Blueberry Lemon Pancakes – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 16, 2010

Breakfast for dinner…a smart way to reduce your grocery budget…simply incorporate 1 of these meals into your weekly meal plan and be on your way to spending less!

Making pancakes from scratch has been something I have done for many years!  I had lots of fun coming up with (and tasting) a bunch of different pancakes for my Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook.  This is not a recipe in the cookbook, but will give you a sense of the pancake recipe goodness that awaits you in the next book!!!

Here’s the trick. And you must do it this way.

Toss some blueberries, fresh or frozen, with some lemon juice…then sift some powdered sugar over the top before folding them into the batter!!!

Gives plain old blueberry pancakes an extra burst of lemony sweetness!

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Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

Yield – 6-7 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • About 1 1/2 cup blueberries (I was planning on using 2, but *a child that shall remain unnamed* kept stealing them from my measuring cup!)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • About 3 Tbsp powdered sugar


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, milk and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Pour into the wet ingredients and whisk until batter is smooth.
  • In that same dry ingredient bowl, add the blueberries and toss with the lemon juice. Sift some powdered sugar over the top and then fold into the pancake batter.
  • Make the pancakes on whatever griddle you’ve got.

  • Pour maple syrup over the top (free, using Amazon credit from Swagbucks!)

  • Cut.

  • And eat!!!

  • Hello Mr. Burst of Lemony Sweetness!

(And if there are any left to freeze, these are totally freezable. Is that word?!)

Makes 20 1/4 cup pancakes.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Kara August 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

This is a fabulous idea. I’ll have to try it next time I make blueberry pancakes. I love lemon and blueberry together!


Nicola August 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm

YUM! I just made a big batch of blueberry pancakes today. I wish I had read this first.

About how many does this recipe yield?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm


Will add that…I knew I forgot something! Made 20 1/4 cup pancakes! :)


Karen Han August 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

i love blue berry pancakes! I’ll have to have hubby make some special for me. :P


Robin August 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm

The pancakes look awesome! Happy 2nd Blog Birthday!


Katie August 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm

YUM! These sound like they are bursting with flavor! Cannot wait to make them!


Megan August 16, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Lime and blueberry are a great combo, too! Lime adds a nice surprising zing.


angie August 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

these look so yummy and refreshing for summer bet the flavor was great


Christina August 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I have a question I love to make blueberry pancakes but the batter never really cooks around the blueberries very well. Any suggestions.
Oh and I have found this recipe as well for pancakes. It is IHOP’s recipe.
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
1 egg
1 ½ cups butter milk
¼ cup sugar
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ cup oil
pinch of salt.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm


I have noticed the same thing…I cook them over a little lower heat than normal…maybe 285-290 on my electric griddle and let them cook a little longer. Lower heat won’t turn them brown…and longer will get that pesky batter right around the blueberries. Also, I press them down a few times with my spatula after I flip them. :)


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy August 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I think I am going to make these for the kids tomorrow night. They LOVE pancakes! LOVE the lemon juice tip, thanks!!!


Kathryn August 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Sounds delicious! I am going to try this some time.

Thanks for sharing this with us!


Sarah (Frontier Kitchen) August 16, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I love breakfast for dinner. Even if it wasn’t so cheap I would probably have to do it weekly. :)


Julie R. August 17, 2010 at 7:52 am

Wow, these look awesome! I need to start doing breakfast for dinner again.


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist August 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

It’s pretty hard to be frugal when labels at the store tell you one thing when they mean another. My blog post tells you how to tell if the meat you are buying at the store is truly antibiotic free or not.


Angie Atchley August 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Thanks Erin!
I made some baked french toast! Good old brown sugar is what makes this sweet!


Queen of the House August 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I LOVE blueberry pancakes! Have never heard of adding a little lemon juice like that, but I am totally wanting to try it next time! Thanks! :)


Sugar & Spice Frugal Advice August 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm

My kids love pancakes! Can’t wait to try this recipe!


Ginger August 18, 2010 at 8:09 am

Thanks for posting! I had forgotten how good the blueberry lemon combo is…… will definitely have to give ‘em a try :)


Cat Berner August 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I love breakfast for dinner too! I often turn to pancakes, omelets or something similar for dinner when I’m stumped for ideas or in a hurry. Doesn’t hurt that breakfast foods are usually very economical.


Stephany August 28, 2010 at 7:26 am

I just made these this morning for my family . . . I’ve never seen my kids eat pancakes so fast – plus they totally forgot to ask for syrup!!!! That there’s a good recipe when you don’t need extra sugar to give it taste!! Awesome!


Rebecca September 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for the recipe. I made these for brunch at church yesterday and they were YUMMY! I loved how the lemon stuck with the blueberries. Just like you said- Mr. Burst of Lemony Sweetness. :)


karen September 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

I have the dried kind, will those work?


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