Orange Pancakes with Berry-Orange Sauce


Orange Pancakes with Berry-Orange Sauce are packed with bright, fresh flavors, and are incredibly light and fluffy.

I’m on an orange kick, and cannot be stopped!

Not that I want to be stopped, I mean they’re oranges for Pete’s sake, not chocolate-covered almonds. Now those you can pry from my death grip anytime now. We have a huge bag of them leftover from the holidays and I swear they call to me every single night.

Eat at least 37 of us! They say. Quickly! You’ll feel horrible afterwards!

Anyway right now oranges, particularly navel oranges, are in season and I cannot get enough of ’em. There’s something so thirst-quenching and satisfying about a juicy, sweet orange slice, amiright?

Recently I wrote a post about using navel oranges in savory dishes like Sesame Orange Beef for Delish Dish, but today I went the sweet route and made the gems you see below – Orange Pancakes with Berry-Orange Sauce, aka THE BEST PANCAKES EVER!!!

I have made a LOT of pancake recipes in my day, like lemon poppy seed pancakes, banana pancakes, carrot cake pancakes, cornbread pancakes, churro pancakes, apple cider pancakesbut these Orange Pancakes with Berry-Orange Sauce are hands down my favorite. Made with fresh orange juice, and spiked with orange zest, they actually taste refreshing. Whodathunkit? A REFRESHING pancake recipe!

Not only are Orange Pancakes with Berry-Orange Sauce packed with bright, fresh flavors, they’re incredibly light and fluffy too. As soon as the batter hit the hot griddle they puffed like magic. MAGIC, I tell you!

Topped with a warm, Berry-Orange Sauce made by quickly simmering frozen berries with orange juice, orange zest, and a pinch of sugar, these pancakes satisfied my soul. I have been aching for warmer weather lately, and these actually helped me think of sweet, summer days ahead. PS: daylight savings time starts in less than two and half months – who’s wants to start a countdown chain with me?!

Start the Berry-Orange Sauce for the Orange Pancakes first. You’ll need 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries to serve 2-3 people.

To the berries add 2 Tablespoons orange juice, and 1-2 teaspoons sugar depending on how sweet your berries are. I started with 1 teaspoon then tasted at the end to see if they needed more. They didn’t!

Finally add 1 teaspoon orange zest. Orange zest is just the orange part of the orange peel. It contains oils that make whatever you add them to taste SO ORANGY. FYI, don’t flex orange peels causing the oils to mist onto your skin. I once tried it on my wrist in college thinking it’d make me smell terrific. No. It burnt then I think I got a rash.

Anyway, bring the berries up to a bubble, then smash them with the back of the spoon. Let the berries thicken and cook for 4-5 minutes, then remove the saucepan from the heat and place a lid on top to keep warm. Sauce = done!

Now onto the orange-laced pancakes! First combine 1/2 cup each skim mik and orange juice in a bowl, then let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Next whisk in 2 Tablespoons melted butter, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon orange zest.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, which include flour, sugar, baking powder and the like, then whisk it all up until just combined.

Pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto a griddle heated to 350 degrees, or over medium heat, then cook until little bubbles appear on top. Flip then cook until the second side is golden brown.

Top with the warm Berry-Orange Sauce, and enjoy!

Orange Pancakes with Berry-Orange Sauce

Makes 12, 4" pancakes


Orange Pancakes with Berry-Orange Sauce are packed with bright, fresh flavors, and are incredibly light and fluffy.


  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • For the Berry-Orange Sauce:
    • 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
    • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest
    • 1-2 teaspoons sugar (depending on sweetness of berries)


  1. Combine ingredients for the Berry-Orange Sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat then bring to a bubble. Smash berries with the back of a spoon then let cook for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and place a lid on top to keep warm.
  2. Combine milk and orange juice in a bowl then let sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl then stir to combine. Whisk egg, melted butter, and orange zest into the milk and orange juice mixture, then pour into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  3. Heat a griddle over medium heat (350 degrees if you have an electric griddle) then spray with non-stick spray. Scoop 1/4 cup batter onto griddle and cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip pancakes then cook until golden brown on the other side. Continue with remaining batter. Serve with warm Berry-Orange Sauce.


Pancakes adapted from

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Each bite of these pancakes made me feel like I was on a tropical trip…until I looked out the window and saw 7 inches of snow mounded on top of the tomato plants I “forgot” to rip out of my garden this fall. Oy.

Regardless, these babies are special. And beautiful!! Enjoy as a bright weekend brunch or, if you need a bit of cheer during the week, as a nice breakfast for dinner meal.

Psst! Make extra sauce to swirl into Greek yogurt or oatmeal, or top some ice cream – it’s absolutely delish!

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  1. Anne [A Squared] 01.03.2013

    These look great– can’t wait to try them!

  2. You’ve done it again! These look insane, and I love the low sugar, too!

  3. Sarah Jane 01.03.2013

    These sound just perfect for this weekend! I can’t wait to try them out :)

  4. Nicole 01.03.2013

    These sound incredible! I bought some homemade blackberry orange jam at a little farm store over Thanksgiving. People thought I was nuts, but oranges and berries make a tasty combo!

  5. I am obsessed with the Cuties mandarin oranges. I absolutely love this time of year when they are in season. I literally get excited when I see them on the shelves at the grocery store! ;)

  6. Oy. I love everything citrus and these look like they’d make a perfect breakfast. Thank goodness the weekend is near!

  7. Lauren 01.03.2013

    Never have I thought of orange pancakes, but gosh, these look so darn good! Especially with the berry compote….I die!

  8. Nancy 01.03.2013

    Sounds like something to fix this weekend, with turkey bacon. Yum.

  9. Steph @321delish 01.03.2013

    OMG these look amazing! I sense some of these babies in my future!

  10. Tiffany 01.03.2013

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Your food photography is so nice and the food itself is delicious. I made several of your recipes. Any thoughts on adding a paleo section to your blog?

  11. I love infusing citrus in pancakes and other such sweet/savory items… sounds so good!

  12. Joy 01.03.2013

    Those look so good! And I definitely join you on your orange obsession. It’s gotten to where I limit myself to two a day

  13. Stephanie Hanson 01.03.2013

    I heart your recipes….and I can’t wait to make these soon for me and the hubs :-)

  14. So fluffy – and pretty sure I just need a spoon for that sauce!

  15. Everyday you don’t post a pancake recipe is a sad day in my world. These would certainly make getting out of bed a little easier – thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Melodie 01.03.2013

    Omg, these look heavenly!! I now know what to do with my bag of frozen berries – thank you for another great recipe. And I’ll start a daylight saving’s time countdown with you! I keep reminding myself that springtime is around the corner and it helps me get through these cold, blustery days!

  17. Beth 01.03.2013

    I make cinnamon pancakes nearly every Saturday and was literally just saying I wanted to change it up bit for a while. Are you spying on me before you right these posts?!?! Dang it, c’mon Saturday!!! And yes, please let’s start counting down!!!

  18. Trisha 01.03.2013

    Whoa. These look amazing. I’ totally aboard that countdown to daylight savings train! And while I agree that orange/citrus is the absolute best scent ever, I can’t say that I’ve ever thought to try to wear real orange scent. You crack me up! :)

  19. Sarah 01.03.2013

    These look so delicious! I have to make them soon!

  20. Bek @ Crave 01.03.2013

    Gorgeous photos and sounds like a very interesting recipe. I’m pretty plain jane when it comes to pancakes- but that sounds pretty wicked :)

  21. Wendy W 01.04.2013

    I was starving and it was late so I thought I was going to be stuck having cereal. Then I spotted this recipe and realized I had all the ingredients. WOW! These are so awesome. I froze the rest so I can have for mornings. The berry orange sauce was just perfect and worked so well with the pancakes that I want to put it on crepes and waffles. Thank you so much!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.05.2013

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed! I saved my leftovers in the freezer too – think I’ll pull them on Sunday for a nice breakfast. :)

  22. Lisa @ SoTeaBeeZa 01.04.2013

    Orange has always been one of my favorites, and as pancakes, combined with the berries, they look delicious.

    So, now I can have orange pancakes for breakfast, after I’ve used my Orange Power soap (which is actually carrots) in my shower.

    I can see it’s going to be an orange kind of day. :)

  23. Nicole 01.04.2013

    Wow! I’m not a big pancake fan but these sound delicious! I like doing berry toppings more than syrup, and I’ve certainly experimented with pancake additions but the idea of adding the orange to the pancakes sounds so fresh. I can’t wait to try these!

  24. Heidi 01.04.2013

    I just made some brown sugar banana pancakes for “breakfast for dinner” (my daughters’ favorite theme) last night, and if these are better than those then I’ll be making these right away! I, too, love oranges…must be from my days in Florida. (and I love your posts…reminds me of my fun, fun years in Iowa City!!) Thanks (from Maryland) for the refreshing recipe!

  25. Wow,these look absolutely amazing! I’ve been on an orange kick ever since I made some orange-cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, so this would fit right in! I definitely may need to try these soon!!

  26. Robyn 01.04.2013

    These look so good. I think it might be a breakfast for dinner night tonight!

  27. R.A. 01.04.2013

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I made this for breakfast this morning and it is as good as it looks. I used white whole wheat flour, olive oil instead of butter and we had blueberry topping (no mixed berries in the house) and we both loved it. There are a few left over so the first of our teens who gets up this morning will get lucky. We will be eating this again (and again……)

  28. Sara 01.04.2013

    AMEN to the countdown! Can’t wait for flip flops!

  29. Kristen 01.05.2013

    I just made these for breakfast and they were sooo easy and SO delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! :)

  30. Laura N. 01.06.2013

    I made these for breakfast this morning and they were so delicious. My family gobbled them up and we only had one pancake left. This one is going in the family favorites recipe book. Thanks!!

  31. Stacey 01.11.2013

    Made these last Sunday and LOVED them. I’m going to make them for family this weekend. I’m thinking of tripling the amount, but am worried they’ll lose something, any thoughts? I want them to be as fantastic as they were the first time! thanks!

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  36. Natalie 05.05.2013

    I made these for breakfast this morning and they were really yummy! I replaced the egg with a chia egg, and used almond milk instead of skim milk. Do you think it would be possible to replace the milk altogether with orange juice? (making it 1 cup orange juice), or would that mess up the recipe?
    Thanks so much for sharing, I love unique recipes, and I’m definitely going to try some of your others! : )

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      Hi Natalie! I haven’t tried replacing all the milk with OJ. My initial thought is that they might be a little too tart, and wouldn’t rise. Let me know if you give it a go though, I’m curious to how they’d turn out!

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    almost forgot, I replaced the butter with applesauce! Very moist!!!

  38. Lisa Murphy 06.21.2013

    just what I was waiting for. My grand daughter is visiting. she has her 10th Birthday with me, while her Daddy is deployed. I plan to have a kitchen bonding with her. I think this will work great.

  39. Juniper 01.01.2014

    Made these this morning and they were very good. The zest of one orange resulted in about 1 1/2 tsp for me. I also used soy milk with no issues (lactose intolerance). I would make a few changes next time, though:

    1. The sauce resulted in about half a cup of sauce after cooking. Not nearly enough for 2-3 people. I would double or triple it next time.

    2. 350 degrees was way too hot. The pancakes cooked too quickly, browning on the bottom before setting up on the sides. I would reduce the temperature to 300.

    Other than that, these were very good.

  40. Chris Wren 03.13.2015

    These have become the new Saturday morning favorite at our house. I add chocolate chips, ummmm. Will be making on a mission trip next week, can’t wait. Thanks!

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