head on view of maple syrup being poured on lemon chia seed pancakes stacked on a small plate.

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Lemon Chia Seed Pancakes feature lemony flavor, protein rich chia seeds and cook up perfectly light and fluffy for a quick and easy vegan breakfast! Serve with fresh berries and pure maple syrup for a delicious start to your day!


  • 1 cup flour (spelt, whole wheat or flour of choice)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons organic pure cane sugar
  • pinch of mineral salt
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup buttermilk (one cup non-dairy milk + juice from 1 lemon or 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar)
  • zest of 12 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
  • coconut oil, for greasing


Vegan buttermilk: Start by making your buttermilk, combine milk and lemon, set aside for 10 minutes or so. This allows them time to mingle.

Preheat: Preheat griddle to manufacturer’s instructions. Or warm a skillet over medium heat. Lightly grease before using.

Make batter: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and chia seeds in medium mixing bowl, give a good stir to combine and distribute the seeds. Pour in the buttermilk, vanilla, and lemon zest, mix well.

Scoop and pour: Using a 1/4 or 1/3 measuring cup, scoop and pour batter on to griddle. Cook until bubbles form on top or edges, and flip, usually about 3 minutes per side, depending on your griddle/skillet. Repeat until batter is gone.

Serve with strawberries (or other berries of choice) and pure maple syrup.

Makes about 6 pancakes

Serves 3

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days in a covered container. For longer storage, keep in the freezer for 2 – 3 months. Pop in toaster oven or microwave to reheat.


If using a heavier flour, such as oat, whole-wheat or whole-spelt flour, you may need to add a tad more milk to the batter before cooking.

For even more lemon flavor, try adding 1 teaspoon lemon extract to the batter.

For thinner pancakes add more milk.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.