug her fork into the pile.

pouring syrup on Blueberry Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes

That’s it.  Happiness on a plate.  I think you’d agree.

stack of Blueberry Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes with OJ

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Blueberry Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes

These pancakes are light and fluffy with a hint of lemon zest and  an avalanche of fresh berries!  The cornmeal makes them substantial.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberries, pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • butter for frying


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and melted butter.
  • Slowly pour the liquids into the dry ingredients mixing to combine — don’t over mix, some small lumps are ok. Add the blueberries and stir gently into the batter.
  • Heat griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a small pat of butter to the griddle and swish it over the surface. Ladle pancakes onto hot griddle in about 1/3 cup increments to make 4″ pancakes.
  • Cook pancakes 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Carefully flip with a spatula and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven while you finish off the rest of the pancakes


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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  1. Maria Halvax says:

    5 stars
    You are AWESOME!!! Your description alone made me excited! These are DELICIOUS!!!

    1. Thank you, Maria — I’m so happy you like them!

  2. andreamammac says:

    5 stars
    I’ll be right over! I love pancakes, and blueberry lemon cornmeal? Yes! And, my kids would consider 10:30 a.m. as waking up early…

    1. Does that drive you as crazy as me, Andrea?

  3. OMG..these are so tempting..surely happiness on a plate 🙂

    1. They’re delicious pancakes — and yes, they made Emily VERY HAPPY!

  4. These look amazing! I’m so impressed with your recipes… And your blog!

    1. Thank you Jean! These are easy and delicious pancakes. I’m sure your family will enjoy… Make some before you go on the boat!