Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are easy, elegant, and full of fresh lemon flavor, and pretty poppyseeds!


Eloise and I had the best little morning getting to know each other!

DSC_0010 (2)

Oh, right. As I rode up and down the street with the wind in my hair last night, Ben decided the name Karen just didn’t fit and suggested naming my new/old 1979 Montgomery Ward, beige road bike Eloise. “That way,” he said “I can get a bike and name it Alonzo and we can be Alonzo & Eloise!”


I’m all “Who’s Eloise? And more importantly, who’s Alonzo?!

Apparently Alonozo was a great uncle of his, or something, and he just thought Alonzo & Eloise had a nice ring to it. Omg I can’t even tell you how hard I laughed at this. So cute, so random, so Ben.

So, for my husband, I present to you – Eloise.

DSC_0012 (2)

There’s a plastic bag covering the seat because it’s mysteriously leaking water from somewhere,

DSC_0004 (2)

the handle bars have been turned right side up (I didn’t even notice they were upside down when I bought it – how embarrassing)


she’s rocking a sweet kickstand,

DSC_0003 (2)

and the bike bag I made in 7th grade, just big enough for a water bottle, cell phone and cash, is strapped to the front.

DSC_0006 (2)

She’s perfect.

DSC_0001 (2)

Eloise and I set off early this morning and by the time 10am rolled around, we had already been to my parent’s house then home, to the grocery store (strapped on a backpack for that!) and back home, then to the gym and back home again!

It was 80 degrees outside when I hopped on the treadmill at 9am, and I was oh-so-very grateful for the AC blasting inside the gym. Although biking around on a road bike is much easier than on a mountain bike – it was freakin’ hot out there! I zipped through my favorite 3-2-1 treadmill routine in the coolness:

Time Speed
0-2 4.0
2-5 6.0
5-8 6.5
8-10 6.8
10-11 7.0
11-14 6.5
14-16 6.8
16-17 7.0
17-20 6.5
20-22 6.8
22-23 7.0
23-26 6.5
26-28 6.8
28-29 7.0
29-32 6.0
32-34 4.0
Total 3.65 miles

That’s 3 minutes at a manageable pace, 2 minutes at a harder pace, then 1 minute at a sprint. I didn’t have an incline on the treadmill so this was easier than I expected, but I didn’t want to exhaust myself and not be able to make it home. I had Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes to make once I got there!!!


I saw these puppies on Dave & Sarah’s blog 1 Cup Awesome a few weeks ago, and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to make ’em. Today was it.


The recipe is really easy, only has 6 ingredients and tastes exactly like lemon poppy seed bread. It’s cuckoo! All I did was combine “just add water” style pancake mix.


Ricotta cheese – I used low-fat, but you could use part-skim or full fat. Just don’t use fat-free. Fat-free dairy products are not good.


Fresh squeezed lemon juice.


Check out this tiny strainer I picked up at the employee garage sale where I found my bike a couple days ago.


It’s perfect for catching lemon seeds!


Plus water, vanilla extract and poppy seeds.


After a quick whisk,


I poured the batter onto a preheated flat-top skillet.


The batter for these yummy bread-turned-pancakes is rich and luscious from the ricotta cheese, and smelled so good when it hit the heat.


As soon as bubbles started to appear on top, I give ’em a flip!


Which I still suck at doing.


Seriously, why can I not get any better at this?!


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

Makes 4 pancakes


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are easy, elegant, and full of fresh lemon flavor, and pretty poppyseeds!


  • 1/2 cup "just add water" pancake mix (I used Krusteaz Fat-Free Buttermilk)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (I used low-fat)


  1. Whisk together all the ingredients then drop evenly onto a skillet pre-heated to medium heat. Flip when bubbles appear on top, then cook until the second side is golden brown.


From 1 Cup Awesome

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


It is unreal how much these taste like the real thing. Sweet, with a little lemon kick and a pop-POP-pop from the seeds as you chew. I dusted mine with powdered sugar and dabbed a few bites in real maple syrup. Pancake heaven!

It should come as no surprise that I loved these, given my affinity for pancakes that taste like breads and other baked goods.


Cornbread Pancakes, Pumpkin Pie Pancakes, or Banana Bread Pancakes, anyone? ;)


Thanks for the great recipe 1 Cup Awesome!




Have you ever named a bike or car?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. Alonzo makes me think of Little House on the Prairie and Eloise makes me think of the children’s books, but they’re both great names for bikes!

    Those pancakes look awesome, I’ll have to save this recipe for when my bf comes over and I make him breakfast :)

  2. Pretty pictures!

    I drive a Chevy Malibu, so of course I named her ‘Barbie’. And my old road bike that died in a car crash was named ‘steel beast’ because it was 30 lbs all steel. It was a good bike, it saved my life!

  3. Ashley 06.03.2011

    Those pancakes look DIVINE!! I think I have a craving now for breakfast-for-dinner…I love anything lemons, so this would hit the spot.
    I always find that I flip my pancakes the best when I’m not even trying. Don’t even think about messing up the flip next time you cook some!

  4. Jamie Boles 06.03.2011

    I am new to your blog but really enjoy your posts. I have that exact same strainer (no idea where it came from) and I LOVE it. It’s the best for catching lemon seeds. Happy Friday!

  5. Micah 06.03.2011

    Nom!! I want some of those pancakes. Might have to make those on one of my breakfast-for-dinner nights. :)

    My car is named Ribbie (as in RBI) since I’m a big baseball fan. Her first big roadtrip was across the state for a game, so it fit her perfectly.

  6. Honored and humbled that you chose to make our pancakes. Thanks friend! A couple tips that we have learned over the years for making/flipping pancakes.

    1. Make the first batch on the griddle a “test batch.” When I say “test batch” I mean eat a plate of pancakes before you eat your actual pancakes. :) The first batter to touch the griddle never looks right because the heat hasn’t been evenly distributed across the griddle yet. Your second batch will turn out looking perfect.

    2. I’m not sure what you use for flipping, but we switched to using a big metal spatula for a couple years ago. Before that we used a plastic spatula, but it was just too flimsy. The metal spatula makes it easy slide under the pancake and flip. Ours is from the Pampered Chef (http://goo.gl/H3Msw)

    Aaaaaand now I want some of those friggin’ pancakes. Thanks.

  7. rita in mi 06.03.2011

    My car is named Civy (I drive a Civic)… not terribly imaginative :) And these pancakes look awesome. I have a lemon ricotta pancake recipe already that I love, can’t wait to make them again with some poppyseeds thrown in. Yum!

  8. erica 06.03.2011

    omg. i name everything! LOL (crazy, i know)
    my car=alice
    bf’s car=bella

    buahahahaha. i was in a twilight phase at the time, can you tell ;p

  9. Kelcie 06.03.2011

    Actually my cars tell me their names! Current one is a Focus named Celeste… “as in Celestial”, she told me :-)

  10. hahaha that’s funny about alonzo and eloise. I guess it does match! omgshhhh I’ve loving anything and everything with lemon lately, and I love poppy seeds and I’ve been wanting this kind of pancake. looks delicious! ;)

  11. elise 06.03.2011

    omg, so we just got a new car a few days ago and i name all my cars. always have. so kyle and i had a SERIOUS naming session with this new one. it was hilarious…kinda like practice for baby names. only these ones were WAY more ridiculous. he wanted things like suzie the SUV. in the end we went with carson. its a silver CRV and they had to drive it to us from carson CA because there werent any in santa monica. what do you think?

  12. Liza 06.03.2011

    My fiance and I have a couple of blue bikes and a blue car, so we have Big Blue, Little Blue and Baby Blue (because mine’s a lighter blue)! Also those pancakes look amazing. And I don’t even like pancakes :)

  13. My first car was a Mercury Topaz, which I named Venus.

    Those pancakes look delish!

  14. Kaycie 06.03.2011

    These pancakes are next on my list to make – YUMMM – my favorite kind of muffin! My recipe uses apowdered sugar glaze over the muffins while warm – with a little lemon juice, almond, vanilla – I bet it would be awesome on the pancakes too! I saw the 1 cup Awesome recipe used a egg yolk – did you leave that out?

    • Kaycie – The egg yolk isn’t necessary. We added it for two reasons. First, it added a little of natural yellow color to the pancakes to give more of a “lemon” look. Also, it thickened up the batter a bit since the lemon juice thins it out. It’s kind of an optional ingredient :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.04.2011

      I quartered their recipe and didn’t want to quarter an egg yolk :) That’s the only reason why I left it out!

  15. Mama L 06.03.2011

    Please tell me you are going to buy a new bike seat?!! I believe your tush deserves better… :)
    Yes, we name all our vehicles! Our current Ford Edge, is “Cliff”, our last car was black and looked fancy, so we called it “The Jag” – it made us feel rich :) And my car in high school was “The Bouncer” because the shocks weren’t so hot! ;)

  16. jad18 06.03.2011

    I always name our cars. One is Al (b/c it is an Altima) the other is Sue (b/c it is a Suburau). We previously had a Volvo that I named Maggie for some random reason. I think I do it b/c my mom always used to name our cars when we were little. We had a car at some time during the 80’s that was a talking car and it’s name (according to its voice) was Harvey.

  17. Jane 06.03.2011

    My brother has named his Mazda 3 “Christine”. That car has been trouble since he bought it 4 years ago. He has…
    1.t-boned someone coming out of a parking lot
    2.it got hail damaged severely another time
    3.it got side-swiped in a hit and run in a parking lot
    4.the lawn guys at his apt complex were mowing and busted a window when a rock shot up and hit it
    5.someone busted out his windows breaking into it!

    Whew! I think that’s everything that car has been through-Haha, so def earned that name :)

  18. oh my STARS I want those pancakes! I love lemon poppyseed bread !!

    I love the Alonzo & Eloise story!! SO cute, and she looks like an Eloise! you made that bag? incredibly crafty – it looks store bought!

    have a great weekend with Eloise! :)

  19. Dee 06.03.2011

    I love your “new” bike! I need to buy one for myself as well! And the name! Eloise sounds perfect!

    By the way, those pancakes look amazing! YUM!

  20. LizAshlee 06.03.2011

    I love interval runs!!! Just had a fantastic one this morning!! T

    Those pancakes look divine!

    Have a great evening!


  21. Manissa 06.03.2011

    Aww, cute bike :) You should come to The Netherlands, here everyone pretty much bikes every. single. day! My bike is named Juliet, after Juliet Burke from “Lost” haha! AND THOSE PANCAKES – oh my god. BRB wiping the drool off my keyboard.

  22. I named my car, but my bike still needs a name. I think I struggled coming up with one when I got it last year.

    I starred your post in my google reader so I can go back and make those pancakes this weekend! They sound delicious!

    Enjoy biking around! I know I am trying to use my bike as much as possible because it is finally warm in the midwest!

  23. Michelle 06.03.2011

    Please tell us you will wear a helmet when you ride this bike.

  24. Eloise is perfect! Congrats on your addition!

    I’ve never named my car or bike, but maybe I should?!

  25. Mac 06.03.2011

    Omg those looks phenomenal! I haven’t always liked poppy seed, but my mom got me hooked on it a few years ago. She goes to the church festivals and buys $70 worth of poppy seed bread at a time!

    I have named my bike (Pink Panther) and my old car (Booger) :)

  26. Rachel 06.03.2011

    I’ve had 3 cars in my life (long story short, I didn’t start driving till I was 23). My first one was Mitchell after a former Cincinnati Reds player who was a little slow at rounding the bases (my car was a little slow in general!). I didn’t give my 2nd one a name (it died trying to take out a Lincoln Navigator), and my 3rd one is Junior. Car #2 was a 1999 KIA Sephia, and Junior is a 2000 KIA Sephia. I haven’t had a bike in probably 15 years now, although I’ve been thinking I’d like to get one again.

  27. Hahhaha Eloise at the Plaza:) Also SEND ME SOME OF THOSE PANCAKES lemon poppy seed is my fave

  28. Katie R 06.03.2011

    I’ve never named a bike or a car, but I did name my Garmin watch (Jillian), my Roomba (Lexie), my vacuum (Rebecca), and my bread maker (Sadie). :)

  29. anna 06.03.2011

    These pancakes look amazing! I was all stoked after I saw your recipe to find that my fav local grocery store had Krusteaz on sale, then equally disappointed when they were out of stock… I’m off to scour the ‘net for recipe to make the mix from scratch. I love lemon poppy seed and can only imagine what the addition of ricotta does to the deliciousness!

    • anna 06.03.2011

      And, I’ve never named any inanimate objects… maybe I should start?

  30. i don’t name cars or anything but oh how i loved eloise! the books were great. :)

  31. jdfreedom 06.03.2011

    I have two bikes, both Specialized and both ancient. They have taken me many, many miles. The road bike remains unnamed, but the mountain bike/commuter is Brother Trucker after the legendary Des Moines rock band. I bought him for $60 in 2004, and he has never failed to please. In the spirit of Brother Trucker…Long live Alonzo and Eloise. We will see you on the trail!

  32. What a cute name for a bike! Those pancakes sound so delicious and I will be making them pronto! Thanks for the recipe. :D

  33. Courtney 06.04.2011

    Pancakes looks great!! Yes, I am all about naming cars and bikes :) My bike’s name is Alice and my boyfriend’s bike is Frank!

  34. Em Marie 06.04.2011

    I haven’t named my car/bike but I have namde my camera (Piere) , phone (Lola), and mp3 player (Betsy)…. :)

  35. Valerie 06.05.2011

    I haven’t named anything, but I know a lot of people who have :)
    And have you ever made your own ricotta? Ridiculously easy and sooo much better homemade, yum! http://bit.ly/jjVYxE

  36. Amy 06.05.2011

    My goodness those pancakes look delicious – I’m putting them on the menu for next weekend :)
    I am a serial namer. I name everything from my car (Monty), my phone (Neville), my favourite treadmill at the gym (Burt), and one of my favourite men my life Ralph (my lap top).
    Sure, some people think it’s a little weird – but I’m never lonely!
    Also I love your blog, I am so happy to have stumbled upon a link from Clean Eating Chelsey and found my way here!

  37. Kari 06.05.2011

    ohhhhh those pancakes look delicious. I must add them to the list of recipes to try!

  38. Dynasti 06.05.2011

    So I’m on my way to Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City) and the weather forecast is not looking overly friendly. Is the sun shinning?! You have shiny sun in your photos…..

  39. Kate 06.05.2011

    Growing up we had two vans, Bessie and Red Rover. They were good vans. :)

    By the way, lemon poppyseed pancakes? Yum!

  40. Juani 06.06.2011

    My boyfriend named his little green car “Hotness”.Obviously,he has a ‘thing’ for her.

  41. b.a. 06.06.2011

    hey! just found your blog via juice. anyway, i had to comment on the HAAN bag! just this weekend my dad & i ran the dam to dam & he shows up carrying my HAAN gym bag that i had made in 7th grade and hadn’t seen in years! it cracked me up that it was still floating around my parents’ house. (and apparently being put to good use! my dad said, quote: “this is a great bag! the perfect size!” apparently he hasn’t noticed that the handles are completely uneven.)

  42. […] Eloise looks way more expensive than $25 now, don’t you think? […]

  43. […] after recently gussying up Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes and Wild Salmon with Lemon CousCous with the jazzy juice, I mainlined it into tonight’s […]

  44. I just made lemon pancakes and they were divine. Adding poppyseeds is brilliant! And shout out to a fellow Midwest blogger!

  45. […] Dad rides his bike a lot, and now that I’ve got Eloise and Ben has Alonzo (yeah – we found an Alonzo for $40!) we figured we’d definitely get some use out of it […]

  46. […] rabbit encounters continued this afternoon as Eloise and I were biking up to the gym on a trail by my house. One minute I’m cruisin’ along, […]

  47. Kristy 07.07.2011

    My old car (RIP) was named the poomobile because it was a big brown old station wagon. How I loved that car! It was a beater but was so fun and took me on many cool trips. I just stumbled across your blog and have happily wasted many hours at work. It is great, thanks for such great recipies and stories! Love from Vancouver, Canada!

  48. […] her bike Maple. It’s totally not strange to do that… and by the way I love how Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats named her bike Eloise! I used to choose that as a fake name at a local seafood restaurant called […]

  49. Liza F. 07.26.2011

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this superb blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  50. Carolyn 12.26.2011

    My daughter’s name is Eloise!!! I LOVE IT! And she loves Pancakes, so guess we’ll be trying these!

Leave a Comment