Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

Yesterday was effing rough. I haven’t hated the world that much in a loooong time. I’m usually a pretty positive person. I have my time of the month where I become Satan, but other than that, I’m good. But yesterday, no go. Satan was screaming out of my body. Not because it was that time of the month, but because I slept 1.5 hours. Not cool. And after sleeping 1.5 hours, I had to head to the gym at 5:30am, in the freezing cold and then act enthused to be there while my coffee went cold in 3 minutes. And then the coffee shop was closed. Acting is challenging when you suck at acting, you haven’t slept and the one coffee shop in walking distance is closed. I almost lost my mind.

I remember when I first started this blog and was working at 4 or 5 CrossFit gyms, getting up at 4am going to bed by 12 or 1am, all while doing 2-3 workouts per day. And I was functioning rather well. Sure, my cortisol was shot and my body was shutting down, but I was still kicking it. Nowadays, no way in hell could I do that. Is that how you know that you’re getting old? Is this why I see people at the gym have babies then stop going to the gym? Because they aren’t sleeping anymore and wouldn’t even be able to stand at the gym, let alone workout? Add that to my having-a-baby cons list. I wonder if any pros will ever sneak on there someday. I wonder.

Speaking of having babies, I finally saw Magic Mike XXL for the first time and jeeeeeez was that dirty. Are male strippers actually like this? Wait, are male strippers actually straight, ripped and charming like that? Because the strip clubs I’ve been to (only female) are not like that. No where was charm involved when I saw women take off their clothes. Did you just think about how lucky Channing Tatum’s wife is while watching that movie? She’s my woman crush Wednesday…if it were Wednesday. Did you see her at the Golden Globes? Dayuuuuuum Gina.

So guess what? As you’re reading this, I’m on a flight to San Antonio. Yessirrybob. Never been to San Antonio. I honestly don’t even know where it’s located in Texas. I just know it’s south of me. Nice Juli, nice. But I’m super pumped to head out there because I’m staying at my friend’s house, Cassy of Fed and Fit, to work on a little project together. This project includes photos and videos so I’m packing probably 10+ outfits for 2 days. Overboard? Sure. But totally worth it. Can’t wait to show you guys what we are working on!

PaleOMG Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (carton, unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 23 tablespoons poppyseeds
  • coconut oil or ghee, for greasing pan


  1. Whisk together wet ingredients: eggs, almond milk, honey, vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl.
  2. Then, while continuously whisking, add coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking powder and baking soda and a pinch of salt to the large bowl. Whisk until batter is well combined then add poppyseeds and fold in.
  3. Grease a large griddle pan and place over medium heat. Once pan is hot, use a large ladle or iice cream scoop to pour each pancakes. The batter should make 9-12 pancakes, depending how big you make them. Once each pancake begins to bubble, flip to cook on other side. About 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Top with maple syrup then eat up pumpkin!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


58 thoughts on “Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes”

  1. Girl… I need a Juli’s OpEd on this season’s Bachelor stat. I know you have thoughts on it! Please share! 🙂

      1. I was going to say the same thing- where is the bachelor commentary ????. There is certainly enough drama and crazies already. I think my favorite thing when watching are my husband’s random comments and anger that the show is playing in the house. He commonly says ” how can you watch this stuff?” with a disappointed shake of the head.

  2. Haha too funny! I totally watched Magic Mike XXL this past weekend too and was thinking the same thing, although the opening shot of Joe had me like whoa, Sofia is a lucky woman as well!
    Enjoy my hometown this weekend! And yes, definitely give us an OpEd stat on the Bachelor. Anyone else think that Lace resembles Sarah Silverman’s evil twin???

  3. Can’t wait to try these! SA has some great food. I lived there for 3 years, and definitely miss it. If you have a chance, make sure to get some carne guisada (so yummy) and try to see the Riverwalk at night (really pretty).

  4. Sleep deprivation definitely effs with your mind! My son is just over a year old and was a terrible sleeper for a long ass time. You’re right, having a baby changes your priorities BUT of course you can still work out! If you decide to have a baby someday, you can blog about how to be a fit mama, inspire thousands of peeps, and win a major award. See? Problem solved 😉

  5. Please please please tell me you have seen the Lip Sync battle with Channing and his wife? She does a Magic Mike and it is amazing. Then he is Beyonce. Too good.

  6. Julie-the days of cold coffee can be over for you! Go to amazon.com and look up corckcicle. The info states it can keep hot drinks hot for a ridiculous amount of time-like 12 hours or something-but it WORKS. I make coffee at 430AM and don’t drink it until i get to work at around 8AM and it’s STILL HOT EVERYTIME. I haven’t tried out cold drinks yet, but it will change your life! Definitely worth checking out. Enjoy San Antonio!

  7. I want to add a scoop of protein powder to these. How can I adjust the recipe to do that or should I just add the protein powder in addition to the other dry ingredients and just add more almond milk as necessary? Thanks!

  8. My only time in San Antonio was for basic training… and because of that, I hate TX with a passion… but definitely go down to the Riverwalk. Also……. please watch the lip sync battle between Channing Tatum and his wife…. she kills his version of “pony”! And he transforms into Beyonce. It’s awesome.

    1. Omg! I’m so glad you brought the lip sync battle up! Julie, you have to watch it. I’m sure Channing is feeling pretty lucky himself 😉

  9. Hi Juli! It was providential that I woke up this morning and checked your site and found this delectable recipe. I just so happened to have all the ingredients on hand (which is amazing bc I never buy poppyseeds but I had bought them for your strawberry poppyseed dressing!) and whipped these up this morning. AMAAAAAAZING! My husband and I devoured them! The batter smells so good and the finished product is subtly sweet lemon poppyseed divinity. Thank you so much for this recipe!! xoxo

  10. Ok, first of all, I am SO sorry that you got so little sleep. Been there, and it totally sucks.
    Next, I can also address the baby/gym thing. After having a kiddo, you’re wrecked tired until their sleep schedule gets more normal, then you have to learn how to get the logistics sorted to get to the gym, since many gyms don’t have child care and usually not for small children anyway (does your partner watch the kid and then you trade off so they can work out? Do you go during your lunch break? etc).
    My little one was two before my husband and I got our parental sh*t together enough to allow regular gym-going again. I now go nearly every day (sooooo awesome!!!), but that’s just to get a work out in. No way I’d try to attend anything like a class, with a set start/stop time.

  11. This turned out so good! I heated the maple syrup & added lemon juice & butter to it for a nice tart lemony syrup. So good!

  12. I made these last Sunday and they were awesome. Very easy to make. The first round were a little flat but once I found a better temperature (higher) on the pan, the subsequent pancakes were more fluffy. We topped them with some maple syrup, blueberries and bananas. They were delightful!!

  13. These are the best ever … My roommate and boyfriend loved them… Both boys hard to please on the paleo pancake department. New staple in our weekend breakfasts thank you!!!!! Also the Northface has an awesome athletic line … Mountain athletics the dynamix leggings are the pretty amazing.

  14. Love this recipe! Made it last week for my family. Everyone loved it. By the way bought your cookbook Julie Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook and really like it. Loved the pesto shrimp &rice stuffed peppers and the almond milk recipes.

  15. Best paleo pancakes I’ve had so far. Good balance of wet ingredients/flours. I used tapioca starch, is it the same as tapioca flour?

    Even without the maple syrup on top I had a sweet breakfast.

  16. 5:30 AM in the gym?! I’d literally be dead if I had to go that early! You are such a driven person and you are so admirable for that! These poppyseed pancakes look delicious! I have to try them!

  17. Hey there! I made your mini cinnamon pancakes in your paleo cookbook, and the center just never cooked all the way.. I was just wondering what I did wrong ???? Followed it to a T.. But used a brand of almond milk from whole foods – New Barn. I thought I’d ask here since these pancakes have all the same basic ingredients as the ones in the book. Thank you!

    1. i have no clue, kate! it could be a number of things but mostly likely was the brand of flours that were used. but i honestly can’t say since i was there

  18. Omg give this girl an award or something! I just made these lemon poppyseed pancakes and they were fantastic! thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!!!

  19. I made these pancakes over the weekend, and even though I messed up and ended up using half almond and half coconut flour, they still turned out amazing! I also didn’t have poppyseeds so I substituted with chia seeds. I loved them, and my fiancé approved as well…and that says a lot!
    I feel like this recipe will be great for entertaining, and not too complicated that you wouldn’t want to make them for guests.
    Thanks again for the great recipe!

  20. So I must be doing something wrong, I have tried making these twice now. The flavor is there but for some reason they do not cook all the way through. I even cooked each side for 7 minutes and the outside was blackened and the middle still raw. I have an electric stove top which I set to 4 (medium) Any ideas what happening here?

  21. I made these for breakfast this morning. They were fantastic! This is the first time I made pancakes (or anything) using flour that was not a wheat flour. I did not tell my husband or my son that this was a GF recipe. I simply asked their opinions and watched them eat. They were a total hit! My only issue (and it is not really an issue), is that the recipe only made 5 1/2 small-medium size pancakes. I followed the recipe exactly and then added about 2 tablespoons more of the almond milk to extend the batter a little. The recipe was still a hit and I will be making these again and again!

  22. Both my husband and I thought these were pretty amazing. My kids weren’t big fans, which is fine with me because my breakfast for tomorrow is ready to go.

  23. Can’t wait to make these pancakes!! Do you have a recipe for lemon poppy seed bread?? I have a non-paleo family recipe for lemon poppy seed cake that I miss so much & have been searching for a paleo-friendly recipe.

  24. Hey juli! I made these and they tasted amazing. However the batter was a bit wet. Idk if i just didnt cook them long enough or matybe its because i had an abnormally juicy lemon? Either way the flavor was great. I will attempt to make them again. Lol

  25. Yum! Didnt have lemons so I replaced the poppy seed and lemons for pitted pureed cherries and got fun purple pankcakes! Added a dash of lemon extract to compliment the flavors and turned out great 🙂

  26. These were quite tasty! I am always skeptical of coconut flour pancake recipes because they often taste like sawdust. But, the tapioca flour balanced the recipe nicely. Thanks, Juli, for being a reliable breakfast recipe resource.

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