Lemon Cardamom Pancakes

Whole grain HEALTHY Lemon Cardamom Pancakes are simple but very special breakfast. These pancakes are light and fluffy, loaded with many nutrients and oh so delicious. Packed with zesty lemon flavor and topped with delightfully tangy cream cheese filling, these pancakes are like having cheesecake for breakfast! All natural and refined sugar-free.

Whole grain healthy Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with cream cheese filling and strawberries

I have a confession to make. I’m a HUGE pancake fan. I could eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fluffy, light textured, mildly sweet, topped with cream and fresh fruits. What’s there not to love? Pancakes are like ultimate weekend breakfast and a favorite among my family beside of course Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups and these French Toast Vanilla Muffins.

But I wasn’t always so keen to make pancakes. I just wasn’t good at making them. I had an awful old pancake pan, and my batter wasn’t perfect. Pancakes never turned out the way I wanted to be. They were tasty and all… but never in perfect shape, because of the batter. And that drove me mad. Well, my hubby still devoured the scraps while I was always nagging. I had so many failures that I almost give up. ALMOST! But the desire to have pancakes for breakfast on Saturday morning was bigger than all my disappointments. So I decided to work on perfecting that pancake batter. I also got myself a new pancake pan. One weekend I whipped out perfect pancakes. Suddenly everything changed. Our Saturday mornings started to be happier and better.

Since lemons are now in season, and we welcomed Spring, I decided to share this delicious, zesty Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with you.

Whole grain healthy Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with cream cheese filling and strawberries

To make these pancakes Lemon Cardamom Pancakes I used ALL NATURAL, healthy and nutritious ingredients – no store-bought pancake mix, no nutrient deprived all-purpose flour, no refined sweeteners. Just beautiful REAL FOOD!

I made these pancakes using whole grain flour – Spelt flour (Dinkel wheat) that is loaded with dietary fibers. You can use any whole grain flour you prefer. To sweeten pancakes I used a bit of pure maple syrup. Pancakes are usually served with fresh fruits, so there’s no need to overdo with added sugars in the batter.

What makes this pancakes so special is the lemon. There’s no better way to celebrate Spring than with citrus infused sweet treats, right?! Fragrant, zesty and so gorgeous, lemon gave pancakes Spring-like feeling and so much freshness. I used lemon juice – freshly squeezed and organic lemon zest – freshly grated. Strong lemon flavor paired so nicely with mildly sweet and nutty pancakes. It upgraded the taste to beyond delicious.

Whole grain healthy Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with cream cheese filling and strawberries

These pancakes are light, fluffy and loaded with amazing fresh lemon flavor. To add some extra zing, I added a bit of exotic cardamom too. Cardamom is a quite unique spice. It tastes like the mix of mint, lemon, and ginger with a hint of cinnamon. Cardamom enhanced beautiful lemony taste and greatly improved the overall pancake flavor. It added some health benefits too.

You can top these Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with maple syrup and some fresh fruits. OR you can slather them with a delightfully tangy cream cheese filling… like I did. Cream cheese filling wonderfully complemented the pancakes and added an incredibly creamy, rich texture.

Whole grain healthy Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with cream cheese filling and strawberries

Whole grain healthy Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with cream cheese filling and strawberries

Lemon Cardamom Pancakes may seem complicated but quite the opposite. These delicate lemony pancakes are super easy to make and quite simple. Decadent breakfast done in no time. Or quick and easy brunch. But these deliciously palatable pancakes are good for basically any occasion. Trust me, your guest will be surprised when you present them these pancakes. Lemon Cardamom Pancakes will definitely get the compliments streaming in.

You, your family and your guests will love them!

Lemon Cardamom Pancakes are:

  • Very filling and healthy meal – loaded with fibers, healthy fats, and proteins.
  • All natural and refined sugar-free.
  • Ridiculously easy to make.
  • Full of refreshing lemon flavor and sooo delicious.
  • Perfect weekend breakfast or quick brunch.
  • 100% guilt-free and waistline-friendly.

Seriously I can’t wait until the weekend to make them again. Do yourself a favor and make these soon. Weekends were made for pancakes! Enjoy!

 

Whole grain healthy Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with cream cheese filling and strawberries
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Lemon Cardamom Pancakes

Whole grain healthy Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with cream cheese filling are perfect family breakfast. These pancakes are light and fluffy, packed with delightfully zesty lemon flavor and many nutrients. Quick, easy and amazing! All natural and refined sugar-free. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 291 kcal
Author Natalie

Ingredients

For pancakes (makes 6):

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole grain flour
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Coconut oil or cooking spray for coating the pan

For cream cheese filling:

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add milk, maple syrup, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until well combined. Add flour, baking soda, cardamom and salt. Mix to combine, then set aside.

  2. Heat a griddle or pancake pan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray or coconut oil. For each pancake, drop ¼ cup of batter into the pan. Cook 1-2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface of pancakes. Flip carefully and cook another 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Make sure to coat the pan before every pancake or batch of pancakes to prevent sticking.
  3. Make cream cheese filling: Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well until smooth.
  4. Place one pancake, browned-sides down, on a plate. Spread cream cheese filling over the pancake. Place another pancake, browned-sides down, on top of the first pancake. Repeat with the rest of pancakes and spread.
  5. Serve immediately with fresh fruits. Drizzle with maple syrup if desired.

Recipe Notes

6 pancakes serves 4 people. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cardamom Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 815mg 34%
Potassium 309mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 19.7%
Iron 8.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Whole grain healthy Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with cream cheese filling are perfect family breakfast. These pancakes are light and fluffy, packed with delightfully zesty lemon flavor and many nutrients. Quick, easy and amazing! All natural and refined sugar-free.

20 Comments

  1. Oooh really into the cardamon in these pancakes. This stack looks super good

  2. I seem to have most of the ingredients at home thankfully!!! I have never put lemons in pancakes but would love to try this recipe

  3. I love pancakes but I’ve never had any like these! I’d love to try them, especially since I love lemon!

  4. I love just about every lemon anything. Adding the zest especially just gives things like this the extra kick it needs. These look delicious!

  5. That filling sounds amazing. I bet these pancakes are delicious!

  6. These scream spring! I just made some dairy free yogurt cheese that would be perfect in these in place of cream cheese.

  7. Wow those are just photographed beautifully! I just want to jump right in with my fork 🙂

  8. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com

    Yum! This is such a great combo of flavors! I love using cardamom in recipes!!!

  9. I always said I was not a pancake fan, but I guess I’m not a BORING pancake fan–because these look pretty dang delicious!

  10. I can empathize with your early pancake challenges. I used to be so impatient that I would scrape the batter off of the top of the pancake to see if it was cooked half way yet. LOL. Like you, I’ve finally mastered the pancake. These pancakes look so good, and I agree that the taste of lemon goes with spring. I’ve never used cardamom before, so I’m a bit worried, but I really appreciate your detailed description of the flavor. These are amazing.

  11. Lemon and Cardamom is a winning combination! I love that you use the zest to incorporate the lemon flavour! It works so much better than juice! I also really like that they are whole wheat! A keeper
    for sure!

  12. I am obsessed with all thing lemon lately! These sounds so wonderful and perfect for spring. I haven’t cooked with cardamom yet, but this sounds like a perfect way to start the day!

  13. Now there is an interesting flavor I have never tired together. I do use a lot of cardamom in our food but never had it a pancake. Same with lemon – never had it in a pancake. I must try this sometime soon. So intrigued.

  14. One of my fav combination really – cardamom and lemon! Delicious. Cardamom is such every-day addition to every breakfast or sweet in our home that I can taste these pancakes. Yumm!

  15. I just love cardamom! We really don’t use it enough, in the US in general… And the lemon sounds so good with it!

  16. These pancakes looks so fluffy! I love the idea of a zesty lemon flavor with the cream cheese to really pack a lot of flavor!

  17. This stack of pancakes looks so beautiful and the combination is so delicious. My husband loves cardamom flavor and I am making this for him soon!

  18. Amanda Mason

    Oh my goodness these look amazing and sound amazing!! That lemon zest sold me…but then you started talking about all natural ingredients and then I saw almond milk! YUM! These sound like the perfect breakfast!! I’m definately trying these soon!

  19. I love the combo you have going on here with tangy cream cheese, tart lemons and sweet maple syrup! Sounds absolutely delicious!

  20. Spelt flour is my favorite and lemon/cardamom is such a great combination of flavors! I could eat this kind of pancakes for breakfast every day! They look perfect!

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